Things to know as European competitions return from the World Cup break

The unique timing of the World Cup means there isn’t much of a break between the end of the tournament and the resumption of competitive football around the world.

Some leagues even started playing before the World Cup was over. The English League Championship resumed last week and the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup started on Tuesday.

With the Premier League, the first of Europe’s five major leagues set to resume on Monday, we thought a refresher course on the state of play in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain was needed after all watching a month of international football. Here’s a quick refresher for the return of club football.

All odds via BetMGM.

English Premier League

The competition will resume on December 26

Premier League table

1. Arsenal, 37 points

2. Manchester City, 32

3.Newcastle, 30

4.Tottenham, 29

5.Manchester United, 26

Chance to win the competition

Chance of relegation

  • Bournemouth (-175)

  • Nottingham Forest (-175)

  • Wolves (-110)

  • Everton (+165)

  • Southampton (+175)

What you need to know

League-leader Arsenal will have to miss star striker Gabriel Jesus for some time due to an injury to his right knee that he sustained in Brazil’s match against Cameroon. Jesus had surgery earlier this month. Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will be well rested as Norway did not participate in the World Cup. Newcastle can be active in the January transfer market after its hot start as it chases Champions League football. Manchester United, meanwhile, is only second to Manchester City in the number of minutes its players played at the World Cup. Both teams could heavily rotate their teams in the coming weeks.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Martinelli tin Odegaard celebrates scoring Arsenal's 2nd goal with Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey during the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on November 12, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal sit at the top of the table but are the league favorites heading into the second half of the season. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

French League 1

The competition will resume on December 28

ranking

1. PSG, 41 points

2. Lens, 36

3. Stade Rennais, 31

4. Marseille, 30

5.Lorient, 28

Chance to win the competition

  • PSG (-10000)

  • lens (+2500)

  • Stadium Rennais (+3300)

  • Marseilles (+4000)

  • Monaco (+10000)

Chance of relegation

  • Angry (-400)

  • Above (-250)

  • AC Ajaccio (-135)

  • Brest (+135)

  • Montpellier (+160)

What you need to know

It seems likely that PSG will play a game or two without Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi after their epic World Cup runs. That would give the keys to the attack to Neymar. Only Mbappé (12) has scored more than Neymar’s 11 league goals in 14 games. Lens have yet to lose a single home game this season in their bid to keep up with PSG so far and the two teams drew 1-1 earlier this season. Stade Rennais has the second best goal difference in the league behind PSG.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 29: Neyamr Jr 10, Kylian Mbappe 7 and Lionel Messi 30 of Paris Saint-Germain pose before the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint-Germain and ESTAC Troyes at Parc des Princes on October 29, 2022 in Paris, France .  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

It may be a while before we see these three back on the field together after their deep runs at the World Cup. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Spanish LaLiga

The competition will resume on December 30

ranking

1. Barcelona, ​​​​37 points

2. Real Madrid, 35

3.Real Sociedad, 26

4. Athletic Club, 24

5. Atletico Madrid, 24

Chance to win the competition

  • Barcelona (-190)

  • Madrid (+150)

  • Atletico Madrid (+10000)

  • Athletic Bilbao (+15000)

  • Real Sociedad (+15000)

Chance of relegation

  • Elche (-2000)

  • Cadiz (-200)

  • Getafe (+165)

  • Almeria (+200)

  • Spanish (+250)

What you need to know

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have lost just once in their first 14 matches. The only difference between them is that Real Madrid has two ties to Barcelona’s. Karim Benzema should soon return to Real Madrid after missing out on the entire World Cup and manager Carlo Ancelotti this week said he will stay at Real Madrid until his contract expires in June 2024 after being linked with the job in Brazil. Robert Lewandowski has scored 13 goals in Barcelona’s 14 games as Ousmane Dembele tries to maintain his strong World Cup form.

09 Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona talks to 08 Pedri of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria at the Spotify Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla /NurPhoto via Getty Images)

09 Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona talks to 08 Pedri of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Almeria at the Spotify Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla /NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Italian Serie A

The competition will resume on January 4

ranking

1. Napoli, 41 points

2. AC Milan, 33

3.Juventus, 31

4.Lazio, 30

5. Inter Milan, 30

Chance to win the competition

  • Naples (-250)

  • AC Milan (+550)

  • Inter Milan (+650)

  • Juventus (+650)

  • Lazio (+2500)

Chance of relegation

  • Cremonese (-400)

  • Hellas Verona (-250)

  • Sampdoria (-250)

  • Spezia Calcio (+150)

  • Lecce (+200)

What you need to know

Napoli is eight points ahead of number two thanks to 13 wins and two draws in 15 games. Victor Osimhen has nine goals in 11 games, while 21-year-old Georgian Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has six goals and five assists in 12 appearances. Juventus have conceded seven goals in the league in 15 games, but are 10 points behind as they scored just 24 goals – 13 fewer than Napoli and the fewest of any team in the top five. Only 6 points separate AC Milan from Roma in seventh place. With the top four teams reaching the Champions League, it could be a fascinating 2023, even if Napoli take the title.

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

German Bundesliga

The competition will resume on January 20

ranking

1. Bayern Munich, 34 points

2. SC Freiburg, 30

3. RB Leipzig, 28

4. Eintracht Frankfurt, 27

5. Union Berlin, 27

Chance to win the competition

Chance of relegation

  • Schalke (-500)

  • VfL Bochum (-165)

  • Augsburg (+135)

  • Hertha BSC (+250)

  • VfB Stuttgart (+350)

What you need to know

As you can see, oddsmakers are optimistic about another league title from Bayern Munich. If Bayern wins again, it will do so without GK Manuel Neuer. He suffered a broken leg while skiing after the World Cup and is out for the rest of the season. Bayern’s goal difference is +36. Freiburg’s is +8. Dortmund have the third best chances of winning the league despite being seventh and five points behind second. Dortmund could be tempted to sell Jude Bellingham in January following his strong World Cup performances or could try to hold onto a strong bid during the summer transfer window.

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 16: Leroy Sane of Bayern Muenchen controls the ball during the Bundesliga game between FC Bayern Munich and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2022 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Leroy Sane of Bayern Munich controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and Sport-Club Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on October 15, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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