- The Premier League and La Liga will return to action starting their 2020-21 season on Saturday.
- For the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester City are favorites to win the title this year and to wins their first matches of the season.
- Both leagues will be enforcing COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus as the season starts.
LIVERPOOL, England – After finishing the final matches of last season over the summer due to dealing with a three-month COVID-19 hiatus during the season, the English Premier League and La Liga will start their 2020-21 regular seasons on Saturday.
The two leagues are the second wave of the top European leagues to begin their new seasons this year behind Ligue 1, who started August 21. The end of the season for both leagues is set for May 23, 2021.
For the Premier League, Liverpool will be entering this season as the defending champions who took the title after a 30-year drought at the end of the season topping second-place Manchester City.
The two teams are favored to win the title again with many believing they will continue the intensity from last season since the break will be so short. Legal sports betting sites have both teams as heavy favorites to win their first match of the season.
To start the season Liverpool (-345) will face highly anticipated Leeds United (+800) at Anfield on Saturday while Manchester City (-210) will have to wait until September 21 to face Wolverhampton Wanderers (+575).
On the contrary, La Liga champions Real Madrid and the runner-ups FC Barcelona will not be featured in the first match week of the league season.
Each of the European leagues has stated that the concerns of the spread of the coronavirus are still a threat to and things will still look and feel different at the start of this new season.
All players and members of club staffs will have to undergo regular coronavirus testing and the games will be played with multiple COVID-19 protocols in place.
La Liga has set a 13-player minimum for all teams and if a team does not reach the limit due to coronavirus the game will be suspended or postponed. The Primera Division can only postpone one match in the season and the Segunda Division can postpone two.
The Premier League has stated that there will be no fans attending matches on matchday one but currently there is a possible plan to all supporters in the stadiums in early October.
These factors shouldn’t affect the soccer betting odds too much as bookmakers have gotten used to these safety measures by now.
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