Early Season Woe For Barcelona
Early Season Woe For Barcelona
After an emphatic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, Barcelona found themselves not only dumped out of the 2020 Champions League at the quarter-final stage but also bracing themselves for a huge amount of turmoil.
Turmoil that comes from Lionel Messi declaring an intention to leave the Catalan outfit and with that news setting off a huge free-for-all in terms of trying to acquire the Argentine’s services, many felt that a move to Manchester City would be lying in wait.
A move that would not happen, as a combination of potential legal issues and the subsequent knock-on effect it would have on Barcelona meant a change of heart and with Messi still within the Camp Nou it was time to look ahead to the new season.
A new season that generated another raft of La Liga betting predictions and even after such a rocky off-season, Barcelona would be considered as one of the two most likely winnings of the Spanish league title.
Predictions that after the first two weeks of the new campaign would have looked well placed and with Ronald Koeman getting his Barcelona managerial stint underway in perfect fashion, the disaster in Lisbon just weeks prior was soon starting to become forgotten.
However, betting tipsters would have been cursing their luck in recent times as after Barcelona’s first four games of the season and a brace of wins to get them out of the blocks, they have only picked up a solitary point.
Admittedly they do have games in hand over a number of teams in the division and therefore their current league placing is not necessarily doom and gloom. However, the fact they end week six lying in ninth place, is not what pundits and punters alike would have expected.
Of course, the real measure will be just how Barcelona are from perennial arch-rivals Real Madrid and with both clubs losing on the same Saturday, it means Los Blancos are at least in touching distance.
It’s hard to say which defeat was the bigger upset, as Real Madrid lost at home to Cadiz and Getafe got the better of Barcelona to send shockwaves La Liga. Then again, the Pinnacle betting odds for either outcome would have been considerably high.
After Los Blancos lost at the Santiago Bernabeu, they would have been fearing the worse and the fact that Barcelona failed to take advantage of such a slip up means Zinedine Zidane’s men are three points clear in third.
However, Real have played a game more and this means when Barcelona play their game in hand, there is every chance that the two entities could be dead level. Then again, if last weekend has taught us one thing, it’s that nothing is for certain in La Liga.
While we cannot close out the article without referencing who are currently top of the table and it is Real Sociedad who are bestowed with this accolade, although they are being kept honest by Villarreal.
Both teams have played the maximum six matches thus far and have 11 points for their efforts. While although there may be table toppers now, it will be a huge ask to see them still competing for top spot at the end of this season, as the status quo should eventually rise to the top.