La Liga

The top-tier in Spanish football is called La Liga, which in English just tranSlates to 'the league'. Frankly speaking, it is THE league in Europe right now as it sits at the summit of the UEFA club coefficients rankings, with England now in second, Italy third and Germany dropping to fourth. How much of that is down to Barcelona and Real Madrid? A fair amount one could safely assume; each of the last five Champions League title's have been won by that duo with Real winning the last three.

Indeed, the Europa League has also seen four Spanish champions in the last five years, Sevilla winning three of those tournaments. Spain have been dominant in Europe and the cities of Madrid and Barcelona have been considered cash cows when using your free bets. 

La Liga may have lost one of its shining stars when Cristiano Ronaldo left the Spanish capital for Juventus in the summer of 2018, but the league is not short of household names. Lionel Messi is still widely conisdered the best in the world and he still plays alongside the likes of Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho at Barca. Real still boast players such as Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos. Elsewhere you have Diego Costa, Antoine Griezemann, Iago Aspas and Inaki Williams providing plenty of goals and entertainment throughout the division.

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La Liga 2018-19 Season

The biggest change in La Liga dugouts coming into the 2018-19 season was the arrival of Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager, replacing the outgoing Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman had just won three straight Champions Leagues and resigned on a high, making room for the former Spain coach to takeover, with big shoes to fill. However, a poor start to the season meant that Lopetegui didn't last long as manager and has been replaced by Santiago Solari.

Barcelona Six Points Clear

  1. Barcelona 51
  2. Real Madrid 45
  3. Atleico Madrid 44
  4. Sevilla 37
  5. Getafe 35

Barcelona saw their lead at the top of La Liga cut to six points after they were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid moved into second place after winning their fifth league game in a row with a 3-1 win at Atletico Madrid. There's now a seven ponit gap to Sevilla in fourth, they were 2-0 down at home to Eibar with a couple of minutes to go but fought back to get a 2-2 draw.

This weekend sees Barcelona home to Real Valladolid, Real Madrid host Girona and Atletico Madrid travel to Rayo Vallecano.

 

Claiming your La Liga free bets

Landing yourself a free bet to use on La Liga couldn't really be much simpler here at FREEbets.org.uk. Sign up with your bookmaker of choice by clicking on one of the many bookie links or banners featured anywhere across the site. When registering, make sure you follow the step-by-step guide for that bookie detailed on their specific page, and make the minimum deposit require although some may not even require one.

After successfully adhering to the sign-up terms, your free bet should be credited to your account (usually within 24 hours) and will be available to use on a multitude of La Liga betting options. So wether you're backing Barca or Real Madrid, Messi or Ronaldo or plumping between Suarez and Bale, make sure you make the most of your bet with one of the many great sign-up offers available.

Betting on La Liga

Well as we have earlier alluded to, using your La Liga free bet with regards to an outright winner will largely focus around two teams. Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate this league and although Atletico Madrid have crashed the party in recent years, that duo will almost certainly start proceedings as the two favourites. When they clash in the fixture known as 'El Clasico' it generates an absolutely enormous level of interest across the planet and bookmakers will always produce plenty of enticing enhanced odds promotions and offers.

As well as the usual football betting markets for individual games, there are a whole host of other options to use your bet on specific to the league itself.

  • Winner
  • Relegation
  • Top Goalscorer
  • W/O Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
  • Top Four finish
  • Real Madrid/ Barcelona v the field
  • Domestic Double winner

Interesting stats:

  • Eibar's Ipurua stadium has a capacity of 7,083. Only five teams in England's League Two have a lower capacity than that.
  • The oldest footballer to debut in Spain's La Liga was actually an Englishman. Former Spurs and Fulham defender Harry Lowe (born in 1886) was an impressive 48 years and 226 days old when he played his first and last match for Basque side Real Sociedad.
  • Alfredo Di Stéfano - the sixth highest goalscorer in La Liga history - was part of one of the weirdest transfers of all time. Barcelona had a deal for the Argentinian seemingly wrapped up when Spain’s football federation intervened at the last minute and vetoed the transfer. The Royal Spanish Football Association would then suggest Di Stefano played alternating years at Barcelona and Real Madrid, but. predictably, Barça’s board rejected the move and Di Stefano subsequently moved to Madrid. It's rumoured that political influences pressured the football authorities to bring the player to Madrid.
  • Back in 2014, according to Deloitte’s 2014 Football Money League, Real Madrid were the richest club in the world with revenues of €519 million, while Barcelona were second with €483 million. The next Spanish club on the list was at number 20: Atlético Madrid with revenues of €120 million, showing the incredible gap between the the El Classico sides and the rest of Spain commercially.

Current La Liga teams:

Alaves

Athletic Bilbao - 8 times champions

Atletico Madrid -  10 times champions

Barcelona - 24 time champions

Celta Vigo

Eibar

Espanyol

Getafe

Girona

Huesca  - newly promoted

Leganes

Levante

Rayo Vallecano

Real Betis - 1 time champions

Real Madrid - 33 time champions

Real Sociedad - 2 time champions

Real Valladolid - newly promoted

Sevilla - 1 time champions

Valencia - 6 time champions

Villarreal

La Liga 2017-18 Season

The 2017-18 season turned out to be a bit of a no contest at the top of the table with Barcelona running away with the title. The Catalans lost just once as they racked up 93 points and finished 14 points clear of Atletico Madrid in second.

Real may have won the Champions League in 2018 with their spectacular defeat of Liverpool, but their La Liga performance wasn't great at all. Zinedine Zidane's men finished third, losing six times and reaching the end of the campaign a full 17 points behind Barca. All that despite scoring a whopping 94 goals in their 38 games.

Valencia joined Barca and the two Madrid sides in the Champions League after finishing fourth, whilst Villarreal, Real Betis and Sevilla took Europa League spots.

At the wrong end of the table there was little drama either, with Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna all succumbing fairly tamely. Deportivo finished 18th and they were 14 points from safety, so there wasn't too much of a relegation battle either. Everything was cut and dried pretty early on in La Liga 2017-18.

 

 

 

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