La Liga Match Predictions This Weekend
Levante vs Getafe (Saturday, 5.30pm)
It’s easy sometimes to be distracted by the glamour at the top of La Liga which is a shame because this weekend sees a fierce relegation scrap play out at the Ciutat de Valencia, between two sides who have yet to post a win.
Intriguingly both strugglers have made managerial changes over the international break and if this throws some unpredictability into the mix that is tempered by basic psychology.
Levante and Getafe will be desperate to avoid yet another defeat and both will reluctantly settle for a draw. Add in a mutual chronic inability to find the net and the stalemate looks tempting.
19/10 for a draw is slim but it is by some distance the likeliest outcome of this one.
Celta Vigo vs Sevilla (Sunday, 3.15pm)
Sunday’s afternoon headliner pits shot-shy Celta against the joint-meanest defence in La Liga and though there are several interesting angles to Sevilla’s Champions League charge, it is here where real value can be found.
Stating that only one or neither side will score obviously offers up some insurance in case the hosts pull off a surprise victory and keep out Julen Lopetegui’s side into the bargain but frankly, that feels inconceivable.
Los Nervionenses are scoring relatively freely this term while at the back they are nigh-on impenetrable, conceding a goal every 210 minutes.
Celta, for their part, have managed a measly 18 shots on target in 2021/22, the fourth lowest in the league. Saying’ no’ to both teams to score is a generous 10/11 in the circumstances.
Barcelona vs Valencia (Sunday, 8pm)
Goals define this fixture, with 25 in the last six meetings, and this won’t be welcome news for the crisis-hit hosts who are – by their usual exceptional standards – struggling to convert at present.
Across all competitions, Ronald Koeman’s flailing, Messi-less team have failed to score in four of their last six games and the last time this happened was all the way back in 2008.
Should they fire another blank surely Koeman will be gone while Barcelona’s annus horribilis will veer further into unchartered territory.
Will this happen? Who knows anymore because Barca continue to surprise, usually for all the wrong reasons. Among a myriad of unknowns, Barcelona handicapped at (-1) at 13/10 is worth considering.
La Liga Outright Winner Prediction
Lionel Messi's decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain has blown the La Liga title race wide open.
Real Madrid are now clear favourites to lift the La Liga trophy at the end of the campaign and Spanish football punters can back Los Blancos at 23/20 to clinch the title.
Despite Messi's departure, Barcelona are next up at 85/40 though it would be fair to suggest that many Camp Nou regulars aren't overly excited ahead of the upcoming La Liga season.
Defending champions ATLETICO MADRID are third favourites once again but Diego Simeone's men relish the underdog status and back-to-back La Liga triumphs could be on the cards.
La Liga Top Scorer Prediction
While the likes of Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez and new Barcelona signing Memphis Depay will attract plenty of attention in La Liga top scorer tips, GERARD MORENO is worth backing at a bigger price.
The Villarreal striker heads into 2021/22 after a solid performance for Spain at the Euros and a repeat of his 23-goal haul from last season might be enough to clinch the La Liga Golden Boot.
La Liga Predictions Today
Starting on August 13th, 2021, and running right through to next May, the 91st La Liga season promises to be one of the most fascinating and unpredictable in living memory.
No longer can it be assumed that the title will ultimately end up at Camp Nou or the Bernabéu. No longer can we take it for granted that the runner up will be Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Last season, an engrossing four-way battle saw Atletico Madrid claim their first crown for seven years in a dramatic final-day shoot-out leaving the two Spanish behemoths to rue too many costly league defeats between them.
Have Barca or Los Blancos improved sufficiently over the summer to regain their dominance?
Played across 38 rounds of fixtures and with a one-off extended Christmas break the forthcoming season thankfully sees fans returning to stadia, though none are expected to be at full capacity just yet.
The baulk of our interest however will surely reside at the top where some significant questions await to be answered.
