Betting soccer futures isn’t just limited to accepting outright winners. In the instance of La Liga, 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: take Atletico Madrid.
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Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos had a summer of critical movement, the most prominent of which watched Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix unite on a listing 120M-euro deal from Benfica. Atleti also appeared strong in pre-season drama — for what that’s worth — scoring a 7-3 win over Real Madrid in New Jersey and a 2-1 win over Juventus at Stockholm.
Historic trends also tell us Simeone’s squad is a really safe bet: Atletico completed before Real Madrid at 2017-18 and 2018-19, also has not finished outside the top three (or below anyone aside from Bar??a and Real) since 2011-12.
There are only two other real challengers for Atletico from Sevilla (+800) and Valencia (+600); the former has not finished before Atletico because 2010-11, although the latter has not since 2011-12.
It remains to be seen whether new manager Julen Lopetegui will steer Sevilla back into being a normal top-five squad; the Spain youth coach fought in his only previous high-profile club endeavor at Porto.
In Valencia, a great summer has observed director Marcelino add quality bits in goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) and forwards Maxi Gomez (Celta); final year proved to be a wild ride to the Valencians, who began horribly but caught fire down the stretch to finish fourth, and their summer additions must have them solidly in the top five this year.
It’s intriguing to note a lack of chances love for Getafe (+4000), that ended a club-best 5th at La Liga last year but is anticipated to struggle with valve congestion and regress to a more typical mid-table finish.
Given that Atletico added some high quality and Simeone’s club always punches above the weight of its squad on paper, it is unlikely either will provide it a serious run on this prop bet.
Select: Atletico Madrid (-250)
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