La Liga picks: defending European and Spanish champions Real Madrid looking to open gap already

Carlo Ancelotti's team comes in off a win Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup
In an exchange, Real Madrid fans would have bet against Liverpool fans in the Champions League Final, and not against the house set odds.
In an exchange, Real Madrid fans would have bet against Liverpool fans in the Champions League Final, and not against the house set odds.@realmadriden on Twitter

William Gallas made some waves in England recently when he said that last year's UEFA Champions League beaten finalist Liverpool would not make the Premier League top four.

There is NO CAHNCE that the other team that played in that final–and won it–suffers that fate.

Real Madrid already has a UEFA Super Cup trophy in the bag, and Sunday, can ALREADY open up a gap between them and Barcelona after just one match. Barcelona's shock draw Saturday means Real Madrid can go two-points clear after Match Week 1 if it can beat Almeria on the road.

While Manchester City and PSG might be getting more love in the futures market than this Madrid side, there might not be a better team on the planet right now. Los Merengues are able to put the ball in the net with the future Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema and Vinicius, they can control the midfield with any of six players, and they have a loaded defense that does not allow goals.

This team is going to be a goldmine to bet on in 2022-23, much like they were last season.

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SPAIN LA LIGA

Almeria (+500) v Real Madrid (-205), draw (+360), 4 p.m. EDT (ESPN+)

Game Pick:

Real Madrid -1 AH (-120)

Prop Plays:

Real Madrid over 2.5 goals (+165)

Karim Benzema to score (-140)

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