La Liga 2014-15 Season Preview & Predictions

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 | 0

With the English Premier League in full swing, we can take some time out to preview some of our cousins on the continent. Spain’s top sides are preparing to kick off La Liga this weekend, and the three giants of the league will hope to hit the ground running. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletico Madrid will all debut in the 2014-15 La Liga season over this bank holiday weekend. Check out my preview and predictions for the weekend’s La Liga fixtures


Barcelona vs Elche

22-time La Liga and four-time UEFA champions Barcelona will open the season at home, against last season’s 16th team Elche. As usual, the talent on the Barcelona squad dwarfs most other teams, and Elche is no exception. Even with Naymar rumoured to be injured, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and many others make the squad very hard to beat.

Look for the dynamic play and up front power of Barcelona to run the Elche defense ragged. The runners up of last season will want to put a stamp on their opening game this Sunday August 24th, and Elche are simply not strong enough. Calculated, deadly in front of goal, and packed with top stars; I’m picking Barcelona to win 3-0.


Athletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano

2013-14 La Liga champion Athletico Madrid will make the journey to Campo De Vallecas this Monday August 25th, as they look to fend off last season’s 12th team Rayo. The underdogs in the battle at the top of the Spanish league, Athletico managed to ward off La Liga doninators Real Madrid and Barcelona last season. I don’t see much hope for Paco Jemez’s XI, who have a 1-5 record against Athletico.

The average score between these two teams is 3-1.3 in the favor of Madrid, so it’s a simple prediction for me. Two for Jiminez, and one for Turan in a 3-1 drumming over Rayo.


Real Madrid vs Cordoba

32-time La Liga champions Real Madrid were disappointed with their third place finish last season, as well as their cup loss to bitter rivals Athletico Madrid. To open their 2014-15 La Liga season, Real will welcome Cordoba CF to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Promoted from the second division after a seventh place finish last season, the Andalusia team will probably feel a little unfortunate to draw Real Madrid in the opener.

How can I pick against a club that has Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and so many other world-beaters? The answer is that I can’t, at least not against Cordoba. I’m picking Carlo Ancelotti’s stars to win with a storming 4-0 scoreline

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