Spain Primera Division Betting Odds Comparison

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La Liga is the top tier of Spanish football and consists of 20 teams. Officially known as the Primera Division, it is the pinnacle of men’s domestic football in Spain and, in the eyes of many experts, the best league in the world.

La Liga is dominated by its two icons, rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was founded in the 1929-30 season and since then the two giants of Spanish football have won the title 58 times (correct as of the start of the 2018-19 season). Only seven other sides have tasted glory in the competition, between them winning La Liga a total of just 29 times.

A distant third in the overall Liga glory stakes are Real’s city rivals Atletico. They have won the title 10 times, most recently in 2014. The only other time the hegemony of the top two was broken in the 21st century was when Valencia claimed their fifth and sixth titles in 2002 and 2004, both under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez.

It is often claimed that, whilst the Spanish top flight may be the best in the world, that claim is true more or less solely due to the strength of the big two. Whilst it is true that Real and Barca are footballing behemoths, with 10 Champions League titles between them since the start of the century, to focus only on these two does the league a disservice.

European Dominance

Those that espouse the belief that it is the Premier League that can lay claim to being the best often point to the strength in depth of the English top flight. However, Atletico Madrid and Valencia have both made two CL finals since 2000. On top of that, La Liga has a staggering record in the Europa League.

As with the Champions League, Spanish clubs have won Europe’s secondary trophy a record number of times. Moreover, again they have been dominant in the last 20 years or so. Since 2000, Sevilla have claimed the Europa League trophy five times, Atleti have added three titles to the Spanish locker and Valencia were successful in 2004. On top of that three further Spanish clubs have appeared in finals in this time, Alaves in 2001, Espanyol in 2007 and Athletic Bilbao in 2012.

Quite simply, La Liga has to be considered the best league in European and indeed world football. The money spent by the Premier League in England cannot be matched but it is telling that the very best players, the best of the best such as Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and of course Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, usually end up in Spain.

Betting on La Liga is fun and exciting too, with Real and Barca frequent additions to many accas, albeit at short odds. Of course, if you oppose them and get it right, the odds are often superb too and whatever you want to bet on our odds comparison will easily help you finds the best betting odds.

Liga Structure

La Liga follows a standard format for a major European league, with 20 teams playing home and away and a season that runs from August to May. It initially featured just 10 clubs in 1929, gradually expanding over the years and sticking at 20 since 1987, bar a brief experiment with 22 from 1995 to 1997.

The bottom three sides are relegated each year, replaced by two teams from Spain’s second tier, the Segunda División. Spain, like England, has four Champions league places up for grabs, as well as three Europa League spots.

More and more Liga games are available to view these days, with some streamed online too. If you haven’t yet watched much Spanish football you really are missing out. Ronaldo may have left La Liga for Italy but Lionel Messi and a host of other stars are simply a joy to behold.

Spanish La Liga 2018/19 – Opening Week Tips

Barcelona v Alaves – Champions Value for Big Win

Spanish champions Barcelona get their Liga campaign underway on Saturday night with a home clash against Alaves. With a total of 93 points last term, the Catalan giants had almost double Alaves’s total of 47 and with Lionel Messi’s men at home, it’s no surprise to see them as short as 2/17 with the bookies for the win.

If you fancy an upset then you can oppose the home side but we predict it will be a fruitless bet and equally best betting odds of 9/1 for the draw and 33/1 for Alaves hardly seem like value. The corresponding fixture last term was actually pretty close, with Barca sneaking a 2-1 win, although away from home the champions were marginally more comfortable, triumphing 2-0.

Unsurprisingly Barca were superb on home soil, winning 16 times in the league at the Nou Camp and drawing their other three clashes. With Alaves losing 12 times on the road the home win is an obvious bet but such short betting odds won’t appeal to many punters bar those including the favourites in an acca.

In truth, everything is pointing to an easy win for the Liga champions so you can take your pick of how to get bigger odds. Barca to win both halves, to win to nil and also Barca/Barca in the half time/full time market are all worth considering.

However, our tip for this one is Barcelona to win with a -2 goal handicap, which is to say we fancy them to win by three goals or more. Seven of their home wins last term came by that margin or better, whilst Alaves were hammered at Real Madrid and, surprisingly, 4-1 at Getafe.

Betting Tip: Barcelona -2 Goal Handicap

Real Madrid v Getafe – New Era at Real to Start with Easy Win

Real Madrid have a new manager, with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui having replaced club legend Zinedine Zidane at the helm. Madrid also start a Liga campaign without Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since the young former Manchester United star joined in 2009.

It really is a new era at the club and having won La Liga just once since 2011-2012, it is the domestic competition that may be top priority for the club who more or less own the Champions League trophy!

Last term Los Blancos finished third in the Primera Liga, some 17 points behind Barcelona and three points behind city rivals Atletico. They conceded too many goals and were surprisingly poor on home soil.

Lopetegui will look to put both of those issues right and whilst it will take time to get his ideas across, having Thibaut Courtois in goal will certainly help. Replacing Ronaldo’s goals and will to win will prove trickier but we certainly fancy them to get off to as good start here.

Getafe overachieved last term to finish eighth but we suspect they may find things a touch harder this year. Real did the double over them last term, including a 3-1 win at the Bernabeu. We predict a similar result this time but our betting tip is for the home side to keep a clean sheet and win 3-0, available at very solid betting odds.

Betting Tip: Real Madrid to Win 3-0

Valencia v Atletico Madrid – Monday Night Offers Best of the Lot

The best game of the “weekend” may well be one of the last, as the side that finished fourth last term host the runners-up on Monday night. These secondary giants of Spanish football are the only teams to have broken the Real/Barca title duopoly since Deportivo lifted the trophy in 2000. Can either mount a serious title challenge this time around?

The bookies make the visitors the slight favourites but there isn’t much in it, with Atleti available at best betting odds of 8/5. That compares to 15/8 for the hosts with the draw priced at 9/4 in our odds comparison.

This is a game that could well go either way and last term both teams won their home game against the other. Neither side drew too many games last term and whilst a stalemate does appeal we’re going to be bold with our betting tip. We fancy the visitors, who have had a good summer in the transfer market so far, to nick this one after a tight first half.

Betting Tip: Draw/Atletico Madrid in HT/FT