Betting: Atletico Madrid 10/11 to finish second behind Barcelona as Real's slide continues

Zinedine Zidane's men sit 10 points behind their local rivals in the La Liga table but dabblebet expect a tight race between the two for second place

Barcelona suffered a shock first leg defeat in their Copa del Rey quarter final against Espanyol but Ernesto Valverde's side appear to have La Liga all but sewn up at the half-way stage of the campaign.

Yet to taste defeat, Barca have amassed 51 points and have a nine point advantage over their nearest rivals. However, unlike recent years where it has been a titanic tussle between the Catalans and Real Madrid for the title, Los Blancos are lagging behind after a disastrous start to the season.

Sitting in fourth place, 19 points worse off than Barcelona, the reigning champions are in a serious battle with Atletico Madrid for second place according to the bookmakers.

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dabblebet go 10/11 (1.91) that Atleti, who are 10 points ahead of their rivals at this stage, finish top of the table in the "without Barcelona" market, essentially a wager on which team will claim second spot given the leaders’ impressive advantage.

Zidane's side do have a game in hand due to their involvement in the Club World Cup earlier in the campaign and it's 6/5 (2.20) that they're able to climb up the table and finish as runners up. Their recent form doesn't bode well for such an improvement though with just one win in the previous five league games.

Valencia have finished 12th in each of the two previous years but Marcelino's appointment has seen them become legitimate contenders for a European spot. They currently sit third, eight points ahead of the Champions League holders. dabblebet go 14/1 (15.0) that they're able to close the two-point gap to Atletico and finish as Barcelona's nearest challengers at the end of the season.


The same firm are now offering a market on which teams will make up the top four too, with Real Madrid available at 1/200 despite their current plight, while it's 3/10 (1.30) that Los Che secure a Champions League berth.

Sevilla face Manchester United in the last 16 of this year's competition and it's 5/1 (6.0) that they're able to break into the top four places this term while Villarreal, whose win at the Bernabeu has moved the Yellow Submarine to within a point of fourth, are priced at 6/1 (7.0).

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