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La Liga Weekend Preview

Saturday Levante (+ ½) vs. Atletico Madrid: There’s no reason why Atletico should fail to win this match, but it could suffer a hangover after losing a big one last weekend. Still, Atletico should have too much firepower. Osasuna (+2) vs. Barcelona: This could be a surprise. Osasuna has yet to lose at home while allowing just two goals in six matches. Barcelona has less rest following El Clasico and could falter if it takes the trip lightly. Somehow it


Mourinho’s Madrid Will Rebound from El Clasico

They call it El Clasico for good reason. On Monday evening in Barcelona one team rose to the occasion – no shock it was the home side – while the other was left to respond with physicality that only made


A Seat at the La Liga Table: Match 13

Biggest Rise: Mallorca, 8th to 6th Anything other than a win over the weekend against lowly Malaga would have undermined Mallorca’s victory at Sevilla a week before, but this is what solid teams do. Mallorca is surprisingly in 6th place

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La Liga Weekend Preview

Saturday Real Zaragoza vs. Villareal: A meeting of teams going in opposite directions, there is no doubt that Villareal should put this away without any problems. A team doesn’t sit in last place heading into December unless it is out

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A Seat at La Liga Table

Biggest Rise: Levante (19th to 15th) Not only did Levante move out of the relegation zone by defeating a team it is likely to battle with all season to stay in La Liga, but it did so emphatically. In beating


A Seat at the La Liga Table

We all know where this is headed. La Liga may well feature the two best teams in the world and they’re once again on a collision course at the top of the league table. With another weekend of matches still

La Liga Football Overview

Professional football in Spain dates back to the 1930’s, with the top league known as La Liga. La Liga betting ranks among the top football leagues in Europe, and its level of competition is likewise considered to be rivaled only by England, Italy and Germany. Most wagering on Spanish football is focused on La Liga, though there is a second level of professional football known as the Segunda Division. Since WW II the La Liga championship has been dominated by Real Madrid and AC Barcelona, who have combined for 50 titles in the past 59 years.

Officially, the oversight body that runs the sport in Spain is known as Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League). The top tier is the Primera Division, though is much more commonly known as ‘La Liga’. At present, La Liga is sponsored by Spanish banking corporation Groupo BBVA and referred to as ‘Liga BBVA’. Based on revenue, La Liga is the #3 professional football league in the world and from a competitive standpoint is ranked #2 in Europe behind the English Premier League.

The league schedule and competition format is similar to other European Leagues, except for a later start to the season (September). La Liga also uses the promotion/relegation concept, with the top three teams from the Segunda Division being promoted to the top level and the bottom three teams from the Primera Division being relegated to the secondary competition.

Along with the other European football leagues, betting on Spanish La Liga contests is very popular among ‘punters’. Until 2008, sports betting in Spain was run by the state but they’ve since liberalized its regulation which has opened the door to competition among bookmakers both in the country as well as online sportsbooks. While not every European football betting country is as accepting of sports betting as England, football odds are tossed around by casual fans as readily as win/loss records. With most professional sports leagues worldwide looking for new sources of revenue, the growing acceptance of sportsbook and football odds makers is a trend that should continue throughout the next decade.