It Could Be All About Madrid Come May, But What Color Will the Ribbons be on the La Liga Trophy?
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Who is going to take home the La Liga trophy in May as the best team in Spain?
Right now, it is tough to tell. In fact, it could be tough to tell come April, as the season winds down, like in many other leagues around Europe.
Real Madrid won the title last season by five points over Barcelona, with Atlético Madrid and Sevilla 17 points behind; in fact, the best race in Spain last year was for the final UEFA Europa League spot.
So who is going to end up winning the title next May, and what are the pros and cons for each team?
Real Madrid (Current odds +150)
The reigning champions look close to breaking out after a slow start, and will almost certainly strengthen in the January window. Zinedine Zidane’s squad is still a little banged up, and could use Paul Pogba from Manchester United to come in and give the team a boost. Even with the slow start, Real Madrid is still a slight favorite over the only unbeaten team left in Spain.
Atlético Madrid (Current odds +175)
Diego Simeone’s side rarely loses matches, as witnessed by a 6-0-2 start to the La Liga season. They have only allowed two goals in eight games, while scoring 18. Atléti just beat Barcelona 1-0 last weekend, in the first game between teams at the top of the table.
But they also have trouble breaking teams down at times, like they did last week in the UEFA Champions League against Lokomotiv Moscow in a 0-0 draw. This team is going to be there at the end of the season though, because of the defense.
FC Barcelona (Current odds +350)
I never know what to think of this team, which has run through its UEFA Champions League group, but has trouble scoring at times. Lionel Messi has been banged up, and will most certainly be playing next season in Manchester, so this could be the last stand of the Blaugrana. They sit 13th in the table, much like Manchester City in the Premier League, and have some aging players in the squad. Personally, I would rather put my money on the title staying in the Spanish capital.
Real Sociedad (Current odds +1400)
You would think the team that currently leads the league would be getting a little more respect. Some of that is due to the name of the club: it is not Barcelona or Madrid. But make no mistake, this team is talented, and has torn up the league early in the campaign. Sociedad is one of two teams with a goal difference in double digits (+17), and has a squad full of players that can put the ball in the net, something that is needed to compete.
Can this side be in the thick of the race in February, especially if they are playing on multiple fronts such as the UEFA Europa League and the Copa del Rey?
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