La Liga Betting: SD Eibar proving they belong among Elite

sd-eibar-la-ligaBack in the summer, we profiled a small soccer team named SD Eibar. Hailing from the Spanish town of Eibar (pop. 27,507). and having a stadium that only seats 5,200, SD Eibar made big news by moving up to the star-studded Spanish La Liga – home to legendary giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Given the level of competition that SD Eibar would be facing, it seemed like this was nothing more than a feel-good story…one that would end with Eibar being dominated, finishing in the bottom three of La Liga standings, and dropping down to Segunda Division B. But through 11 matches so far, that’s proving to be anything but the case.

SD Eibar currently sits 10th out of 20 La Liga teams, carrying a 3-4-4 record which is good for 13 points. Sure this is quite a ways from league-leading Real Madrid (27 points); but it’s also much better than some of the more-talented teams like Real Sociedad (9 pts, 15th place).

sd-eibar-la-liga-1What’s interesting is that SD Eibar could easily be higher in the league if not for some very close losses and ties. Take their last match against 6th-place Malaga, for example. Both teams were notted up at 1-1 until Raul Navas was guilty of a handball within the last minute. This gave Amrabat a chance to boot the ball in for the late victory, which he successfully did. A heartbreaking loss for this team indeed, but one that also shows how tough SD Eibar plays against the league’s elite.

Speaking of elite, it doesn’t get any tougher than Eibar’s opponent coming out of the international break – Real Madrid. In its last three matches, Madrid has blasted teams with 13 goals while only allowing two. If ever there were a David vs. Goliath matchup  this is truly it.

The SD Eibar vs. Real Madrid match takes place on November 22nd. So if you’re into La Liga betting, get online and look for a favorable line. Also don’t forget that some sportsbooks like our own at offer La Liga live wagering on the bigger matches. Just check out homepage and see what’s available so that you can place bets long after matches have already started.

Real Madrid Betting: Cristiano Ronaldo gets Hat Trick against Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid CF v Athletic Club - La LigaThe 2014-15 La Liga season is going nicely for Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s already netted 13 goals in six appearances for Real Madrid. His latest three goals came courtesy of Sunday’s match against Athletic Bilbao during a 5-0 rout. Thanks to his latest effort, Ronaldo is now tied for the La Liga record for hat tricks (22) with Alfredo Di Stéfano and Telmo Zarra.

His first goal against Athletic Bilbao was a header off a Gareth Bale pass. 10 minutes into the second half, Bale found Ronaldo for another goal. Cristiano then unselfishly squared up Karim Benzema to make the score 4-0 in the 69th minute. Ronaldo completed his hat trick with two minutes remaining in the match by bouncing the ball of his body and into the net.

If not for some exceptional stops by Bilbao goalie Gorka Iraizoz, Real Madrid might have made this game even uglier. But regardless, the 5-0 victory shows that Real Madrid has shaken off some early-season sluggishness.

ronaldo-vs-athletic-bilbao-1“We still have room for improvement,” Ronaldo said. “The team played a good match and scored five goals without conceding, we are very pleased.”

With the victory, Real moves past Atlético Madrid into fourth place with 15 points. Atlético Madrid, the defending La Liga champions, now fall into fifth place following their 3-1 defeat at Valencia. FC Barcelona is currently leading all La Liga teams with 19 points. And with their 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano, they’ve become the first team in league history to avoid giving up a goal in the first seven contests (19 GF, 0 GA).

Going back to Ronaldo, he definitely looks to be over the knee injury that limited him throughout the 2014 World Cup. While CR3 played in all three of Portugal’s matches, he wasn’t always his dynamic self as the Portuguese bowed out in pool play. But now that he’s averaging over two goals per match, it’s clear that Ronaldo is set for another huge season in La Liga play.

Manchester United beats Real Madrid 3-1 in Record US Game

real-madrid-manchester-united-michiganAs if the enthusiasm behind USA in the 2014 World Cup wasn’t proof enough, a record match between Real Madrid and Manchester United is further proof that soccer is growing in America. The preseason friendly, which was held at Michigan University Stadium in Ann Arbor, drew 109,318 fans – an attendance record for a soccer match in the US. The previous record was set by the 1984 Olympic gold medal game between Brazil and France at the Rose Bowl, when 101,799 fans showed up to Pasadena, CA.

As for the result, Manchester United finished off a perfect run through International Champions Cup pool play by beating Real Madrid 3-1. They’ll now play in the ICC final on Monday in Miami, while Real Madrid, last year’s ICC winner, is going home with a disappointing 0-2-1 record.

Manchester United definitely came out with plenty of fire for a preseason friendly. Midfielder Ashley Young quickly scored a goal thanks to an assist from Danny Welbeck. Real Madrid was able to tie things up on a penalty kick to make the score 1-1. However, this was as close as they’d get since Young added his second goal in the 36th minute. He tried sending a cross to Wayne Rooney in the middle, ultimately missing his target, but finding the inside of the right goal post instead.

real-madrid-manchester-united-michigan-2Javier Hernandez added a third goal in the second half after an outstanding play. Shinji Kagawa sent him a deep pass, and Hernandez slid feet first, heading the ball into the goal while at an awkward angle.

Gareth Bale played a big part in Real Madrid’s attack. He had some good shots on goal and ultimately converted on the aforementioned penalty kick, which would be his side’s only score. Overall, Real Madrid looked pretty good in the second half after sending multiple shots at the goal early on. Man U goalkeeper David De Gea even had to make a diving save on Asier Illarramendi’s shot in the first minute of the second half. But like so many Real Madrid shots throughout the afternoon, Illarramendi’s attempt was kept out of the net by De Gea.

It was largely thought that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t play at all in this match. After all, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti ruled the star out due to a left knee injury that he suffered during the World Cup. But much to the fans’ surprise and delight, Ronaldo entered the match at the 72-minute mark. This substitution actually drew the loudest cheers of the game.

real-madrid-manchester-united-michigan-1Moving forward, Manchester United figures to be a feared team when the English Premier League rolls around. They had a down season last year after finishing 19-12-7 (W-L-D) and missing out on Europa League qualification. However, they’re back with a new manager in Louis van Gaal and a fresh outlook. So don’t sleep on Manchester United with regard to English Premier League betting.

As for Real Madrid, they looked a bit shaky at times during ICC pool play. However, nobody’s counting them out since they won the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final after beating Atlético Madrid. Assuming this momentum continues and Ronaldo can get completely healthy, Real Madrid will definitely be a team to watch in La Liga betting.