Barcelona were lucky to salvage a point against Atletico Madrid over the weekend as Luis Suarez’s late equaliser was enough to keep the Catalan’s unbeaten run alive. Los Blancos wrapped up their third successive win, moving them up to third place and five points short of Barcelona. Second placed Valencia put six past Real Betis in a nine-goal thriller, marking their fourth win on the trot. Things still appear to be grim at the bottom side of the table, particularly for Malaga, who have only secured a single point and have Barcelona next on the fixtures list. We’ll now dig deeper into the best bets available, analyse the statistics and how they relate to betting to help you make smarter and more informed betting decisions when betting on La Liga.
Bet on Barcelona
Forget betting on Barcelona to win, the odds are too low to even consider. We’ll be looking at goal related bets, as the Catalan giants bagged 24 goals in their eight La Liga games, giving them a three goal per game average.
Choosing ‘No’ on both teams to score is a sensible bet, considering the fact that Malaga conceded 18 goals this season and found the net just four times. Odds for this bet stand at 1.76 – great value to boost your accumulator odds. Barça have only conceded three goals this season, which adds value to one team to score.
Handicap betting on Barcelona is one of the only ways of making a healthy return from backing Barcelona, and this will have to be with a goal difference of four or more, as odds of this are priced at 2.23. Messi is currently top scorer of La Liga with 11 goals from eight games plated and has odds of 2.85 to get the first goal against Malaga on Saturday.
Last season, Barcelona failed to win both La Liga encounters with Málaga, with a 0-0 draw at home and a 2-0 away in Malaga. However, we believe goals are on Barça’s agenda this weekend and won’t be surprised if it’s total annihilation.
Bet on Valencia
When betting on Valencia, more often than not, you’re going to be getting pretty decent odds and opportunities to make a killing, should they maintain their current winning form. Valencia are one of three teams still unbeaten this La Liga campaign, alongside Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. Valencia host Sevilla over the weekend, who are still battered and bruised from their heavy Champions League loss over the week. Should Valencia emerge victorious with odds of 1.90, it would mark their fifth consecutive win, something they haven’t achieved since December 2010-January 2011.
Sevilla will be on the road again and will surely feel the stress that travelling brings as they prepare to face Valencia over the weekend. Odds for Sevilla to get something out of this clash stand at 1.93, and these odds cover both the draw and an away win (double chance betting). A straight win for Sevilla will almost quadruple your stake with odds of 3.85, but seem like a long shot against such an in-form and yet unbeaten team.
A goalless draw settled the match the last time these two sides met, but we’re confident we’ll be witnessing a few goals at the Estadio de Mestalla next Saturday.
Bet on Madrid
Madrid have moved up to third place of the La Liga table but are still light years away from catching up from rivals Barcelona. Los Blancos host Eibar in their search for their next three points and most La Liga betting fans will assume it will be a casual, routine win. Eibar don’t have the best record against the Champions having collected one point from their last six encounters.
Odds are too low to back Madrid with a straight win but backing them to win with a goal difference of four or more will potentially return 24.80 from a tenner. We’ll take a look at a more risk-averse bet, which is ‘one team to score’ by choosing ‘No’ on the both teams to score betting option. Odds for this bet are priced at 1.81 and statistics which surround this bet involve:
- Eibar have scored a joint-league low with three goals this La Liga campaign
- Eibar are now without a goal in three games,
- Madrid found the net nine times in their last five games
Ronaldo is priced at 1.30 to get his name on the score sheet, however, Sergio Ramos is one short of 50 La Liga goals for Real Madrid. He has odds of 3.80 to get a goal on Sunday night. The seven players to reach 50 league goals for the club this century were all forwards.