The Spanish La Liga title race is looking set to be an interesting one this season, as the top three sides appear to have invested well in their squads. It all sets up for a fascinating battle as Barcelona start as the general 4/6 favourites. This is proving a popular choice for many punters using online bookmaker reviews to find the best offers available to support them. Here we cover the chances of the main contenders and their key transfers over the summer window.
Barcelona start the season as the defending champions and strong favourites for the title. This is little surprise considering how impressive they were last season and the fact they are 26 time La Liga champions. They head in having won each of the last two seasons and have been very busy in the summer transfer window investing further in the side.
The first major transfer is Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for around £67.5 million. The central midfielder is a hugely exciting talent at just 22 years of age and is set to make a big impact at the club. The key transfer for Barcelona has been bringing former Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to the club. This was for a reported fee of around £108 million. His record speaks for itself both at club and national level and the 28 year old will be expected to make an instant impact for the club.
Real Madrid are going through a period of transition and will be hopeful of a more positive showing this season. They were recently beaten 7-3 by rivals Atletico Madrid pre-season, which has further add to the pressure for Zinedine Zidane. They can be supported at 11/8 for the title at present. They still remain the most successful European side, that includes a record 33 La Liga titles. They are looking for their first title since 2017 and second since 2012.
Real Madrid have been very busy in the transfer window that includes a number of big signings such as Rodrygo, Mendy, Militao and Jovic. However, the big signing has to be Eden Hazard from Chelsea for around £90 million. He has progressed into one of the top talents in world football and showcased this at last year’s World Cup for Belgium. The 28 year old will be expected to make a major impact for Real Madrid this upcoming season.
Atletico Madrid must enter the championship picture following their impressive pre-season form and of course the comprehensive victory over Real Madrid. They can be supported for the title at around 14/1. They are looking for their 11th top flight title, with the last coming back in 2014. They have also finished as runners-up in each of the last two seasons, so will be expected to again challenge the previously mentioned Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Atletico have also been very active in the transfer window and despite losing Griezmann, will still be a strong force this season. They have brought in the likes of Felipe, Trippier, Hermoso, Llorente and of course Joao Felix. The latter was signed from Benfica for around £113 million and is expected to progress greatly at the club. The 19 year old Portuguese star is one of the most exciting young talents in the game and will be expected to prove that this season.