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Which European clubs could benefit most from swapping leagues?

| 16.10.2015

Matt Haynes | October 16, 2015

Ever wondered how certain clubs would fare in a different league? We see an indication of this in European competitions like the Champions League and Europa League, though nothing conclusive. Coral therefore look at five different clubs who might perform better in another continental league.

Arsenal to La liga

Over the years, the Gunners have been compared to Barcelona in their style of football, with an emphasis on passing.

It has posed the opinion that Arsenal, 9/4 with Coral to win the Premier League, would suit La Liga, due to the fact that the league is far more technical, teams aren’t as inclined to press and Arsene Wenger’s side could emulate Barcelona by cutting teams open and running riot.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Arsenal - King Power Stadium

Often, Arsene Wenger’s side would get bullied by more physical teams, especially away from home, with the likes of Stoke City and Chelsea able to ruffle the Gunners’ feathers.

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While the north London side have showed much improvement in recent years, getting closer to winning the Premier League again, they may have a better chance of success in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid to Bundesliga

Although Diego Simeone’s side triumphed in the 2013/14 season, some might argue that Atleti, 16/1 to win La Liga, are more suited to Bundesliga, where they would be able to impose their mixed style to much success.

A wily tactician, Simeone would also enjoy masterminding victories over Bayern Munich, having enjoyed multiple successes against La Liga heavyweights, Barcelona and fierce cross-city rivals Real Madrid, in recent seasons.

PSG to Serie A

While a move to Spain, England or Germany might be a stretch too far, Italy’s Serie A might provide much more of a challenge than Ligue 1.

Manchester Utd v Paris Saint-Germain

With both Milan clubs going through a transition, Napoli, Roma and Lazio on the rise and Juventus getting stronger every year, the Parisians might relish the challenge of competing in Serie A and may attract better quality players to their club.

Bayern Munich to Premier League

There has been a hint of complacency about the Bavarian-based club in recent seasons, with them sweeping the rest of the competition to one side and it would be interesting to see how they fared in the Premier League, where they would face a number of teams who can win the title every season.

The style of Bundesliga football has also been compared to that of the Premier League, so Bayern would no doubt make a seamless transition, while finding it much more competitive.

Sunderland to Scottish Premiership

How’s this for a curve ball? Many have called for Celtic to move to the Premier League in recent seasons, though, perhaps the Black Cats, odds-on at 2/9 to be relegated, might be more at home in the Scottish Premiership.

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Sunderland - Goodison Park

Always flirting with relegation in the English top-flight, they would have an easier run of things, be challenging for silverware every season and, conveniently, are near the Scottish border.


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.