The upcoming season will be the 90th edition of La Liga, the top football league in Spain. Atlético Madrid are defending champions from the 2020/21 season, as they won the club’s 11th title.
Looking at the odds for the coming season, Barcelona and Real Madrid are often considered to be favourites to win – even though there will be quite a few contenders for the title.
Winner odds La Liga 2021/22
|Athletic Club Bilbao
Odds from Unibet 16/8 2021
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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.