La Liga 2024 Picks & Predictions

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The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera Division, better known simply as La Liga is Spain’s premier soccer league. It features some of the best teams in world soccer and has been home to some of the greatest players to have ever played the sport.

Spain is hugely passionate about soccer as a country, with the biggest teams in La Liga filling huge stadiums with hordes of cheering fans. Every season, teams across the country compete for a chance to be crowned champions of Spain, and you can follow the twists and turns of the exciting season right here.

Real Madrid have added to their impressive trophy cabinet this season, becoming La Liga champions for a record 35th time. While the title race might be over, there are still European places to play for and the fight to avoid relegation.

2023-24 La Liga Schedule, Key Dates & Overview

La Liga was first established in 1929, and it sits at the top of the Spanish football pyramid. Winning the league is an incredibly difficult task, as it means consistently winning games all season. Today, it’s one of the five major leagues in European soccer. Over the years, many great teams have won the title, although Real Madrid and Barcelona have been by far the most successful.

How La Liga Works

There are a total of twenty teams and the competition follows a standard round-robin format. This means that every team plays each other twice over the course of the season. Teams play in home and away fixtures, and receive three points for a win, two for a draw and zero for a loss.

Each week, the league table is updated as teams play their fixtures and are ranked based on the points they collect. At the end of the season in May, the team with the most points is crowned champion.

The competition follows a promotion and relegation system similar to those in other European soccer leagues. Teams in the league below fight to be promoted into La Liga taking the place of the bottom three ranked teams.

European Soccer Competitions

Aside from challenging for the title and trying to avoid relegation, teams will be battling for the best possible finish to increase their chances of playing in European competitions next season. The UEFA Champions League , UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Conference League are all available to qualify for from La Liga.

In La Liga, the top four positions will all qualify for the Champions League, which is the top European competition. Fifth and sixth place enter the Europa League, while seventh place is able to qualify for the playoffs to enter the Conference League.

How Many Match Days in La Liga?

The season always begins in August and ends in May the following year, meaning there are ten months of sports action for soccer fans to enjoy. In total, every team plays 38 games across the length of the season, meaning there are 380 games for fans to watch and bet on.

This season, the league began on August 11, and it will end on May 26.

Where and When is La Liga Final?

The final day of La Liga is held on May 2. Every team in the league plays their final games at the same time, resulting in a dramatic finish when there’s a lot to play for. This season, Real Madrid have won the title with four games remaining. While the title race may be over for another season, there’s still plenty of drama involved in the battle for European competition qualification as well as the race for the Pichichi trophy.

La Liga Picks and Predictions

La Liga is one of the biggest and most exciting soccer leagues in the world, with lots of action throughout the season between some of the world’s best teams and players. Generally, the title race is between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Spanish teams such as Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Real Sociedad also have a rich history in the competition.

Favorites and Picks to Win

Spanish football is some of the most exciting in the world, and even if the league has largely been dominated by two teams, there are plenty of other battles throughout the table as clubs struggle to avoid relegation and fight to qualify for European competition. Before making any bets, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the teams and rules of the league.

Which Teams Will Qualify for UEFA Competitions?

The battle for UEFA competitions is contested between the top clubs in the league. Real Madrid and Girona have qualified for the Champions League already, with this being the first time in Girona’s history that they’ll play in the tournament. However, there are several teams still fighting to secure their place in next season’s European comeptitions.

Barcelona

Barcelona fans have had a disappointing season after winning La Liga in 2023. They had a disappointing time in the Champions League, getting knocked out by PSG in the quarter-final. They look all but guaranteed to play in next season’s competition, with Xavi continuing in charge after changing his mind on leaving his position as head coach.

Atlético Madrid

Atlético have become one of the top contenders in La Liga over the past few years thanks to the work of Diego Simeone. While they haven’t challenged for the title this season, the club currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League spot in the table and looks likely to secure yet another season in UEFA’s elite competition.

Athletic Club

Athletic (Bilbao) have already qualified for Europa League next season, but their fans will want more. It’s already been a historic season for the club after they ended their 40-year Copa Del Rey drought and it could also become the first time they’ve qualified for the Champions League since the 2014-15 season. They will have to rely on Atlético Madrid dropping points if they want to play in the CL.

Real Sociedad

La Real have spent the last four seasons in the Europa League or higher, playing in the Champions League this season for the first time in ten years. They’re currently in position to play in the Europa Conference League qualifiers but will be aiming to finish higher. Right now, they’re seven points behind Athletic, making it a difficult task, but not an insurmountable one.

Real Betis

Betis played in the Europa League in their last three seasons, but have some work to do if they want to return to Europe next season. They’re currently nine points behind the Europa League qualifying position, and they get the chance to play La Real to potentially go above them and take the Conference League spot.

Valencia

Valencia haven’t played European football since the 2019-20 season, and it looks like they might miss out on qualification once again this season. The Europa League is out of reach, although they do still have a chance to make the Conference League if results go their way and they win their remaining games.

Which Teams Will Be Relegated?

The battle to avoid relegation is always fierce, with teams doing everything they can to avoid the drop and stay in La Liga for another season. Almería have already been confirmed as the first team to be relegated back to the Segunda Division after a loss to Getafe in April. Two remaining teams will be relegated, with the most likely candidates below.

