Hello again! For this prediction post I’m going to break up the teams into three groups starting with the teams finishing 20-14. My next post will be 13-7 followed by 6-1! Let me know what you think of this format in the comment section.
20th Place- SD Huesca
Freshly promoted to the top flight of Spanish football, Huesca has the odds stacked against them to stay up. As is the case with most newly promoted sides, funding is hard to come by in terms of making signings to bolster the team. If manager Leo Franco can get his team to the safety of 17th place they will face the same battle next year as many of the signings they did make are loans.
19th Place- Real Valladolid
Sticking with the trend of newly promoted teams, Valladolid will likely be going back down to the Spanish second division at the end of the year. To give reference to the lack of quality in their side they did not make a single sale of a player this past offseason that wasn’t a free deal. This team has too many holes and not enough talent to take care of them.
18th Place- CD Leganes
A team that barely scraped their way through last season, I’m tipping Leganes to suffer the drop this season. Although they brought in a large number of players this summer to try and aid them in their pursuit of staying up, many of the arrivals are loan or rotational players that didn’t see much playing time at their old clubs. With so much new blood coming in, it may take awhile for Leganes to find their stride and by then it may be too late.
17th Place- Levante UD
Losing one of your best players always hurts and that’s exactly what happened with Levante this summer. Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma was sold to English club AFC Bournemouth for over $32 million and left a major need in the middle of the park. Levante hope to have found the answer in the form of Nicola Vukcevic, a similar holding midfielder from the Portuguese side SC Braga. The attack will have to be what carries this side as their defense conceded a painful 58 goals in 38 league matches last season.
16th Place- Girona
This is a Girona team that over performed last season, finishing in 10th and impressing many people. However this success ended up costing the side their former manager as Pablo Machin took the job at Sevilla. With new boss Eusebio Sacristán at the helm, Girona may struggle and last seasons mid table finish will seem like a distant memory. One thing that will aid the Spanish side is the double loan signings of promising Manchester City youngsters Aleix Garcia and Patrick Roberts. They may help Girona push to a better finish as the season progresses.
15th Place- Real Vallecano
Maybe I’m overestimating here a little but I like the business Vallecano did this past summer. They did a solid job strengthening their back line in signing Jordi Amat from Swansea and Emiliano Velazquez from Atletico Madrid. They also brought in a solid attacking talent in Jose Pozo from UD Almeira. Am I little too high on these signings by Vallecano? Possibly but I think these moves will pan out nicely.
14th Place- Deportivo Alaves
Alaves is a side that is built to be consistently just above what is needed to survive. To their credit they signed Swedish striker John Guidetti permanently and brought in Swansea striker Borja Baston to bolster their attack that scored only 40 goals last season. Paired with the signing of promising youngster Adrian Marin from Villareal I think Alaves could overperform this prediction of 14th but I’m staying cautious.
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