La Liga / Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid – The Madrid derby is always an…
Beginning of new season in La Liga is highly anticipated as Spanish best teams have spent huge sums on new players this summer in which they even have exceeded the English teams. It is clear why given that Spanish teams lost primacy in European competitions last year. Real Madrid had dominated the Champions League for several years in a row, and Sevilla did well in the Europa League, however, the English swept everything in front of them and that motivated the Spaniards. Battle for the very top was largely missing and Barcelona never easier won the title, while Real Madrid underperformed at all fronts.
The Madrilenians won even 19 points fewer than the Catalans and weren’t even the runners-up as they finished in the third place. Atletico Madrid has squeezed in between them and given how they traded this summer it seems they want the first place now. These three teams will fight for the title, although Sevilla shouldn’t be underestimated as the Andalusians also bought many new players. Valencia is always there ready to surprise and this year we will list Betis in the group of strongest team as refreshment. Basque teams are in the lower ranked category and can hope to reach the Europa League, just like Villarreal for which we hope it has recovered from mediocre previous season. Celta and Espanyol are traditionally mid-table teams, just like Getafe which shouldn’t allow itself to fight to survive after very good previous season. Levante is the last team that belongs to mid-table group, while the rest of teams will struggle to survive, including all three new members of La Liga. This is how we grouped the teams for the new season.
Regarding other teams, we have again divided them into two groups where each has seven teams; the mid-table group and relegation group, where we put teams that are supposed to struggle to survive. We have prepared detailed analyses of all 20 teams with stress on what they have done in the summer transfer window and forecast for the new season that starts on Friday, August 10, when Manchester United meets Leicester at the Old Trafford in the evening time slot.