The 87th edition of La Liga will start on August 20, 2017, and will be played between 20 teams.Since last season, Sporting Gijón, Osasuna and Granade have left the Spanish High Court, leaving room for Levante, Girona and Getafe. Girona makes its debut in La Liga this year, and as newcomers and long shots, it will be exciting to see what they can accomplish.
For many years, Barcelona and Real Madrid has been the teams to frequent the top places of the league. This year, Real Madrid are the defending champions after finishing just before Barcelona in the table last year. It was the 33rd league title in the club’s history – and to no one’s surprise, Christiano Ronaldo played a big part in the victory. Barcelona ended up just three points shy, with Messi and Suaréz being the top scorers throughout the season.
Looking at the odds for the coming season, we seem to have another even race between Real Madrid and Barcelona to look forward to both at the odds of 1.90. It seems, however, that Barcelona will lose a strong offensive force in the form of Neymar, that transferred to PSG in one of the biggest football-deals ever. The question is whether new goal scorers can step up for Barcelona – or if Atlético Madrid will get the chance to challenge the club in the top of the table. According to the winner’s odds, Atlético is expected to end up as number three, at the odds of 34.00. It will certainly be an exciting season in La Liga, so be sure to check in on Oddsexpert regularly for odds and updates about the matches!
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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.