La Liga Is Still Atletico Madrid’s To Lose, But It’s Not Over

Posted By Tyler Everett on May 10, 2021

What we hoped would be an eventful, conclusive weekend in La Liga did not quite deliver.

But the good news is that as the odds now indicate — Atletico Madrid is favored at (-139), followed by Real Madrid (+250) and Barcelona (+325) — there’s plenty left to play for over the final three games of ’20-21.

A quick look back

This weekend, Atleti and Barcelona played to an unentertaining, but deserved draw on Saturday. It was hard-fought until the end, but did not live up to the “game of the year” billing.

Real Madrid-Sevilla provided a hell of a lot more offense — and theatrics — on Sunday, but that one also ended in a 2-2 draw. Zinedine Zidane and Co. enjoyed a great bounce in the 95th to tie it at 2-all. A shot from Toni Kroos richocheted off the left foot of Eden Hazard and Sevilla keeper Bono to give Real Madrid a huge point.

Sevilla’s would-be game-winner in the 78th came on a PK by Ivan Rakitic after Eder Militao was called for a handball in the box on a bang-bang play that nearly produced a penalty for Los Blancos on a counter following the deflection off Militao’s arm.

It’s all worth checking out:

Atleti Atop The Table

Now, after La Liga’s three title contenders each earned a point apiece, the standings look about how they did prior to this weekend:

  • Atlético Madrid (77 points)
  • Real Madrid (75 points)
  • Barcelona (75 points)

Three Matchdays To Go

Oddsmakers see Atleti as the clear favorite, but Los Rojiblancos have at least one tricky match remaining. They play Real Sociedad on Wednesday, Osasuna on May 16 and Valladolid on May 23.

Real Madrid has the tiebreaker over Barcelona (and Atleti, if it comes to that), and their remaining slate includes Granada, Athletic Club and Villarreal. What could possibly go wrong??

Barcelona has arguably the easiest remaining slate: Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar.

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