Betting on La Liga took another twist after Atletico Madrid lost their first game of the season against Sevilla, who quickly climbed into second place, a point away from 11 time Champions League winners Madrid. Madrid secured back to back wins, effectively ending their winless dry spell after beating Athletic Bilbao while Barcelona had quite a dramatic win over Valencia. Three points separate first to fifth place, a competitive environment La Liga hasn’t witnessed in years. Villarreal climbed to fourth place and are now just two points shy of Madrid, stretching their unbeaten record to nine games. We’ll delve a little deeper into what information you should be analysing when crafting your ideal bet on La Liga for the weekend.
Bet on Madrid
Madrid returned to their winning ways after a dry spell which Zidane must have felt lasted an age. There’s no room for slip ups and the pressure is mounting on Los Blancos as dropping any points can result in slipping a few places down the table. Deportivo Alaves are next on the agenda and as expected, Madrid are the clear favourites with odds of 11/50. For a better price, handicap betting would be more suitable as odds for Madrid to win with a goal difference of three or more are priced at 10/7. Los Blancos found the net 12 times in five games and are the second highest scoring team of La Liga so far with 24 goals scored in nine games. Madrid’s defence has room for improvement as they conceded a goal in every game from their last five. Betting on both teams to score may be a viable option as odds are currently at 10/11. No Madrid player is dominating the top scorer table, which means that they’re playing more as a team and depending less on the arsenal of their star forwards. Think it will be an entertaining encounter? Try betting on over 3.5 goals as odds are priced well at 11/10.
Bet on Barcelona
Solid in the Champions League but shaky in La Liga, Barcelona have yet to be convincing in the Spanish league. Valencia had a terrific game but came up short against the Catalonia giants and there was some controversy over one of Barcelona’s goals. They face Granada at home next and with odds of 1/20, they’re not worth considering. Betting on goals could be an interesting option as Barcelona are a high scoring team, having found the net 16 times in five games and a total of 29 goals in nine games. Both Messi and Suarez bagged seven goals each in the season so far and the combination with Neymar is proving to be ruthless upfront. It’s back to back wins for Barcelona, but can they avoid dropping points to challenge for the title?
Bet on Sevilla
Sevilla have come a long way but totally deserve the spot they’re in. Losing only once this season to Athletic Bilbao and winning their last four games from five puts them in a comfortable position to maintain the pressure on Madrid. Sporting Gijon will host Sevilla over the weekend and it’s another perfect opportunity to take all three points, as Gijon are struggling to find their form as they hover over the relegation zone. Sevilla are priced very well for beating Gijon away from home with odds currently at 19/20. Three of Sevilla’s last games ended in over 2.5 goals and odds for that repeating itself against Gijon are priced at 23/25, a great price to be added to any accumulator.