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How To Bet On The Argentine Primera Division


Betting on Argentinian football can prove to profitable. Given that key information and in-depth analysis of the Argentinian Primera Division is not as readily available in Europe as it is in South America, those who are willing to do their research can find themselves coming out ahead of the bookmakers. In our guide to betting on the Argentinian Primera Division, we will discuss the keys to making money betting on this intriguing and always entertaining South American football league.

Betting On Argentine Primera Division: An Introduction

The Argentine Primera Division is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world. The continent of South America is a hotbed of footballing talent, with some of the sport's greatest players emerging from the shores of Argentina. Known for their attacking prowess and flair style, the country has produced some legendary forwards, including the likes of Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

Traditionally a positive-minded outfit, Argentina traditionally have little regard to defensive responsibility. However, the nation has still produced some of the game's top defenders, including Daniel Passarella, Walter Samuel and Javier Zanetti.

The Albiceleste have enjoyed considerable international success, having lifted the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, in 1978 and 1986. Additionally, among their own continent's pedigree the famous blue and white colours have recorded significant success, having won the Copa America 14 times, second only to Uruguay who lead the way with 15 championship wins.

In recent years Argentina have failed to capitalise on their final appearances, having finished as runner-up in major international tournaments in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

2018/19 Argentine Primera Division Dates

The 2018/19 Primera Division begins on August 10th 2018 and will conclude April 8th 2019. From 14 April to 26 May, the teams will play in a new competition called Copa de la Liga.


  1. How Does The Argentine Primera Division Work?
  2. History Of Argentine Football
  3. Argentine Primera Odds Explained
  4. How To Bet On The Argentine Primera And Win
  5. Betting On Argentine Primera Football Online
  6. Argentine Primera Division Live Streaming
  7. How To Bet On Argentine Primera Division - Summary

1. How Does The Argentine Primera Division Work?

Domestically, the Argentinian football season has altered considerably over recent years. Between 1991 and 2012, the Argentinian football league championship was split into two single-round tournaments known as the Apertura and the Clausura. The Apertura ran from August to December, with the second half of the Championship beginning in January and concluding in June.

Between 2012 and 2014, this format altered slightly to create the Torneo Inicial and the Torneo Final. This system was largely unchanged from the previous regime. However, the one difference this structure generated was the crowning of one champion.

The Copa Campeonato

During previous seasons the single-round tournaments crowned two title winners, one in the Apertura and one in the Clausura. In the fresh format, should different teams finish the mini Championships in first place, a play-off would be organised to crown an overall winner.

This showdown clash was known as the Copa Campeonato - or more colloquially referred to as the Superfinal - and pitted the winners of the Torneo Inicial and Torneo Final against one another in a winner-takes-all play-off. Played at a neutral venue, there were just two editions of this tournament, with Velez Sarsfield beating Newell's Old Boys 1-0 in 2013, before River Plate secured the mantle the following year with victory over San Lorenzo by the same scoreline.

From August 2014, the Argentinian football league table was made up on 20 teams in a one-league structure. The Torneo de Transicion was made up from 17 Argentinian football teams from the 2013-14 campaign, with three promoted from the Primera B Nacional - the country's second-tier. In this Championship, no teams were relegated following the season conclusion.

However, the league was changed once more in 2015, with the league switching to a 30-team format. The 20 teams already plying their trade in the first division of Argentinian football were joined by the five best-placed teams from Primera B Nacional's Zonas A and Zonas B. The season began in mid-February and ended in early-December.

During this campaign, each team played every other side once, at home or away, as well as a local derby to form a total of 30 rounds. Should a club not posses a local rival, the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) assigned a teams to ensure uniformity in matches played across the division. Only two teams were relegated during this Championship, with Nueva Chicago and Crucero del Norte the unfortunate sides dropping out of the league.

A new year and a new format followed for the 2016 Argentine Primera Division. The 30 clubs were split into two zones of 15 teams. Each side played on 14 occasions in a round-robin tournament format against teams in their zones, before an additional two fixtures against their local rivals in a Clasico. The derby opposition would derive from the opposing zone - these rivalry matches were known as the Fecha de Clasicos and are some of the most exciting clashes of all Argentinian league fixtures.

The winner of each zone would then play each other at a neutral venue to decide the overall champion. In 2016 it was the turn of Greater Buenos Aires outfit Lanus to claim the title, with just their fourth major trophy in their history as they downed San Lorenzo 4-0.

2018/2019 Argentine Primera Division

For the 2018/2019 season, there will be 26 teams taking part. The sides will play each other once in a round robin format.

