Do you want to double your money over the next nine months? If you have answered that question in the affirmative, back Real Madrid to win the Spanish Primera Division this term.
Either Real Madrid or Barcelona has won the Spanish Primera Division in 12 of the last 13 seasons and, with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone unable to wheel and deal due to his team’s transfer ban, it would be truly remarkable if one of the big two did not take out this term’s championship.
Real Madrid won last season’s Spanish Primera Division by three points from Barcelona and that was despite Zinedine Zidane’s Meringues only collecting one point from the two Clasicos that brought the football world to a standstill. Real lost Alvaro Morata to Chelsea because he ran out of patience waiting for a regular first-team spot but the Meringues have no shortage of either established stars or promising youngsters, among them Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez. Provided that Cristiano Ronaldo, who will miss the start of the Spanish Primera Division due to suspension, lines up in all of Real’s significant league games – the first big test for the Meringues will be they travel to Atletico Madrid in the middle of November – they will a lot of beating.
Barcelona pocketed an obscene amount of money a few weeks ago when one third of its attacking triumvirate, Neymar, made the peculiar decision to sign on the dotted line for Paris Saint-Germain – one says peculiar because, while PSG are major players on the European stage, French Ligue 1 is certainly not one of the continent’s top domestic contests. Barcelona was not short of a million or two euros before Neymar activated the release clause in his contract so being cashed up following the Brazilian’s departure is not the positive that it would be for most sides. Liverpool is playing hardball over Philippe Coutinho and, as it stands on the eve of the Spanish Primera Division starting, Barcelona is much weaker than it was last term when it was far from infallible, hence its domestic and international failures.
And you do not simply have to take my word for it. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique told reporters after Real Madrid won the Spanish Supercopa that he felt inferior to his club’s great rival for the first time since he walked into Camp Nou. Real beat Barcelona 5-1 over two legs and it is worth pointing out that the Meringues posted a 2-0 home win over Barca in Madrid without the banned Ronaldo and with Gareth Bale and Isco resting their limbs on the bench. Another key takeout from the Spanish Supercopa was that Barcelona’s one and only goal in the tie came from the penalty spot.
One lied when you could double your money by backing Real Madrid to win this season’s Spanish Primera Division but, come on, the offer of -120 is worthy of some attention seeking. Real has a settled squad with a settled coach and it is the defending Spanish Primera Division champion. Barcelona has a disrupted squad with a new coach and it finished second in the Spanish Primera Division last term. Everyone except fans of the two Spanish Primera Division giants would love this season’s title race to be a 50/50 proposition but the reality is that it is more like 70/30, hence why Real represents excellent value at odds of -120 .
For the record, Real Madrid will host the first Clasico of the Spanish Primera Division competition just before Christmas, with Barcelona’s home match set down for May.
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