Real Madrid crushed the field last season, winning the title as the La Liga’s odds favorite from start to finish but they will face way more resistance from Barcelona. You can live-bet on the Spanish top-flight league by using our sportsbook.
Real Madrid won their 35th La Liga title in the 2021/22 season. They finished the year with a 26-8-4 record and 86 points. That was 13 points above second-place Barcelona and 15 points clear of third-place Atletico Madrid. Only three teams have won the La Liga title in recent history. In the past 13 years, Real Madrid has won four titles, Barcelona has won seven, and Atletico Madrid two.
The reigning Spanish and European champions had the edge on their domestic rivals last season, and their squad has only become stronger since. With a fine blend of youth and experience in the ranks and a serial winner in Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline, Madrid is the team to beat. They are fully packed with amazing players from Ballon d’Or favorite Karim Benzema to the goalkeeper of the season in the Champions League Thibaut Courtois.
Long-serving midfield kings Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro should start August’s UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt, with Modric having recently signed a one-year extension to take him past his 37th birthday early next season. Young and super-skilled players Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni are sure to make their cases for the throne throughout the campaign, and coach Carlo Ancelotti certainly has plenty of options now.
New $80m arrival Tchouameni can play box to box, but is seen at Madrid as a long-term successor to Casemiro in the holding role. On top of that, Real Madrid signed defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea on a free transfer who’s the 6th player to move from the Blues to Los Blancos. We will certainly keep backing Real Madrid in our soccer picks and parlays as they are one of the best teams in Europe.
Barcelona should push Real Madrid closer than they did last term. Xavi Hernandez has been backed in the transfer market and the former midfielder knows the club inside out. It’s impossible to comprehend Barcelona’s approach to the market and what it can actually pull off. It apparently wants to sign just about everyone, despite its debt and well-chronicled financial issues.
Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen are in on free transfers, they extended Ousmane Dembele’s contract, they completed the signing of Brazilian international Raphinia from Leeds, and believe it or not Robert Lewandowski’s saga came to an end. Bayern Munich’s legend moved countries signing with the Catalan giants. The Frenkie de Jong saga remains a mystery but was he to be sold, it would at least help to finance some of the other moves in the works.
They now have a real striker in Poland’s superstar Lewandowski. After his eight stellar seasons in the Bundesliga, Lewandowski said that he always wanted to play for a big club in LaLiga while praising Xavi, who was roped in last season when the Catalans were ninth before leading them to a second-place finish in the standings. He scored 348 goals for Bayern during his time there, winning the league title every year and the Champions League in 2020.
Barcelona seems to have been in for just about every high-profile player available. Barcelona hopes to manage its financial position by selling a 49.9% stake in the company to the market and a 25% share of television revenues over the next 25 years. They will definitely be dangerous next season and they are second favorites to win La Liga being priced at +135 with the latest soccer odds.
Atletico Madrid is once again the side that is most likely to break up Spanish soccer’s traditional duo, but Diego Simeone’s side are some way behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the markets. Atletico Madrid is likely to bounce back too. Diego Simeone’s troops surrendered their league crown without much of a fight in 2021/22.
Under Diego Simeone’s watch, Atletico always has the potential to punch above their weight but they are a firm third here behind the giants of Real and Barca, being priced at +550. They weren’t that busy in the summer transfer window but they kept their spine. Atletico Madrid has made just two signings this summer, but many fans may feel that one of them certainly addresses the biggest need of the team.
Belgian central midfielder Axel Witsel joined earlier this summer from Borussia Dortmund and brings with him a wealth of experience. Witsel declared that this is the group with the most quality in his entire career. Still, if you’re betting online we recommend you not to back them during next season. They won’t finish even close to the two La Liga giants.