As Juventus’ monopoly in Serie A crumbled in 2020/21, so too did the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the La Liga predictions, with Atletico Madrid upsetting the odds to lift the trophy. Atleti are the 3.50 underdogs to retain their trophy, with Barca (3.75) and Real (2.10) the more likely victors according to the bookies. But what will happen in 2021/22?
La Liga Final 2022 Date
May 22, 2022
Top 3 La Liga Favourites
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona
Was Atletico’s triumph a surprise last season? Perhaps, but we should never underestimate the brilliance of Diego Simeone as a head coach that gets results. It helps too that he has an outstanding squad of players, with Jan Oblak amongst the best goalkeepers on the planet, Luis Suarez showing Barca what they’re missing and the continued excellence of Koke, Yannick Carrasco and Marcos Llorente.
With no major losses in the transfer window, with the excellent Rodrigo de Paul signed, should Atletico actually be a lot shorter in the La Liga title odds?
Barca and Real Madrid might disagree, and so too might Sevilla, who were not a million miles behind the leaders last season either. Spanish football’s big guns are experiencing financial woes right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should discount them – they are La Liga favourites for a reason, after all.
Was last season a changing of the guard, or will Barcelona or Real Madrid fire back? In these La Liga betting predictions, we’ll do our best to find out.
As mentioned, Atletico Madrid haven’t lost any players and have gained De Paul – even if the likes of Suarez and Llorente regress slightly, they should still be around that 80-point mark or so.
That basically means there is an opportunity for Barcelona or Real Madrid to take top spot, but who is better positioned to do so? Our Primera Division betting tips will reveal all….
You’ve probably heard that, due to financial problems that Barca is facing, Lionel Messi is not going to join them in this season of La Liga. It is a huge loss, however the Catalan giants are still one of the favourites in the La Liga winner odds thanks to such players as Memphis Depay.
I know they expect a lot from me, and I have worked hard. When we play in the stadium it will be incredible too as the fans will give us energy. - Memphis Depay, Football Espana
They have an impressive young squad to go with the experience, with the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele all capable of taking Barcelona to new heights.
Real Madrid are back where you would expect them to be in the La Liga winner betting odds – very close to Barcelona, well currently even right at the same position. Their talismanic head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has left, and he has been replaced by a man that is no stranger to success at the Bernabeu in Carlo Ancelotti.
But he has fires to put out. Sergio Ramos, the inspirational captain, has left for PSG, while Raphael Varane looks set to join Manchester United. That leaves an almighty gap in the centre of defence.
David Alaba will solve half of that problem, but the jury is out on whether somebody like Nacho or Eder Militao can really fill in alongside to a high standard.
Only one Real player returned a double-figure goal tally last season (Karim Benzema), and while returning loanees like Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard may help on that front, this is a Madrid side that is far from its best days.
Sevilla’s recruitment has not been great either, and so it appears as if the value in the Spanish La Liga odds is either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid.
As mentioned, we are happy to rule out Real Madrid from our La Liga betting tips. They may yet go on a spending spree and bring in a big name defender or two, but until they do that huge weakness could prevent from being successful this season.
Atletico Madrid are a side that’s easy to fancy in our La Liga tips, but note this: Luis Suarez scored 33% of their league goals last term. What if he gets injured?
Instead, we’re more inclined to go with the bookmakers, who make Barcelona their second favourite in the Spanish Primera Division odds. This is not a perfect Barca team by any means, especially without Messi, but with Aguero, Depay, Griezmann, Dembele and co it’s not as if they don’t have the firepower to win games.
And, in the end, that might just be enough to separate them from the rest.
The bookmakers, from bet365 and William Hill to Unibet and 1XBET, have reached a consensus in their La Liga betting odds.
They make Barcelona one of the teams most likely to lift the trophy this season, with a best price of 3.75 available in the La Liga betting lines preceeded not only by Real, which has the odds of 2.10 at the moment.
We certainly wouldn’t put you off Atletico at La Liga odds of 3.50 – just be mindful that if Suarez gets injured, that could be curtains for your bet.
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4. La Liga Live Streaming
For La Liga live streaming across Europe, be sure to check your local listings with many showing the action for free.
To watch La Liga live UK on your TV, you will need a Premier Sports subscription, which is available via Sky or Virgin Media packages.
But for another way of how to live stream Spanish Primera Division, check out thew channels of the bookmakers already mentioned in this article – they show many La Liga games for free via their website and app.
For more details of how to watch La Liga on TV in UK, check out the Premier Sports channel. Alternatively, on internet-enabled TVs you can stream Spanish football via the apps of bet365, Unibet and other bookmakers.
5.2 ⚽ How do you bet on La Liga?
As you may know, Spanish football is amongst the most popular in the world, and so all UK betting sites allow you to bet on La Liga Spain via their platform.
5.3 🏆 Who are the favourites to win La Liga?
The Spanish League winner betting is dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Reigning champions Atletico Madrid are next best. You can see if our La Liga predictions are correct by following the league closely in 2021/22!