Matchday one of La Liga starts on Friday the 16th and we have a real jaw opening clash between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. The 2020/2021 La Liga season is the 89th rendition since its establishment. Current league champions, Barcelona, go in as favorites but we can never exclude the likes of Real Madrid and even their noisy neighbors Atletico Madrid.
In this article, we are going to predict who will be the Champion, who will finish in the Top 4, and who will get relegated from La Liga.
1. Who Will Win the 2020/2021 La Liga?
First off, it’s quite safe to assume that Barcelona would be favorites for the title, making it 3rd in a row. But the likes of Real and Atletico Madrid cannot be overlooked as they both have massively strengthened over the summer period. Barcelona has added Frenkie De Jong to their roster, superstar Antoine Griezmman for $130 million, goalkeeper Neto, Junior Firpo, and Emerson, making their roster very good for the coming season. They have sold Malcom to Zenit, Cillessen to Valencia, Andre Gomes to Everton, Paco to Dortmund, and a host of other players who they deem surplus to requirements. They are the absolute favorites, having won the league by 11 points last season. And we don’t see anyone taking the mantle of Champions any time soon, certainly not this coming season.
2. The Battle For Top 4
There are a couple of outstanding candidates for the top 4 this season, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid being the ones who stand out from the rest.
Real Madrid has added superstar Eden Hazard to their attacking pool of players, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, and Rodrygo, while they sold Kovacic, Marcos Llorente, de Tomas, and Theo Hernandez.
Atletico has also spent a lot, adding wonderkid Joao Felix for a record-breaking $130 million for a 19-year-old, Marcos Llorente from city rivals Real Madrid, Mario Hermoso, Kieran Trippier, Felipe, and Renan Lodi, making their overall transfer spending at $250 million.
No doubt these two will try and overtake Barcelona, and no doubt they will be the ones finishing 2nd and 3rd. But who will get the last spot? It’s up for grabs between Sevilla and Valencia, according to ufaboss.com, and we also believe that eighter one of those has to be challenging for the Champions League places. In our opinion, we think that Valencia has a more solid roster than Sevilla, and they will just about edge it for the 4th place.
3. Who Will Get Relegated?
A few candidates stand out from the rest of the league and those being RCD Mallorca, Granada, and Valladolid. However, there are other teams who might get relegated just as easily as any one of those we mentioned. Osasuna is also coming in from Segunda Division along with Granada, and they could just as easily go back down as any of the other teams who got up. Celta Vigo is also flirting with relegation, having had a very poor season last season, and we wouldn’t put be surprised if Levante is down there in the mix come the end of the season.
But, we’re not going to dwell on it too much and we predict that RDC Mallorca are absolute favorites to go down along with Granada, and the third team to go down will be Valladolid.