This is the final part of the La Liga predictions! I’ll be wrapping up with teams 6-1 let me know what you think at the end!
6th Place- Real Betis
Betis finished 6th place last season and I am predicting that history repeats itself this year. The side made quality signings especially in midfielder William Carvalho, the Portuguese midfielder. However they lost promising youngster Fabian Ruiz in a big transfer of roughly $35 million to Italian club Napoli. I think 6th place may be the highest this team can reach simply because the quality of the five teams ahead of them is so great.
5th Place- Sevilla
I believe this team can finish anywhere from sixth to fourth so I’m splitting the difference and predicting a fifth place finish. A team known for smart and shrewd business in the transfer window, Sevilla did just that. The team made major sales of Clement Lenglet and Steven N’Zonzi for a combined fee of roughly $70 million. Sevilla turned around and signed two promising players out Ligue 1 in France to fill the void. Joris Gnagnon will slide into Lenglet center back position while Ibrahim Amadou will take over in central midfield for N’Zonzi. I predict a solid finish for this side in a tough league loaded with talent.
4th Place- Valencia
A side loaded with talent will unfortunately not achieve its dream of a top three finish simply because the teams ahead of them are fantastic. Valencia made great signings this window in players like Goncalo Guedes, Kevin Gameiro and World Cup star Denis Cheryshev to boost their attack. The team also made promising defensive signings and will do very well this season. However La Liga is bossed by teams that are simply wealthier and better managed than Valencia which will constrict this side to a fourth place finish.
3rd Place- Real Madrid
Don’t shoot me please. But I think that the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo will be what keeps this team from its usual top two finish. Gareth Bale will be rejoicing that he gets to be the new star at Real and will have plenty of help to try and push for the top. However I think that a new manager and multiple new players coming in will result in a learning period that may leave Real of the mark at certain times. This team could definitely finish first but there’s too many unknowns for me to push them up the board.
2nd Place- Atletico Madrid
The city of Madrid is perhaps the luckiest in the world when it comes to football. Two giants of the game share backyards and treat their fans to fantastic footy. This Atletico team is built on consistency and manager Diego Simeone brings that. Big money signing Thomas Lemar and bargain deal Gelson Martins will add to an even more prolific attack. An incredible defense gained some rotational players to make them stronger. I believe this team will make noise in La Liga this year and push for a title.
1st Place- FC Barcelona
One of the most famous teams in the world will do what they do best this season. Win. With perhaps the greatest player of all time in Lionel Messi, Barca will claim another league title this year. A world class side that got stronger this transfer window, Barcelona look poised to run La Liga and win multiple trophies this year. Enjoy watching Messi tear opponents to shreds and picking out new teammate Malcolm for many goals this season.
And there you have it! My 2018-19 La Liga predictions! Let me know what you think in the comments and keep your eyes open for the final part of the Ligue 1 predictions and the start of a new league preview coming soon!