Real Madrid lifted the La Liga trophy last season with 86 points from 38 matches. Los Blancos then went on to win the Champions League trophy, defeating Liverpool 1-0 in the final. Now, Carlo Ancelotti's team is the favourite to win the title once more this season.
The 2022-23 La Liga campaign should be another thriller from top to bottom. A lot of questions are currently being asked about the 20 teams that will contest the league. Perhaps the biggest question is what will Barcelona look like on opening day? A lot of financial manoeuvres have been made to increase the club's ability to spend money.
Atletico Madrid, winners of the 2020-21 title, never really battled for the trophy last term. Diego Simeone will be aiming to get Los Rojiblancos into the title fight. Sevilla flirted with the La Liga trophy last season but fell away as the season wore on. Can they mount a title challenge?
Newly promoted Real Valladolid, Girona, and Almeria will all be hoping to consolidate their places in the top flight. The Spanish La Liga will provide plenty of drama all season long.
La Liga Betting Odds
Real Madrid are the La Liga odds leader to win the league ahead of the season. Ancelotti's title winners added even more strength in the offseason. The record Spanish football title winners are seeking their 36th top flight trophy. Let's look at the latest Spanish La Liga betting odds on the outright winner.
- Real Madrid 5/4
- Barcelona 7/4
- Atletico Madrid 11/2
- Sevilla 20/1
- Villarreal 50/1
- Real Sociedad 80/1
- Real Betis 200/1
- Athletic Bilbao 275/1
- Celta Vigo 500/1
- Getafe 750/1
- Valencia 750/1
- Almeria 1000/1
- Real Valladolid 1000/1
- Espanyol 1000/1
- Mallorca 1500/1
- Osasuna 1500/1
- Girona 2000/1
- Cadiz 2000/1
- Elche 2500/1
- Rayo Vallecano 2500/1
Who Are the Favourites to Win La Liga?
Real Madrid are the outright winner odds favourite to win the title. Los Blancos won their 35th Spanish top flight title last season. Ancelotti's team followed it up by winning the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Los Blancos are the bookies' favourite to win the league. The Spanish La Liga title is Real Madrid's to lose. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, Los Blancos have got stronger this offseason.
Barcelona are a favourite to win the league as well. However, there are questions surrounding Barcelona's financial issues. Barca are trying to sign nearly every top player in Europe this offseason, yet they don't have the money to do it.
The Catalans have made a few free transfer signings this offseason. Yet, those players may not be registered unless Barcelona shed some of the wages they currently pay. It is claimed Barcelona have 11 or more players they want to sell. No teams are interested in paying large transfer fees or wages to these unwanted players, however.
Atletico Madrid are the third of the "big" teams in La Liga. Diego Simeone's team won the title in 2020-21, but struggled to mount a challenge last term. Los Rojiblancos also have financial issues. They are trying to sell off some of their high earning, underperforming players. Like Barcelona, no other teams are interested in these players.
Which Team Won La Liga Last Season?
Real Madrid won La Liga in 2021-22 with 86 points from 38 matches. Los Blancos scored 80 goals, the most in La Liga, while conceding 31 times, the second fewest number of goals.
Who Are the Dark Horses?
Barcelona are a dark horse as well as a favourite to win the league. What makes Barca a dark horse? Well, no one knows what this team will look like come September 1 when the transfer window closes.
Although Barcelona want to sign a number of players and they continue to say their finances are in order, their inactivity in the transfer market indicates otherwise. Bayern Munich are reluctant to sell Robert Lewandowski to the Catalans. The Germans want all of the transfer fee up front and not in instalments. There is a fear Barca may not be around to pay the fee in two to three seasons.
Sevilla are another dark horse. Los Rojiblancos flirted with the title last season but fell away in the second half of the season. Sevilla drew the most games in the league (16). A lack of cutting edge in the final third cost them in the title fight. If Sevilla can figure out the goalscoring, they could fight for the title.
La Liga Top Goalscorer Odds
The 2021-22 La Liga season saw Karim Benzema top the goalscoring charts with 27 goals. He will certainly be a favourite to win it once more.
As the season's kick off approaches, you will find the latest up to the minute top goalscorer odds available at Easyodds. Check back regularly for daily updated betting odds.
La Liga Relegation Odds
Almeria, Real Valladolid, and Girona earned promotion to La Liga from the Segunda last season. All three teams will aim to keep their place in the Spanish first division.
The relegation odds will be posted by major betting sites in the build up to the new campaign. Once they are released, Easyodds will have daily, updated relegation betting odds available. Stay tuned for further information.
Dark Horses for Relegation
Cadiz, Mallorca, and Getafe all narrowly avoided relegation last season. All three teams ended the campaign with 39 points from 38 matches.
The trio of teams finished just one point ahead of 18th place Granada. The relegation race in La Liga is often closer and more exciting the title race. Cadiz, Mallorca, and Getafe will all be around the lower half of the table this coming season.
Of the three, Cadiz could go down. The Yellow Submarine do not score a lot of goals and should struggle in the final third once more in 2022-23.
La Liga Outright Winner Prediction
It is difficult to see any team other than Real Madrid winning La Liga this season. The bookies' favourite should win their 36th title and push for a second straight Champions League trophy.
Madrid strengthened in the offseason and go into the new campaign stronger than they were at the end of last term. Although Atletico and Barca will put some pressure on Los Blancos, the La Liga title is Madrid's trophy to lose.
Depending on Barca's financial situation, the gap between first and second place could be large. Last season, 13 points separated Madrid and the Blaugrana in the end.