It’s the dawn of a new La Liga season, and it promises to be a fascinating one. Barcelona were comfortable winners last term after a nightmare campaign for Real Madrid, but Los Blancos have invested heavily in their efforts to catch up. With Atletico Madrid splitting the two Clasico rivals last season and the relegation scrap promising to be as fierce as ever, here we take a look at the best La Liga bets for 2019-20.
Not only will Barca and Real go to battle on the pitch, they’re also reportedly waging war against each other in the transfer market. Both clubs have been heavily linked with a move for Neymar, with the Brazilian desperate to engineer a move away from Paris Saint-Germain. Both sides of the divide have issues, but Madrid are the 6/4 favourites to sign Neymar before the transfer window shuts, with Barca at 5/2.
Securing the signature of the PSG forward and adding him to a forward line that also includes new signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, as well as Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and the out-of-favour Gareth Bale is some proposition. With Real currently priced at 12/5 to win La Liga, the odds on Zinedine Zidane’s side would come in if they land Neymar, so now could be the time to back the Bernabeu outfit.
Barcelona meanwhile are 4/6 to retain their crown and make it a hat-trick of La Liga titles. Ernesto Valverde has added Antoine Griezmann to his attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and the Frenchman gives the champions even more power. The Blaugrana finished 11 points clear of Atletico last term, and a full 19 ahead of bitter rivals Madrid. It will take a serious swing for Barca to miss out on the title this year.
If you fancy a tricast on the how the top three will finish, you can get 16/5 on Barca winning the league with Real Madrid coming as runners-up and Atletico finishing third. There’s no surprise Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos are the 4/5 favourites to finish as the highest team without Barca and Real, although Valencia could offer some value in this market. Los Che have to make up 15 points on Atletico from last term, but they’re available at 7/1.
One of last season’s greatest success stories was Getafe’s push for Champions League qualification. They only missed out on the top four by two points, and could have a tough season with a Europa League campaign to navigate. Jose Bordalas’s side are out at 16/1 to finish in the top four this time around, although a top-six finish looks more realistic at 3/1.
At the other end of the table, Mallorca are the 10/11 favourites to go straight back down after winning in the promotion play-offs following a fifth-placed finish in the Segunda last term. Out of the three promoted clubs, Osasuna are credited with the best chance of staying up. They’re 11/5 to be relegated, which is a longer price than you can get on Valladolid after the Blanquivioletas finished 16th last season. Celta Vigo finished 17th meanwhile and are 6/1 to go down this time round.