La Liga’s opening Saturday fixtures throw up some mouth watering ties that includes Real Madrid’s visit to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo.
Last season was one to forgot for Madrid, having seen both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both fail at the helm – only to see them bring back Zinedine Zidane as head coach.
Zidane did not gain the results he would have wanted towards the season’s end, but a lot of those performances were about developing a side ready to challenge again on the domestic and European front this term.
New signings such as Eden Hazard have given the Los Blancos fans a wave of excitement, whilst there is talk that Florentino Perez could still bring in some new faces before the window closes.
The Saturday lunch-time trip to Galicia should see them come away with three points, but Celta remain an unpredictable side to face.
The sale of Maxi Gomez may have caused a bit of an upset amongst fans, but Iago Aspas was the key reason they escaped relegation last term and he is fully expected to continue his excellent form into the new season.
Valencia vs Real Sociedad
What could the new season bring for Los Che after such an excellent Copa del Rey victory over Barcelona? Well, Marcelino has been busy this summer in allowing players to leave which include Rodrigo, who has joined rivals Atletico Madrid.
In doing that, the Spanish coach has signed a number of new players, including Maxi Gomez, who is expected to bring goals after a successful spell with Celta Vigo.
Sociedad arrive having strengthened too in certain areas with Martin Odegaard being one of those from Real Madrid but they will have to produce something special to undo their nine game winless run on the road.
Mallorca vs Eibar
The Islanders have returned to Spain’s top flight after a successful and quite remarkable play-off win over Deportivo La Coruna but they will find it tough after failing to recruit any real talent.
Eibar will have to improve massively on their poor away form if they are to out perform last season’s points tally, having won just one of their last 15 games on the road.
Leganes vs Osasuna
The home side have enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season and will approach this game with newly promoted Osasuna in good morale, but they will be aware that the visitors are very good on the road, having remained unbeaten in their final ten games of last season.
Martin Braithwaite has made his loan move permanent to Leganes and that bodes well, given that he scored against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the space of three days last term.
Villarreal vs Granada
Granada return to La Liga after a short absence and they will be looking to establish themselves, but they face a Villarreal side who have a lot to prove after a dismal 2018/19 campaign which almost saw them relegated.
Both sides have recruited well but this is expected to be nothing more than a home win.