Barcelona is a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, but that’s not why people will be watching. Barcelona announced on Friday that captain Lionel Messi is dealing with a “minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barça finally get back to playing matches.”
They said he should be able to rejoin his teammates within a few days, but leg injuries are particularly concerning given the nature of soccer. The biggest concern is aggravating the quad, so as you consider betting and DFS options for Barcelona’s first match back, keep an eye out.
Barcelona currently leads La Liga, with a two-point edge on Real Madrid. Sevilla is in third place and 11 back of first. They are not eliminated from title contention, but this is effectively a two-horse race. Barcelona is -182 to win the league, with Real Madrid at +150. Sevilla and Atletico Madris are tied for next best odds at +25000. Slight drop there!
Real Madrid’s return to action has them hosting Eibar. El Clásico is complete for this year, so we will not get to see the top two teams face off the rest of the current season.