Barcelona and Real Madrid back on the track for LaLiga title

Following a rather underwhelming start of the season, the two LaLiga titans dusted themselves off and managed to claim crucial wins in round four, which allowed them to keep up with Atletico Madrid and the title race.

Leo Messi goal celebration
Leo Messi goal celebration during the match between FC Barcelona angd Getafe, corresponding to the round 37 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, on 12th May 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.
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While widely considered as two of the strongest teams in LaLiga and for a few years now favourites on the outright betting market to win LaLiga, both Real Madrid and Barcelona failed to impress their fans in the opening fixtures of the season. That consequently caused many people to wonder whether the two heavyweights can compete for the title or will they struggle to keep up with Atletico Madrid, who in contrast had a good 3-0-0 record by the end of round three. While it’s not too wise to judge how any team will finish the season based on their performances in the opening rounds, we could not ignore the mediocre results of Real Madrid and Barca against some of the weaker teams of LaLiga. That in return resulted in quite a stir in the sports betting community, with speculations popping up suggesting 2019/20 just might be the year Atletico Madrid might have a solid shot at claiming the title.

FC Barcelona won only two matches in La Liga so far

Barcelona started off their 2019/20 campaign losing to Ath. Bilbao (1:0), followed up with a win against Betis (5:2) and a draw against Osasuna (2:2) to conclude their opening three fixtures of the season. It goes without saying Barcelona’s results in the opening three fixtures were underwhelming, to say the least. Their rivals, on the other side, experienced a slightly better start of the season, which by no means was a praiseworthy one. A win against Celta Vigo (1:3) in the opening fixture of the season, followed by two draws against Valladolid (1:1) and Villarreal (2:2) is all that Real Madrid managed to muster up, yet it was enough to keep their boat afloat in the race for the title.

While both teams performed poorly compared to Atletico Madrid, who won all of their opening three fixtures, Barcelona and Real Madrid were still considered as the strong favourites to win the LaLiga title compared to Los Colchoneros. They managed to justify their title as favourites last weekend, when both Barcelona and Real Madrid won their fixtures, whereas it was Atl. Madrid who suffered their first defeat of the season. Barcelona crushed Valencia 5:2 last Saturday, Real Madrid fought their way to a close 3:2 win over Levante, while Atl. Madrid failed to impress against Real Sociedad (2:0).

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the Liga match between Villarreal and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 1, 2019 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Pressin/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Barca is still the main favourite to win La Liga

Looking at the odds provided by bookmakers on the outright betting market for the three teams now, Barcelona is priced at 1.59 to win LaLiga, followed by Real Madrid with 2.59 and Atletico Madrid far behind, with odds as high as 10.00 to claim their 11th LaLiga title. While huge underdogs compared to Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atl. Madrid proved time and time before, they are more than capable of competing for the title, meaning placing a bet on them to claim the title a very appealing for any sports betting enthusiasts, especially with the odds offered on them.

Atletico Madrid do have a very solid team filled with young players and an exceptional coach in Diego Simeone, who is expected to help the youngsters, especially the newly acquired superstar Joao Felix, flourish into a force to be reckoned with in Spain as well as on the European stage. That being said, Los Colchoneros should not get too ahead of themselves. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are far better prepared this season and should be capable of competing for all titles available to them. They might have been slightly underwhelming in the preseason and opening fixtures, but once the wheels get rolling, they should find their way back to the top of the league relatively quickly.

In the round 6 of La Liga, FC Barcelona travel to Granada, Atletico Madrid will host Celta Vigo, while Real Madrid will have a tough task to beat Sevilla at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

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