Spain La Liga predictions and odds

It’s not too much of a stretch to call La Liga the best national football league on the planet. Unsurprisingly, this means that La Liga betting is quite a big deal as well. With that in mind, Betting Fellow made this comprehensive look at the ins and outs of betting on the very peak of football.

Below, you’ll find regular updates for La Liga betting predictions, as provided by our team of experts. However, the main goal of this page is to be a comprehensive guide to betting on La Liga matches. Each bit of information can make the difference between winning and losing a wager – so let’s get all the information we can.

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Spain La Liga Predictions

20/01/2022

Mallorca - Real Sociedad

It’s hard to see even the most ardent of Mallorca fans expect a victory here. As clear underdogs, even a draw against Real Sociedad would be quite impressive, let alone an upset in the form of a home win.

A difficult match is ahead of Sociedad. They have a big fish to fry but we’ve seen them do it in the past and it’s certain they can do it again.

Mallorca managed to hold the line against Levante throughout the first half of their previous away game. They didn’t have ne... read more

Betting tip (stake: 4/10): Draw 3.30 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 0:0
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19/01/2022

Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano

A home win should not be questioned in this game. Barcelona are seen as huge favourites to register an easy win against Rayo Vallecano and we recommend you take the generous offer of 1.53.

It’s hard to believe even the most optimistic Rayo Vallecano fans are expecting them to triumph at Barcelona this Wednesday. It’s a completely one-sided matchup, and the hosts should have no problems steamrolling their opponents.

The previous La Liga match saw Barca travel to HOME_LAST_RO... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): Under 2,5 2.28 at Unibet
Correct score prediction: 2:0
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La Liga Standings

  • Team
  • MP
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • F
  • A
  • D
  • P
  • Last Five
  • 2
  • Sevilla
  • 22
  • 13
  • 7
  • 2
  • 34
  • 16
  • 18
  • 46
  • D W W D D
  • 10
  • Valencia
  • 22
  • 7
  • 8
  • 7
  • 35
  • 36
  • -1
  • 29
  • W L L D L
  • 11
  • Osasuna
  • 22
  • 7
  • 7
  • 8
  • 22
  • 27
  • -5
  • 28
  • L L W L W
  • 13
  • Espanyol
  • 22
  • 7
  • 6
  • 9
  • 26
  • 30
  • -4
  • 27
  • L W L D L
  • 14
  • Granada
  • 22
  • 5
  • 9
  • 8
  • 26
  • 33
  • -7
  • 24
  • W D D L L
  • 15
  • Elche
  • 22
  • 5
  • 8
  • 9
  • 23
  • 30
  • -7
  • 23
  • L D W W D
  • 16
  • Getafe
  • 22
  • 5
  • 7
  • 10
  • 17
  • 23
  • -6
  • 22
  • W W L W D
  • 17
  • Mallorca
  • 21
  • 4
  • 8
  • 9
  • 17
  • 33
  • -16
  • 20
  • D L L L L
  • 18
  • Cádiz
  • 22
  • 3
  • 9
  • 10
  • 19
  • 36
  • -17
  • 18
  • D L L D W
  • 20
  • Levante
  • 21
  • 1
  • 8
  • 12
  • 21
  • 43
  • -22
  • 11
  • L L L W L
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Spain La Liga Results

Round 21

Spain La Liga Results

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  • match
  • HT
  • FT
  • 1
  • x
  • 2
  • 16/02/2022
  • Atlético Madrid - Levante
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Round 20

Spain La Liga Results

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  • match
  • HT
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  • 1
  • x
  • 2
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Spain La Liga Results

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La Liga History and General Information

To call La Liga a powerhouse in the world of football would be an understatement. Based on their system of coefficients, UEFA has ranked La Liga as the world’s number one league seven years in a row. In the grander scheme of things, Spain’s league has been top of those rankings 22 times out of the total 60 – far more than the other “Big 5” leagues of European football.

