The La Liga 2022/23 season gets underway on August 14 and will run to June 4. Three teams look capable of challenging for the La Liga title. You can live-bet on the Spanish top-flight league by using our sportsbook.
La Liga Winner
Real Madrid’s La Liga victory during the 2021/2022 season was one of the more one-sided affairs since Barcelona won by 11 points during the 2018/2019 campaign. Los Blancos dominated the league, winning by 13 points and an amazing +49 goal differential. As expected, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid followed the winners and the rest of the pack. However, despite the lackluster competition in La Liga, Spanish teams showcased their superiority in the Champions League, with Real Madrid and Villarreal reaching the semifinals and Los Blancos winning the trophy.
The reigning champs did not make any significant changes to their La Liga-winning squad. Still, they added some key pieces like Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco and Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea to their defense. On the other hand, Barcelona is still very busy in the summer transfer window making them a force to be reckoned with once again. They extended Ousmane Dembele’s contract and they signed Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, Joules Kounde from Sevilla, Raphinha from Leeds, Frank Kessie from AC Milan, and Andreas Christensen from Chelsea.
Atletico Madrid is once again the side that is most likely to break up Spanish soccer’s traditional duopoly, but Diego Simeone’s side is some way behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the markets. They will lack the star talent to take down Real and Barcelona this season
Real Madrid is only the favorite because they won La Liga last season and are the reigning Champions League winners. A lot of Real’s quest to go back to back will depend on if Karim Benzema will repeat another amazing season. If you’re betting online you should avoid Real Madrid, which is priced at +110.
Pick: Barcelona to win La Liga at +135
La Liga Darkhorse
Sevilla should finish in the top four barring self-destruction. They finished one point behind third-placed Atletico Madrid last year and three points behind Barcelona. Selling Joules Kounde to Barcelona will give them the chance to add some extra quality to their squad. They even sold Diego Carlos to Aston Villa for $35m so they have money to spend.
The team did not play well in the final part of the previous La Liga campaign but Julen Lopetegui will definitely remain to lead the squad for the next two seasons. Lopetegui took over at the Sanchez-Pizjuan in the summer of 2019 and has steered Sevilla to three consecutive top-four finishes for the first time in the club’s modern history.
But a lot of the football Sevilla played has been uninspiring, especially last term, and the failure to succeed in either the Champions League or the Europa League in the previous two campaigns is most certainly a stain on his record. That’s why, because of their inconsistency, we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Villarreal’s surprise progress to the semifinals of Europe’s elite competition is amazing. The Spaniards followed their stunning victory over Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 by ousting Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. Two seasons ago, they won their first major trophy, beating Manchester United on penalties in the final of the Europa League, a competition Emery won three times in charge of Sevilla.
Unfortunately, they failed to show the same ambitions in their domestic league, finishing seventh in the standings. It means that this term they will only play in the Conference League, Europe’s third-tier competition. They are the fifth favorites to win the title being priced at +4000. They managed to keep their star players and we expect them to fight Sevilla and Atletico Madrid for a top-four finish.
Pick: Villarreal to finish in the top 4 at +275
La Liga To Get Relegated
Almeria, Real Valladolid, and Girona are the newly promoted teams and as always, the new teams are heavy favorites to go down. Real Valladolid and Girona are the joint favorites to be relegated being priced at +150 with the latest soccer odds. The gap between the top two leagues in Spain has grown wider in recent years.
Elche, Cadiz, and Real Mallorca are also considered likelier candidates to go down to Segunda Division. The latter duo survived last season by a single point and are expected to be involved in the relegation tussle once more, while Elche has one of the smallest budgets in La Liga.
Pick: Elche to get Relegated at +175