EuroLeague is back!
The ban of Russian teams from European club competitions after the February invasion of Ukraine continues, so they will not compete this season including EL giant CSKA. Three new teams that will compete compared to the last season are actually not so new to EuroLeague fans, its former European champions Partizan Belgrade and Virtus Bologna, and well-known ACB team Valencia, which was part of EL in 3 of the previous 5 seasons. And according to reports, all these three teams are busy this summer with transactions, so at least any of them should not be cannon fodder, and the whole competition will stay very competitive.
I'd just take look at today's betting odds (to Win EL2003) to see current expectations for the upcoming season, but please note that is still Jully, and lineups are still wide open for further changes, so this is just very early predictions:
Winner odds around 5: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Efes
around 10: Olympiacos, Milano, Fenerbahce
around 15-20: Bologna, Monaco, Maccabi
around 30: Partizan
around 40: Valencia, Bayern
around 50: Baskonia, Crvena Zvezda, Panathinaikos
100+ winner odds: Alba, Zalgiris
There is a big confusion about the Asvel winner odds on https://www.oddschecker.com/basketball/euroleague/winner where 3 bookmakers give them around 40 odds, but the other 3 around 100!?
Here is the announced schedule for the first 11 rounds. For American visitors of this thread not familiar with European clubs I put city and country from where they are:
Schedule 1st half:
Schedule 2nd half: