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FreeTips.com – No.1 For La Liga Tips

Every week we provide a selection of Football Betting Tips which are brought to you from Spain’s La Liga, regarded by many soccer experts as the no.1 football league in the world. La Liga is home to such famous teams as Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Celta Vigo, Villarreal and of course, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Virtually every great player and top flight manager has performed in La Liga including such players as Puskas, DiStefano, Cruyff, Maradona, Romario, Figo, Zidane, Messi, Ronaldo (both), Beckham and Bale, plus managers like Michels, Del Bosque, Van Gaal, Mourinho, Guardiola and Ancelotti.

FreeTips.com will bring you Double Tips, Treble Tips and Accumulator Tips from the La Liga each week. While other sports betting advice sites provide predictions based on very little La Liga research, or try and sell you their La Liga picks, or even create a league of amateur tipsters and invite punters to use that as their basis for La Liga betting, at FreeTips.com we have one mission - to provide you with winning expert La Liga predictions, La Liga tips, plus the very best La Liga betting odds for free. 

Visit FreeTips.com throughout the La Liga season for expertly researched La Liga tips and La Liga predictions for you to use consistently to win your La Liga wagers.   

La Liga Tips & Betting Advice

While the Premier League may generate more revenue and the Bundesliga might fill bigger stadiums, if you want a league which features highly technical coaches, superbly skillful players, free flowing, exciting football, and teams so good they dominate almost every European tournament, look no further than Spain’s La Liga. 

La Liga boasts the two greatest football teams of all time – Real Madrid and Barcelona – as well as superb sides like Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal, teams that would be title contenders in any other major league. So far this century, clubs from La Liga have won nine Champions Leagues and eight Europa Leagues, while the Spanish national team – made up almost entirely of La Liga players – has won the World Cup and two European Championships. 

Spanish managers currently hold some of the top jobs in club football, like former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who is now at Manchester City, former Sevilla coach Unai Emery now at Paris Saint Germaine and Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. 

And while the Premier League attracts some of the world’s best players, global superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez prefer to ply their trade in the best league in the world – La Liga. 

The 2017-18 season has already witnessed a strong start from Barcelona, and the Catalans already look virtual certs to regain La Liga. Last season Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to five trophies including La Liga, but their form has been poor by their standards, and a top-four finish looks like Real’s best bet. Had it not been for too many early season draws, Atletico Madrid would be rubbing shoulders with Barca by now, instead of a distant second. 

La Liga Live Streams

Live-streaming sporting events via the internet had become an increasingly popular method of viewing, as it grants the sports fan the freedom to enjoy a game or match wherever they are. As long as they have a mobile device like a smartphone, a tablet, or laptop, and have 4G or Wi-Fi, they can watch their chosen event while travelling on a train, waiting for a bus, at the gym, at work, or anywhere they choose. 

Live streaming also gives the sports betting fan a much greater wagering experience, as they can now increase the excitement of their bet by watching the action unfurl in real time on their mobile device, and even add further bets via live in-play betting.

While in previous years online sportsbooks like bet365 have owned the rights to live-stream La Liga games, for the 2017-18 season the La Liga live streaming rights have been purchased by beIN Sports. However, bet365 do have the rights to live-stream Copa Del Rey games. The Copa Del Rey is Spain’s equivalent of the FA Cup, and in its latter stages features all of the top teams from La Liga including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. 

Betting On La Liga

Anyone who regularly wagers on their domestic league will be familiar with the markets offered by online sportsbooks for La Liga games – because they are the same. However, please take into consideration that sportsbooks are often guilty of always making the home team favorite in La Liga games, and always making Barcelona and Real Madrid favorites, even if they are playing away, are in a slump, or have a poor recent head-to-head against an opposing team. 

With a little pre-match research, there are plenty of opportunities for backing the longshot and winning in La Liga, particularly in the second half of the season. 

Popular La Liga Betting Markets: 

Winner: Still the most popular form of betting. Simply choose a match, then back the team you believe will win. 

First Goalscorer: La Liga is a league full of potential goal scorers. Because of the kind of football played in Spain, the vast majority of players are comfortable on the ball, and have the skills to shoot for goal. As a result, in some La Liga games a defender might be just as likely to grab the opener as a striker. Check the stats to see which players score early for both teams in a game. If there is a strong case for a specific player to strike early, make the bet. 

Correct Score: Correctly predicting the final score of a game requires deep knowledge of La Liga teams, plus a little luck. Choose fixtures which are historically low-scoring, defensive encounters, although those games are a rarity in La Liga. 

Both Teams To Score: This is a great bet for La Liga games. For this bet to work, it has to feature a game between two teams that score lots of goals, and who regard defense as secondary, which is virtually all games in La Liga.

Handicap Betting: Handicap betting allows a bettor to back a prolific scoring team like a Barcelona or a Real Madrid all season long - even against La Liga’s relegation strugglers - and still get decent odds. If Madrid are beating teams by at least three clear goals, the bet would be to back them at +2, or to score at least two goals more than the opposition. Back them at +3 and the odds would be even better.

Half Time/Full Time: If you think that the team leading a game at half time will still be leading at the final whistle, that is your bet. However, if you think a team will start slowly and concede the first half 1-0, but are more than capable of coming on strong in the second half and winning 2-1, then that is your bet. 

Total Goals Exact: Choose a game in which you are familiar with both teams. Check their recent head-to-head, and how many goals are scored – combined. If there is a pattern, this game could be a candidate for a Total Goals Exact bet. 

A Brief History Of La Liga

The Primera Division or Primera Liga, now known simply as “La Liga” is the top flight of Spanish professional club football. The first La Liga season was held in 1928-29, and the first champions were FC Barcelona. 

From the off, teams that are still relevant today were making their mark. Real Madrid claimed their first wins in the competition in 1932 and 1933, while Athletic Bilbao – in a period of dominance that would take 50 years to replicate – were crowned La Liga champions in 1930, 31, 34 and 36, and finished runners-up in 1932, 33 and 35. After Bilbao lifted the trophy in 1936, the Spanish Civil War brought an end to the Primera Division for three years. 

The Real Madrid Legend Is Born 

Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla were among the teams who won La Liga after the Civil War, with Atletico finishing first four times. General Francisco Franco had gained power during the Civil War, and the rumor/myth is that the dictator did whatever he could to help his favorite team – Real Madrid achieve success. 

In 1953, one of the best players in the world was Argentinian striker Alfredo Di Stefano, who was all set to join Barcelona, a move which was initially blocked by the Spanish FA. In the ensuing confusion, Di Stefano joined Real Madrid, becoming their greatest ever player. Did Franco influence the Spanish FA? If anybody had the power to do so it was he. Di Stefano’s goals won his club their first La Liga title in 21 years, and then helped Real Madrid to dominate the early years of the European Cup, the predecessor of the Champions League, and the most prestigious European club trophy of all.

If the signing of Di Stefano had been controversial, Real Madrid’s next major acquisition was nothing short of genius. In the early 1950s, the greatest footballer in the world by some distance had been the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas, instigator of the “Marvelous Magyars”, the Hungarian national football team that had transformed the way the game is played, highlighted by their 6-3 annihilation of England at Wembley in 1953 in a game dubbed “The Match Of The Century.” 

Puskas scored an incredible 84 goals in 85 games for Hungary, and always played his club football for Budapest Honved. In 1958 however, Puskas was overweight and considered past his best, and none of the major clubs in Europe were interested in him – except for Madrid, who signed him. The ensuing partnership of Di Stefano and Puskas proved virtually unstoppable, and secured Real Madrid another two European Cups. Their on-field chemistry is highlighted by the 1960 final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, which Madrid won 7-3, with three goals from Di Stefano, and four from Puskas.

Michels And Cruyff Bring Total Football To Barcelona 

After winning the first five European Cups, Real Madrid would win once more in 1966, and then wait 32 years before their next success. In Spain, La Liga became the domain of Madrid, with Real and occasionally Atletico finishing top season after season. 

Rinus Michels was the founding father of “Total Football”, the theory that every player on the pitch should be interchangeable, and capable of attacking, passing and defending. His methods had led to Ajax of Amsterdam becoming one of the greatest club sides in history, winning the European Cup in 1971, 72 and 73. 

In 1971, Michels joined Barcelona, and set about implementing his methods and theories within the club. In 1973, Michels was instrumental in bringing Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff to the club, and in 1974 Barcelona won La Liga for the first time since 1960. Michels would leave the club soon after, but Cruyff would stay for five seasons, and begin a bond with Barcelona that would last a lifetime. 

When Cruyff returned to Barcelona in 1988, it was as manager, and he led them to their most successful period ever, winning La Liga in 1990, 91, 92, 93 and 94, and in 1992 taking Barca to their first ever European Cup victory. Cruyff would become a member of the Barcelona board, and a major influence at the club until his death in 2016. A key member of Cruyff’s Barcelona team was Pep Guardiola, who would continue to enforce Cruyff’s teachings during his own incredibly successful time as Barcelona manager. 

Barcelona And Real Madrid Dominate La Liga – And Europe 

Total Football has become a part of the fabric of Barcelona, and given the club an identity it had previously lacked. Barcelona’s academy is based on the model of Ajax, and teaches even the six year-old kids to play total football. Since Cruyff, managers such as Bobby Robson, Louis Van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova and Luis Enrique have maintained Barcelona’s playing style and overseen unparalleled success, both in La Liga with 14 titles since 1990, and in the Champions League, with five winners’ trophies. 

If Barcelona’s identity has become Total Football, Real Madrid’s has become record-breaking purchases of superstar players. Real ended their 32-year Champions League drought in 1998, defeating Juventus 1-0 with a team coached by Germany’s Jupp Heynckes  and starring top players like Davor Suker, Predrag Mijatovic and Madrid-born Raul. 

