La Liga provides a unique opportunity for football bettors as the league is broadly considered on of the world’s top football leagues but is also one of the most outmatched leagues in terms of competitive equality. As with the Premier League and other major European Leagues, La Liga provides a huge market fort sports bettors. Our comprehensive guide to betting on La Liga will help you successfully, enjoyably, and profitably place bets on the top teams in Spanish football.
While the league is made up of 20 teams it is fair to say that based off past results and statistics only a small percentage of those 20 teams realistically have a chance of ending the season on top. As most would assume, two of the favourites leading into the season every year are Barcelona and Real Madrid but more recently a third team has joined the elite status and that is Atletico Madrid. During the 18/19 season those three teams will most likely compete for the top of the table once again. If you really want to understand the dominance these three teams have had in this league you would have to trace back 13 years to find the last time a team other than Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Athletico Madrid finished first in the league.
Thankfully there is more for other teams to look forward to than just winning La Liga each year. Much like the Premier League the top three teams in La Liga are guaranteed a position in the upcoming group stages of the Champions League, with the Fourth place team given the chance to qualify through qualification matches leading up the European most Elite Tournament The fifth place team proceed La Liga seasonal play will get the chance to play for the Europa League.
La Liga leads the way in a high volume Spanish Football paradigm. Each league in Spain provides the opportunity for advancement while the opposite can happen for those finishing in the bottom three positions in La Liga will be relegated to La Liga 2. The three teams who get relegated will be replaced with three of the top teams in La Liga 2 that past season.
History of La Liga
La Liga was first established in 1929 and originally consisted of 10 teams competing for the Spanish Football Championship. Before its introduction the Copa del Rey a nationalised cup competition was the effective Spanish National Championship. The league was cancelled between 1936-39 due to activities involving the Spanish Civil War. Fast forward to 2018 and La Liga is made up of 20 of the top football teams competing under the UEFA Confederation. As previously state La Liga has been dominated by three main teams Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid has had the greatest success with 33 La Liga titles, and their next closest content Barcelona has a total of 25 La Liga Championship Titles. The most recent club other than Real Madrid or Barcelona to win the league was Atletico Madrid in 2013/14. The current champion of La Liga is Barcelona after finishing a top the table in 2017/18.
Football being the most popular sport in Spain and the numerous different leagues offers great opportunity for football bettors. All major bookmakers price up La Liga markets but with so many options in Spanish football it is nearly impossible to accurately evaluate each match and set odds accordingly. Bookmakers may overlook certain games and offer odds that may present value to an experienced football bettor looking to place a bet on La Liga matches. La Liga odds and bookmaker offerings are similar to most other football betting markets and understanding them can help maximise profits and long term football betting success. Bookmakers cover a wide variety of outcomes across La Liga, ranging from outright bets, title winners, futures, props, top four finishers, and even asian handicaps. The standard odd types of Match Result, Asian Handicap, and Goal Total Over/Under are available for each match.