Atletico Madrid Currently 11.00 To Win La Liga

Published on August 25th, 2014 1:44 pm EST

Atletico Madrid will take to the field with a dramatically different team when they kick off their La Liga season against Rayo Vallecano later tonight.

Atletico Madrid, which won La Liga last year after edging out both Real Madrid and Barcelona, lost both Diego Costa (Chelsea FC) and Luis Filipe (Chelsea FC) in the offseason. In is Mario Mandzukic, who will be looked upon to provide Athletico Madrid with some much needed offense as they attempt to defend their La Liga title this season.

According to the bookmakers, the odds of Atletico Madrid winning La Liga this season are quite long:

Real Madrid, 1.80
Barcelona, 2.10
Atletico Madrid, 11.00

The reason is simple - Real Madrid and Barcelona both improved their clubs this offseason while Atletico Madrid seems to have degraded. Atletico Madrid, though, has a tendency to outperform expectations, so they will still be an interesting side to watch this season.

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Atletico Madrid will be on the road at Rayo Vallecano when they start their La Liga campaign later tonight. Here are the current odds for that game:

Rayo Vallecano, 6.50
Draw, 4.20
Atletico Madrid, 1.50

As you can see, Atletico Madrid is the favourite to win, though they are far from a sure thing at 1.50.

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Can Atletico Madrid contend in La Liga this season or will they finish far behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, which is what many people think will happen? We shall see.

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