La Liga

La Liga at the Break

There are no La Liga matches this weekend because of World Cup qualifying.

No shock that Barcelona is in the league lead with 24 points, but it is a surprise that Atletico Madrid also has 24 points. These two teams are the only ones in the league that have no losses or draws (8-0-0). On September 28th Atletico Madrid scored a HUGE upset beating Real Madrid 1-0.


Levante/Real Highlight La Liga Schedule

Levante hosting Real Madrid is the biggest match in La Liga this week and Real suffered a huge loss in their last match losing at home to Atletico Madrid in a derby. Real is in third place in the league and they are the big away favorites at -300 with eighth place Levante at +800 and a draw at +400.

Real were the major betting favorites facing Atletico Madrid in their last loss and after the match the Spanish press was not kind to head coach Carlo Ancelotti. A couple of headlines from two major newspapers stated, “Ancelotti’s made a mess” and “Signings in search of a team.”


La Liga Preview

The Madrid derby with Real Madrid hosting Atletico Madrid is the biggest match in La Liga this week. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are in first place in the league with 18 points and Real Madrid is in second with 16 points.


La Liga

The Liga BBVA, which is simply referred to as La Liga as well as the Primera Division, is the top soccer league in Spain, which consists of 20 teams. The season runs from August until May and the league was established in 1929. Since the inception of the league Real Madrid and Barcelona have been, by far, the dominant clubs with 54 combined league titles. Each club in La Liga plays 40 matches facing every other club twice with one home match and one away match.

Clubs from the La Liga have won the most Champions League competitions. It is the only league that has had two teams face each other in the Champions League final and that has happened twice.

At the end of the La Liga season the clubs that finish in the bottom three of the league table are relegated to the Segunda División. The top two clubs from the Segunda División are promoted to La Liga and one more club is promoted after a playoff from the third through sixth place finishers.

The top three finishers in the La Liga table qualify for the Champions League group stage and the fourth place finisher qualifies for the Champions League playoff for the group stage. The clubs that finish fifth and sixth qualify for the Europa League as does the winner of the Copa del Rey no matter where they finish in the league table. If the two finalists in the Copa del Rey are in the top six in the La Liga table the seventh place finisher also receives a berth into the Europa League.