Spain La Liga betting tips 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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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.


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 you may have noticed, the history of La Liga is basically the history of Barcelona and Real Madrid and their struggle to come out on top. Granted, Atletico Madrid are becoming more and more relevant by the year, but it shouldn’t take too long to figure out who the favourites are here.

To get a clearer picture of the state of La Liga in 2020/21, we’ll turn to La Liga outright betting odds. As per top online bookmakers’ opinions, these will provide insight into how the current forms of Spain’s top teams compare.

According to La Liga betting odds, reigning champions Real Madrid are this season’s top dogs. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, seeing their odds of 1.66 to claim the title.

Next up is Barcelona with 2.75. That’s quite a difference, but Barcelona remain the only ones who are likely to step up to the champs. Just below them are Atletico Madrid with 9.00 and Sevilla with 26.00. Though these prices seem long, they indicate that these two will likely take the remaining Top 4 spots. Odds of 26.00 sound bad on paper – but they’re great compared to the next team’s 151.00.

Real Madrid

Making it to the Round of 16 of the Champions League can rarely be called a disappointment, but that’s Real Madrid for you. Nevertheless, they faced resounding success at the home front by grabbing the coveted La Liga title in the previous season. Despite scoring fewer total goals than their main rivals Barcelona, Los Blancos won out with a 5-point difference thanks to a couple of crucial victories.

So what can we expect in terms of Real Madrid betting in 2020/21? Coach Zinedine Zidane has a lot of options to work with – even predicting Real’s starting 11 can be unreliable. Karim Benzema at centre-forward and the pair of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane as centre-backs are almost a constant in high-value matches, but the remaining lineup is quite flexible. That said, their greatest strength is currently concentrated in the left flank with winger Eden Hazard. In the closing months of the previous season, a solid 63% of their successful attacks came from this direction. Moreover, the Belgium international will have eyes of the world on his shoulders following what can only be described as an underwhelming campaign.

The summer was fairly quiet when it comes to transfers. Midfielder Martin Ödegaard is back from a loan to Real Sociedad, as is Takefusa Kubo from Mallorca. That pretty much covers the new arrivals. On the flip side, Achraf Hakimi left to Inter for a modest fee of €40 million, and striker Reinier went on loan to Dortmund. Follow our Real Madrid Predictions

FC Barcelona

Barca recorded a slightly better success in the Champions League by making it to the quarter-finals, but the fans weren’t happy about their position as runners-up in La Liga. That said, they remain the league’s best goalscorers with 86 total goals. Interestingly, this is still a notable drop compared to the previous few years. They were champions for two consecutive seasons before the last one and recorded more than 100 goals every season between 2013 and 2017, often more than 110.

Conversely, their defence seems to have glaring issues. All the proof you need lies in their infamous 2:8 debacle against Bayern. Still, this proves that Barca are still relying on their signature aggressive, high-pressure approach. In fact, some analysts point out that their greatest strength is their greatest weakness – the whole system is built up around Leo Messi who was the talk of the town during the summer of 2020 when he went back and forth with his announcements. Despite initially unveiling he would be leaving Barcelona, the Argentine maestro decided to stay. The system suffered greatly with the departure of Neymar a few years back, but the trio of Messi-Suarez-Griezmann is expected to fire the club forward after a disappointing season.

With all that in mind, the recent transfers make a lot of sense. Miralem Pjanić was brought in from Juventus in hopes of shoring up the lacklustre midfield, and Trincão was signed as a right-winger to offer more width. Follow our Barcelona Predictions

Atletico Madrid

The last time Atletico won the title was in 2013/14 – which is incidentally the last time someone other than Real or Barca won. That said, their 4th placement in the previous season was quite a disappointment. They managed to climb out of their infamous 3rd position for the two seasons before that, only to fall right back down.

So what are the Red and Whites’ goals for the 2020/21 season? Well, they’ve splurged over €50 million on improving their lineup, most notably by securing a permanent signature of Álvaro Morata from Chelsea as a striker. Together with João Félix and midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, they’ll have a very strong offensive line. Moreover, Yannick Carrasco rejoined the club after a spell in China and it’s fair to say Diego Simeone will have plenty of attacking options in the next season.

Jan Oblak is also arguably the best goalkeeper currently in La Liga, which is another major asset. Overall, they concede a very small number of goals, second only to Real Madrid, which can be interesting for Goals Scored betting markets. 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?

Elche CF

Elche’s lineup is fairly strong for a team of their calibre. They snagged a promotion last season after an unlikely victory in the play-offs. However – it’s highly questionable whether that’s anywhere near the level of some of the powerhouses of La Liga. They’ve just been promoted and are staring down impossible odds, so their fight to stay in the top-flight for more than a season will be hard.

SD Huesca

The other team fresh out of the Segunda Division, Huesca are on better footing than Elche – but not by much. As newcomers to the Primera, they’ll be marked as underdogs in almost every matchup. Furthermore, they’ve spent a good chunk of the last decade in the third league, so their track record in national competitions is not exactly great.

Cádiz CF

Our list of relegation favourites is rounded out by the third team to be promoted in 2019/20 – Cadiz. They’ve been on an upward swing since 2015 in terms of performance, but that doesn’t mean they can go toe-to-toe with the other La Liga teams yet.

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. Let’s look at some examples.

Lionel Messi

First of all, let’s mention the elephant in the room, so to speak. Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of our generation, and will no doubt go down in history as such. We’ve already mentioned that a good chunk of Barca’s strategy boils down to giving Messi space to do his thing, and that’s been going on for more than half a decade.

That said, Messi is currently 33, which begs the question – is his form as strong as it used to be? Let’s look at the numbers. With 25 goals and 21 assists over 33 appearances, he was last season’s top goalscorer. He also had the most assists by a considerable margin. Throw in 82.5% pass accuracy and 71.74% dribble success rate, and it’s hard to call him past his prime. And after a tumultuous summer during which he was on the exit door of his beloved club, all eyes will once again be on the Argentine wizard.

Eden Hazard

When Hazard joined Real Madrid’s lineup last year, he was seen as the one to lead the team and break Barcelona’s 2-year dominance. The Belgian left-winger blazed a path through the Premier League for years before that, earning respect as one of the most prominent attackers in Europe. In hindsight, the €115 million transfer didn’t turn out as planned. With just 16 league appearances, Hazard only recorded a single goal. If we also consider that he was written off as “unfit” to play in the Belgian national team, we can see why some fans are concerned.

That said, Hazard is still a lethal playmaker when he puts his mind to it. This coming season is a great chance for redemption, made even easier by the fact his team are favourites to take home the title.

Jan Oblak

To be considered one of the most valuable players in a league full of veritable superstars is no easy feat. To do the same as a goalkeeper is all the more impressive. Oblak built up a reputation during his last 5 years with Atletico as the world’s best keeper – which seems more and more true after KepaArrizabalaga of Chelsea recorded a dismal year. Oblak holds the world record for least matches needed to reach 100 clean sheets at 182, with the next closest score at 222.

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?

Ansu Fati

We don’t throw the word ‘prodigy’ around lightly – but if someone deserves the moniker, it’s Barca’s 17-year-old winger Ansu Fati. The youngest player in the club for 78 years, the club’s youngest goalscorer in history, the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League… The list of his achievement is downright incredible, especially for someone so young.

João Félix

With just 20 years of age, Félix is already described as “Atletico’s Messi.” This 20-year-old striker came over from Benfica last summer as one of the most notable transfers of the pre-season. He is still yet to get his bearings in Spanish football and the season itself wasn’t that impressive. Still, he is seen as one of the most promising young attackers in Europe.

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.


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.