With less than three weeks until the start of another spectacular La Liga season, here you can take a look at what to expect from the top Spanish sides for the 2019/20 campaign.
Defending champions Barcelona would surely love to be crowned champions of Spain for the third season running while their arch-rivals Real Madrid will be hoping manager Zinedine Zidane can revive them after a very disappointing 2018/19 campaign.
Some important dates for the new 2019/20 Spanish football season:
- La Liga start - 16th August 2019
- Spanish Supercup - 12th January 2020
- Copa del Rey final - 18th April 2020
- La Liga end - 24th May 2020
The Blaugrana are undoubtedly one of the best teams in world football at the moment and they will be hoping they can distinguish themselves as the absolute greatest side throughout the upcoming season.
Of course, it will be Lionel Messi who will do his best to continue with the incredible goalscoring tally he’s currently on. However, in a bid to take their third successive La Liga title as well as be in a chance to win the Champions League, manager Ernesto Valverde has requested some additions to the team and surely his needs have been met.
In fact, Frenkie De Jong, Neto and Antoine Griezmann will all be new faces at the Camp Nou as the new season starts. However, their shopping spree seems likely to continue with Neymar being constantly involved in rumours of a return to Barcelona.
With Valverde’s current squad, even excluding the prospective arrival of Neymar, the Blaugrana could prove to be an unstoppable force next season. Barcelona will start the new season as favourites to make it three La Liga titles in a row as they are backed at odds of just 1.61 to do so.
Real Madrid’s situation is different. The last one was probably one of the worst ever seasons for the Madrid club and they will be hoping they can make amends in the upcoming season.
With the Gareth Bale saga still ongoing, the Merengues in the meantime bolstered their squad with some big money transfers which include the likes of Eden Hazard from Chelsea, Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt as well as Ferland Mendy from Lyon.
It is however still likely that Florentino Perez will try and treat his fans with another top player added to the team. In fact, Paul Pogba could be the cherry on the top for the club from the capital with the French midfielder looking to leave Old Trafford this summer.
With Zidane now in charge, we expect Real Madrid to improve their season significantly across all competitions and when it comes to La Liga, the Blancos are likely to have an open battle with Barcelona, with odds of 2.62 of them snatching the title from their rivals.
Atletico Madrid have been one of the most active sides on the transfer market in Europe this summer as they looked to rejuvenate their squad and fill up the void left by the departures of several star players.
Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin left the club for Barcelona and Inter respectively but the Colchenors have managed to capture some very interesting rising talents which include €120 million youngster Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Renan Lodi as well as defender Mario Hermoso.
Despite this huge reshuffle within the squad, with a manager like Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid are once more expected to tussle with Barcelona and Real Madrid for the La Liga title this season as they are backed at odds of 13 to lift the trophy in May.
Valencia are the first side after the top three Spanish teams which we think could challenge Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid throughout the course of the season.
The Bats hadn’t started the 2018/19 campaign in the best way possible but then they managed to recover thanks to the goals of Rodrigo Moreno and the leadership of captain Dani Parejo in midfield among other elements. They finished the season in fourth place and also managed to win the Copa del Rey at the expense of Barcelona.
Now with a new goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen and some other additions to the squad, one needs to see whether they can get beyond the top four finish of last season and aspire for something bigger.
Getafe have had a very good 2018/19 season and after keeping all of the key elements within the squad, they will be hoping they can add consistency to their results and maybe give it a shot at improving on last season’s finish.
Jaime Mata was the star of the team last season and his retention within the squad will be crucial for Getafe. Despite not having been involved in many activities on the transfer market, Bordalas’ side still seem to have recovered well from the form they have been in the past seasons.
With their new manager Julien Lopetegui now on board, Sevilla will expect to have a better season this year and will do their best to improve their defensive aspect of the team after quite a disappointing campaign last year.
After a very disappointing experience with Real Madrid last season, Julien Lopetegui decided to take on with maybe a less demanding side where he now hopes he can start afresh and get Sevilla back to winning ways.
Athletic Bilbao managed an eighth-place finish last season after a slow start to their La Liga campaign. Gaizka Garitano was the one to replace Eduardo Berizzo as manager back in December and the Spanish manager seems to have adapted very well to Bilbao’s system ever since. They will be hoping they can be the surprise side in the league and push on to a better position in the standings.
Having said that, it remains to be seen whether this traditional Spanish side can challenge the big guns like Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The new faces for the La Liga 2019/20 season will be Osasuna, Granada and Mallorca. While the first two managed to clinch promotion directly with a first and second-place finish in the Segunda Division last season, Mallorca had to go through playoffs before they secured top-flight football.
Their chances to maintain their position in Spain’s highest division will actually depend on the new additions that they manage to get from the transfer market as well as the consistency of results throughout the whole season.