2020 Spain La Liga Odds: Barcelona Favorites to Win Third Straight Title

Jun 29, 2019 10:23 AM EDT
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Miguel Ruiz – FC Barcelona. Pictured: Barcelona celebrating in the locker room

  • Barcelona are the early -160 favorites to win a third straight Spain La Liga title in 2020.
  • Real Madrid (+145) and Atletico Madrid (+2000) are the closest contenders and only other clubs with odds better than 100-1.

Barcelona breezed to another La Liga title last season, their 26th in league history and tenth since 2005. Along the way they’ve scored 5,999 goals in 2,800 all-time matches.

Spain’s 2019-20 La Liga season will begin on August 18th, and Barcelona have opened as -160 favorites to win their third straight La Liga trophy.

2019-20 Spain La Liga Odds

The defending champions enter the season as the clear favorites at -160, giving them roughly a 61.5% implied probability to claim the title. They have some key new players, including Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, and will surely be looking to sign more over the summer.

Real Madrid are the closest contenders with a price of +145 and are the only other squad listed with implied odds of at least 5%. They’re once again led by Zinedine Zidane, who has returned after winning three straight Champions League titles as manager in 2016-18.

Los Blancos have also been active in the transfer market with the likes of Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) and Ferland Mendy (Lyon) all incoming, and there’s still the possibility of Kylian Mbappe (PSG) making a move.

Atletico Madrid are third on the list at 20-1 and are an early popular pick among casual bettors, as they’ve garnered nearly as many wagers as Barcelona. I’m not a fan of backing the trendy underdogs, but the early-season schedule could potentially favor them, so the current price may not be bad.

The three newly promoted clubs are Osasuna, Granada and Mallorca. They replace the trio of squads relegated following the 2018-19 season: Rayo Vallecano, Huesca and Girona.

Mallorca are the biggest longshots entering the season at 3500-1 odds and are partly owned by Stu Holden and Steve Nash.

Four clubs have new managers heading into the season: Real Betis, Sevilla, Alaves and Espanyol.

Although Zidane has had tremendous success at Real Madrid in the past, I’m backing Barcelona to secure a third straight title and will be looking to bet them at a better price.

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