Look no further than Barcelona for La Liga in 2018-19. Led by Ernesto Valverde, La Blaugrana were the strongest team in Spain by some distance last season and it is hard to back against Barcelona on those efforts. Valverde’s side finished 14 points clear of closest rivals Atletico Madrid after losing just once in 38 La Liga outings. The Camp Nou faithful will be hoping for another dominant campaign…
With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez leading the line, anything is possible. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner notched 45 goals in 51 appearances for club and country last season and plenty of punters will be backing Barcelona for victory on the back of Messi’s individual brilliance. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Argentina star top 30 La Liga goals for the fourth time in the last five years.
Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could be set for increased roles at Camp Nou this campaign – the former is coming into the new season off the back of an excellent World Cup 2018. Coutinho was a pivotal figure for Brazil this summer; the Barca man was directly involved in four goals in five tournament games and he will be central to their chances of La Liga in 2018-19.
Barcelona will win La Liga in 2018-19 instead of Real Madrid?
Real Madrid have had a troubled few months since beating Liverpool in May’s Champions League final. Zinedine Zidane’s surprise resignation sent shockwaves across Europe before Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster move to Juventus. Those incidents have shifted the balance of power in Spanish football even further towards Barcelona and you won’t find too many punters backing Real to pip their rivals to the crown.
At the time of writing, Barcelona are red hot favourites at 3/4 in La Liga betting odds for the upcoming campaign. The Spanish giants have made a few key signings ahead of the 2018/19 season and Barca fans will be expecting to challenge on multiple fronts. Valverde’s side will be the team that everybody wants to beat but Barcelona will want to avoid defeat for the entire 38-game campaign. An unbeaten season is not beyond the realms of possibility.
And one of Barcelona’s biggest issues recently has been their complete lack of depth. They’ve had to run Messi, Busquets, and co into the ground to make sure they win in La Liga, and Vidal is another piece that’ll help with solving that problem.
La Blaugrana have lost just one of their previous seven league games against Real Madrid and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Barcelona get the better of their old rivals once again this season. Head-to-head fixtures won’t decide the destiny of the La Liga title race but six points in those encounters will certainly boost their chances. Barca are on the verge of another dominant era in Spain’s top flight; especially with Real in disarray.
Barcelona are blessed with quality in key areas of the pitch and Ernesto Valverde is capable of leading the Camp Nou outfit into a dynasty era. Winning the La Liga title is the ultimate objective – competing for silverware on other fronts would be a bonus. With the obvious exceptions of the two Madrid clubs, Barcelona are Spain’s class side and the La Liga crown is theirs to lose.