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Our man in Spain believes that backing the weak-looking side to go down at 11/8 offers tremendous value compared to the two-horse title race

Three weeks into La Liga's season and a pause in proceedings allows us to assess how the opening rounds have affected the outright market. Barcelona remain the odds on favourites but have drifted a little from their pre-season price with bet365 offering the Catalans at 8/11 (1.72) to retain the title they won so convincingly last season.

However the Blaugrana's performances have left a few questions asked, with their 7-0 opening weekend hammering of Levante contrasting with slightly less impressive showings in the victories over Malaga and Valencia each by a one-goal margin.

Yet nine points from nine is all Tata Martino could ask of his players at this point and on that front they have delivered.

Also boasting a 100 per cent record are Real Madrid, who have also had some underwhelming passages of play during their three victories and are offered at 11/10 (2.10) a similar price to that which they started the season.

Arguably the most convincing team so far have been Atletico Madrid and while they are still 66/1 (67.0) shots to win the title, they look nailed on to finish third with bet365 offering them at just 2/5 (1.40) in the title stakes without Madrid or Barcelona.

At the other end of the table there seems to be some fantastic value in the relegation market, no more so than the extraordinarily appealing price of 11/8 (2.37) for Osasuna to go down.

The side from Pamplona have been utterly toothless so far with their extremely poor goalscoring record from last season continuing, not least because of the sale of top scorer Kike Sola.

The Reyno de Navarra stadium was once one of the most intimidating places in Spain, but newly promoted Villarreal's 3-0 win there at the weekend showed just how far Osasuna have fallen.

They are a side in real trouble and backing them to go down looks like an excellent option at a fabulous price.

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Osasuna to get relegated at 11/8 (2.37) 1.5 point stake with bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid

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