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 Germany in second and England trailing in their wake in third. How much of that is down to Barcelona and Real Madrid? A fair amount one could safely assume; each of the last four Champions League title's have been won by that duo and six of the last nine finals have featured at least one Spanish team.
Indeed, the Europa League has also seen eight Spanish champions in the last 12 years and they also had an all Spanish final in that time too. Spain have been dominant in Europe and the cities of Madrid and Barcelona have been considered cash cows when using your free bets.
Many people have argued that the English Premier League is the greatest league in the world, but La Liga undoubtedly has the two greatest players in the world - probably the top five or six in fact. Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona are without doubt the two best player's of their generation although we could be here all day in a discussion as to who is the best. Whilst Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two dominant forces in Spanish football, recent seasons have also seen success for Atletico Madrid, who won the title in 2014, and also Sevilla.
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La Liga 2017-18 Season
Barcelona have made a fine start to the new La Liga season and now find themselves as the odds-on favourites with the bookies to win the league. Many observers felt that Real Madrid would defend their title this season and that Barca were in some what of a transitional period. With the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer and a failure to bring in their top target Philippe Coutinho, the feeling was that the Catalans would fall up short against Real.
However new boss Ernesto Valverde has adapted well to life at the Nou Camp and the club have won all five of their opening league games. Two of those wins have seen big victories at home to Espanyol by a 5-0 scoreline and 6-1 against Eibar. Lionel Messi appears to be back to his very best, scoring hat-tricks in both of those games and with the Argentinian icon in that kind of form, it's hard to see anything other than Barcelona going very close in their pursuit of a 25th La Liga title.
Real Madrid had started the season as the favourites, having been so impressive last season on their way to winning a League and Champions League double. However the price on Zinedine Zidane's men retaining their title has drifted after some lacklustre results at the start of the season, coupled with Barcelona's impressive run. Real have dropped points in draws at home to both Valencia and Levante and when you consider they only failed to win five home games in La Liga in the whole of last season, it's not the greatest of starts.
There's still plenty of football to be played however and the gap between the two remains small. The drift in Real's price for the title means they are looking like a worthwhile punt given that barring a disastrous turn of form, they are likely to see their price get much bigger. Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have also made good starts to the season but as we are all well aware, backing anyone but Real Madrid or Barca for the title rarely ever ends well.
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.
- Top Goalscorer
- W/O Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
- Top Four finish
- Real Madrid/ Barcelona v the field
- Domestic Double winner
- 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:
Athletic Bilbao - 8 times champions
Atletico Madrid - 10 times champions
Barcelona - 24 time champions
Deportivo La Coruna - 1 time champions
Real Betis - 1 time champions
Real Madrid - 33 time champions
Real Sociedad - 2 time champions
Sevilla - 1 time champions
Valencia - 6 time champions
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