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The Spanish Primera division, known as La Liga, is one of the most competitive and exciting competitions in the world and boast many of the globe’s leading players.
La Liga boasts three of the top European teams in Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and the competition between the three for league honours is stuff of legend.
Real Madrid and Barcelona always start each season as favourites to win the title and it is no different for the 2018/19 campaign, with leading bookmakers offering Barca at 1.80/1 and Real at 2.4/1.
This means the bookies believe Barcelona can take advantage of Ronaldo’s departure from Madrid to Juventus.
Atletico Madrid are capable of once again upsetting the applecart and at 17/1 offer punters a decent chance for substantial earnings.
Atletico boast many of the world’s leading talent and have a world-class manager so they cannot be discounted. They proved they have the mettle with a superb league title win in the 2013/14 season.
Since then Barca have won two titles and Real Madrid once. The Catalans are the defending champions so rightly start as slight favourites to lift the crown come May 2019.
Real Madrid have won a record 33 La Liga titles, while Barcelona have triumphed 25 times in the Primeria Division.
Real though have only won the silverware twice in the past decade showing once again why the pundits and tipsters have set the odds for a Barcelona title-winning season.
Barcelona have won the title seven times in the same period, with Atletico picking up the top honours once between.
Atletico have won the title 10 times in their history but only once in the last 22 years.
The race for the number one spot may be a three horse race, but Atletico are lagging with regard to historical evidence in rent times, despite finishing second in the 2017/18 campaign, three points ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid.
So with Barca, Real and Atletico expected to finish 1, 2 and 3 bettors must turn to other bet-types to get their kicks and earn the bucks.
Sevilla, at 251/1 are genuine outsiders, but punters will salivate at substantially large odds and may well take a chance on the consistent performers.
Valladolid are rank no-hopers but a punter may well take a pot with odds offered of 5001/1. Who will forget Leicester City winning the English premiership a few seasons back at odds of 5000/1 – and we all know how that worked out for the bookmakers.
Anything is possible in sports betting, and even anomalies are worth a small wager.
Celta Vigo, at 1000/1, is a smarter outside bet while Villarreal at 500/1 is also tempting.
Punters are advised to turn their attention to other wagers like European slots, relegation candidates, top goal-scorers and many more.
Relegation candidates include the likes of Leganes, who finished 17th in the 2017/18 campaign, Atletico Bilbao, Levante and Alaves.
The three promoted teams from the Segunda division, Huesca, Real Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano all face a daunting task to stay in the top flight. Huesca have been promoted for the first time in the club’s history and even if their stay is short, the supporters will love the ride.
Imagine Messi and company coming to the El Alcoraz Stadium (seating just over 5000) and providing fans and bettors with a unique once-in-a-lifetime story.
The beauty of top flight football is brought to life by the likes of Huesca and while bettors will surely have them pegged down for a straight drop, the drama that will unfold in the new campaign will be a sight to see, and not easily forgotten.
The battle for the fourth guaranteed European spot will also be hard-fought with Sevilla and Valencia favourites.
The La Liga is littered with some of the globe’s leading players:
Real Madrid boast the likes of Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Isco, Casemiro, Luka Modric and the depth of their squad quality makes them particular title contenders.
Barcelona’s squad is equally impressive with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Coutinho, Dembele striding the pitch of the Nou Camp.
Atletico Madrid also boasts a few world class players in Antione Griezmann, Jan Oblak, Koke and Diego Godin.
The Spanish Premier division is one of the most watched leagues in the world and with dazzling players, legendary clubs and fairy-tale affairs it is no wonder the world is in love with La Liga.