The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid has dominated the La Liga spotlight heading into the 2019-20 season. The defending champions added to an already impressive roster in the offseason to solidify their status as the sports betting favorite to repeat. However, Real Madrid is still right there in their rearview mirror as the most likely challenger to their league supremacy. Can Real Madrid beat out Barcelona for a league title? Does any other team in the table have a legitimate shot to catch those two powerhouses? Here is a look at the best La Liga futures bets heading into this season.
Best Bets To Win The League
Real Madrid has its sights set on redemption following a disappointing league season. They added Eden Hazard to its impressive attacking core in the offseason. Still, it might not be enough to keep up with Barcelona. The defending league champions signed former Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to pair with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front. The Catalan side is also rumored to be in the mix to add to its roster with reports that Neymar Jr. could be a potential transfer target.
Barcelona is already hands down the most skilled club in La Liga. The Nou Camp team is built to withstand all challenges at the top of the table. The smart money is on Barcelona to repeat as league champions at -167 odds.
Best Value Pick To Win The League
While Real Madrid is clearly the most likely team to challenge Barcelona at the top of the table, there really isn’t much value betting on them to win a title at +146. Instead, our focus shifts to Atletico Madrid at +1200 odds.
Atletico has come a long way over the years and while they lost Griezmann up front, they did make some additions of their own. The signing of 19-year-old Joao Felix from Benfica made him the third-most expensive football player of all-time. Atletico also brought in Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid and former Tottenham man Kieran Trippier to solidify its roster.
Barcelona is still the obvious favorite to win the La Liga title. However, if you are looking for a quality value pick to surprise, take Atletico Madrid to win it all at +1200.
Best Bet To Win The Goal Scoring Title
The La Liga goal-scoring title was a complete wash last season with Messi scoring 15 more goals than the runner-up in that department. Messi’s 36 goals in league play were 15 more than the 21 that his teammate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scored. Despite his dominance in that department, Messi is only listed at -150 to repeat as the La Liga scoring champion.
First Coach To Be Fired
After last season’s disappointment, the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Last year’s team was one of the most disappointing in recent memory, finishing third in the table. After a poor performance in the league and a surprising exit in the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, there will be no excuses for Zidane and his staff this season. If this team struggles out of the gate, it might not be long before Zidane is sacked.
There are legitimate question marks about whether Diego Martinez Penas of Granada can succeed at this level. Vicente Moreno of Mallorca is also facing greater expectations after his team earned a promotion last season. However, Zidane still makes the most sense from a betting perspective to be the first manager sacked this season.