In Europe’s six main leagues – the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Portuguese Liga, Spanish Primera Division, Italy’s Serie A and France’s League 1 – only FC Porto in the Portuguese Liga have shorter title odds than reigning Spanish champions Barcelona.
While Porto’s odds of 11/20 reflect their overwhelming dominance of the Portuguese Liga – they remained undefeated in the league last season – Barcelona’s odds of 13/20 reflect their status as one of the best teams of all time.
A 3-1 drubbing of Manchester United in the Champions League final – their second success in the competition in the space of three years and their third title in the last six seasons – assured them a spot in the pantheon of greats.
With this in mind, it is difficult to look past them in the 2011-12 La Liga betting market, even if they are likely to face a stiffer challenge from a Jose Mourinho-inspired Real Madrid.
A successful £25 free bet on Barca to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £41.25.
Worryingly for their domestic opponents, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is not about to rest on his laurels and is looking to improve his team.
Barca are one of a number of clubs linked with Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez, the capture of Cesc Fabregas is once again reported to be imminent and Giuseppe Rossi is also on Guardiola’s radar.
Crucially, however, should Guardiola miss out on all of his transfer targets then Barcelona will still be favourites for the title.
Put simply, they’re that good, and fully-deserving of their status as favourites.
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