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La Liga Betting 2022

La Liga (sometimes stylised as 'LaLiga') is one of the most popular football competitions in the world. Home to some of the top players and managers on the planet, Spain's top division attracts millions of viewers every single week. We have compiled a guide which contains everything you need to know about La Liga odds, La Liga betting, sports gambling and the history of the Spanish league.

Top Sports Betting Sites for Irish Players

How To Get Started

At the top of this page, you will find a list of the best sportsbooks offering La Liga betting. Our experts at Irishluck have carefully selected these particular bookmakers, many of which will offer sign-up bonuses and regular promotions. These might include money back specials, free bets or a casino bonus. Some will even offer streaming services so you can watch certain games as they happen.

Once you have signed up, simply deposit some money into your account and you are ready to start betting! Do not forget to take a look at the terms and conditions and the privacy policy before you commit to a particular bookie.

La Liga Football Betting Ireland

Tips and Tricks

Bettors should always be looking to find value in the market. There are a few tips and tricks that can help you on your way.

Here at Irishluck, our betting experts are always searching for an edge. Visiting our site will provide you with all the information you need to be a successful bettor in the long-term. Following the points below will also help.

What To Do

Compare and Contrast

At the top of this page you will find a list of our recommended sportsbooks. Be sure to sign up for accounts with several of them. When you want to place a bet, compare the prices available with each bookmaker. Shopping around can lead to better returns.

Look Out for Injuries

Make sure you do some research into how both teams are shaping up before you place a bet on a Liga Liga match. For example, Real Madrid's chances of beating Atletico Madrid will be reduced if Karim Benzema is not playing. Always take the latest team news into account.

Dig Deeper

Similarly, you should consider more than just a team's overall strength when you are predicting the outcome of a match. Look up things like recent form, how many matches they tend to win away from home, and whether they favour attacking or defensive tactics. 

What Not To Do

Have Unrealistic Expectations

Even professional sports bettors lose their fair share of wagers. It is not realistic to expect a success rate of 90 per cent, so do not get disheartened if you are going through a sticky patch. Just remember to not bet more than you can afford.

Stick to the Same Market

Everyone has their preferred markets, but it would be a mistake to stick to the same one every time. Often, slightly different odds are offered for what is essentially the same thing. For example, you might get a better price on a Real Sociedad clean sheet than on Cadiz to score under 0.5 goals. Make sure to take a detailed look at all the options available.

Chase Your Losses

It is important not to get emotional when betting on football. If you lose a wager, do not feel like you have to quickly win your stake back. That can lead to rash decisions which will almost always leave you worse off.

La Liga Top Teams

History of La Liga

La Liga was founded in 1929, with just 10 clubs taking part in the inaugural season. It gradually grew over the decades until the powers that be authorised a 20-team division in 1987. Between 1995 and 1997 there were 22 teams in Spain's top tier, but over the last 25 years the division has featured 20 clubs.

Most Successful Sides

Real Madrid are the most successful team in La Liga history, having won the title 34 times. Los Blancos have finished as runners-up on a further 24 occasions.

Barcelona are second in the all-time rankings with 26 title triumphs, and 27 second-place finishes. They are the most successful side in the history of the Copa del Rey, Spain's equivalent to the FA Cup, with 31 victories.

Atletico Madrid are the only other club to have made it into double figures: they have lifted the trophy 11 times in their history.

Athletic Bilbao are eight-time champions and were the winners of the first ever La Liga campaign. The top five is rounded off by Valencia, who have finished top of the table on six occasions.

The Big Three

Anyone who is familiar with La Liga will know which clubs make up the 'big three'. 

In truth, for much of Spanish football history it would be more accurate to refer to the 'big two' of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Any game between those two sides is known as El Clasico. Barcelona vs Real Madrid is the biggest club game in the world and it is broadcast in every time zone.

A sustained spell of success under Diego Simeone has at times seen Atletico Madrid disrupt the duopoly. Today it is common to hear talk of Spain's big three.

La Liga Betting Tips Ireland

La Liga Best Players

Best Current Players

Many of La Liga's biggest stars ply their trade for Real Madrid. Karim Benzema is playing the best football of his career even though he is now in his mid-30s. Luka Modric is still world-class despite his own advancing years, while Vinicius Junior offers Madrid hope for the future. Toni Kroos and David Alaba have also proven themselves over a number of years.

The current Barcelona squad is not as star-studded as it once was, but there is considerable excitement over the young trio Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi. Frenkie de Jong is slightly older but still has his peak years ahead of him, while Sergio Busquets will retire as a Barcelona legend.

Spain's two biggest clubs do not have a monopoly on the best players in the league. Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Thomas Lemar all turn out with distinction for Atletico Madrid. 

Nabil Fekir has been an impressive performer since he joined Real Betis from Ligue 1, while Iago Aspas has consistently delivered for Celta Vigo. 

Villarreal's leading light is Gerard Moreno, and Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde has been tipped to achieve great things in the game.

Best Historical Players

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest players of all time. Messi scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barcelona, the club he first joined at the age of 13. Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 outings for Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018.

