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This entry was posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Welcome to the World’s Last Great Duopoly. 

The similarities between Scottish and Spanish football have been fairly limited of late, and with Rangers recent demotion to Division Three, we can’t even claim the respective Premier leagues are dominated by a Big Two. Real Madrid and Barcelona have shared the last eight titles and you’d be a brave (and stupid) man to bet against one of them bagging number nine.

With Barcelona’s faultless opening amassing an eight point lead over Real Madrid after just four games, the knives are already out for Jose. But history tells us not to write off either side after terrible starts; Barcelona had just five points from four games in 2005/06 but lifted the title, whilst in three of the last four seasons; the side behind their major rival at this stage went on to win the league.

Valencia have won the ‘without the Big Two’ market for the past three seasons and we think the 9/4 Bet365 will give you on that happening for a fourth year running is a fair price. They haven’t got off to a flier, with five points from four games, but they’ve already taken a point at Real Madrid whilst only losing 1-0 at the Camp Nou.

That some bookmakers will give you 7/1 on anyone other than Messi or Ronaldo being La Liga top scorer gives you some indication as to their talents. Messi is the 1/2 favourite from 9/5 Ronaldo with Ladbrokes and we’d go with the favourite. Messi’s already scored 10 goals in his first seven games this season in all competitions whilst Ronaldo has gone public revealing ‘sadness’ at his current state in Madrid. Barring a serious injury this should be another year of Messianic magic.

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