Barcelona odds on for 2012/13 La Liga title

Updated: September 17, 2012

Real Madrid’s sluggish start to the season has gone from bad to worse and their 1-0 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday has seen bookmakers shorten the odds on Barcelona to regain their La Liga title.

The reigning champions were handed some tricky fixtures to open their title defence but they have just a solitary win at home to Granada from their first four games. After drawing 1-1 at the Bernebeu against Valencia in their opening game of the season. Real slumped to defeat away to the Spanish capital’s third team.

Mourinho’s men are currently 13th in the table with just four points and lie eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona. The Catalans have made the perfect start to life under the regime of new coach Tito Villanova with four wins from four games.

Their excellent early season form, couple with Madrid’s worryingly slow start have seen their odds shorten dramatically. Barcelona are now as low as 7-2 with Bet365 to wrestle La Liga back from Madrid’s clutches.

Mourinho’s side have drifted to 11-4 to hold on to their crown, in light of their poor form. The bookies still see the title as a two horse race with Atletico Madrid next in the market at 66-1, while Valencia are 100-1 shots.

The hotly anticipated first El Classico of the league will take place on 7 October. Before that, Madrid have the small matter of their Champions League campaign and a game against Manchester City to contend with before they attempt to get their La Liga campaign back on track when they take on Rayo Vallenco on Sunday.

William Hill Sports

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