Soccer is one of the most thrilling sports and betting on the Spanish La Liga, in particular, is as exciting as the league itself. There are various betting options in La Liga, and each has its own variables. It is important to understand how these variables work and it will help you decide to place your bet.

Like in the NFL or the NHL, there are a number of different kinds of bets, from moneyline bets, props bets, futures bets, half markets, and parlays, there are many different options a bettor has to wager on a match. The mechanics are very similar to the ones in the NBA or the UFC.

This guide will help beginners understand how to bet on those betting options, how to read soccer odds, and which type of betting option may be the safer choice in your wager as we continue our series of Sports Betting and how to bet on each soccer league.

La Liga Moneyline Bet

Luis Suarez of Atletico Madrid (right) shoots under pressure from Casemiro of Real Madrid (left). (Getty)

A moneyline bet in soccer is basically who of the two clubs you feel will win the matchup outright. Odds are placed for each team and based on your pick, you will receive a payout. For example:

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid +165
Tie +220
Real Madrid +175

* Odds by FanDuel

So if you bet on Atletico Madrid to win at $100, you would be paid out $165, your original bet plus the winnings. If you bet on Real Madrid to win, you would win your bet plus $175 in winnings, but if you expect the game to end with no winner, the payout would be $220.

Over/Under La Liga bet

Facundo Roncaglia (left) of Osasuna closes down Junior Firpo (right) of Barcelona. (Getty)

Over/Under in soccer betting is a wager on the total number of goals. If you think a match will be over/under a certain that combined total, then you place your bet. For example:

Osasuna vs Barcelona

Over 3.5 +166
Under 3.5 +205

* Odds by FanDuel

Over 3.5 means that both clubs must score at least 4 goals combined. Anything below that and you lose your bet. On the contrary, Under 3.5 signifies that both clubs must score at a combined sum of 3 goals the most. Anything over that and you lose your bet.

La Liga Prop Betting

Luuk de Jong of Sevilla celebrates after scoring a goal. (Getty)

Prop bets in soccer are just like those of other sports. Here you bet on what could happen during the game, for example, who will score a goal, or how the game will end after the final whistle.

There are Player Props, where you guess the exact goalscorer of the game. It could be the first or the final scorer of his club, or during the match overall. Or you can try your luck by doing the Game Props. With the Game Props, you guess the correct final score. For example:

Elche vs Sevilla

First Goalscorer  





Lucas Boye +800

No Goalscorer +550

Youseff En-Nesyri +240

Guido Carillo +850

  Luuk de Jong +410
Fidel +950  

Munir El Haddadi +430

* Odds by FanDuel

La Liga Game Spread Bet

Alexander Isak (left) of Real Sociedad celebrates with teammate Mikel Oyarzabal (right) against Getafe. (Getty)

For this form of wager, points (or goals in the case of society) are essentially deducted, and points are awarded to the underdog. These variations in the points/goals are known as the spread. For example:

Real Sociedad -2.75 +500
Levante +2.75 -670

* Odds by DraftKings

Since Real Sociedad are favored by -2.75, that means that they have to win or draw by 3 goals. Anything below that and you lose your bet. While if you bet on Levante, then they have to win or draw by 3 goals. Anything below that and you lose your bet.

La Liga Futures

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane (left) and captain Sergio Ramos (right) pose with the 2019-20 La Liga trophy. (Getty)

Just like other sports, there are futures, here you bet on who will win the La Liga after Round 38, or in what who will become the La Liga champion for the season. For example:

Atletico Madrid -230
Barcelona +430
Real Madrid +600
Sevilla +5500
Real Sociedad +10000

* Odds by FanDuel

La Liga Live Betting

Iker Muniain (right) of Athletic Bilbao celebrates with Unai Vencedor (left) and Gaizka Larrazabal (centre) after scoring a goal vs Barcelona. (Getty)

La Liga is one of the most popular live betting sports leagues in the world. In addition, to the correct final score, the correct goalscorers and so, you can also bet on the total number of cards, the total number of corners, the half-time score, and more in live betting.

Odds change very quickly during a match, so you need to be quick to place your bet. As the game changes so do the odds. So, you need to make sure you bet quickly and follow the game perfectly to win your live bets. Every variable changes constantly.

La Liga Parlays

A La Liga bet is multiple bets on your ticket, here you bet that Real Madrid will upset Atletico Madrid; Osasuna and Barcelona to score Under 3.5 goals; Real Sociedad to win or draw against Levante by 3 goals, and Luuk de Jong to score for Sevilla vs Elche. You would need to hit all four combinations to win your bet.

A La Liga badge is seen on a Real Sociedad jersey. (Getty)

We hope this article was helpful in understanding the different types of La Liga betting options. It is important to become familiar with each before you start betting on parlays for example.