Although Barcelona are sure to sit top of the La Liga table over the winter break, the title race is far from over in the Spanish top flight. Real Madrid are still very much in the picture despite a poor start to the season, while Atletico Madrid and surprise package Sevilla are right up there. Read on to find out where you can find the value if you fancy a punt on who’s going to win La Liga.
Last time: Barcelona cruised to the title last season, finishing 14 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid were another three points back in third.
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Barcelona have made a decent enough start to their title defence, although there have been some disappointing results so far this season. A 4-3 defeat at home to Real Betis was certainly one of those, even if it was a wonderfully entertaining watch for the neutral. The Blaugrana also lost against struggling Leganes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side blew Real Madrid away 5-1 in the first Clasico of the campaign.
Barca are the strong favourites to retain their crown, priced at 2/7, with Lionel Messi leading the scoring charts at present and Luis Suarez tied in second. Considering those odds, there isn’t much value in backing the Catalan giants at this point. Instead, now could be the time to get on Real Madrid, who made a dreadful start to the season. Julen Lopetegui has had a year to forget, lasting only a matter of months at the Bernabeu after losing out on leading Spain at the World Cup to take the job in the Spanish capital.
Former Los Blancos player Santiago Solari has taken over, and the players initially responded with a run of positive results. A pair of 3-0 defeats against Eibar in La Liga and CSKA Moscow in the Champions League have kept Madridista feet firmly on the floor, but at 13/2, now would seem to be the time to back Real. The odds won’t get any better if they close the gap on Barca, while their chances of winning the league will slip away if they fall any further back.
Above Los Blancos at the moment are Atletico Madrid, who are two points ahead of their fierce city rivals, and behind Sevilla on goal difference. Diego Simeone’s side won the title in 2014, and they’re right in the mix this year too at 10/1. They and Sevilla are only three points behind Barcelona, which is a gap that could quickly evaporate with just one slip-up from the Camp Nou outfit.
Long shot: Sevilla are keeping pace with the big boys so far this term, as they look for their first La Liga crown since 1946. That triumph over 70 years ago remains their only one to date, although Los Rojiblancos did win a hat-trick of Europa League titles between 2014 and 2016. They’re unlikely to stay the course, but their price of 50/1 could make them worth a little flutter.