Copa Libertadores Qualification

The top four sides at the end of the season will qualify for the Copa Libertadores group stage. The fifth placed side will enter the competition at the second stage.

The convoluted relegation system in Argentinian football continues to frustrate and confuse, with demotion decided on a three-year points average. Only points secured in the top-flight are counted, with the present season and two prior campaigns totalled and then averaged by the number of matches played to form coefficients. For this season, the four teams with the worst average in the Argentinian football league standings is relegated to Primera B Nacional.

2. History Of Argentine Football

Argentinian clubs have a rich heritage in continental competition. The Copa Libertadores - the most prestigious and highly-regarded club tournament in South America - is frequently lifted by a team based in Buenos Aires.

Argentine clubs lead the way in the all-time winners list, with 24 titles and ten runners-up finishes. Independiente, based in the Avellaneda region of Buenos Aires just metres away from the stadium of fierce rivals Racing Club, have lifted a record seven championships. El Rojo were a dominant force throughout the 1960s and 1970s lifting six trophies, including four successive between 1972 and 1975.

Second on the list of all-time winners are heavyweights Boca Juniors, one of the most well-supported clubs in world football. Boca have six continental titles to their name after a period of supremacy following the Millennium with four wins between 2000 and 2007. In addition, the club finished as runners-up in 2004 and 2012. Elsewhere, Estudiantes have won four Libertadores cups and River Plate have three.

Domestically, the Argentina top-flight has traditionally been dominated by the big five clubs from Buenos Aires. A phrase coined in the 1930s, the terms denotes the huge popularity and success of Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club, River Plate and San Lorenzo.

River Plate are the Argentina's most successful domestic club having won 32 league titles, finishing as runner-up 32 times. Fierce rivals Boca are second on the list, comfortably clear of any nearest challenger, with 31 league wins and 22 second-place finishes. The remaining big five follow with near parallel, with Racing (17), Independiente (16) and San Lorenzo (15) league wins.

Argentine Primera Championships

River Plate 36 33
Boca Juniors 33 22
Racing 17 8
Independiente 16 16
San Lorenzo 15 16
Velez Sarsfield 10 9
Alumni 10 2
Estudiantes (LP) 6 7
Newell's Old Boys 6 5
Huracan 5 8
Lomas 5 2
Rosario Central 4 4
Belgrano AC 3 3
Argentinos Juniors 3 2
Lanus 2 5
Ferro Carril Oeste 2 3
Porteno 2 2
Quilmes 2 1
Estudiantil Porteno 2 -
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) 1 6
Banfield 1 4
Lomas Academy 1 1
Arsenal 1 -
Chacarita Juniors 1 -
Dock Sud 1 -
Old Caledonians 1 -
Sportivo Barracas 1 -
St. Andrew's 1 -

3. Argentine Primera Odds Explained

Bookmakers covering the Argentina Primera Division will likely offer standard outright markets including Primera Winner and Top Goalscorer. Ensure to research the bookmaker to see what odds and markets are on offer before registering with a betting company.

Primera Champion Odds

Outright betting, such as predicting the winner of the Argentina Primera is a straightforward bet, usually placed before the start of the competition due to the better odds being on offer for the favourites. The outcome of this bet is based on the entire tournament, rather than an individual match. For example, should a punter bet £100 on Boca Juniors to win the Primera Divison at odds of 5.00 and they go on to lift the Championship, the better will receive a £500 total return.

Primera Top Goalscorer Odds

Another standardised outright bet is for the Top Goalscorer. Similar to predicting the tournament winner above, this bet is normally selected ahead of the new season in order to achieve the best possible odds. The Argentinian Primera Division goalscorer odds vary across each bookmaker and is decided by which player scores the most goals during the league format.

4. How To Bet On The Argentine Primera And Win

There are many areas to focus on when entering the betting market for Argentinian football. While betting on the outcome of football matches in a foreign country may seem like a good experience, research will prove pivotal in order to produce positive returns.

Conduct Detailed Research

The complexities of the South American division mean it is important to study the league in detail. Due to the limited coverage of Argentinian football in Europe culture, more than ever it is vital to immerse yourself in the teams, players, form, opponents, pitch conditions and rivalry in order to come to a suitable conclusion before placing a bet. An excellent method to predicting the outcome of a certain event is through experience and knowledge.

The more exposure to a sport, the teams, the players and the opponent will only improve the chances of success when placing money on a situation, so ensure to follow and read previews and Argentina Primera betting tips.

Betting on football fixtures being played in another continent poses a different challenge to punters than if they were to place a bet on a match in their own country. Argentina often has unpredictable match results, particularly towards the end of a season.

