Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
With the UEFA competitions returning this week, we’ve called in a panel of experts to give us their picks to win each of the three European trophies.
There’s a lot of backing for Manchester City from our seven experts, although they’re mostly split on the winner of the Conference League. Below you can see their treble picks for this season’s European trophies, while we’ve combined the most popular selections and the longest-odds picks into tips which you can back below.
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Experts’ European Treble
I quite like the idea of a Premier League hat-trick but Aston Villa may spoil the party in the Europa Conference League.
There is an ominous look to Manchester City at present and, now with everyone fighting fit, they are going to take some stopping in their Champions League defence.
Over the course of two legs, Liverpool are going to have too much firepower for anyone in the Europa League and they are more than worthy enough favourites to bag top prize.
Villa’s top-four push in the Premier League and their lack of squad depth could prove costly in the Conference League, where Real Betis, having lost only four times in 23 games in La Liga, look overpriced.
Man City are worthy Champions League favourites and I think it’ll be back-to-back European crowns for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola’s men couldn’t have asked for an easier last-16 tie and they are by far the most likely winners.
Liverpool are the best team in the Europa League, but I think the value could sit with another Premier League team. Brighton topped a strong group containing Marseille, Ajax and AEK Athens and the Seagulls have the game to beat anyone at their best.
There is another English favourite in the Conference League, but I think Aston Villa are the worst value of the European market leaders. At 20/1, it could pay to take a punt on PAOK Salonika.
You may not have heard, but Manchester City are on a roll. Joking aside, their domestic improvement looks ominous for those aiming to oppose them at both home and abroad and a second Champions League title could beckon. In contrast, Bayern Munch’s Bundesliga form has been mixed but they cannot be ignored with Harry Kane in form and Thomas Tuchel in charge.
If City retain the Champions League, it could spark a clean sweep for the English clubs, with Liverpool tough to ignore in the Europa League, while Unai Emery’s continental record means Aston Villa are the team to beat in the Europa Conference League.
Real Madrid were ruthless in the group stage of the Champions League, winning all six of their matches, and I would not be surprised if they go the distance under Carlo Ancelotti.
Los Blancos thumped Girona 4-0 at the weekend, handing them a five-point lead in the La Liga title race, so they should be able to put more focus on their continental involvement.
Liverpool are the obvious pick in the Europa League and I expect they will lift the trophy in their final season under Jurgen Klopp.
As for the Europa Conference League, Aston Villa have gone off the boil, so I’ll go for last season’s runners-up Fiorentina.
Manchester City are understandable Champions League favourites but Bayern Munich could stop them with Harry Kane determined to pick up silverware with the German giants.
In the Europa League, it’s hard to look past Liverpool, who are the best side in the competition, but they could be distracted by other targets, leaving the door open for Brighton, who have proved to be very tricky opponents for anyone on their day under Roberto De Zerbi.
Eintracht Frankfurt are my pick in the Conference League. They’re in the top six in Germany and have recent European pedigree, winning the Europa League in 2022.
Manchester City are clearly the right favourites in the Champions League now they have all their big guns back in action, but there’s not much juice in their price and there’s arguably more value in an each-way bet on Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have an attractive last-16 draw against RB Leipzig.
In the Europa League, I’m happy to side with unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who won each of their three home group games by four goals.
As for the Conference League, Ajax are interesting at 16-1 after turning their season around impressively after a terrible start to the campaign.
Now Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland are back, I find it difficult to look beyond holders Manchester City in the Champions League, even though La Liga challengers Real Madrid are likely to prove their closest rivals.
Atalanta are a tough nut to crack at their Bergamo base and they could represent some decent value in the Europa League where favourites Liverpool may be on the short side and Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen are likely to prioritise their domestic efforts.
Ajax have been a bit of a basket case over the last couple of seasons, but they have sorted themselves out in the last few months and are a lively outsider in the Europa Conference League.
European Outsiders Treble
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