Moreover, the clubs that play in La Liga have seen more success than any other league’s clubs. Its clubs have been named the continent’s top clubs 22 times in total, won the Champions League 18 times, the Europa League 11 times, and so on. In truth, the list of La Liga’s achievements would be too long to go through in one simple text.

So, how did all this come to be? The story of La Liga being in 1928. Football was already in Spain before that on a professional level, but it lacked a unified national league and relied on elimination tournaments and similar competitions. 10 clubs initially founded the Primera División, 3 of which have never been relegated from it - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

On a side note, La Liga’s full name is actually Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División. What we usually call La Liga is just the first division of the Spanish national league and its highest.

Over the following 50 years, the clubs that we today immediately associate with La Liga emerged into prominence. At first, those were Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. Real Madrid would come to dominate the league in the 50s, firmly establishing themselves as one of the world’s greatest football clubs. A few decades down the line, Barcelona’s acclaimed Dream Team would change the game forever.

Under legendary coach Johan Cruyff, Barcelona would go on to win 11 titles in 8 years. His approach to high-pressure, high-possession football tactics can be seen to this day. As most experts will tell you, professional football nowadays is all about Cruyff’s ‘Total Football’. This is just one example of how La Liga changed how football is played across the globe.

Following the turn of the century, these two clubs were essentially synonymous with both La Liga and world-class football. You’ll typically find them in one of the top 3 spots of pretty much any season since 2000, with one of them as the winner. Notably, Atletico Madrid also emerged as a dominant force after 2010, and you’ll usually find them in one of the leading positions as well.

Format

As per the typical UEFA template, La Liga takes the form of a double round-robin. It consists of 20 of Spains top football teams which play against one another twice – once home and once away. A typical season lasts from August to May the following year, during which each team plays a total of 38 matches.

As usual, teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. They are thank ranked based on the total number of points won. The team with the most points is crowned champion, while the bottom 3 teams are relegated to the Segunda Division – the second tier of Spanish football. The two top-ranked teams from the Segunda Division are promoted to La Liga, while the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth team play a series of playoffs for the third open spot.

In the case of a tie in points, teams are ranked based o their head-to-head statistics – which is an interesting divergence from the typical league format.

Being the highest ranked league in Europe, the top 4 teams from La Liga qualify for the subsequent Champions League group stage. The 5th team goes to the Europa League, along with the Copa del Rey winners.

La Liga Title Challengers

As the final results of the 2020/21 season have shown, it seems that La Liga is becoming less of a rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona and more of a three-way competition. In spite of what La Liga outright betting odds implied, Atletico Madrid rose to snag a surprising victory – their second title in the past 8 years. Overall, we’d say this is interesting news for both spectators and bettors. That being said, the 2021/22 season promises to be incredibly exciting.

According to most top online bookmakers, Real Madrid are still the favourites to take the title this season, with prices generally in the 2.10 to 2.50 range. Predictably, Barcelona is right behind them at 3.00 – though some bookies put them on equal footing with their biggest rivals. Atletico Madrid are the third strongest squad according to the betting odds. Most bookies price them defending the title between 3.75 and 4.00, despite the successes from last season.

Still, this is a marked improvement from the previous year, when Atletico were given a price of over 9.00. However, that pretty much ends the list of serious La Liga title challengers in 2020/21. Sevilla and Real Sociedad are further down the ladder with 15.00 and 34.00 odds, respectively.

Real Madrid

Despite what the betting odds are showing, Real Madrid may not have as big of an advantage over their main opponents as it seems. First of all, their current campaign is already mired in political drama, and the summer transfer period has been pretty quiet. Secondly, Zinedine Zidane left his position of head coach after 6 relatively successful seasons on the job. Carlo Ancelotti is back, though the fanbase is fairly split around his return. His previous stint as manager was lukewarm at best. Their efforts at snagging a star striker in the likes of Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland seem to have been unsuccessful so far.

When all’s said and done, though, they missed last season’s title by a narrow 2-point margin. Also, they’ve been the dominant squad in both El Clasico matchups and their local rivalry with Atletico. Consistency is a more pressing concern with Los Blancos than their ability to win.

