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November 3rd,2017 BY


Betting on Catalonia And Their Starting XI

Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, with its capital at Barcelona. On 1st October 2017, the Catalonian Parliament passed a referendum for independence. The pro-Catalan voters were prevented from casting votes, key leaders were arrested, and ballots were seized by the Spanish Government.

This has caused Spain’s stocks to drop down nearly 5% this week, making it one of the worst affected and volatile markets in the world. The market is betting against Spain and in favor of Catalonia.

According to the Catalonians, the vote for independence and the right to secede from Spain is constitutional because of the autonomy granted to Catalonia. The Spanish Government deems this move illegal. More than 90% of the voting population has voted to exit Spain, similar to Brexit.

Among the supporters of Catalan independence is Football Club Barcelona. The President of La Liga has stated that the Nou Camp Club are not guaranteed their La Liga status is they secede from Spain. Clubs like FC Barcelona, Espanyol, and Girona, will decide where they want to play in case of independence. They could play in the Spanish league, the English Premier League or the French league.

The Odds

Barcelona is still favorites to win La Liga with most bets at 4/7. Barcelona currently sits on top of La Liga with 5 points more than Sevilla in second. For the first time in recent history, FC Barcelona played a match at the Camp Nou in an empty stadium on Sunday, the 1st of October, 2017. Due to the voting and safety of the fans, the club had decided to call off the game. Barcelona was made to play the game to save themselves from being docked 6 points.

The Odds of Barcelona attaining Premier League Status is 50-1. Let’s not forget Leicester won the Premier League in 2016 with 5000-1 odds.

Catalonia Starting XI

If Catalonia does secede from Spain, here is how Catalonian National team could line up for internationals:

Kiko Casilla (GK)
Hector Bellerin (RB)
Gerard Pique (CB)
Marc Bartra (CB)
Jordi Alba (LB)
Sergio Busquets (CDM)
Sergi Roberto (CDM)
Xavi (CM)
Cesc Fabregas (CM)
Andres Iniesta (CM)
Keita Balde (ST)
Manager: Pep Guardiola

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