Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.
It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.
Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…
With Barca cruising through their local derby and Real Madrid leaving it late but getting the job done against Valencia yesterday, the status quo was maintained at the top of the table.
Four more games today are trickier, especially as they combine a mix of teams with very little left to play for, along with teams with have different priorities – just see how Las Palmas appear to have clocked off early by going behind almost immediately at home to Atleti yesterday – for a side already on their holidays!
This afternoon in Seville, Real Betis entertain Copa del Rey finalists, Alaves, at the Estadio Benito Villamarin (3.15pm).
It’s 15th v 10th, both struggling to find any sort of rhythm or consistency, neither in danger or about to light any fireworks.
A point would suit both.
This is a very long trip for Alaves, but one in which their players will have Cup final places on their minds – for that reason a little flutter on the draw looks sound logic – it’s a 5/2 opportunity with the Betfair Sportsbook.
Meanwhile, the strongest bet in La Liga today has to be Athletic Bilbao to win, for whom a European spot is very much up for grabs on the strength of recent performances.
They stuck five past Las Palmas a fortnight ago, scrambled through the Basque Derby on Monday against Eibar, and then got the job done against Betis at hone in midweek.
In the evening slot (7.45pm), this is an ideal time for them to play away to a Celta Vigo side who are going nowhere fast in 11th, and are just four days away from the game their entire season hinges on, as they welcome their Europa League semi final opponents, Manchester United, to the north west.
You could forgive them for being distracted, and in their current mood Bilbao will likely capitalise.
Today’s best bets in La Liga:
3.15 – Real Betis v Alaves – DRAW @ 5/2 (Betfair Sportsbook)
7.45 – Celta Vigo v ATHLETIC BILBAO – Away win @ 8/11 (Hills or Ladbrokes)Posted 1 year, 4 months ago