Just when you thought you’re starting to understand how betting on La Liga is all about, all the favourites at the top are held. Needless to say, it was not a happy weekend for the top three teams of La Liga as all dropped some much needed points. The derby of Madrid finished one a piece and the result was a golden opportunity for Barcelona to climb back to first place. Unfortunately, the Catalan giants were embarrassed in Malaga, leaving Messi and co. stunned and helpless. Sevilla won their first game after a winless streak that lasted four games. With a point away from guaranteed Champions League football, Sevilla need to avoid dropping anymore points in their last seven games of the season. We’ll take a closer look at the big games of the week and the betting information you should be looking at when placing a bet on La Liga.
Bet on Madrid
Los Blancos were fortunate enough not to get punished last weekend as Barcelona missed out on three golden points that would have moved them up to first place. Madrid still enjoy a game in hand and are now sitting on a three point advantage over Barcelona. Sporting Gijon are next on the fixtures list, a team that needs six points to step out of the relegation zone. Needless to say, Madrid are the favourites with odds of 1.40. If you’re looking for better odds, consider handicap betting on Madrid, as odds for them to win with a goal difference of two or more are priced at 1.98. Madrid’s form on the road is impressive, winning four from their last five and scoring 14 goals in the process. However, Madrid have also conceded in all their last five away games, making both teams to score an interesting option. Odds for both teams to score are set at 1.66 and over 2.5 goals are priced at 1.45. Four from Madrid’s last five matches all ended with three or more goals.
Bet on Barcelona
Is this a crisis for the Catalan giants? Their recent loss to Malaga put a serious dent in their title ambitions and their mid-week loss to Juve in the Champions League will surely affect morale. Barcelona now face Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou and the need to collect all three points is paramount before the travel to Madrid for the second El Classico of the season. The Catalans are the huge favourites with odds of 1.18 and La Liga betting fans can’t imagine them to lose their third consecutive game in all competitions. Barcelona won all their last six matches at the Camp Nou and found the net 23 times in the process. Adding to this is the fact that all their last six home games ended in over 2.5 goals and kept clean sheets on three occasions. Both teams to score has odds of 1.88 while over 3.5 goals is priced at 1.93.
Bet on Atletico Madrid
Atletico’s five match winning streak came to an abrupt end after drawing to Los Blancos in one of the biggest games of the season. Atletico are now unbeaten in their last seven games and will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to eight as they prepare to host Osasuna, a team that’s last in the table but have back to back victories.
As expected, Atletico are the favourites to emerge victorious with odds of 1.18 and their form at home is the reason for such low odds. Diego Simeone’s men won five from their last six home games, scoring 13 goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process. Odds for both teams to score are set at 2.50 while over 2.5 goals are priced at 1.54.