Real Madrid won’t break Barcelona’s league dominance, say bookies

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They may sell a lot of shirts, but they won’t win La Liga next term


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Real Madrid may have smashed the world transfer record twice this month in a bid to field another generation of Galacticos, but their vulgar spending spree hasn’t upset Barcelona’s chances of winning La Liga, according to the bookies.

Girly-named Barca president Joan Laporta taunted their closest rivals last week by claiming to be “trebly calm” and the bookmakers agree that there is no need for the reigning champions to get flustered.

Paddy Power price Barcelona as 4/5 favourites to retain the title next season, with Real Madrid not too far behind on 5/4. La Liga trends support those odds: Barcelona haven’t had a single season of isolated domestic success since Terry Venables was in charge in 1984-85, while just one of Real Madrid’s last 19 titlesfollowed a season where they finished second.

While Barcelona are fancied to win triumph again, the bookmakers seem to think other domestic triumphs in Europe this season were flukes. Wolfsburg are available at 16/1 to retain the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich at 8/11 to regain, while Bordeaux can be backed at 10/3 to keep hold of Ligue 1, with Lyon offered at evens in some places.

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