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Inconsistent Standard Of Play

Despite being widely followed throughout the nation - and being the country's no. 1 past-time and sport - the standard of the Argentine game is inferior to many leagues on offer in English. This results in lapses of concentration and individual errors, which can have a significant impact on any match result and your bet returns.

That being said, Argentina has produced some of the world's best talent over recent generations, with many players going on to forge successful careers in Europe. Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Sebastian Veron are all examples of players who plied their trade in their homeland before becoming established players overseas.

Therefore, there is a strong likelihood that some of the current crop of players in the Argentina Primera will go on to replicate this path. The passion of the country's citizens towards the sport and the number of world-class talents that have emerged from that area of South America mean it is important to study the talent on offer at individual clubs when betting on individual outcomes of match events.

Argentines enjoy a slow-tempo build-up in their own half, with pressure on the ball only featuring typically once the player in possession crosses the halfway line.

Know The League

Due to its heritage and history in the sport, it is understandable why the Primera holds such an allure to bettors. However, it is important to understand the differences and contrasts it holds when compared to the European game.

The bookmakers are knowledgable and often price matches with enticing odds in full consciousness that a team's star player is unavailable.

Unless you are a keen follower of foreign competition, it is imperative to educate yourself on the recent news and form of each team. Research the bets you are making and watch the matches. It is vital to understand the background to each fixture in order to turn a profit and not get caught out. This will boost your profit returns and enable you to enhance your Argentina Primera B predictions.

If you are to indulge on the Primera Division, or place bets on the Argentina Primera Nacional, there are numerous betting companies around the globe which offer differing odds for every match and specific event to unfold. It does not take much effort to compare the odds available across each bookmaker to ensure you are maximising your profit return. Make sure to use an odds comparison website, which can be easily sought-out online.

5. Betting On Argentine Primera Football Online

When selecting which bookmaker to utilise for Argentine football betting, it may seem that there is little difference between many of the options available to you. With so many bookmakers offering different odds, welcome bonuses, cash-out options and betting markets, it can be difficult to know which betting company best suits your style of betting and desires for the tournament.

For betting beginners, it is advised that traditional betting agencies - such as Coral and William Hill - are used to place bets due to the simpler system and format. There are several important attributes to examine before selecting a betting company to use. Bettingexpert have reliable, well-sourced bookmaker reviews online.

When registering a new account, it can be hugely beneficial to you to compare welcome bonuses between bookmakers. Betting companies will tempt sign-ups with exclusive first-time offers to lure punters to their company.

Due to the relative obscurity of Argentine football, the ever-changing league format, and the limited coverage in Europe, it may be difficult to find a bookmaker which will offer extensive betting markets for each contest outside the biggest fixtures of a weekend. However, Coral, William Hill and Unibet all offer over 100 betting markets to explore.

6. Argentine Primera Division Live Streaming

In comparison to European football competition, there is limited television coverage of Argentinian football in the United Kingdom. South American action is largely regarded as a sub-standard of the game compared to divisions such as the Premier League, La Liga or the other three to leagues in Italy, France and Germany.

While globally considered one of the world's top divisions of football, in England in particular it is rarely given primetime treatment. PremierSports delivers coverage of Copa Libertadores matches, however there is no broadcaster in England which broadcasts matches from Argentina.

But thankfully for lovers of the Argentinian Primera Division, a decision was made by the governing body AFA to broadcast every match free-to-air on YouTube in an exclusive contract. Futbol Para Todos is a football programme funded by the Argentine federal government which shows Primera Division matches on TV in the country and also online via live broadcast.

Which Bookmakers Live Stream Primera Division Matches?

We can confirm that for the 2018/19 season, both Ladbrokes and Betfair will offer live streaming for Argentinian Primera Division matches

7. How To Bet On Argentine Primera Division: Summary

The Argentinian Primera Division offers fans some of the best footballing action from the continent of South America. Despite its, at-times, overly confusing relegation system and ever-changing league format, once you understand the outcomes and structure of the league it delivers as a product.

The homeland of some of the sports all-time greats, such as Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano and Lionel Messi, the Argentine leagues will always attract interest and intrigue from abroad.

The standard of the league may not be as technically supreme as many in Europe, however, matches typically see over three goals per game, making it one of the most free-scoring divisions in world football. Also, youth team graduates are often given the opportunity to develop in the country's top division, meaning there is scope for spotting upcoming world-class talent.

The big five clubs have faced contrasting fortunes over recent years, however, perennial title-lifters Boca Juniors and River Plate will typically rise to the top due to their overwhelming backing and facilities, as well as strength politically and in squad depth.

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