To ensure continued success in that competition, Madrid would break the transfer world record multiple times, beginning with Luis Figo, who they purchased from Barcelona in 2000 for a word-record £37 million, but breaking that record by buying Zinedine Zidane (£46.6 million in 2001), then Kaka (£56 million in 2009), Cristiano Ronaldo (£80 million in 2009) and finally Gareth Bale (£86 million in 2013).

Madrid have also employed some of the world’s highest paid coaches, including Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez. While that massive expenditure hasn’t led to domestic domination (Real’s six La Liga titles this century is eclipsed by Barcelona’s eight) they have now won six Champions Leagues since 1998, including three of the last four, bringing their total to 13. 

La Liga Dominate European Competition

La Liga may not have the influx of TV revenue on a par with the Premier league, and due to the financial crisis which hit the nation in 2006 and still remains to a degree, stadiums aren’t as packed as in England and Germany, but when it comes to a high level of football throughout the league, no other compares with La Liga. 

That is reflected not only in the Champions League, which is dominated by Madrid and Barcelona, two teams whose sky-high standards are maintained by competing in La Liga,  but also the Europa League. Since 2004, La Liga teams have won eight of the 14 finals. Other La Liga teams like Atletico, Valencia, Bilbao, Espanyol, and Villarreal have reached the final or semifinal of Europe’s two biggest competitions in recent years. 

With its natural climatic and geographical advantages which have often dubbed Spain “the California of Europe”,  its Mediterranean diet and healthy lifestyle, plus an obsession with soccer that supersedes everything else, La Liga will continue to thrive, and maintain its phenomenal level of football for decades to come. The real worry for leagues like the Premiership, Bundesliga and Serie A should be, with La Liga enjoying such high success on a limited budget, what would happen if the Primera Division and its clubs suddenly became rich? 

La Liga Title Winners and Runners-Up 1929 - 2017

La Liga Season

La Liga Champions

La Liga Runners-up

 

1929

Barcelona

Real Madrid

 

1929–30

Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona

 

1930–31

Athletic Bilbao

Racing Santander

 

1931–32

Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

 

1932–33

Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

 

1933–34

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

 

1934–35

Real Betis

Real Madrid

 

1935–36

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

 

1937–39 La Liga Suspended

 

1939–40

Atlético Aviación[A]

Sevilla

1940–41

Atlético Aviación

Athletic Bilbao

1941–42

Valencia

Real Madrid

1942–43

Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla

1943–44

Valencia

Atlético Aviación

1944–45

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1945–46

Sevilla

Barcelona

1946–47

Valencia

Athletic Bilbao

1947–48

Barcelona

Valencia

1948–49

Barcelona

Valencia

1949–50

Atlético Madrid

Deportivo La Coruña

1950–51

Atlético Madrid

Sevilla

1951–52

Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao

1952–53

Barcelona

Valencia

1953–54

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1954–55

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1955–56

Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona

1956–57

Real Madrid

Sevilla

1957–58

Real Madrid

Atlético Madrid

1958–59

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1959–60

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1960–61

Real Madrid

Atlético Madrid

1961–62

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1962–63

Real Madrid

Atlético Madrid

1963–64

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1964–65

Real Madrid

Atlético Madrid

1965–66

Atlético Madrid

Real Madrid

1966–67

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1967–68

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1968–69

Real Madrid

Las Palmas

1969–70

Atlético Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

1970–71

Valencia

Barcelona

1971–72

Real Madrid

Valencia

1972–73

Atlético Madrid

Barcelona

1973–74

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

1974–75

Real Madrid

Zaragoza

1975–76

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1976–77

Atlético Madrid

Barcelona

1977–78

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1978–79

Real Madrid

Sporting de Gijón

1979–80

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

1980–81

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

1981–82

Real Sociedad

Barcelona

1982–83

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1983–84

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1984–85

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

1985–86

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1986–87

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1987–88

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

1988–89

Real Madriddagger

Barcelona

1989–90

Real Madrid

Valencia

1990–91

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

1991–92

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1992–93

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1993–94

Barcelona

Deportivo La Coruña

1994–95

Real Madrid

Deportivo La Coruña

1995–96

Atlético Madrid

Valencia

1996–97

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1997–98

Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao

1998–99

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1999–2000

Deportivo La Coruña

Barcelona

2000–01

Real Madrid

Deportivo La Coruña

2001–02

Valencia

Deportivo La Coruña

2002–03

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

2003–04

Valencia

Barcelona

2004–05

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2005–06

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2006–07

Real Madrid

Barcelona

2007–08

Real Madrid

Villarreal

2008–09

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2009–10

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2010–11

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2011–12

Real Madrid

Barcelona

2012–13

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2013–14

Atlético Madrid

Barcelona

2014–15

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2015–16

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2016–17

Real Madrid

Barcelona