La Liga

Real Madrid finally seemed to be getting back to their best last season when they finished top of La Liga, but can they stop Barcelona from going back to the top again this season? 

Real Madrid to keep the title at the Bernabeu

After a few seasons on transition, it appeared that Real Madrid were finally getting back to the top last season when they won La Liga. They finished five points ahead of Barcelona, which is a huge improvement on the 19 points behind they finished in 18/19 to them.

After Ronaldo left to join Juventus, it had a huge effect on the team. Since then Zidane has returned to be the manager again and they are starting to look like the Madrid of old.

Real haven’t brought in any big signings yet, but seemed to have managed to offload Bale for the season to Spurs. This will free up a lot of wages at the club which will allow them to strengthen once again.

Just like the Serie A, the odds for this winner of La Liga is very close. Real are the favourites at 8/11. Their club is in a far more stable situation that Barca who are currently going through a crisis. If they can bring in a couple of good signings to strengthen their squad then a second La Liga in as many years is definitely on.

WHO CAN STOP THEM?

Barcelona – 11/8

As we mentioned, Barcelona are in a pretty sticky situation at the moment. After getting beat 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, a lot has changed. They have brought in Ronald Koeman as manager and sacked Eric Abidal as director of football.

Lionel Messi looked like he was on his way out of the club, but his €700 million buy out clause put a stop to that. As long as they have Messi they have a chance. He finished last season, with 25 goals and 21 assists in the league showing how crucial he is to this Barcelona side.

If they can bring in a couple of fresh faces then this may spark Barcelona back into life. They still have a good squad and may it just needed a shakeup to get them back where they belong.

Atletico Madrid – 10/1

Simeone’s side last won the La Liga back in 2013/14. They are a very solid side, however, solid doesn’t win you the league. Atletico are a very hard team to break down and they only conceded 27 goals last season. It’s the other end of the pitch they’re lacking though.

Atletico managed just 50 goals last season compared to Real’s 70 and Barca’s 86. They need to bring in someone to help with this as Joao Felix hasn’t replaced Griezzman as they expected him to.

A La Liga title looks too far out of reach for them but top four will be almost a guarantee at 1/5. We think looking at the cup competitions may be best. As they are so hard to score past they usually only need one goal.

Sevilla – 25/1

This season Europa League winners looked fantastic in the competition in which they have been so successful of late. Last season, they finished in fourth place, level points with Atletico Madrid.

Where Sevilla struggle is against the three sides above them in the La Liga odds. In six games against Real, Barca and Atletico last season, they drew three and lost three. If they want any real chance of pushing the top three they need to start getting more points against them.

Like Atletico, we see Sevilla’s main aim this season being a cup run and top four. They are 8/11 to finish in the Champions League places, which is good value.


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Betting Without Barcelona & Real Madrid 2020/21

As it looks like it is a two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid, it may be better to bet without either of these two sides. Atletico Madrid are leading the way at 4/5 with Sevilla behind them at 11/4. However, this does open up the market to a whole host of other sides. You can back Villareal for example at 10/1. It is a long shot but with the other two sides being in the Champions League then who knows.

RELEGATION BATTLE?

Elche – 4/9

Elche look certain to be one of the teams dropping out of the La Liga at the end of this season. They finished sixth in La Liga 2 and were promoted through the playoffs. They were eight points of automatic qualification and got into the playoffs by a point. Unfortunately for them, we see this being a long season for them in which they will end up in the bottom three come May

Cadiz – 5/6

Finishing in second place in La Liga 2 was Cadiz. This ended a 14 year absence from the top flight for the Spanish side. At 5/6 they’re not given much hope of survival however clubs like Eibar and Levante have been riding their look for a while and it might be their turn to go down.

Huesca – 13/8

The Champions of La Liga 2 will be slightly confident of staying up this season. They played some good football last season but its dependant on wether they stick to that this season. It’ll all depend on how Huesca get on against the bottom half sides as to wether they spend more than one season in the La Liga.

La Liga TOP SCORER ODDS

Lionel Messi – 2/5

Unfortunatley the odds reflect how we see this comeptition going. Messi is a goal machine and showed this the other night with two goals in his first friendly back for Barcelona. As long as he stays fit as well as staying at the club, then this should be a fifth consecutive Pichichi Trophy for Messi.

Karim Benzema – 5/1

Last season, Benzema finished just four goals behind Messi showing there’s still life left in the Real striker. He may not be as prelific as Messi but he doesn’t seem to struggle with injuries as badly. Should Messi miss a significant portion of games then Benzema could be the man to take the Pichichi Trophy from him.

Antoine Griezmann – 9/1

Unfortunatley for the ex-Atletico man and now Barcelona forward it hasn’t really worked out for him yet at his new club. This season though could be his best chance. It looks like Suarez is on his way out and this could allow Griezmann to take more of a leading role at the club.

* Odds listed are with Paddy Powewr unless stated.