What is going on in La Liga? Just when you thought you’re understanding the world of La Liga betting, the season takes a wicked twist and upsets many punters. Sergio Ramos saved the day as Madrid scraped all three points in the narrowest of wins, taking them two points clear of Barcelona with a game in hand. The Catalan giants suffered their third loss of the season against Deportivo La Coruna, a defeat which defied logic after their mid-week annihilation of French giants Paris SG in the Champions League. Sevilla dropped points for the second consecutive week and will need to return to their winning ways to avoid losing their automatic Champions League qualification. The following is betting information that should be analysed before placing your La Liga bet for the weekend.
Bet on Madrid
Madrid need to start performing as they did in the beginning of the season, winning convincingly, dominating the game and scoring lots of goals if they want to maintain their position in La Liga. Los Blancos will now travel to the North of Spain to face Athletic Bilbao, a squad with high morale, buzzing from back to back victories. Madrid are the favourites to win, with odds set at 13/20. This is the second time these sides will be meeting but Zidane will need to treat every La Liga fixture like the season depends on it. There is no room for error. Athletic Club are unbeaten in 19 La Liga matches in all competitions at the San Mamés Barria, a match which can make or break Los Blancos in their aspirations for winning the league. Both teams to score is a good option, considering the Bilbao’s form at home. However, Madrid are incredibly dangerous upfront and have players that are capable of inventing goals, which is why handicap betting on Madrid should also be considered, especially when odds are priced at 8/5. The last three times these sides met, all games ended in over 2.5 goals and both teams scored.
Bet on Barcelona
It seems like Barcelona don’t have the energy to fight on all fronts anymore. From miracles to misery, the Catalan giants are missing out on golden points that will surely come back to haunt them, especially if La Liga rivals Madrid win their game in hand. Barcelona host Valencia next, but betting on Barcelona to win isn’t going to return the best profit. While we all know that their loss to Deportivo La Coruna was a one off, (one which upset their 19 game unbeaten run in La Liga), we should still bet on Barcelona with confidence, especially when playing at the Camp Nou.
Will the Catalan giants bounce back with a big win? Handicap betting on Barcelona will return a better profit, as odds are priced at 19/25 to win with a goal difference of three or more goals. Barcelona conceded in four out of their most recent five matches, which is why you should consider betting on both teams to score, as odds are pretty lucrative, set at 5/6.
Bet on Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla
Sevilla have shown great strength, character and resilience this season in La Liga and completely deserve the third spot of La Liga. They are now unbeaten in seven La Liga matches but their back to back draws have narrowed the gap to five points between them and Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone wasted no time in taking advantage of their shortcomings, securing back to back wins, buzzing off the high morale as they prepare to face Jorge Sampaoli’s men over the weekend. Atletico Madrid are the favourites, as expected, with odds priced at 8/11 to snatch all three points. Both teams to score is well priced at 87/100 but should also consider betting on over 2.5 goals as odds are also worth adding to your accumulator, as they’re priced at 8/9. Three of Atletico’s last five matches ended in over 2.5 goals while Sevilla had three games that finished under 2.5 goals.