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Will a New King be Crowned in La Liga this Season?

27 November 2020 | La Liga | Opinion
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Will a New King be Crowned in La Liga this Season?

With Barcelona and Real Madrid faltering in the early stages of the new La Liga season, is it finally time for another club to step in and end their 7-year reign as champions of Spain.

As things stand, there are three teams performing consistently well that might have what it takes to dethrone the giants of Spanish football.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have won 60 of the 89 La Liga season to date, truly dominating Spanish football over the years. There have been other winners, Atletico Madrid have claimed 10 league title, Athletic Club have won 8, and Valencia have been victorious on 6 occasions, but nobody has come close to Barcelona and Real Madrid’s impressive records.

Real Sociedad

The closest Real Sociedad have come to the La Liga title in recent seasons was a 4th place finish in 2013. The club has won the league title twice before, but not for a very long time.

However, with David Silva conducting play from the centre of the park, Real Sociedad find themselves top of the La Liga table heading into matchday 10. Sociedad have claimed six wins, two draws and have only suffered one defeat so far this season, scoring an amazing 16 goals and only conceding 4.

Villarreal

The Yellow Submarine has never won the league title before, but they did come close in 2007/09, finishing runners-up that season. The Villarreal squad is packed with star names this season and has a couple of talented youngsters in there as well. So far, the club has only lost once in the league, away at Barcelona, but have looked impressive at home where they remain unbeaten, having won all bar one of their matches at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

However, the club has struggled somewhat on their travels and this issue would likely end their chances of winning La Liga unless it changes soon. Villarreal sit 2nd in the table as things stand.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have often played bridesmaid to Barcelona and Real Madrid over the years but remain the third most successful club in the country. Under Simone, Atletico Madrid have remained competitive in the race for the title but last won the league in 2013/14. Atletico occupy 3rd spot heading into this weekend’s match but have played two fewer games than both Real Sociedad and Villarreal. If Simone’s men can win those two games in hand, they would sit top of the table by three clear points.

The arrival of 33-year old Luis Suarez on a free transfer from Barcelona has proved a masterstroke, as the Uruguayan has hit the ground running with 5 goals in his first 6 league games. Out of the three contenders to possibly end Real Madrid and Barcelona’s reign at the to of La Liga, Atletico Madrid must be considered the favourites.

Predictions for La Liga

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Real SociedadVillarreal CF
29/11/2020 20:00
1
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Real BetisSD Eibar
30/11/2020 20:00
2
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Real ValladolidLevante UD
27/11/2020 20:00
X
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Elche CFCadiz CF
28/11/2020 13:00
2

Spain La Liga - predictions, tips, statistics
La Liga Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Real Sociedad 23 10 7 2 1 21 4 17
2. Atlético Madrid 23 9 7 2 0 19 2 17
3. Villarreal CF 19 10 5 4 1 14 10 4
4. Real Madrid 17 10 5 2 3 16 12 4
5. Sevilla FC 16 9 5 1 3 12 8 4
6. Cadiz CF 15 11 4 3 4 9 12 -3
7. FC Barcelona 14 9 4 2 3 19 9 10
8. Granada CF 14 10 4 2 4 11 17 -6
9. Getafe CF 13 10 3 4 3 9 10 -1
10. Deportivo Alavés 13 11 3 4 4 11 13 -2
11. Athletic Bilbao 13 10 4 1 5 12 10 2
12. Elche CF 13 9 3 4 2 9 10 -1
13. Real Betis 12 10 4 0 6 12 21 -9
14. Valencia CF 12 11 3 3 5 17 17 0
15. CA Osasuna 11 10 3 2 5 8 13 -5
16. SD Eibar 10 10 2 4 4 6 9 -3
17. Real Valladolid 10 11 2 4 5 11 16 -5
18. Celta de Vigo 10 11 2 4 5 11 20 -9
19. Levante UD 8 10 1 5 4 10 15 -5
20. SD Huesca 7 11 0 7 4 8 17 -9

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