2016-17 La Liga Season Preview & Betting Tips

August 18, 2016 by Posted in Soccer Tips

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The Spanish La Liga 2016-17 season gets underway this weekend and although the competition remains top heavy, similar to recent years. There is always excitement ahead of the start of the football season and the topsides can’t afford to slip up. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid remain the only clubs with a genuine chance of winning the title, which makes an interesting three-way battle in the offing. We preview the action and the chances of the top teams.

Barcelona

The presence of super stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez make them hot favourites for their fourth title in five years. Throughout the preseason they have not been up to their usual standards but count on the Catalan giants to bring their best game when the season starts.

The only sore point for the defending Champions is the loss of key defender Dani Alves to Juventus. The Brazilian had been a key presence on both sides of the pitch and provided the highest number of assists for Messi. Whether they can the team step up and cover his absence will define their season.

There isn’t much value on them ending the season as Champions and we suggest steering clear of backing them unless they stumble at the beginning and their odds blow out!

Prediction: May slip in the title race. Watch out!

Real Madrid

The Spanish giants may have won two Champions League titles in the last three years but their last La Liga title was way back in the 2011-12 season. They also seem to have done away with their Galactico approach – at least for the time being – as no big name has arrived in the summer.

Still with big names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in their ranks, Zinedine Zidane’s charges are a threat to Barcelona for the title. Zidane has shown his influence on the side towards the end last season, which should encourage them ahead of the new season. If the side can work on their inconsistencies and make the most of playing against the smaller clubs, then they have a real chance of claiming the title.

Prediction: Back them to be winners at odds of $2.40 with William Hill

Atletico Madrid

The party spoilers in the pack are Atletico and under Diego Simeone they are a huge threat to both Barca and Real. The team still maintains the nucleus that has seen them achieve a lot of success in recent years and has some exciting young talent within the squad, which makes them dangerous.

The addition of proven La Liga talent like Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan should give Atletico hope that they can gatecrash the top two.

Prediction: At odds of $11 with William Hill, they have huge value to be backed as Champions – but it is a punt still worth a thought.

Other value bets

Watch out for Sevilla to end up in the top four, under the tutelage of new coach Jorge Sampaoli. And if you are slightly aggressive, back Las Palmas to be relegated this season.

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