Welcome to the Ultimate La Liga Betting Guide!
Welcome to the most comprehensive football betting guide on the top division in Spain that you’ll find anywhere on the internet. Known universally as La Liga, it’s a domestic league competition that features some of the world’s greatest players and two of the best club sides in Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Its continued popularity ensures a regular and very healthy interest among football betting fans, and the prize for winning La Liga is automatic entry into the Champions League the following season. With the teams who finish second, third an fourth also gaining entry into European football’s premier cup competition, as well as Europa League qualification for those that finish slightly lower in the table, we can be assured that every team is up for the battle each week.
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There are 20 teams that compete against each other in a round-robin format over a 38-game season, playing each other once at home and once away. Each team is awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, and the champion of La Liga is the team that has amassed the most points at the end of the season.
If there’s a tie between two clubs, the champion is determined by using the goal difference for the two matches those clubs have played against each other (known as the ‘head to head’ record). If there are more than two clubs which have finished on the same points, the champion of La Liga is determined by head-to-head points, head-to-head goal difference and finally total goal difference.
The teams that finish in the top four positions automatically qualify for the following season’s Champions League competition. The teams that finish in fourth and fifth place automatically qualify for the Europa League competition. If the winner of the Copa del Rey (Spanish domestic cup competition) also finishes in the top five in La Liga, then the team that has finished sixth in La Liga will qualify for the Europa League – at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage.
A system of promotion and relegation exists between La Liga and the Segunda (Second) División. The three lowest placed teams in La Liga are relegated to the Segunda División, and the top two teams from the Segunda División are promoted to La Liga, with an additional club promoted after a series of play-offs involving the third, fourth, fifth and sixth-placed clubs.
Owing to the TV deals struck by La Liga executives, we often find that matches are spread right across the weekend, beginning on Friday evening and finishing on Monday evening, with the majority of matches taking place during Saturday and Sunday.
There are a huge variety of bets available on a pre-match and match-to-match basis such as:
Many football fans now like to wait for a La Liga match to kick-off before placing bets on the action. The advantage of doing this is being able to gauge the pattern of play and whether a particular side is dominating the match before deciding which way to bet.
Top bookmaker will offer In-Play betting on Europa League matches and several of the markets on offer are the same as you’ll find pre-event. The 1X2 market will be available until/unless one team goes a few goals ahead, while you can also expect to find markets such as Next Team to Score, Over / Under Cards, Over / Under Goals and Next Player to Score.
Given how rarely Real Madrid and Barcelona generally lose in La Liga, the odds for a home win for either of these sides are always a very short price. That said, there have been occasions when complacency has got the better of Los Blancos and the Blaugrana, and it’s worth conducting your own research as to what times in the season these surprise results generally occur.
If you’re looking for value from the top teams, which can’t often be found, the La Liga games that come on the weekend directly after an away Champions League match are worth taking a look at.
The further in advance of these games you can place your bets, the better chance of you achieving value.
First Scorer I One of the most popular football betting markets is the 'first scorer' market, where a prospective punter can place a bet on the team and player he thinks is going to score first in the match. The odds are better for the 'first scorer' market because there is a chance that any one of 22 players (plus oncoming substitutes) could be the first to score.
Half Time/Full I Time Another popular football betting market is the half-time/full-time market, where you can place money on one team being ahead at half time and the other at full time, or vice versa. Alternatively, the backer can gamble that one team will be ahead at both half and full time, or that it will be a draw at half-time and one of the teams will go on to win at full-time. Lastly, the punter can bet that the score will be a draw both midway through and at the end of the game.
Both Teams to Score I Similarly, it is now possible to bet on 'both teams to score'. This is pretty self-explanatory, in that a punter is again given a list of matches and asked to pick games in which he thinks both teams will score.
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