Barcelona was awarded a free run in La Liga last season as they claimed the league title with an impressive margin of 14 points.
The Catalan club grabbed the top spot with a point total of 93, while runners-up Atletico Madrid could manage only 79 in their 38 games. Throughout the season, Barcelona lost only one game in La Liga, and they were hardly troubled by any other side in Spain.
For obvious reasons, they are favorites to win the league title in 2018-19 too. However, we don’t think that Barcelona would have it that easy this season.
The Catalan side currently tops the La Liga table, but we suspect that football fans might witness one of the closest races in the recent league history.
Barcelona looks far from the side that dominated La Liga last season as they have accumulated only 34 points from 16 games. The current champions have already lost twice and drawn four times so far this season.
They have a slender lead of three points on the likes of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, and even Real Madrid, who are supposedly going through a crisis, is not far behind with 29 points.
The Catalans have been their usual self on the attacking front, and they have been scoring goals for fun. They have netted 46 times so far in the league almost at the rate of three goals per game.
No other side come near them when it comes to scoring goals as Sevilla are the second-highest scorers with 29 goals.
However, Barcelona has found themselves exposed at the back time-and-time again this season.
Last season, the Catalans conceded a total of 29 goals throughout the season, while they have admitted 19 already in 2018-19. The standing champions have the joint-worst defense among top seven sides in the La Liga table.
The situation has improved a bit in the recent weeks as the Catalans have managed three consecutive clean sheets in the league. However, Barcelona has three sides breathing down their necks, and they can’t afford any more slip-ups this season. Check out the next game soccer betting odds predictions and if you need any professional advise you can visit betting tips website.