Betting soccer futures is not just confined to taking winners. In La Liga’s instance, we’re looking at who could win the team.
With Bovada offering a prop on which team will win La Liga without giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, we’re here in order to reinforce what the chances tell you: Require Atletico Madrid.
*Odds taken 8/12/19. For full list of teams visit Bovada
Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos had a summer of serious motion, the most notable of which saw Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix unite on a list 120M-euro bargain from Benfica. Atleti also seemed strong in pre-season play — for what that is worth scoring a 7-3 win over Real Madrid at New Jersey along with a 2-1 win over Juventus at Stockholm.
Historic trends also let’s Simeone’s squad is a really safe bet: Atletico finished ahead of Real Madrid at 2017-18 and 2018-19, also has not finished outside the top three (or under anyone aside from Bar??a and Real) because 2011-12.
There are just two other genuine challengers for Atletico at Sevilla (+800) and Valencia (+600); the former hasn’t finished before Atletico since 2010-11, while the latter has not since 2011-12.
It remains to be seen whether new boss Julen Lopetegui can steer Sevilla back into being a normal top-five squad; the Spain youth coach struggled in his only prior high-profile club project at Porto.
At Valencia, a fantastic summer has observed manager Marcelino add quality pieces from goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) and forward Maxi Gomez (Celta); final year was a crazy ride for the Valencians, that began terribly but caught fire down the stretch to finish fourth, and their summertime developments should have them in the top five this year.
It is intriguing to note a scarcity of chances love for Getafe (+4000), that finished a club-best 5th in La Liga last season but is expected to fight with fixture congestion and regress into a more typical mid-table finish.
Given that Atletico added a high quality and Simeone’s club regularly punches above the burden of its own squad on paper, it’s unlikely either will give it a significant run with this particular prop bet.
Pick: Atletico Madrid (-250)
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