Are Barcelona a busted flush, overly reliant on an aging Lionel Messi? How will Real Madrid fare under the returning Carlo Ancelotti? Can Atletico go again?
Such uncertainty means that betting on La Liga will be a whole lot of fun throughout the campaign and to assist you there will be regular tips available from the best experts at 888sport located right here on this very page.
How To Watch La Liga In UK
The 2021/22 la Liga season kicks off with Valencia hosting Getafe on Friday August 13th and can be viewed in the UK via LaLigaTV.
This can be accessed as part of a Premier Sports bundle on Sky, Virgin TV and Premier Player. There is also an add-on subscription available through Amazon Prime.
Typically, each round of fixtures will include several games broadcast live with the biggest matches tending to be reserved for the Saturday and Sunday evening slots. Monday night 7pm and 9pm double-bills are not uncommon.
La Liga Outright Predictions
The last time either Real Madrid or Barcelona were not crowned as champions for two years’ running was all the way back in 1984. It’s sensible therefore to put both firmly in the frame when determining the outright La Liga winner for 2021/22.
Yet uncertainty currently surrounds both of these global institutions with Real Madrid undergoing a period of real change while Barcelona too are in transition, to an extent against their will.
It’s no secret that the Catalonian club are blighted by serious financial difficulties off the field and this has necessitated a fire-sale to raise funds to renew Lionel Messi’s contract.
Such is the importance of their 34-year-old magician that securing his services for the short-term future was crucial to their title aspirations but at what cost?
Elsewhere, swap deals are being proposed to improve on a squad that last term posted Barcelona’s lowest league points haul since 2008.
At Madrid meanwhile, incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti returns to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane having accrued the second best win ratio of any manager in the club’s history during his first stint in charge. He has large shoes to fill and they are his own.
The absence of Sergio Ramos after 16 years of outstanding protection will give Real’s defence an unfamiliar look, particularly if Raphael Varane also leaves.
Up front, there are the annual rumours of a big-money signing but, like their rivals, Real are hardly flush at present. Still, of the two it is Los Blancos in the best shape. It is with them where the best value can be found.
That is not to rule out Atletico, of course. Last season taught us not to do that, while Sevilla are fancied in some quarters as distant dark horses. Realistically though, the Andalusians will see another top four finish as a huge success.
Top La Liga Betting Teams
It may be surprising to learn that throughout La Liga’s long and illustrious history there have only been nine different winners but that reflects the longstanding duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona who have largely divided up the titles between them.
Of the two it is Los Blancos who boast the most overall with 34 and to put this in proper context that is more than a third of the championships ever competed for. Barcelona, by comparison have had to make do with a meagre 26.
In recent years it is the Catalan giants who have gained the upper hand with ten titles in the 21st century while Valencia and Atletico Madrid deserve great credit for topping the table twice apiece in the modern era.
Free La Liga Predictions
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How To Bet On La Liga
Betting on La Liga action with 888sport couldn’t be easier. Simply sign up, taking advantage of our fantastic welcoming offers, then head to our ‘Spain Primera Division Odds’ market where every match and outright outcome is covered.
For the opening weekend alone, we have a wide range of bets available for each of the ten fixtures and whether it is backing the match result or speculating that both teams will score our odds are hard to beat.
Our outright winner market presently has Real Madrid priced as slight favourites ahead of their eternal nemesis while there is terrific value in predicting that Atletico can retain their crown.
There is additionally an outright market for finishing inside the top four and here Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao stand out at very reasonable odds.
Once your bet of choice has been decided, click on the odds and a virtual betting slip will appear on your screen. Add your stake to complete the process.
Primera Division Betting Tips
Here at 888sport we don’t just offer up the best La Liga betting odds around. We also endeavour to provide helpful tips ahead of every round of fixtures in the form of weekly previews.
In these informative articles, our experts will detail the most relevant stats for each game, including league form and tactical analysis, as well as highlighting any injury news that might have a bearing on a match’s outcome.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 14th July 2021