The only sure thing in football is that there’s no such thing as a dominating club. At least that’s what the conventional wisdom is. Most football clubs, even if they are “dominant,” aren’t blowing teams out by 3 or more goals on a steady pace. Parity in football is, in many ways, the sport’s curse, and underachieving clubs, in order to plug holes and shore up, are never shy about spending millions on top of millions to shuffle stars around from one continent to another like a sadistic game of musical chairs.
But then you have Barcelona FC and the logic-defying year they’re having. With the dominant streak this team is on, one would think the men were playing against the boys, or even that the master was taunting students with the proverbial pebble.
Just some Saturdays ago, Barcelona kept its improbable streak of results alive and well by decimating in-city rivals Espanyol 5-1. The best part of that for Barcelona faithful is that one-sided, high-scoring matches seem to be contagious this year. Espanyol went down as the sixth team this season to give up five or more goals.
Blaugrana isn’t just doing this to cut-rate teams. They’ve also bowled over the likes of Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Almeria, Panathinaikos, and Real Madrid. The odds Barcelona experiences another season like this are rather low – we’re talking 30:1. Again, judging by the parity and conventional football wisdom, teams just aren’t this dominant in the sport, especially after competition resets. If you were a gambling man, playing blackjack online would be a sure bet in comparison to betting Barcelona defy odds in consecutive seasons.
However, the odds they continue the run for this season, going into 2011, are another story entirely. We’re looking at only 3:1.
Every expert knows this club is dangerous. They’re young, they’re motivated, and they’re absolutely obliterating everyone they come in contact with. Barcelona will end 2010 in sole possession of first place, earning 14 wins with a draw and one defeat, along with 43 points, and no real signs of slowing down.
Currently, Barcelona is experiencing the best start in La Liga’s history, and they’re the odds-on favorites to take away yet another trophy. Not to say a championship is a foregone conclusion, but the odds are certainly better than playing at top 10 online casinos, or even better than betting on a competing league club. Time will tell if Barcelona’s improbable run will be halted, but for right now, fans are certainly enjoying the dominant show the club is providing.