We won’t spend too much time praising the lineup – especially the unshakable defence that Zidane had assembled. Between Casemiro, Raphaël Varane, and Thibaut Courtois between the posts, Atletico were the only squad with a better concession rate in La Liga. Even that is by a negligible margin. The Frenck World Cup winner Varane might be out of the club with his summer move to Manchester United but Bayern’s David Alaba is now joining the roster as a center-back. Worryingly, though, their inability to stop the opponent from creating opportunities has not been addressed.

FC Barcelona

Barca continues their streak as the highest-scoring squad in the Spanish top-flight. However, Atletico’s triumph ended up with Barcelona drawing the short end of the stick. They ended the previous season in 3rd place, which is the first time they didn’t make the top 2 in 12 years.

Plenty of bookies expected this season to be all about the Catalans, with many pundits praising their transfer choices. However, these sorts of Barcelona La Liga predictions were put on hold with the news that Lionel Messi left the club after almost two decades. It’s the end of an era, and the effects this will have on the team as a whole are yet to be determined. Either way, Ronald Koeman, the new coach, will have his hands full in the coming weeks.

Not to say that Barca’s attacks will not be as devastating as ever, though. Antoine Griezmann is still on board, as are Ousmane Dembélé and Ansu Fati on the wings. Though it’s worth mentioning that the latter two may be out of commission in the opening few rounds due to injuries. Also, centre-forward Memphis Depay was brought in way before Messi’s departure was announced. So was former Manchester City striker and legend Sergio Aguero. Other arrivals include backs Emerson Royal and Eric García, while Francisco Trincão went out to Wolverhampton on loan. Follow our Barcelona Predictions

Atletico Madrid

The current reigning champions of Spanish football, Atletico have a lot going for them, but we’re doubtful anyone would call them favourites. Frankly, their victory was achieved through consistency rather than strong performances against their biggest rivals. For instance, they recorded a loss and a draw against Real Madrid last season. However, they also won one more total match than Real, resulting in a 2-point lead that eventually earned them the title.

Diego Simeone’s squad particularly shined in the closing rounds of the season, particularly the goal-getting excellence of Luis Suárez. That said, they also recorded the lowest number of concessions in the competition. We would be remiss not to point out goalkeeping legend Jan Oblak. Also, their 3-5-2 formation relies heavily on a powerful midfield. Marcos Llorente, Koke, and Saúl Ñíguez are examples of important central midfielder. This season, Calcio’s Rodrigo de Paul will be joining them.  Follow our Atletico Madrid Predictions

La Liga Relegation Favourites

The stiff competition of La Liga leaves little room for fresh title challengers – but there’s plenty of room in the relegation zone. Which teams are most likely to greet the next season in Segunda Division?

Rayo Vallecano

Rayo were a fairly consistent part of the top-flight at the turn of the decade, but their luck took a quick turn both on and off the field. They’ve managed to climb back up to La Liga two years ago, but their stint was short and poor. They managed to earn a promotion again through the play-offs, but keep in mind that they ended the regular season in the 6th pace. All in all, it’s hard to feel confident in their chances of sticking around, especially considering how small their budget is compared to their competition.

RCD Mallorca

Speaking of former La Liga regulars, Mallorca’s fall from grace was as quick as it was painful. They tumbled down from being the 5th best team in Spanish football to the third flight in a matter of seasons. They’ve bounced back up in the meantime, but their return to the top flight in 2019 was quickly snubbed. As it stands, most La Liga betting predictions are expecting them to yo-yo once again.

Elche CF

Despite a deceptively strong lineup last season, most observers were surprised to see Elche stick around. They avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth, and it seems to be only a matter of time before they end up right back down in the Segunda. To be fair, they’ve spent a decent amount of resources and talent to bring their squad up to snuff – especially when it comes to the defenders. They have a better shot at staying around than Mallorca or Rayo, but they still don’t compare favourably to the rest of the table.

