La Liga is one of the top 5 leagues in Europe and essentially one of the most entertaining due to the technical and quality of the players and coaching. Yet, in recent seasons, there has been a steady decline in the quality of play due to financial issues.
The League has continued to experience a drain in playing personnel which has seen young talents make the move from Spain abroad. Indeed, there are still disputes between the teams, La Liga, and the Spanish Football Federation regarding financial sponsorships and partnerships.
In game week 1, no team scored more than two goals- a testament to the drop in attacking quality.
Owing to La Liga’s financial rules and Barcelona’s lingering debts, Lionel Messi’s contract could not be renewed for the new season. The Argentine has since joined PSG. It took the intervention of Gerard Pique to register new signings for the season.
The defending champions have failed to live up to last season’s exploits, especially after some decent recruits in the summer.
Carlo Ancelotti is back at Real Madrid and is quietly leading the team to the title, overseeing the improvement of Vinicius in the process. They lead the table with 8 points after 16 game weeks.
La Liga still remains a great hunting ground for smart punters and with the number of matches played so far, there are some exciting patterns in play.
Here are four bet options to help punters cash out this season:
Real Sociedad Double Chance At Home
Real Sociedad lost first place two weeks ago and was beaten at home by Real Madrid last weekend for the first time.
Yet, La Real have been largely impregnable at home this season. The Basque team has conceded more than a goal at home once this season.
They have promoted lots of young players from the youth team managed by Xabi Alonso. Hence, they have one of the youngest squads in La Liga.
The addition of veteran David Silva has added to the creativity in attack, alongside the grit of Asier Illaramendi.
Captain, Mikel Oyerzabal and Alexander Isak have continued to remain key players for the team.
They have won or drawn seven of eight matches in this campaign and with Imanol Aguacil’s men still competing for a Champions League spot, this trend will expectedly continue.
Under 3.5 Goals In Matches Involving Athletic Club
After losing two Copa del Rey titles in two weeks at the end of last season, Athletic Club’s problem of scoring has continued this season.
This season, they have managed just 13 league goals this season. They recorded more goalless draws than any other team in La Liga.
Inaki Williams who holds the record for the highest consecutive number of matches played in the League has struggled for goals.
They have been resolute in defence, conceding the least number of goals alongside Real Sociedad. However, they have been unfortunate in the final third.
This season, they have recorded 15 under 3.5 goal margins in 16 matches. Hence, it is a rewarding bet options for smart punters.
Rayo Vallecano To Win At Home
While being the smallest club in the League in addition to being newly promoted, Rayo has been exciting this season.
Thriving more on chaos than organised positional play, they have pulled off many surprising results. One of them includes defeating Barcelona this season.
The signing of 35-year-old Radamel Falcao had raised eyebrows in the summer. However, after five goals in nine matches, including three in five home matches played, it has proven to be a masterstroke.
Sitting in sixth position, Rayo Vallecano has won seven of eight matches played at home. This is a high risk, high reward option, seeing that it looks unlikely that they will continue on this run.
However, it makes betting sense for punters to back them this season in matches against the bottom 10 teams.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Valencia
Valencia has improved greatly this season. After escaping relegation in the final matches of last season, the former La Liga Champions are now placed eighth on the table.
Plenty of the credit, in truth, has to go to new manager, Jose Bordalas who was previously with Getafe.
The team has immediately become the highest fouling team in the division. The former forward takes pleasure in halting the momentum of the opponent using grit and tackles in less dangerous areas of the pitch.
Regardless of the style of play, the results have been decent. The club had made terrible transfer decisions in the last few seasons, selling some of its best players like Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin and Geoffrey Kondogbia. However, Bordalas has brought stability to the steam.
They still concede unnecessary goals, yet they are now more clinical in this campaign. Bordalas’ men have recorded 9 over 2.5 goal margins this season.
It is therefore a must-have option for punters this season in La Liga.