Real Madrid have, throughout the summer, been the marginal favourites to win La Liga especially after the sale of Neymar by Barcelona to PSG.
Two weeks ago Los Blancos could be backed at odds of 10/11, implying a 52.4% chance with Barcelona marginally next in the betting at evens (1/1), implying a 50% chance. Since then, Barcelona have lost Neymar to PSG, started the process of replacing him and lost the Spanish Super Cup to their rivals Real Madrid, losing both legs and 5-1 on aggregate in what is becoming a terrible summer for the Catalan giants.
Barcelona currently do not look like they will have an answer to Zidane’s men this season and the betting certainly reflects that after last night’s second leg. Real are now available at 8/11, implying a 57.9% chance while Barcelona are out to 6/5, implying a 45.5% chance. Whilst Esterno Valverde and Josep Maria Bartomeu have been making moves for both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, if they do sign they will take time to settle in and it’s difficult to see Barcelona finishing above Real Madrid, in what could be a season of transition for Barca.
News of Luis Suarez’s knee injury that has broken this lunchtime makes the situation at the Nou Camp even worse and makes the potential signings of Coutinho and Dembele even more important early in the league campaign.
Oddschecker punters have been taking advantage of the perceived value of Real’s price to win the league, with 67.7% of bets going on the Spanish giants since the end of the 2-0 win last night. That’s nearly four times more, in terms of volume of bets, than rivals Barcelona.
The La Liga season gets started this weekend, with Real Madrid away to last season’s strugglers Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona are at home to Real Betis. Further down the market, the bookies don’t give anyone a real chance of winning the Spanish title this season with Atletico at 33/1 and Sevilla 150/1.