La Liga Top Players

A good chunk of La Liga’s prestige is thanks to the sheer star power at display. These guys are some of the best in the world at what they do, and the popularity of La Liga betting ties into this. While it seems that Memphis Depay and the most prominent arrival to the Spanish La Liga will be under the biggest spotlight, we will be focusing on some of the mainstays. Let’s look at some examples.

Jan Oblak

This record-breaking goalie is not only considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but in the history of association football. He has over 300 appearances for Atletico Madrid at this point, but he lost none of his talents over the 7-year tenure. In fact, he recorded 18 clean sheets out of 38 matches last season with a save rate of over 80%. As such, it’s easy to understand why many consider him the driving force behind Atletico’s staggeringly low concession rate.

Frenkie de Jong

With Messi’s departure, the current Barca lineup implies we’ll see a big focus on the midfield going forward. Well, the Dutch central midfielder de Jong fits be bill perfectly and is already one of the most prominent parts of the Barcelona roster – which already says a lot. He is an incredibly versatile player with strong skills across the board. We’ve seen his dribbling, technique, vision, passing, and both defensive and offensive abilities praised over the years. All of this praise is well-earned, though, as De Jong continues to be one of the most consistent parts of Barcelona’s starting 11.

Casemiro

This Brazilian defender's tale is a fairly interesting one, and he has been described as Real Madrid’s ‘most important player you don’t see in the field.’ He has a reputation as e of La Liga’s most skilled hard-tacklers with quick reactions and positional sense allowing him to midfield role in front of the defence. His aggressive and stalwart style of play earned him the nickname ‘The Tank’, and with Varane’s departure, he’s likely to become even more crucial to the lineup.

La Liga Rising Stars

La Liga doesn’t just have some of the world’s best players – it makes them as well. So, what are some of the most promising young talents in Spain’s top-flight?

João Félix

Although he’s yet to justify his hefty price tag, ‘Atletico’s Messi’ won his first title as the club’s second striker last year. The tally of 13 goals and 7 assists may not sound like much at first glance, but his total number of appearances is still relatively low. Félix is renowned for his speed, athleticism, and technique, and has all the makings of a future legend.

Pedri

Full name Pedro González López, Pedri is sidely regarded as one of the most promising young footballers in the world in the football media. He’s still only 18, and his skills are still expected to grow, but he’s the second-youngest player ever to make 50 appearances for Barcelona. With Messi’s departure, he is considered one of Barca’s most valuable assets, highlighting his excellent technical skills and ability to play with either foot.

La Liga Derby Matches

El Clásico

The Classic is not just a blueprint for the meaning of football derby – it’s what all other derbies wish they were. The clash between La Liga’s top clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid is one of the most viewed sporting events every year. To make things even more interesting, the rivalry’s background is a centuries-old political and social opposition between Madrid and Barcelona – Spain and Catalonia. A staple of world sports, it doesn’t get much more exciting than El Clásico.

Atlético-Barçelona

Sometimes referred to as El OtroClásico, or the ‘other classic’, this showdown can be just as exciting as its namesake. Although this derby is forever doomed to play second fiddle to its bigger brother, the underlying rivalry hits all the same notes and produces some exhilarating games.

The Madrid Derby

This just leaves the clash between the remaining two Top 3 clubs – Real and Atlético. Despite Atleti’s rise to prominence, the showdown remains quite lopsided. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly heated local rivalry between the Spanish capital’s best teams. It is also overshadowed by the Classic, which doesn’t mean it’s not one of the world’s premier city derbies.

La Liga Best Stadiums

Camp Nou

Being the world’s fourth-largest sports stadium, Barcelona’s home field is quite a sight to behold. Its capacity is a whopping 99,354, with an even more impressive record attendance of 120,000. It’s the biggest stadium in the country and is world-famous for hosting multiple Europa League and Champions League finals.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

As you may have guessed, the title of the second-biggest stadium is Real Madrid’s home turf. It can house just over 80,000 spectators, marking it as one of the top spots in Europe. It’s also a popular tourist attraction because of its long and storied history which includes four Champions League finals. It was the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA Euro final and a FIFA World Cup final.