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.

Soccer’s SD Eibar crashing Spanish La Liga Party

sd-eibarWhile Spanish La Liga features some of the top talent in the soccer world, the league has become somewhat stale and predictable. It seems like every year the La Liga title is passed between the two giants – Barcelona and Real Madrid (although Atletico Madrid won last year). This is like a more-extreme version of Major League Baseball, where it’s not uncommon to see either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox win the World Series. But this year, all eyes will be on a true underdog in the SD Eibar “Gunners.”

If you’re not familiar with the typical European soccer league format, teams can move up or down in divisions based on their performance from previous years. Calling on baseball again, this would be like the Triple A Toldeo Mud Hens winning a spot in the MLB. Only, SD Eibar is on an even smaller scale, having been in the confines of the second division from 1986 until last year. But after playing out of their minds, this team earned the right to move up to La Liga play.

Hailing from the small town of Eibar (pop. 27,507), the Gunners will now have an opportunity to take on the likes of Real Madrid in giant, sold-out stadiums. This is quite a step up when you consider that the Gunners’ own stadium holds just 5,200 fans. And this stadium is where SD Eibar grabbed their first-ever La Liga victory – a 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad.

sd-eibar-1Make no mistake about it, this team has the talent to compete. They knocked off second-division rival Alavés last year with a number of good athletes who can run the field and pull off some spectacular plays. But even though they are good enough, SD Eibar faced another huge challenge to enter La Liga – raise €1.7 million ($2.2 million) by early August.

This rule was imposed by the Spanish Football Association, which requires any La Liga team to at least have capital equal to 25% of the average expenses of second-division teams. To Barcelona or Real Madrid, which both spent over $190 million on players alone last season, this amount is a joke. But to SD Eibar, this required a serious fund-raising effort.

Like the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, they sold shares in the team that were capped at $100,000. Manchester City players David Silva and Xabi Alonso, who are former Eibar members, helped raise money too. With these efforts, the team easily hit its funding mark by early July.

Now officially a member of La Liga and boasting a 1-0 record, SD Eibar will certainly draw fanfare from all over the world. After all, they are the unlikeliest of teams to be playing against talent-rich squads like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. And they still have 37 matches left to keep proving that they belong with the big boys.