La Liga Preview - 11th June
This week, La Liga becomes the second major European league to return following the success of the Bundesliga. Just like in Germany, there is still plenty to be decided in La Liga with 10 games still left to play. Barcelona and Real are locked in the closest title battle in years, Atletico Madrid are trying for a late Champions League push, and the battle for relegation realistically involves the whole second half. With games almost every day, Bet UK is previewing 3 games over the first weekend of fixtures.
At Bet UK, you can find the latest La Liga betting odds for every match over the rest of the season with our online betting. In the lead up to the restart, you can find football betting boosted accumulators for each round of fixtures.
Sevilla To Beat Real Betis @ 20/23 - 21:00, Thursday 11th June
La Liga starts back up the Seville derby as Sevilla host Real Betis on Thursday night. The teams are often amongst some of the most competitive in Spain, but this year, Sevilla are the clear better side. After 28 games, they sit in 3rd, 9 places and 14 points clear of Betis. 170 million Euros were spent rebuilding Sevilla in the summer, and the heavy investment has clearly paid off. Lucas Ocampos is the top scorer with 10 goals, but goals have been spread between 15 different players. Their real strength comes from their defence, which has conceded just 29 goals, the second best record in Spain. For Real Betis on the other hand, an ageing, inconsistent side has held them back this season. They are still relying on 38 year old Joaquin, and it’s clear that a youth overhaul is needed this year. On Thursday, expect Sevilla’s younger, hungrier side to wear Betis out and earn 3 points.
Valencia To Beat Levante @ 5/7 - 21:00, Friday 12th June
Valencia are one of the teams on the cusp of European qualification. They’ve already proven their quality in this season’s Champions League, but in order to maintain their standards, they will be hoping to qualify once again. Going forward, Valencia have a range of attacking talents including Rodrigo, Denis Cheryshev, Kevin Gameiro and Ferran Torres. With goals coming from any point, it’s no surprise that Valencia are one of the highest scorers in the league. Where they struggle however, is defensively. Attacking full backs, who basically act as second wingers, leave Valencia wide open at the back and they are often caught on the break. Against Levante however, they should have more than enough to keep them quiet. Levante had lost 8 of their last 15 games before the lockdown, and have actually lost over half of their games this season. If Valencia are to have any hopes of another Champions League campaign, they need to be beating teams like Levante.
Barcelona To Score Over 3.5 Goals v Real Mallorca @ 12/5 - 21:00, Saturday 13th June
Barcelona are the current leaders of La Liga, sitting just 2 points ahead of historic rivals Real Madrid. Not everything has gone perfect for Barcelona however. Antoine Griezmann’s big money transfer hasn’t been a huge success, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are both out with injury and Martin Braithwaite became an underwhelming midseason signing to start up front. With all that being said, Barcelona still have Lionel Messi, who has carried his side throughout this season so far. In 22 games, he has scored 19 times and provided 12 assists, putting him at the top of the pile for both stats. As he takes his side to Real Mallorca this weekend, we can expect him to get off to an impressive start. Mallorca are a relegation threatened side with one of the worst defensive records in the league. Earlier this season, they conceded 5 at the Nou Camp, so a similar scoreline definitely isn’t out of the question on Saturday.