Just like the Premier League, the new La Liga season will also start this weekend. But several teams including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will only join the season later due to their commitments in international tournaments. In the La Liga betting predictions, we check the odds and favorites for matchday one.
The 2020/21 La Liga season starts this Friday, but not all 20 teams will take part in the first round. Real Madrid and Getafe will start their season in the second round, while Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona along with playoff winner Elche join the rest of the league in the third round. All these teams got some extra time off after they were still participating in the Champions League and Europa League in August. So let’s see the most exciting games from the first round and the odds for the results.
La Liga betting predictions expect tight result in the opening game
Granada vs Athletic Club game will be the opening game of the new season on Friday night. Online sportsbooks in Spain are expecting a tight match between last season’s middle teams. Home team Granada finished 7th last year which also means they qualified for the Europa League. A fantastic performance from a freshly promoted team who managed to keep their key player, Venezuelan Yangel Herrera for this season. While their opponent, Athletic Club were 11th last season. But the Basques want to improve on this position in the new season. They are slightly favored to win the game with the odds of 2.62.
On Saturday, the first promoted team, Cadiz will start their season at home against Osasuna. It won’t be an easy game for the newbies, who return to the top division after 14 years. Osasuna had a solid season last year and finished in 10th place. The team was also playing in their first season after promotion and despite suffering from injuries they had a strong season. But surely the Andalusians who signed 9 new players in the summer will go for their first victory. They have the odds of 2.80 to do so on bet365.
Villareal and Valencia are predicted to win at home
Last season’s 5th-placed team, Villareal’s performance wasn’t enough for manager Javier Calleja to keep his job. A real top manager, Unai Emery has taken over the team, with even bigger aims this season. Not sure their current squad will be enough for a top 4 finish, especially as Santi Cazorla has left the club. They still have a great attacking duo though with Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno. The team starts against promoted Huesca and has the odds of 1.57 to win the game in the La Liga betting predictions.
Valencia surely want to improve on their disappointing performance and finish ahead of the 9th place now. But following their financial problems and cost-cutting solutions, several players left the club. Including Rodrigo and Ferran Torres who have joined Premier League teams Leed United and Manchester City. Still, the Catalan fans will expect a win from the team in their first game against Levante. Online gambling sites in Spain are offering the odds of 2.05 for a home win, while the guests’ odds are 3.60.