Betting football futures is not just confined to taking outright winners. In La Liga’s case, we’re looking at who could win the jackpot.
Together with Bovada offering a prop on which team will win La Liga without giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, we’re here to reinforce exactly what the odds tell you: choose Atletico Madrid.
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Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos had a summer of serious motion, the most notable of which saw Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix join on a list 120M-euro deal from Benfica. Atleti also appeared strong in pre-season play — for what that’s worth — scoring a 7-3 triumph over Real Madrid at New Jersey and a 2-1 win over Juventus at Stockholm.
Historical trends also tell us Simeone’s squad is a really safe bet: Atletico finished ahead of Real Madrid at 2017-18 and 2018-19, and hasn’t finished outside the top three (or under anyone other than Bar??a and Real) because 2011-12.
There are two other genuine challengers for Atletico in Sevilla (+800) and Valencia (+600); the former has not finished ahead of Atletico because 2010-11, while the latter has not since 2011-12.
It remains to be seen whether new manager Julen Lopetegui can steer Sevilla back to being a normal top-five squad; the Spain youth trainer fought in his only previous high-profile club occupation at Porto.
In Valencia, a fantastic summer has observed manager Marcelino add quality bits in goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) and forwards Maxi Gomez (Celta); final year proved to be a crazy ride to the Valencians, that started terribly but caught fire down the stretch to finish fourth, along with their summer additions ought to have them solidly in the top five this season.
It’s intriguing to notice a deficiency of chances love for Getafe (+4000), that finished a club-best 5th in La Liga last season but is predicted to fight with fixture congestion and regress into a typical mid-table finish.
Given that Atletico added a few high quality and Simeone’s club regularly punches above the burden of its squad on paper, it’s unlikely either will provide it a serious run on this prop bet.
Select: Atletico Madrid (-250)
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