At this stage of the season, four teams haven’t been this close in La Liga’s title race for 48 years. Who do the bookies think will come out on top?
With a handful of games remaining in the 2020/21 La Liga season, four teams remain in contention. After a shake up this weekend, Barcelona are a best price of 8/15 to pull off an improbable league comeback. The out-of-form Atletico Madrid can be backed at 10/3, while Real Madrid and Sevilla can be found at 9/1 and 33/1 respectively.
Despite being the longest odds, Julian Lopetegui’s in-form Sevilla side are the most backed team through oddschecker in the last 24-hours, accruing 49% of bets. With 32% of bets, Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Barcelona are the second most backed.
Barcelona cut to ODDS-ON favourites after victory away to Villarreal
An Antoine Griezmann brace secured a crucial three points for La Blaugrana on Sunday, allowing them to close the gap on Real and Atletico Madrid who both dropped points. Barcelona are now level on points with Real and two points behind Atleti, having played one fewer game then both.
Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona are in scintillating form as the end of the season closes in and bookmakers have responded by cutting them into 8/15 favourites to win the clubs 27th Primera Division title.
On 30 January, Barcelona were 14 points behind runaway leaders Atletico Madrid and odds of 10/1 to pull off an unlikely comeback and win the title.
Barcelona’s upturn in form has been led by their talisman, Lionel Messi, who since 30 January has scored a staggering 14 goals in 13 La Liga appearances. In the same time period, Barca’s number 10 has seven assists, earning himself ten Man of the Match awards along the way.
After falling behind his once teammate and close friend Luis Suarez in La Liga goals earlier in the season, Messi is now 1/14 odds-on favourite to secure the Pichichi as the League’s top scorer.
Atletico and Real Madrid falter
It really has proved to be a season of two halves for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side, who now face a real battle to lift the trophy that they appeared to have sewn up months ago.
At the start of March, Atleti were as short as 1/2 with their name virtually on the trophy, so few could have predicted such a steep demise. After a painful loss to Athletic Bilbao over the weekend, Atletico now sit at a best price of 10/3, and although they can secure the title with a flawless end to the season they’ll need a dramatic upturn in form.
A similar story is unfolding for Zidane’s men, who were held to a goalless draw by Real Betis on Saturday, denting their title aspirations in the process. They’ve lengthened from a price of 2/1 to 9/1 after the weekend’s results.
Sevilla on the charge
In many ways, Sevilla have been the story of the 2020/21 La Liga season, defying expectation to put themselves in contention at this late stage. Although outsiders at a best price of 33/1, they can be found as short as 16/1 and arguably have the best form of the top four in La Liga, winning their last five league games.
What makes this year's title race even more captivating is that no team has got a favourable run-in, with each facing in-form sides who have proved difficult to beat this season.
All four title contenders will face tough tests, not least in two weeks’ time when Real face Sevilla and Barcelona face Atletico.
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