Two of Messi's most important team-mates at the Camp Nou were Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. The two diminutive midfielders defined an era and showed that size is not everything in football. Going further back, Johan Cruyff, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman were all iconic figures at Barcelona.

Real Madrid won five European Cups in a row between 1956 and 1960. The star of that team was the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano, another player who deserves to be in the conversation about the best in football history. Sergio Ramos, Paco Gento, Iker Casillas and Zinedine Zidane all spent the best years of their careers at Madrid.

Betting on La Liga Players

Match Betting

Most betting markets are centred on team activities - which side will win, how many goals they will score, what the final result will be. However, there is an increasing number of player-focused markets available to bettors.

Match betting refers to events taking place within a 90-minute game. The goalscorer market is the most popular. Punters can choose which player they think will score the first goal and the last goal. You can also back a particular player to find the back of the net anytime.

The bigger the match, the more player-related betting opportunities there will be. Look out for player hat-tricks, player shots, player cards and player assists. 

You can also combine two or more selections to make a combination bet - such as Erik Lamela to score first and Sevilla to beat Espanyol.

Player Outrights

We have already covered team outrights earlier in this guide - title winner, relegation, Champions League qualification etc. It is also possible to predict season outcomes related to individual footballers.

The most popular choice is the top goalscorer market. This was once a two-way fight between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the race has in theory become more open since both players left Spanish football. We say 'in theory' because Karim Benzema is streets ahead of his competitors in the battle for the Pichichi trophy in 2021/22.

Some sportsbooks also offer odds on which player will finish the campaign with the most assists. At the time of writing, Benzema and Ousmane Dembele are tied in first place.

La Liga Betting FAQs

In the Republic of Ireland, the Spanish top flight is probably the most popular football competition outside of the Premier League in England, and any sportsbook worth its salt will offer La Liga bets and La Liga odds. Markets will be available for all 380 fixtures across the campaign.

At the top of this page you will find a list of our recommended sportsbooks. We suggest you register with a few of them and, before placing your desired bet, compare and contrast the odds available - you may well get a better price by using one particular bookmaker over another.

At the time of writing, Real Madrid are on the brink of winning the La Liga title. Save for a brief spell in the autumn, los Blancos have been top of the table for most of the season. They were the pre-season favourites to finish in first place - and it looks like the bookmakers are about to be proven right.

If Madrid do get over the line as expected, Carlo Ancelotti will be the first manager to win league titles in England (Chelsea), Germany (Bayern Munich), France (Paris Saint-Germain), Italy (AC Milan) and Spain (Real Madrid).

One way to answer this question is by checking the odds. At the start of the 2021/22 campaign, four Premier League teams were available at odds of 10/1 or under to win the title. Over in La Liga, only three clubs were priced at 10/1 or shorter to finish on top of the pile. That suggests the Premier League is harder to win, since there are more clubs competing for the prize.

In the 29 seasons that have been completed since the Premier League was founded in 1992, seven clubs have won the title. Over the same period in La Liga, only five teams have won the title. That would imply that La Liga is harder to win, unless you are one of the established giants - in which case it is easier.

Both divisions are tougher to win than the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich are closing in on their 10th consecutive title. The only other team to win the German championship since 2009 are Borussia Dortmund.

As we have outlined above, there are various events you can bet on in La Liga. A total of 380 matches are played each season in Spain's top division and it is possible to place wagers on every single one of them. The outright markets offer the opportunity to predict eventual outcomes for the campaign, such as which club will win the title and which teams will get relegated. 

La Liga is not the only football event you can bet on. The English, German, French and Italian leagues are also popular with betting customers. Most sportsbooks also offer odds on smaller competitions, such as Portugal's Primeira Liga, MLS in the United States, Japan's J1 League and the Super Lig in Turkey. 

If you want to be really niche, you can even find odds for football matches in countries like Finland, Colombia, Serbia, Jamaica, Peru and Cameroon! Our tipsters at Irishluck do not cover minor leagues like those, but we have information about all the action in La Liga, the Premier League, the Champions League and other major competitions.

Many bettors overlook the option of betting on draws. In some ways, that is understandable - after all, there is almost always an outright favourite to win any given match. But given that around a quarter of football games end with the scores level, it can be profitable to back the draw on certain occasions. Indeed, the odds for the draw are often inflated because most of the money bookmakers receive comes from bets on either team to win.

One thing to ask yourself before placing money on the draw is whether that result would be acceptable for the teams involved. There are some occasions when both sides would settle for a point apiece. If the scores are level in the closing stages of the match, neither is likely to push too hard for a win. This is the sort of game where you should consider betting on the draw.

We would also recommend checking out the results of recent matches between the two teams. Whether it is due to styles of play that cancel each other out, a fear of losing generated by a local rivalry, or simply the fact that two sides are evenly matched, some teams are just more likely to draw when they take each other on.

 Here at Irishluck, all our writers are experts on the leagues they cover. That means if you are looking for football tips or help with your betting - such as how to be profitable betting on draws - this is the place to go.

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