2021 La Liga Relegation Betting Odds

While some teams battle for table-topping supremacy, others have to face the harsh reality of potentially being relegated.

Clubs that were recently promoted from the Segunda División are usually the favorites to go down. This season, Espanyol, Mallorca, and Rayo Vallecano joined La Liga after earning a promotion and were the bookies’ favorites at the start of the season to go down.

Other teams like Elche, Alaves, Getafe, and Levante—who struggled for the majority of last season but still managed to survive—are also massive relegation favorites.

Here are the teams that should be on your radar in this season’s relegation race.

How Is The Winner Decided?

At the end of the league’s 38-game season, the three worst teams are relegated from La Liga and sent to the Segunda División, where they have to earn a promotion to play in Spain’s top-flight league once again.

Just like every other major soccer league, La Liga employs a points-based system, so points are used to rank the league’s teams.

Therefore, the three clubs with the least number of points are the ones that finish at the bottom of the table.

Since two or more teams can finish level on points, tiebreakers are used to separate teams in such instances. These are the following tiebreakers that are used in La Liga:

  • Head-to-head points
  • Head-to-head goal difference
  • Goal difference

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This season’s relegation race looks like it’s going to be extremely tight. The three promoted teams may have been impressive in the Segunda Division, but life in the top-flight is different from the second-tier.

So newly promoted teams that fail to invest in their squads often end up fighting for survival.

Additionally, teams that managed to stave off relegation in the previous campaign usually end up struggling as well and are always in the drop zone, especially if they fail to make any meaningful changes, such as managerial changes.

For teams like Elche and Levante, this is the reality that they need to face this season.

The Favorites

Rayo Vallecano – Rayo Vallecano gained entry into La Liga after winning the promotion play-offs. Despite finishing sixth in the Segunda Division, they managed to defy the odds and went all the way in the play-offs.

They even overcame a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the play-off final by beating Girona 2-0 in the second leg.

The last time that they were in La Liga, which was in the 2018/19 season, things didn’t go well. They had just gained promotion but could only muster 32 points throughout the whole season. They eventually finished rock bottom and were relegated from the league.

Los Franjirrojos will be hoping that lightning doesn’t strike twice.

Mallorca – Mallorca were relegated from La Liga in the 2019/20 season, but they immediately bounced back after a stellar campaign in the Segunda Division. They finished second behind Espanyol and even had the same number of points as the Catalan club.

Now that they’re back in La Liga, they’ll have to deal with the potential threat of relegation. They’ve been relegated twice in the past 10 seasons, and their head coach, Luis García, will want to avoid such a fate after guiding them back to La Liga.

RCD Espanyol – Before the club’s relegation in 2020, Espanyol had managed to stay in the top flight for 26 years, so their relegation was a definite surprise.

However, they proved that relegation was just a blip with some great performances in the 2020/21 Segunda Division. They ended up topping the second-tier league and immediately bounced back to La Liga.

Out of the three promoted teams, Espanyol seem like the team that is most likely going to survive. They’ve invested wisely in the squad and have a bone to pick with their Catalan foes, Barcelona, who sealed their relegation in 2020.

Elche – Elche barely survived the previous La Liga season. Los Franjiverdes ended the season with 36 points, which was two more points than relegation rivals Huesca, who ended up getting relegated.

However, they seem destined to get relegated this season. They started the season poorly and are now the bookies’ relegation favorites.

Coach Fran Escribá made several signings over the summer, but most of them are from second-tier leagues, and they don’t look like they can help Elche evade the inevitable.

The Contenders

Cadiz – Cadiz finished 10 points above safety last season and didn’t really have to worry about relegation. It was their first season back in the top flight since the 2005/06 season, and they even exceeded expectations by finishing in 12th place.

This season, Álvaro Cervera—their head coach—has made several changes to the squad, which may affect the team’s chemistry.

Plus, a lot of the players that have been brought in are either young or haven’t played in the league, which could be a decisive factor in the relegation race.

Deportivo Alavés – Alaves are a topsy-turvy team. They were promoted back to La Liga in 2016 and were even Copa Del Rey finalists as recently as 2017.

Since they came back to La Liga, they’ve managed to solidify themselves as a midtable team but have recently had to deal with relegation threats in the past two seasons.

They were 16th last season, just four points above Huesca, who finished in 18th place. At a certain point, it almost looked like Alaves was going to be relegated, but Javier Calleja took over the managerial reins in April 2021 when Alaves was 20th with a few games to go and steered them away from the drop zone.

Calleja is still at the helm and will want to work his magic again this season.

Granada – The Nazaríes was 9th last season and didn’t really have to worry about relegation. This season, however, they have had a slow start and will definitely be looking over their shoulders.

The last time that Granada was relegated was in the 2016/17 season; they finished dead last and managed to accumulate 20 points throughout the entirety of the season.

Getafe – Getafe is another wild and unpredictable team. They struggled last season and finished in 15th place with 38 points, just 4 points better than relegated Huesca. This is a huge contrast to some of their recent seasons.

They finished in fifth place as recently as the 2018/19 season, which earned them a place in the Europa League.

Their head coach left the club at the end of the season to join Valencia, and they are now coached by Míchel. After losing such an experienced and talented coach, they could end up struggling this season.

Levante – Levante finished in 14th place last season. They didn’t make any major signings during the summer transfer window, which could prove to be costly. The last time that they were relegated was in the 2015/16 season.

La Liga Historical Relegated Teams

SeasonRelegated Teams
2020/21Huesca, Valladolid, Eibar
2019/20Leganés, Mallorca, Espanyol
2018/19Girona, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano
2017/18Deportivo La Coruña, Las Palmas, Málaga
2016/17Sporting Gijón, Osasuna, Granada
2015/16Rayo Vallecano, Getafe, Levante
2014/15Elche, Almería, Córdoba
2013/14Real Betis, Osasuna, Valladolid
2012/13Mallorca, Deportivo La Coruña, Zaragoza
2011/12Villarreal, Sporting Gijón, Racing Santander

How To Bet On La Liga Relegation

Here are the steps that you need to follow if you want to place a La Liga futures bet:

  1. Go to your sportsbook and log in using your credentials.
  2. Search for soccer, which should be on the sports menu.
  3. Click on La Liga betting odds.
  4. Click on the “Futures” tab.
  5. Look for this specific wagering market: La Liga Relegation 2021/22.
  6. Choose the team/teams that you want to bet on.
  7. Once you select a team, a bet slip will pop up. Use this bet slip to place your wager.