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Odds to Win La Liga: Barcelona Ahead of Real Madrid on 2019-20 Board

Antoine Griezmann Odds to Win 2019-20 La Liga Title soccer Spain transfer window

The 2019-20 La Liga season is just around the corner and, as always, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the favorites to claim the title. Following the €120m signing of striker Antoine Griezmann and with Neymar still a possibility until the transfer window closes in August, defending champion Barcelona seems set to lift its 27th trophy.

Despite a disappointing third-place finish last season and a humiliating 7-3 thrashing by Atlético Madrid recently, eternal rival Real Madrid now has former Chelsea talent Eden Hazard on the roster.

No longer the underdogs they used to be, Atlético Madrid’s aforementioned triumph over the Galácticos and their signing of 19-year-old Portuguese sensation João Félix also makes them a force to be reckoned with. 

Barca Looking Confident to Lift Third Straight Trophy

Can Barcelona lift its third consecutive trophy and fifth in the last six years? When we look at their roster and new signings, it certainly seems they are capable of keeping up their impressive record in Spain’s top football tournament.

In addition to boasting one of the greatest players of all time in 32-year-old Lionel Messi, who has been the competition’s top scorer for three years in a row, the Catalan side shelled out €120m to purchase Frenchman Antoine Griezmann from Atlético Madrid. He could make for a deadly attack alongside Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suárez.

Moreover, Barça could possibly still enlist PSG’s Neymar Jr. until the European transfer window closes in August, although negotiations with the Brazilian player look challenging. If they do manage to sign him, it is safe to say that Neymar will do everything in his power to perform at his peak and blunt the fierce criticism he has been getting over how he has been handling his personal and professional life.

This would evidently be of great benefit to the Catalans and boost their chances of winning their third back-to-back cup. The Nou Camp team is priced at -165 to make that happen.

Real Madrid Seeks Redemption After Disappointing Last Term

While Barcelona signed Griezmann and could still enlist Neymar Jr., rival Real Madrid now has skilled Belgian attacking midfielder Eden Hazard within the ranks, following his departure from Chelsea after seven years.

Moreover, Zinedine Zidane’s team is eager to take Paul Pogba from Manchester City. With the likes of additional talents such as Vinicius, Benzema and the youth of new signing Luka Jovic, Los Blancos are always serious contenders for the title.

On the other hand, Real Madrid’s betters are wary of their disastrous campaigns, their worst in recent years in their successful history, in last year’s competitions. The team finished a disappointing third in La Liga, in addition to suffering a humbling exit from the Champions League by Ajax’s hands.

Speaking of unsettling losses, the Galáctico’s shaky performance – to say the least – and subsequent 7-3 recent thrashing by Atlético Madrid in the International Champions Cup further increases doubts about the squad’s possibilities this year. This puts Zizou’s boys out at +160 to win their 34th La Liga title.

Will Atletico Madrid Finally Pull Its Weight?

Atlético Madrid has come a long way since the days when it posed no real threat to giants Real and Barça. With coach Diego Simeone at the helm, the side has become increasingly competitive and their gritty, defensive style has taken them to Champions League finals as well as finishing ahead of Real in the last two seasons of La Liga. However, they have not managed to be crowned Spain’s champions since the 2013-14 season.

This time around, Los Colchoneros have a much bigger budget, and their €126m signing of 19-year-old João Félix from Benfica, making him the third most expensive footballer of all time, proves it.

The rising star will play alongside other considerable new additions such as Marcos Llorente, who came from Real Madrid, and former Tottenham player Kieran Trippier.

The question remains, though, whether they will continue to be the underdogs or finally pull their weight. If it is up to betters, they are still the third favorites to win La Liga, priced at a distant +1400. In a setting without Barcelona and Real Madrid, though, they are at just -150 to be the best of the rest, reasonably ahead of Valencia at +350.

Odds to win 2019-20 La Liga
FC Barcelona-165
Real Madrid+160
Atlético Madrid+1400
Athletic Bilbao+35000
Real Betis+50000
Real Sociedad+50000
Celta de Vigo+100000

Odds as of July 29 at Bovada