The Spanish top-flight action got underway on September 13th, 2020. However, six clubs did not start their campaign that weekend, given that they finished 2019/20 later than all the others. Those clubs are Champions League sides Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Europa League teams Getafe CF and Sevilla FC and the promotion playoff victors Elche CF. With this season starting so late due to the coronavirus pandemic and the delayed end to last season, there will be several midweek rounds in the La Liga Santander 2020/21 campaign.
Matches will also take place through the Christmas and New Year period (even when there will also be some days off for the footballers). More also, the symmetrical system of fixtures in this campaign will also change. So the order of Matchday 1 to Matchday 19 will be different from the order of Matchday 20 to Matchday 38. Week three marked the absolute resumption of the fixture of the current campaign when all the teams in the Laliga Santander played their match across the board.
On Sunday night, FC Barcelona four goals victory against the all yellow jersey team, Villarreal CF rounded up the week three campaign out of the thirty-eight weeks of the LaLiga fixtures. But the question remains unsolved despite the big teams acing up their dominance once again in the league. Real Madrid came from 2-1 first half deficit to overcome the stubborn Real Betis team on Saturday to start off their winning campaign after paying out a goalless draw with Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium.
Also, Atletico Madrid resumed the season with a resounding victory against the revelation team of last campaign and the Atletico new striker took his 20 minutes debut to a whole new level when he assisted and scored twice. Just after the third round of the league campaign, Real Betis sat at the helm of the Spanish top-flight competition tables and Granada on Second despite the team losing out to the two Madrid teams, Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid respectively.
But the newly promoted Elche sit at the base of the table with one game played and one loss but Deportivo Alaves are second to the bottom team with only one draw in three games. Despite not making any signing this season, losing Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspurs and Luka Modric in this campaign turning 35 years old, Real Madrid still looked a team to beat with the recall of Martin Odegaard from Real Sociedad. The Spanish capital giant team has been hoping to win the league back-to-back since 2008.
But with Vinicius Jr getting wiser on a daily basis, Luka Jovic playing better and better every day, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo and Mendy a year older and a year wiser only mean they can match up their previous feat. Can they actually attain this feat once again? Only the time will tell. However, Barcelona will be looking to improve from their shambolic previous campaign when they won the trophy less for the first time since 2008. The transfer saga of the FC Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi could be decisive in the current campaign.
As the Argentina international will be hoping to end his 21 years partnership with Barcelona with high ovation, if he wants to leave at all. With Ronal Keoman at the helm of Barcelona coaching affairs, the Dutchman is bringing a new dimension to the play and tactical shift that accommodate everyone at their best position. And the change in the Barca way of positioning and formation, the changes can definitely make waves for the Catalan giant team in the current campaign of Laliga Santander.
Furthermore, the singing Ansu Fati praise all around, the signing of Trincao and Pedri, with Sergino Dest on the way, Barcelona is sure preparing for the future after the end of Lionel Messi era, which could be as early as the next season. But the happy Phillipe Coutinho, Antoinne Griezman and the signing of Juventus star, Pjanic, Barcelona will be hoping to win the league once again. However, can Barcelona wrestle the title back from Real Madrid once again?
It’s an up-for-grab question that can only be answered with consistency. Also, Atletico de Madrid will be looking to build their season on their victory against Granada, after coming off their previous lukewarm season and were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by RB Leipzig in an unfashionable manner. The acquisition of Luis Suarez from Barcelona is a statement signing to compete at a high level. But, the makeshift in Atletico playing style will be a bonus to the already surging season for the Los Colchoneros.
Despite losing Alvaro Morata to Juventus, the firing of Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez is an establishment of competition and not participation from Atletico Madrid. But how far can they go? The end of the season will eventually answer the question! Sevilla CF who finished fourth in the last campaign of LaLiga Santander on the other hand is on the right momentum and thus craving to build on it.
The team was ousting their opponent on the way to their Europa League triumph which included the formidable Manchester United and Inter Millan in the semifinal and final respectively. However, the loss of Ever Banega to the Saudi Arabia team is nearly impossible to fill, but the resigning of their former captain from Barcelona is a way to go. But the momentum, confidence and chemistry they shared without losing their backline talisman could be decisive in this campaign.
Can they do a Leicester in LaLiga Santander this campaign? Time will tell. Valencia who decided to sell off their best players to the direct rival and selling off their most prospective player, Ferran Torres and striking talisman, Rodrigo to Leed City at a cut price will find it hard to compete at the highest level but will rather wrestle it at the bottom of the table. However, the acquisition of Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo from Valencia by Villareal will give them an edge to competre further despite finishing the last season in the fifth position.
As the likes of Granada, Real Sociedad, Getafe picking up from where they left it in the previous campaign of the Spanish top-tier competition and the resurging Real Betis is tuning on their rhythm once again, winning the league might not be easy for any team, but the qualification for the European competition will be tougher this campaign than the previous ones. However, Real Madrid CF is tipped to win the LaLiga back-to-back this campaign.
With odds at -150 with which their early struggles are beginning to show the champions colour and right after the Los Blancos is the Catalan giant club, Barcelona sitting at the second place to win the League with +150, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla CF were sitting at the third and Fourth place to conquer the Spanish topflight competition with +800 and +2500 odd points respectively. Also, SBR’s soccer picks tipped Elche and Huesca to fight the battle of the least position on the log.
With both of the team sharing the least odds +250000, but Cadiz and Rayo Valladolid is equally tipped to fight the relegation battle at +200000 odds each. However, the LaLiga betting predictions will be hard to come by this campaign, since FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla CF will be competing for the first spot. Moreover, the competitive nature of the league will go haywire for the Europa league spot between Real Sociedad, Getafe, Villareal, Real Betis and Granada.
Lastly, Elche, Osasuna, Valladolid, CD Alaves and Huesca will be wrestling for the 16th – 20th position between them this campaign. The league might be so much intensified and brimming with a lot of talking points and disappointment, but the LaLiga betting predictions is giving FC Barcelona the edge to win the league title for the record of twenty-seven times in their trophy laden rich history.