La Liga Betting: Barcelona vs. Real Betis

Nila Amerova

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:17 PM GMT

The title race in Spain is set to heat up in Week 32 La Liga betting when title favourites Barcelona take on Real Betis, a match that is tipped as a decidedly lopsided affair on the sports betting exchange floor.

Barcelona could turn the table
By the end of week 32 in La Liga betting, Barcelona could be back at the top of the table. It’s only a point that separates them from Atletico Madrid and they have a very, very winnable match against Real Betis at Camp Nou at the weekend. By comparison, Atleti have a tough clash against a Villarreal side with Top 6 designs.

Barcelona, currently sat second in the table, remain the top favourites to win La Liga this season. Across sportsbooks they are fancied at -140 futures betting odds or thereabouts to win the title. Real Madrid come in as the second favourites at around +250 while current leaders Atleti are tipped at around +350 futures betting odds.

Going into the weekend’s round of soccer betting, Barcelona's odds practically leap off the page, at whopping -2000 to win outright at Bet365 at the expense of Real Betis. So overwhelming is the confidence in Barcelona that odds makers have no qualms tipping this matchup as a foregone conclusion. By that same token, soccer punters must sift through the markets to find value bets on Barcelona because as it stands the outright win market on this matchup holds no value whatsoever.


Real Betis prop up the league
Weighed down by the burden of propping up the league and imminent relegation, which is matched at -6600 futures betting odds, it’s only natural to assume Real Betis haven’t a Hail Mary of a shot in this clash.

Sportsbooks send them like lambs to slaughter on +2800 soccer odds to win outright at Camp Nou. What’s more, the draw is listed at whopping +1400 soccer odds. Given this crushing market stance, Real Betis are written off in soccer betting circles the world over.

If the prospect of Barcelona alone doesn’t press home just how big of a proverbial mountain to climb they are faced with, perhaps just simple stats would do the trick. Stats that reveal they have just five wins all season long and only one of which was on the road in 15 away league fixtures. Or those that reveal they’ve conceded a league-leading 61 goals, 36 of which on the road. And so on...

Soccer Betting Verdict: In no uncertain terms this is a home banker: Barcelona to win outright the widely acceptable outcome but also the least profitable soccer pick as a result. Therefore, other soccer betting markets need to be looked upon for value.

To begin with, Barcelona to win both halves is decently priced at -300 at Bet365. The Over 2.5 seems to be the popular soccer pick at -450 but better value is had on the Over 3.5 at -225 at William Hill. If you are of the opinion that this will be another blowout of epic proportions, similar to the pair’s last two meetings that went 4-1 and 4-2 to Barcelona, take the Over 4.5 at +115.

Predicting the score is arguably one of the toughest things to handicap in any sporting event but if you enjoy the challenging thrill, here are some choice scores to spot: odds makers favour a 2-0 or 3-0 score to Barcelona at +700 as well as the 4-0 score at +750. Scores of 3-1 and 2-1 follow closely at +900 and +1100, respectively.

Soccer Free Picks: Barcelona to win both halves at -300 and Over 3.5 at -225

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