The 88th edition of La Liga will start in August 2018, and will be played between 20 teams. Since last season, Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Málaga have left the Spanish High Court, leaving room for Huesco, Raya Vallecano and Real Valladolid
For many years, Barcelona and Real Madrid has been the teams to frequent the top places of the league. This year, Barcelona are the defending champions after winning their 25th title during the last season. They won the league 14 points ahead of Atlético Madrid, which is an impressive effort to say the least.
Looking at the odds for the coming season, we seem to have another even race between Real Madrid and Barcelona to look forward to – even though Barcelona does come out on top this year. The odds are usually more even than this, but Real Madrid’s slight drop in the winner odds is probably because of Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus this season. He’s been the big goal scorer for Real Madrid in La Liga as well as Champions League for the last couple of years, so this is a major loss for the club.
Winner odds La Liga 2018/19
|Athletic Club Bilbao||2500/1|
Odds from Unibet 31/1 2019
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Facts about La Liga
La Liga, or Primera División which it’s really called, is the highest league in Spain and is ranked alongside the Premier League as the world’s best league. What distinguishes the Spanish league is and the offensive football which means entertaining football with many goals per game, unlike the English league where the defensive usually is prioritized.
Barcelona and Real Madrid to dominate La Liga
La Liga is dominated by the two major teams, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, that has strengthened their position in the league in the 21st century. Nowadays, discussions about La Liga are usually about which of these two major teams will win the title.
Previously, there have been opponents like Valencia, who won the 2002 and 2004 league. But because of the economic benefits that Barcelona and Real Madrid has, it is nowadays considered almost impossible for any of the other teams to win the league title.
Real Madrid with the most league titles
Real Madrid is the club that has been most successful since the league started in 1929, with 33 league titles. In second place of the league title count, not entirely surprising, is Barcelona with 21 titles.
But even though Real Madrid has been the most successful club in history, Barcelona has impressed the most in the 21st century. The fact that players like Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández has been the hub of the team has of course been a big contributing fact for this. And even if Real Madrid won the 2012 league, Barcelona is considered to be the best team of the 21st century – and has dominated both in La Liga and in Europe
How La Liga is played
La Liga is a straight line league, and is played without playoffs. 20 different teams participate, which means that the league is played over 38 rounds. Each season, the three teams that finishes last will be downgraded into Segunda División, the second highest league in Spain.
The top four teams will qualify for Champions League, and directly enters the group stage there. The teams that are place fifth and sixth will qualify to play in Europa League.