Last weekend the 2021/2021 edition of the Santander League officially started, a much later start than usual (the Spanish first division usually starts at the end of Augus
t) due to the fact that the previous season's closure took place in July. In any case, the first day of competition did not see the participation of some of the main candidates for the title , who finished later last season due to their participation in international competitions. The
farewell to Messi?FC Barcelona have yet to launch the new campaign, but one of their players has already become the big name of the season. Leo Messi's future will continue to generate plenty of headlines after a summer marked by his apparent willingness to abandon the Azulgrana discipline and the club's resistance to facilitating his wishes.
No one disputes that the Argentine will once again be a determining factor in his team's matches, but it remains to be seen how the latest developments will impact on his performance. Even so, he is one of the leading contenders to win the league's top scorer award once again.
Triumvirate vies for titleTheother big question mark of the season in Spain is whether the title race will be fought by two or three teams again (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and perhaps Atletico Madrid) or whether the fight will be opened up to other candidates. For the moment, the vast majority of football bets for this new season agree that madridistas and culés are well ahead of the rest of their rivals and only Simeone's could alter this hand-to-hand for the championship.below this triumvirate, Sevilla FC stands out as the first of the "mortals". Although it would be a great surprise if the Sevillian team arrived at the last matchdays in order to fight for the final triumph, any stumbling of the favourites could be taken advantage of by Sevilla FC in order to put some more emotion into the league.
It is much less probable that Real Sociedad, Valencia or Villarreal could get closer to the first positions.
Other fronts to bet onThefight for the title is, of course, the main attraction of the Santander League. However, there are other interesting fronts to bet on. For example, which teams will take the six places Spain has in European competitions? Last year, for example, the modest Spanish club Granada caused a sensation by taking sixth place. A similar bet with Getafe or Osasuna could bring important gains for the fans, and we do not forget about the individual trophies.
We've already mentioned that Messi is the favourite to become a pichichi, but maybe men like Benzemá, Gerard Moreno or Griezmann can take advantage of a hypothetical fall of the crack of Barça to win the prize. As for the goalkeepers, Oblak, Ter Stegen and Courtois are, in that order, the top contenders for the Zamora trophy , which rewards the goalkeeper less beaten.