It seems fair to say that the La Liga title will go to one of two teams – Barcelona or Real Madrid. This doesn’t mean that it won’t be a fascinating tussle for 1st position though as these two European giants go blow for blow over the next few months.
The title is currently in the hands of Madrid of course after they racked up 100 points to become Spanish Champions. Now, Jose Mourinho’s men are aiming to dominate – much like Barcelona have done over the last few years – and retain their title.
They are the favourites to do just that too, with Madrid available at 8/11 to make it back to back titles. Mourinho has assembled an incredibly strong squad and this is where they go from strength to strength.
If anything, winning the title for a second year in succession would mean more to them too. It would mean they have a strangle hold over Barcelona and that in Spain, they are the team to beat.
Looking at their transfer business this summer, there hasn’t been a great deal, certainly in terms of players coming in. They are, quite rightly, sticking with the team that brought them success last season. Don’t rule out a big signing before the transfer window slams shut though.
As mentioned, the other team targeting the title will be Barcelona. Having won the title for three years in succession up until last season, they want their trophy back. It would have hurt them watching Madrid celebrate last season.
It is going to be tough for them though as this is a new era. A post Pep Guardiola era. They still have an incredible amount of talent in their squad – including new signing Jordi Alba – although this could be the tightest title race for a while, so they need to be quickly out of the blocks.
Despite these two teams being overwhelming favourites for the title, it is worth mentioning that if anyone is going to challenge these two it is down to Valencia or Atletico Madrid.
However, both of these teams are available at 100/1 with some bookies, so this tells its own story. They are very good teams with an abundance of talented players, but are they up to the level of Real Madrid and Barcelona? Not just yet.
The La Liga campaign gets underway this weekend.