The Spanish LaLiga season starts this Friday night with Barcelona’s visit to Athletic Bilbao.
All 20 LaLiga teams are in action over the weekend with some very interesting matchups in this first round of matches.
Antoine Griezmann could make his Barcelona debut while Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic will be hoping to do just that for Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid have record signing Joao Felix to unleash on their rivals as well as Marcos Llorente who signed from city rivals, Real Madrid over the summer.
Nabil Fekir joined Real Betis while Pablo Sarabia joined Ligue 1′s Paris Saint Germain after impressing for Sevilla last season.
Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone will be both be looking to prevent Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona from winning their third successive LaLiga title next May.
And Lionel Messi is most likely still the best player on the planet.
Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona
Key men: Williams (Bilbao); Messi (Barcelona)
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Barcelona
A hard-fought win for Barcelona to get off to a perfect start to the season.
Celta Vigo v Real Madrid
Key men: Aspas (Celta Vigo); Hazard (Real Madrid)
Prediction: Celta Vigo 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane’s new-look Real should have enough to take all three points from Celta Vigo.
Valencia v Real Sociedad
Key men: Gameiro (Valencia); Odegaard (Real Sociedad)
Prediction: Valencia 1 – 1 Real Sociedad
A tough game to call. A draw could be on the cards at the Mestalla.
Mallorca v Eibar
Key men: Budimir (Mallorca); Leon (Eibar)
Prediction: Mallorca 0 – 1 Eibar
Eibar to start with an away win… just about.
Leganes v Osasuna
Key men: Braithwaite (Leganes); Garcia (Osasuna)
Prediction: Leganes 2 – 1 Osasuna
Home win for Leganes in what will be a close game.
Villarreal v Granada
Key men: Cazorla (Villarreal); Soldado (Granada)
Prediction: Villarreal 2 – 0 Granada
Villarreal to take all three points at home.
Alaves v Levante
Key men: Joselu (Alaves); Vukcevic (Levante)
Prediction: Alaves 2 – 1 Levante
Another difficult season beckons for Alaves but they might get the win against Levante this weekend.
Espanyol v Sevilla
Key men: Granero (Espanyol); De Jong (Sevilla)
Prediction: Espanyol 1 – 3 Sevilla
An away win for Sevilla in a game that should have plenty of goals.
Real Betis v Valladolid
Key men: Fekir (Real Betis); Ramirez (Valladolid)
Prediction: Real Betis 3 – 1 Valladolid
Nabil Fekir’s new team Real Betis to win comfortably here.
Atletico Madrid v Getafe
Key men: Felix (Atletico Madrid); Mata (Getafe)
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 3 – 0 Getafe
Should be a straightforward home win for Diego Simeone’s side.
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