After what seemed like an agonizingly long fortnight, La Liga is back! Los Blancos are leaders of La Liga with a three point advantage and a game in hand, Zidane is in a pretty comfortable position as he prepares his team for their next encounter. Barcelona overcame their three consecutive draws with back to back wins but the lost points will certainly have an influence of their championship aspirations. Atletico Madrid’s form was in rapid decline before the break, having won just two of their most recent five matches. Sevilla are continuously mounting pressure on the Catalan giants and are now a point away from second place. La Liga is far more competitive than it used to be which is why betting on La Liga has become all the more thrilling. Let’s delve a little deeper into what betting information you should be looking at when placing a bet on La Liga for the weekend.
Bet on Madrid
Had Madrid won the monumental match against Barcelona, they would have been on an eight match winning streak. Ronaldo and Co. have not lost a game all season and their upcoming clash against a struggling Granada will surely kick off 2017 with a win. Betting on Madrid to win is not really an option as odds are too low to even consider, at 17/18. For a decent price, handicap betting would be the best option, where Madrid would need to win with a goal difference of four or more. Odds are at 7/6 for that to happen. Los Blancos scored 40 goals in 15 games, while their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo netting 10 from 11 games played. Think Madrid will keep a clean sheet? Betting on one team to score is currently at 17/20, not a bad price to add to your multiples bet for the weekend.
Bet on Barcelona
Barcelona are somewhat inconsistent this season and as a result, are trailing the 11 time Champions League winners. The Catalan giants face Villarreal in their first encounter of 2017, a match they need to desperately win to continue exerting pressure on the league leaders. However, Villarreal sit in fourth place of La Liga and snatching a win away from home will need their forward prowess to be in top form. Suarez, Messi and Neymar have been unstoppable this season and between them, they have bagged 28 of the 41 goals Barcelona scored this season. Odds for Barcelona to win are priced at 1/2 but if you’re convinced Barcelona will win but not satisfied with the odds, try handicap betting. Odds for Barcelona to win with a goal difference of two or more are currently at 11/9. A bet worth adding to your accumulator. Sevilla are looking to capitalize on any points dropped by the Catalan giants, as they are only a point away and would welcome more security towards their Champions League spot. Barcelona conceded in three of their last five games and odds for both teams to score are at 3/4 and 21/20 for only one team to find the net.
Bet on Real Sociedad vs Sevilla
Sevilla are proving that they are a force to be reckoned with this season, having won 10 of their 16 games played and four from their most recent five. Real Sociedad host Sevilla and the hosts are climbing the La Liga ladder rapidly this season. Sociedad sit in fifth place and are just nine points away from giants Madrid. The odds for both teams to win the game are superb, with odds for Real Sociedad to win at 7/5 and 39/20 for Sevilla to emerge victorious. The history of these two sides proves that there’s nothing between them, having played a total of 34 games and both teams won 13, drew eight and lost 13 games. Sevilla scored 13 times in their last five games and conceding in four of them while Real Sociedad on the other hand scored 10 goals and also conceded in four of their games. This is important when evaluating whether to bet on both teams to score and over/under 2.5 goals.