LIGA 2021/2022, WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT MESSI?
This week kicks off the Spanish top league, which for the first time in the last 17 years will not see Lionel Messi among the protagonists. The farewell of the Argentine makes the 2021/2022 season, even more balanced than it could have been before.
Let's see everything you need to know to bet on the new season in Iberia, with the indications of the quotes of our bookmakers.
From 2000 to today, there have been only 4 seasons that have not seen the triumph of Barcelona or Real Madrid. Those of 2002 and 2004 with the triumph of Valencia and those of 2014 and 2021 (which is the last year) in which it was Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid who climbed to the roof of Spain. A true masterpiece that of Cholo which as an underdog has completely overturned the predictions of traders from all over the world, closing in the standings with 86 points (26 wins, 8 draws and 4 defeats) to +2 over the cousins of Real and +7 from Barcelona. With 67 goals the colchoneros scored the second best attack of the league in conjunction with the blancos but it was the defense that really made the difference with only 25 goals conceded.
Behind the trio of wonders was Sevilla who once again won access to the Champions League. Real Sociedad and Betis, on the other hand, took the ticket for the Europa League. In a relegation key, Adelante, Eibar, Valladolid and Huesca descend in Liga. The top scorer was won by Messi with 30 goals followed by Benzema of Real and Moreno of Villarreal.
TRANSFERS, THE MOST IMPORTANT
There are only 4 teams that have decided to change their technical leadership at the end of last season and among these there is also Real Madrid who gave the welcome to Zidane to recall Carletto Ancelotti. The other changes of coaches took place on the benches of Valencia (Bordalas), Getafe (Michel) and Granada Moreno.
As for the classic transfer campaign of the summer transfer window, it is obvious that the news of the official separation between Barcelona and Messi (almost certainly destined for PSG) is monopolizing everything that concerns La Liga. However, we cannot fail to see which negotiations (concluded) could most change the dynamics of the teams involved. Let's start with the reigning champions of Atletico who bet strongly on Rodrigo de Paul of Udinese who got 35 million. In a phase of strong economic downsizing (and the decision not to renew to Messi is precisely due to this reason), Barcelona scored two impressive hits without paying anything for the transfer. We are talking about Aguero from Manchester City and Depay from Lyon. Summer shock also at Real Madrid who says goodbye to his captain Sergio Ramos. Bale returns to the Bernabeu and the former Bayern Alaba arrives. Also worth mentioning is the deal closed by Villarreal which took the Argentine defender Foyth from Tottenham for 15 million.
LA LIGA - BOOKMAKERS FORECAST
The farewell of Messi from Barcelona has greatly moved the odds on the Liga antepost. At the moment the forecasts of the bookmakers are definitely in favor of Real Madrid at 2.25 to win the championship. Barcelona follows at 3.25 while Atletico's encore is worth 3.75. Chance at a glance for the very first outsiders with Sevilla at 15, Real Sociedad at 40 and Villarreal at 50 times the stakes. In addition to the winning Liga, the bookmakers have the odds on bets qualified yes no to the Champions for all 20 teams registered in the championship.
FIRST DAY OF LIGA - AUGUST 13th!
The first round of Liga 2021/2022 is spread over 4 days. It starts Valencia-Getafe on Friday 13 August and ends with Elche-Bilbao on Monday evening. In between, among the most anticipated matches, those of the big 3 must be mentioned: Real Madrid made their debut in the Basque country at Eibar with an odd of 1.42; Galician trip to Atletico, laid at 1.81 in the Celta den; debut to be taken with a grain of salt instead for Barcelona, favored at 1.74 at the Camp Nou against a fearsome Real Sociedad.