La Liga 2019/20 Betting Tips: Winner, Top Four and Relegation Markets Analysed

Martin Green

Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:20 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019 9:20 PM UTC

Barcelona and Real Madrid are set for an almighty tussle next season!
<div><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Spain’s top clubs have been extremely busy in the transfer market this summer and the 2019/20 campaign looks set to be ferociously competitive. There is still a long way to go before the season begins, and we should expect a lot more activity before the transfer window slams shut, but it is never too early to look at futures odds. They are likely to shift around between now and the start of the campaign, mainly as a result of big transfers but you can steal a march by getting your bets in early.</p><h2>La Liga winner</h2><p>Barcelona wrapped up a second consecutive title in dominant fashion last season, as they finished 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 19 points ahead of Real Madrid. However, Los Blancos should be far more competitive in 2019/20. They brought legendary coach Zinedine Zidane, and he has been spending money like it is going out of fashion this summer. They have spent a record-breaking €303 million on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo. That should transform their fortunes by injecting youth, pace and dynamism into a squad that looked old and beleaguered last season.</p><p>It will be interesting to see the new arrivals blend in with seasoned Champions League winners like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema. Hazard will bring the X-Factor back to the team, and Real should be really exciting to watch next season. However, integrating that many new players into the squad and waiting for them to gel is a tall order for Zidane.</p><p>Barca have a more settled squad, and they have not been messing around in the transfer window either this summer. Frenkie De Jong will be a great addition in an ageing midfield, while La Liga stalwart Antoine Griezmann will ease the burden on Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Barcelona may yet bring in more players this summer, and they look well priced right now at 1.73 (8/11) with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Betway</a> to win the title.</p><h2>Without Barcelona and Real Madrid</h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> is offering 4/6 (1.66) on Atletico Madrid in the “without Barcelona and Real Madrid” market and that looks like a great bet. They may have been rocked by several key departures, as star striker Griezmann has gone to Barca, defensive lynchpin Diego Godin went to Inter, Lucas Hernandez moved to Bayern Munich and Rodri joined Man City, but they still have an extremely talented squad. Jan Oblak is arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, Jose Ginemenez is a top centre-half, Saul Niguez and Koke are brilliant and Alvaro Morata can lead the line with aplomb.</p><p>They have also made an intriguing signing, as Joao Felix joined for €120 million from Benfica, making him the fifth most expensive player of all time. Manager Diego Simeone will have them just as well drilled and difficult to break down as ever, and you should expect them to boast a strong home record. That should be enough to see them finish above teams like Valencia and Sevilla, and they might even challenge the top two for the title. They have not finished outside the top three since 2012.</p><h2>Top Four</h2><p>If you assume that Barcelona and the two Madrid clubs will finish in the top four, that leave one place up for grabs, and Valencia look well placed to seize it. They finished the 2018/19 season in excellent form and clinched fourth place for the second year in a row. They then delivered a brilliant performance to beat Barca in the Copa del Rey final, and that should give them a great deal of confidence ahead of the new season. They have since brought in Jasper Cillessen from Barcelona as their new first choice goalkeeper, while Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo looks like a good signing. Sevilla are too inconsistent, and their poor away form hampers their ability to challenge for a Champions League place, while Athletic Bilbao lack Valencia’s depth of quality, so they should be good enough for fourth place once more and <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a> has a tempting 2.63 (13/8) on them in this market.</p><h2>Relegation</h2><p>Newly promoted Granada are the 2.37 (11/8) favourites to be relegated next season, while fellow newcomers Osasuna are priced at 2.87 (15/8). Of the two, Osasuna look the more attractive option, as the odds are longer, they struggled badly last time they were in this division and they finished behind Granada in La Liga B last season. Valladolid also look well priced at 6/4 (2.50) to be relegated. They escaped the drop by the skin of their teeth last term, but they lack quality and could run out of lives in 2019/20. Punters also like the look of Levante at 4.50 (7/2), but it might be worth looking at this market again once the transfer window closes, as these teams will be busy bolstering their squads in the weeks ahead.</p></div>
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