With less than a week to go before Spain’s La Liga kicks off, we look at the relegation betting odds that are currently trading: who are the favourites to be sent back down at season end?
La Liga 2015-2016 Winners Odds Review
Predictably, defending champions Barcelona lead the race to win a second-straight title, a stance that has seen some improvement as the opening day fast approaches with Barcelona’s odds moving from -138since we previewed the La Liga winners market odds to -163 futures this week. This move comes despite Barcelona’s recent setback in UEFA Super Cup action against Athletic Club, a shocking 4-0 defeat in the first leg of their tie on the road.
Naturally, the pair of Madrid clubs figure to give Barcelona a run for their money this season, but odds makers look upon Real Madrid’s chances kindly, pricing them at +175 at Bet365 . Atletico Madrid, champions in 2013-2014, are fobbed off on +1600 soccer odds, up from +1400 soccer odds in July.
|LA LIGA RELEGATION ODDS|
|Deportivo La Coruna||+250||+400|
|Celta de Vigo||+3300||+2500|
Relegations Futures 2015-2016 Preview
The race at the bottom of the table in any soccer league around the world can be as thrilling as the race at the top of the table for the ultimate prize. At times, it can even be more thrilling. Simply because there are more contenders for relegation in any given league than there are credible, legitimate title contenders. That’s just a fact, down mainly to the financial clout of the big boys and historical trends.
The favourites in La Liga betting markets for relegation include (in the order of Bet365 odds) Las Palmas, Sporting Gijon, Eibar, Granada, Deportivo La Coruna and Levante, with Real Betis, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano emerging as realistic options as well for relegation, trading in the triple-digit range.
As indicated in the Table to the left, there are discrepancies in the prices that are worth noting before making your choice soccer picks. There is consensus though within the conflicting hierarchy and that is that the top three favourites are Las Palmas, Sporting Gijon and Eibar, who are also the top favourites to finish in the bottom 3 at William Hill. The rest represent the best of the rest for your soccer picks towards the relegation markets.
Eibar -125 at Bet365
Eibar enter the 2015-2015 season as one of last season’s top-flight survivors to spot on your soccer picks. They finished 18th in the table with a 9-8-21 mark and 35 points in the table, tied with Granada (+250 to be relegated) but behind on goal-differential. They narrowly avoided relegation thanks mainly to the administrative relegation of 13th-placed Elche, kicked out of Spanish top-flight after it was revealed that millions in taxes hadn’t been paid. The upshot, Elche joins Almeria and Cordoba in the Segunda Division and Eibar lives for another season.
Sporting Gijon -138 at bet365
Sporting Gijon finished second in the Segunda Division, behind champions Real Betis, with a 21-19-2 mark and 82 points. The 3-0 win over already promoted Real Betis in the final lap of second-tier play last season earned Sporting Gijon promotion into La Liga, as they finished ahead of Girona on goal differential. Unfortunately, Spanish La Liga soccer odds makers aren’t holding out much hope of them staying beyond this season with -138 soccer odds to be relegated.
Las Palmas +125 at Betfair
Bet365 offers Las Palmas as the outright favourites to be demoted next season. That sentiment isn’t echoed at Betfair, who are after offering the Islanders at +125 soccer odds. Las Palmas return to top-flight after a 13-year hiatus. In fact, since dropping out of La Liga in 2002 they took another step back by falling into third-tier ignominy. Las Palmas advanced through the playoff format to secure their spot in La Liga. Can they remain there against the soccer odds?