It was a script-defying season in 2020/21 as Atletico Madrid dethroned their neighbours and broke the Real Madrid-Barcelona duopoly in La Liga, but can Diego Simeone mastermind a succesful title defence? Or will Spain’s ultimate heavyweights bounce back with a vengeance?
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Who are favourites to win La Liga?
As with every other La Liga season, Barcelona and Real Madrid are naturally the two favourites to lift the trophy come Spring. Los Blancos begin the campaign under new management, with Zinedine Zidane stepping down and making way for Carlo Ancelotti, who ditched Everton for his second stint at the Bernabeu.
Barcelona had a few teething issues under Ronald Koeman last season, but Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ libero appeared to find the right formula as the season progressed, and he will be hoping new recruits Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay settle in quickly and hit the ground running.
Atletico Madrid, despite being the current title holders, are not the overwhelming favourites among the odds-makers, with many tipping Simeone’s charges to surrender their crown to one of the usual medal-hoovering heavyweights, though he will be keen to ensure Atleti remain at the top.
Is there a genuine threat outside the ‘Big Three’?
As it turned out, Sevilla were firmly in the title mix last season, and not just for a fleeting moment. Julen Lopetegui’s 2020 Europa League winners were keeping pace with the division’s titanic trident, but they just fell by the wayside on the home stretch. He will harbour aspirations of mounting another title charge.
Real Sociedad got a taste of silverware in April, winning the delayed 2020 Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, and the Basque club will be itching to add another trophy to their cabinet. With the likes of Mikel Oyarzabal, Alexander Isak and David Silva, there is no reason why they should not be asking questions.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for top prize in La Liga
Having lifted the Europa League at the expense of Manchester United last season, Unai Emery’s Villarreal will be revelling in their status as continental conquerers, and they will now back themselves to challenge in the upper slopes of La Liga, knowing exactly what they are capable of on their day.
The likes of Real Betis, who boast Manuel Pellegrini and finished sixth last term, as well as Athletic Bilbao will be hoping to break the glass ceiling and gatecrash the top-four party, which is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility in this sport.
La Liga outright odds: Other markets
Of course, there are many more outright markets beyond just La Liga’s first-place finishers. On top of backing the team to win Spain’s top tier outright, many bookmakers offer markets such as To Finish In The Top Four, Top Three Exact Order, To Finish Outside The Top Four, and even To Go Unbeaten.
La Liga Top Four Odds
If the title is out of the question for some clubs, there is still the matter of gaining entry to Europe’s premier knockout competition, in the form of the Champions League. It was a familiar looking top four last term, albeit an unfamiliar order, but can a middling club spring up from obscurity this time around and stake a claim at club football’s elite dining table, or will 2021/22 dish out another natural-looking top four in La Liga?
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