La Liga 2021/22 Title Winners Prediction, Odds and Picks

  • Atletico Madrid are the defending champions after winning the title last term
  • Real Madrid and Barcelona will be looking to get back on top in the 2021/22 campaign
  • Sevilla could be surprise challengers after a strong season last time out

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The La Liga 2021/22 season begins on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 22 May 2022. Each team in the division will play 38 games, with three points available for a win and one point for a tie. The side with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned La Liga title winners – the biggest honor in Spanish soccer.

As always, there are two favorites in the race to be the kings of Spain. The holders are only third-favorites, which is relatively rare in the modern game. The La Liga title race was one of the closest in Europe last season, and soccer fans everywhere will be hoping for more of the same in 2021/22.

La Liga 2021/22 Title Winner Odds

Odds taken on 30 August 2021 from DraftKings Sportsbook

La Liga 2021/22 Odds Odds
Real Madrid +150
Atletico Madrid +200
Sevilla +800
Real Sociedad +6600
Villarreal +1100

Who Will Win the La Liga 2021/22 Title?

Barcelona are the favorites to win the La Liga title, despite having another turbulent summer. Financial troubles have restricted the club to free transfers, but at the time of writing, they are unable to register the likes of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay until they substantially reduce their wage bill. That problem looks fixable but Lionel Messi could yet depart – if he does, we can expect a change in Barcelona’s odds.

Carlo Ancelotti has returned to the capital for his second spell in charge of Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos followed Zinedine Zidane, the former manager, through the exit door, but other members of the old guard will be heavily relied upon again.

Neither Madrid nor Barcelona looks particularly convincing at this stage, so have a bet on Atletico to win another La Liga title – odds of +400 are generous for the defending champions.

Who Is the Winner of La Liga 2021?

Atletico Madrid won the La Liga title in the 2020/21 campaign. They were the third-favorites at the start of the season but soon moved into pole position thanks to a brilliant start. At the midway point of the campaign, Atletico had won 16 of their first 19 matches and only lost one.

Diego Simeone’s side were unable to maintain that form in the new year, though, and Barcelona and Real Madrid quickly began to catch them up. A run of just four wins in 11 games opened the door to Atletico’s rivals before a strong finish ensured they got over the line in first place. Simeone will now be attempting to repeat the feat in the 2021/22 season.

Which Club Has Won the Most La Liga Titles?

Club Number of Titles
Real Madrid 34
Barcelona 26
Atletico Madrid 11
Athletic Bilbao 8
Valencia 6
Real Sociedad 2
Real Betis 1
Deportivo La Coruna 1
Sevilla 1

Real Madrid are the most successful side in Spanish soccer history. The club from the capital have won 37.77 per cent of La Liga titles, and eight more than any other team.

Barcelona have begun to catch them up over the last 20 years, though. Indeed, the Blaugrana have been the most successful side of the 2000s, winning 10 championships to Madrid’s seven. Atletico Madrid remain a distance behind the big two.

How Many Teams Have Won the La Liga Title?

Only 11 teams have won the La Liga title. That is a surprisingly low number given the competition was founded in 1929 and has been taking place on an annual basis ever since, save for a four-year gap during the Spanish Civil War. By way of comparison, 19 clubs have won the English top-flight in the same period.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were not dominant from the get-go, however. The most successful side up until the early 1950s was Athletic Bilbao, closely followed by Atletico Madrid. The big two got going in that decade, though, and have hardly looked back since.

Who Won the Last 10 La Liga Titles?

Title Winner Season
Atletico Madrid 2020/21
Real Madrid 2019/20
Barcelona 2018/19
Barcelona 2017/18
Real Madrid 2016/17
Barcelona 2015/16
Barcelona 2014/15
Atletico Madrid 2013/14
Barcelona 2012/13
Real Madrid 2011/12

What Happens if You Win the La Liga Title?

The La Liga title winners receive a trophy at the end of the season. The champions are also awarded a number of medals which can be distributed to their players and staff however they see fit.

Winning the La Liga title also brings automatic qualification to the group stage of the Champions League. This, of course, is a secondary prize to actually being crowned champions of Spain, but it is welcome nonetheless.

When is the La Liga Title Winner Announced?

La Liga is not a knockout tournament and it does not use a play-off system like MLS. That means there is no ‘La Liga final’ – the title winner is simply the team that amasses the most points over the course of the campaign, and is therefore equivalent to the Supporters’ Shield award in the United States’ main soccer league.

As a result of this double round-robin format, there is no fixed date on which the La Liga title winner is announced. Confirmation comes when it is mathematically impossible for rivals to overtake the team in first place. Last season, Atletico Madrid were confirmed as La Liga title winners on 22 May 2021, the final day of the campaign.

How Can I Watch La Liga on TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the La Liga on ESPN. Kick-off times usually range from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM (EDT).

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