Too close to call
At the premature ending of the football season, Barcelona reigned supreme at the summit of the Spanish top-flight although the title certainly wasn’t theirs for the asking, arch-rivals Real Madrid continuing to give the Catalans a tough battle in the upper echelons of the La Liga table. With 27 games played and the future of the season thrown into doubt, a mere two points separated the two sides and any decision to end the season and give the title to Barca would doubtless have been met with howls of indignation from the direction of the Spanish capital. And rightly so.
Return to action
This was set to be a two-horse race to the wire between Barca and Real, however the possibility remains that the campaign may well get underway soon and both teams could be given a chance to reach the finish line. Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga is planning a return to action on 16th May with the Premier League laying tentative plans to follow the Germans’ lead just two days later and Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has stated that he envisages La Liga returning behind closed doors in the coming weeks.
Optimism is high within the betting industry that Europe’s top leagues will soon spring back to life with the leading bookmakers offering free bets on La Liga. Barcelona are out-and-out odds-on favourites to once again be crowned Spanish champions, the bookies going 1/2 on such an outcome despite the Catalans holding just a two-point lead over second-placed Real. Punters have been backing Barca in their droves throughout the season although given that things remain extremely tight in the upper reaches of the table, there could yet be a sting in the tail for those siding with the Catalans.
Real Madrid are a 13/8 punt to pip Barcelona to the post and they certainly made a strong case for themselves when brushing aside the Catalans to the tune of 2-0 in their penultimate game before the shutdown. Nevertheless the latest football scores from both camps suggest that there could be more surprises in store, Real failing to continue the momentum by losing 2-1 at Real Betis in their last competitive outing.
Best of the Rest
As for the rest of the chasing pack, third-placed Sevilla sit nine points adrift of Real Madrid with both Real Sociedad and Getafe a single point further back.