We know, we know, a Liga match week without Real Madrid and Barcelona is blander than a hamburger without fries. No Barca, No Real, might seem dull, but following this summer’s messy Messi drama, we feel this season La Liga is not only about the big boys. Here we’ll cover Valencia’s demise, Granada’s rise and everything in between. Read on to get our thoughts for the opening weekend in La Liga.
Valencia are in trouble
The Valencia derby always tends to have a clear favorite, but right now Valencia FC is enduring one of their biggest crises in history. The team has no money and has sold most of its stars. To make matters worse, no great players were signed this summer. It’s looking bleak. This is Levante’s opportunity to win at the Mestalla. Valencia is blue and red baby!
Get Levante to win the derby at 3.65*
Osasuna aim to ruin Cádiz’s La Liga return
After several years outside La Liga, Cádiz are finally back! This team has huge desire, and most of it comes from their amazing fans. The players however, will feel empty without their fans backing them and Osasuna can pick them off easily. Osasuna is one of the most determined teams in La Liga and one of their best players, Ruben García is having a spectacular preseason. He’s raring to go and if he starts the game, he’ll score.
Osasuna to win after being a goal behind is priced at 16.00
No Cazorla, no problem for Villareal
Sadly, Villarreal lost their star, the great Santi Cazorla, and there isn’t anyone on this planet who doesn’t love him. But worry not, friends, as they’ve signed nothing more and nothing less than Dani Parejo, the former Valencia captain. With Unai Emery now at the wheel a win against Huesca is certainly on the cards.
Get Villarreal to win at 1.57*
Granada for the win
If there was a surprise package last season it was undoubtedly Granada. The Andalusian outfit had just been promoted and pulled themselves up to the Europa League spots. Juggling three competitions might be a big ask for them, but they’re likely to impress against Athletic Bilbao on the opening weekend.
Granada wins this one at 2.75*
If you’re the type who enjoys combining bets in an accumulator, we’ve picked one out for the first weekend:
Eibar v Celta: Eibar win
Valladolid v Real Sociedad: Real Sociedad win
Alavés v Betis: Draw
You can group these in an accumulator at 19.67*
*Note: All odds subject to change