Granada

Granada are second bottom and currently eleven points from safety. That means they’d have to win every remaining game and hope other results go their way to avoid relegation. Considering they play Real Madrid next, it seems unlikely that they’ll beat the drop this season.

Cadiz

Cadiz look like they’ll most likely be joining Granada and Almería in Segunda division next season. As it stands, they’re in 18th place, although only six points off safety. It’s not inconceivable that they could still avoid relegation, but it would take some big wins in their upcoming fixtures.

Mallorca

Mallorca are just above Cadiz in the table, having won two more games. They’re currently in safety but just two losses and a draw could result in them slipping back down into the relegation zone. They have favorable upcoming fixtures that give them a good chance, but it will be close.

Rayo Vallecano

Rayo are currently in 16th place but not out of danger yet. The Madrid-based team are currently eight points above the relegation zone, meaning they could easily get dragged back down if they’re not careful. They’ll be hoping to win some of their remaining games to put some distance between them and 18th.

Celta Vigo

Celta are currently level on points with Rayo, only ahead on goal difference. They could face relegation if Cadiz put some wins together, so they need to keep getting points wherever they can. They’ll likely be safe, but they have tough games against Atletico and Valencia.

The Pichichi Trophy

Every season, the Pichichi trophy is awarded to the player with the most goals. Famous past winners have included Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and this season the rankings are close going into the last few weeks. Here are the current frontrunners for the award:

  • Artem Dovbyk – Girona

  • Jude Bellingham – Real Madrid

  • Robert Lewandowski – Barcelona

  • Alexander Sørloth – Villareal

  • Ante Budimir – Osasuna

Football and Soccer Betting Tips Odds and Previews

Soccer betting is extremely popular, and La Liga is one of the biggest European leagues and attracts millions of viewers each season. It’s a lot of fun to watch and even more fun to bet on, with twists and turns throughout the season as games are won and lost. Before making soccer predictions and placing any bets, it’s always important to check out the latest form and team news.

Teams come in and out of form over the length of a season, especially due to player injuries and suspensions. By checking the latest news, you can make more informed predictions and have more success with your bets.

Remember that even with careful research, nothing is ever certain when making football predictions. La Liga is incredibly unpredictable, with even small teams upsetting the odds and beating champion contenders regularly over the course of the season. As a result, it’s important to bet responsibly , staying within your budget and managing your bankroll carefully.

Types of Bets and How to Bet on Football & Soccer

Before you start betting, you should know the different types of bets available on La Liga and how to place your first bet. As one of the top national leagues in world soccer alongside Serie A , the Premier League and Ligue 1 , La Liga games have plenty of betting markets for you to choose from. Here are some of the most common.

1x2

1x2, also known as moneyline odds , is a bet on whether the game will end in a home, win a draw or an away win. Simply pick the outcome you think is more likely. For example, if you believe that the upcoming game between Barcelona and Real Sociedad will end in a win for Barcelona, you bet on that option.

Draw No Bet

The draw no bet market is very popular because it eliminates the possibility of a draw. Last season, there were a total of 93 draws. When betting on this market, there are just two options, the home team and the away team. If the match ends in a draw, you get your money back.

Asian Total

This is essentially a bet on the number of goals per game. If you bet on over 1.5 goals, your bet wins if there are two or more goals scored during the match. However, Asian Totals also let you bet on quarter totals such as over 1.25. With this bet, half your stake is placed on one goal or more, and the other is placed on over 1.5. This means you’ll win half your bet if one goal is scored, but your whole bet will win if two or more are scored.

Asian Handicap

This betting market places a handicap on the favorite, making the odds more even. For example, Real Madrid are heavy favorites to win their match against Granada. As a result, the match odds don’t offer much value. However, you can place a handicap bet with Real Madrid having a goal handicap of 1.25 or more. They’ll need to win by a margin greater than the handicap for your bet to be successful.

Outright

The outright market lets you make predictions on what will happen at the end of the season. You can bet on the eventual winner of La Liga, the top scorer and the bottom three. In addition, Stake allows you to bet on the La Liga winner excluding Real Madrid and Barcelona.

How to Place Your First La Liga Bet

Betting on La Liga is even simpler than you might think. While there are lots of options to choose from, the actual process of placing a bet is incredibly easy. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Create an account at Stake.com and make your first deposit.

  2. Find upcoming La Liga games on the homepage or search for a team to find available odds.

  3. Look through the available markets and choose one to add to your bet slip.

  4. Enter your stake and confirm it to place your bet.

If you're a complete beginner, you may want to check out our soccer betting guide or our guide to online sports betting to help get you on your La Liga betting journey.

How to Watch Free Live Streams of La Liga Matches

You can watch a wide range of live sports at Stake, including La Liga and La Liga 2 matches. Simply log into your account and check any of the La Liga games to find live streams in excellent quality. You can watch for free, with betting and live stats also available as you enjoy the action.

Learn more about how to watch live streams for free online at Stake.

Bet on Football and Soccer with Best Odds at Stake Sportsbook

Stake Sportsbook is the best place to enjoy La Liga, with betting odds available on all games. We’ve also got some fantastic betting promotions for you to enjoy when you sign up. You can bet on the eventual champion or bet on individual matches, with lots of markets available throughout the season. Whether you’re a diehard soccer fan or totally new to the sport, it’s easy to get started.