La Liga is widely regarded as one of the best domestic leagues anywhere in the world. Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the big powerhouses in European football and often battle it out for the title in Spain.
All leading bookmakers now offer a wide range of markets on La Liga matches. Here are some tips for betting on the action in the Spanish league.
Avoid the Big Clubs Before Champions League Ties
The Champions League is the number one priority for Barcelona and Real Madrid each season. How well they do in the premier competition in Europe is a deciding factor in both clubs’ yearly success. The importance of the Champions League is such that the two clubs often rest a lot of their first-choice players ahead of those games.
This is more likely to happen in the latter stages of the season ahead of the knockout stages. When this does occur, it is worth taking on the big clubs. Look out for teams who have a lot riding on the match in the league and are at home against one of the Champions League teams. You can get some great value as the odds compilers won’t have factored in those changes in their match betting.
Back A Team to Win and Both Teams to Score
La Liga is one of the most entertaining European leagues and one of the reasons for that is games frequently throw up a lot of goals. It is a good league to back a team to win and both teams to score in the La Liga betting pre-match or in-running markets. This will allow you to significantly boost your pay-out return, while you can keep your stake down given the odds are larger.
Copa Del Rey Betting Can Throw Up Some Value
The Copa Del Rey is the only cup competition in Spain but it is not the priority for Barcelona and Real Madrid. Although the two Spanish giants have a good record in the tournament, La Liga and the Champions League are bigger priorities.
As we have seen this season with Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao reaching the final, it is worth looking further down the Copa Del Rey outright market. Sides likes Real Sociedad begin the tournament at odds between 20/1 and 33/1, so they are a great appeal if you are an each-way punter.
By looking beyond the giants in the outright market, you can have two or three teams on your side, which gives you a great chance of reaching the final and collecting on the place part of your each-way bet.
Lionel Messi Is the Gift Which Keeps On Giving
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored over 600 goals for the Catalan club and he is showing no signs of slowing down. He proved that when he scored four goals against Eibar earlier this year in his side’s 5-0 success.
Unfortunately, Messi starts as one of the shortest priced players in the first goalscoring markets anywhere in Europe. Yet, ignoring him because of that factor, generally proves to be the wrong move to make.
The Argentine superstar is very much in a league of his own in Spain. Rather than taking Barcelona to win the match, often at long odds-on, backing Messi for the first goal should work out a better return for you.
Hopefully the above four tips will help you make a profit when you next bet on one of the world’s most loved football leagues.