Barcelona season 2015-2016 preview – Betting perspective
Only three La Liga football teams have managed to win the league title, and this year the predictions are the same with Barcelona being the biggest contender and favourite for the title. It is very unlikely that there will be any surprises. Even the odds show that Barcelona will most likely defend the title priced at 4/6.
Barcelona has a killer team at the moment and the worldâ€™s most potent attack consisted of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the Latin American trio. Messi himself is favoured by the bookmakers as the La Liga top goalscorer along with Ronaldo at odds 5/4, while Suarez and Neymar are the next best choices with odds 20/1 and 33/1. It must be a wonderful feeling to manage a team where you have three world class attackers and solid defence. Even in the Team To Concede Least Goals bet the Catalans are favourites with odds 6/4. Last year Barcelonaâ€™s defence led by Pique allowed only 21 goals.
Bookies favour Barcelona even in the Domestic Double and Treble bet where the team can be backed at 5/2 or 11/4. In fact, no other team is being offered by the bookies for the Domestic Treble bet. Itâ€™s no wonder since the Catalans have been ruling Spainâ€™s top league with 7 titles in more than a decade.
Despite the lack of transfer activity, Barcelona holds steady as the favourite. In reality there is no real need for a money spending spree when Luis Enrique has a magnificent team. He has a squad deep enough to outlast all of his opponents.
Messi was the runner-up in the Ballon dâ€™Or vote last season when Ronaldo won his second consecutive accolade, which will surely be a motive for him to repeat his stellar performance when he scored 43 goals in 38 games. If he manages to repeat that, Ronaldo can kiss his Ballon dâ€™Or trophy goodbye.
Of course, there will be Suarez to help him score all those goals. Immediately upon his arrival Suarez proved to be an excellent investment. The Catalans paid a fortune to get him out of Liverpool and into Enriqueâ€™s dream team.
Despite being unable to play in the first two months, Suarez still finished with 16 goals and 14 assists. He fits excellent in Enriqueâ€™s system. Combine this with Neymarâ€™s goals, and Barcelona is again a favourite, this time for the Highest Scoring Team bet where Barcelona is priced at 11/13. These players are becoming such legends that their image has been commercialized and featured in every aspect of our lives, from childrenâ€™s school accessories to slot games at sites like Killer Pokies.
Despite Barcelonaâ€™s seemingly unsuccessful preseason activity, where the team lost at the International Champions Cup against Chelsea, Manchester United and Fiorentina, Messi and Neymar played sparingly even though the team fell short. This means nothing so prepare for another Catalan reign over Europe.
Sources: espnfc.com / wikipedia.org