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La Liga 2022-23 Top Matches

Real Madrid to Defend Title

New Era

From 2009 to 2018, La Liga belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Thanks to them, the Spanish tournament came to compete with the English Premier League for being recognized as the best soccer league in the world.

Now, after three seasons without such an extra ingredient, it’s expected to be the Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski show. Watch out, though, because one of the special guests could end up stealing it.

France's forward Karim Benzema (R) runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match Austria v France
Karim Benzema - FRANCK FIFE / AFP

As expected, Real Madrid dominates the soccer lines to win the La Liga title, but Los Blancos won’t have it easy. Let’s check the top five matches for the 2022-23 La Liga season, which also include other title contenders.

  • Sevilla vs Barcelona (Sept. 4)

Last season, Sevilla finished fourth, but Los Rojiblancos fought bravely against Real Madrid for much of the campaign. In the end, no other team allowed fewer goals than them with 30. You can expect Sevilla to remain a very good defensive team as they signed center-back Marcao from Galatasaray.

As for Barcelona, Los Azulgranas finished as the runners-up. The team managed to turn things around thanks to head coach Xavi Hernandez. Now, the expectations around them are extremely high, especially after signing Lewandowski.

Los Azulgranas are offering a +135 price in the soccer sportsbook odds to win the title, while Sevilla is +1600. The winner of this match will end up highly motivated and probably offer better odds.

Poland's forward Robert Lewandowski controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League
Robert Lewandowski – Natalia DOBRYSZCYCKA / AFP
  • Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Sept. 18)

You know we had to include the Madrid derby. We’re talking about the last two champions and two sides that really don’t like each other. Last season, they met twice and each team won at home. Los Blancos won 2-0, while Los Colchoneros prevailed 1-0. In fact, the home team hasn’t lost since the 2018-19 season.

Real Madrid couldn’t sign Kylian Mbappe, but they did sign Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger. Plus, Eden Hazard is expected to make a successful comeback. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid signed Samuel Lino and Axel Witsel. Summing up, both teams have an extremely competitive roster.

  • Valencia vs Real Betis (Nov. 9)

Neither Valencia nor Real Betis are among the soccer betting favorites to win the title. However, this is going to be a rematch of last season’s Copa del Rey Grand Finale, in which Los Verdiblancos won 1-0. In other words, Los Che are thirsty for revenge.

Additionally, after finishing fifth in the 2021-22 season, Real Betis’ main goal is to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. As for Valencia, their main goal is to return to a UEFA competition, any UEFA competition. Last season, they finished in ninth place.

You can expect a goal-fest. The two combined for at least three goals in five of their last six meetings.

  • Barcelona vs Real Madrid (March 19)

El Clasico isn’t only one of the best matches in La Liga, but also worldwide. First of all, one of the two sides won the title in 17 of the last 20 seasons. Second of all, despite their financial problems, Barcelona put together a dream team. Last but not least, both sides defeated each other on the road last season. Los Blancos won 2-1 at Camp Nou, while Los Azulgranas won 4-0 at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned before, Benzema and Lewandowski are expected to put on a show. Regarding the domestic Golden Boot, they’re the best options you could include in your soccer picks

Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for the first time on Oct. 16, but we chose the second meeting because by then the route to the title should be clearer.

  • Sevilla vs Villarreal (April 23)

It’s hard to imagine Sevilla or Villarreal winning the title, but that’s the beauty of the top European leagues: There’s so much more to compete for. Qualifying to the UCL would be like winning the title for Sevilla or Villarreal. Last season, the Yellow Submarine reached the UCL semifinals, so don’t underestimate them.

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