Revisiting La Liga and EPL after Round of 16 UCL
In January, I made a couple of earth-shattering predictions:
Both clubs were up by about 2347892347890234789 points at the time, but I promised to revisit both of the leagues after the Round of 16 in the Champions League. I thought perhaps, if things were tight in the league through some sort of NBA Jam-style 15-point-per-game bonuses and both teams went through, then perhaps someone could sneak up on them.
Technically speaking, the leagues are not over. There are 10 games left in La Liga, meaning 30 points are up for grabs. Barcelona currently holds a 13-point lead over Real Madrid. Again, maybe if Madrid were out of the Champions League, I’d predict chaos at the top of the table. However, with Madrid having its eyes elsewhere, not even the guy that picked the Lakers to win the NBA Championship in January is going to take a bet on Madrid.
About Madrid being in the Champions League…they shouldn’t be. A terrible red card kept Manchester United out and Madrid. In case anyone thinks I’m exaggerating, United was up 1-0 before the card and lost 2-1 at home. Even if you think the red card was justified, it clearly is the reason United is out.
Anyway, this means that United has more time to focus on their domestic league. United is further ahead than Barcelona (15-points) with fewer games left (9), so this seems really locked up.
Here’s United’s remaining schedule:
There are a few places United could slip up, but the league could already be won by the time United plays Arsenal on April 28th.
Oh, and about the Lakers…no reason to give up on my pick just yet. They are in a playoff spot!