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Why Real Madrid are La Liga favourites despite derby draw

Posted on March 06, 2014 by admin

Just when Real Madrid looked like taking control of La Liga, following shock defeats for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, last weekend’s results went a bit wrong. Barcelona won and are now just a point behind Real, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still favourites for the title for a number of reasons.

If you are looking to put your money on them, it would be a good time and, I think, a good move. There are widely differing odds available so it is worth checking around and finding which the best are, according to a comparison and review site like SportsBettingDime.com. But anything around evens is a great price because Real Madrid are in great form and getting better, while the two rivals are stuttering.

Barcelona may have won 4-1 at the weekend, but it was only Almeria and two of those goals came in the last seven minutes. They were not great as the Sky Sports game review shows. Neither Messi or Neymar is playing well and they are just not the same team as a few years ago. Maybe it is hunger, having done so well, but there is no danger of the Madrid players lacking hunger. They are desperate to re-establish themselves as the best team in Spain.

Atletico, meanwhile, are running out of steam. They have not as big a squad as Real or Barca and are not used to the rigours of being in the Champions League as well. And it is clear from Diego Simeone’s post-match comments after last weekend’s derby, reported by Sky Sports, that he feels his team blew a big chance to go level with Real Madrid. That will hurt them.

One last reason to put your money on Real Madrid is the fixture list. There is one Clasico left but it is at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Barcelona also have to face Atletico on the last day of the season, whereas a look at Real’s fixtures will show a pretty good looking run-in. Oh and there are the small matters of Ronaldo and Bale of course.

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