Celta Vigo 2.35, the draw 3.30, Malaga 3.00
La Liga new boys Celta Vigo get their campaign underway at Balaídos against troubled Málaga, and will be looking to take full advantage of the trauma filtering through the visitors’ ranks. The home stadium was fortress last year for Celta, who have been away for five years, and in Iago Aspas they have a player who could earn them three points here. He managed a haul of 23 goals last season and will a key man this season.
Málaga are still coming to terms with their new found financial status and loss of two key players from last season – Solomon Rondón and Santi Cazorla. Manuel Pellegrini has just the 16 players to choose from here, and will need to help those players focus on football again. A home win.
Sevilla 1.60, the draw 3.60, Getafe 5.00
A new-look Sevilla side will be looking to gel quickly as they welcome Getafe to the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuain. It was a season to forget for the hosts in 2011/2012, despite the fact they started superbly, going unbeaten for the first nine games. Jesús Navas and Álvaro Negredo still remain the key duo despite a raft of new arrivals.
Getafe haven’t won their last 5 away games in La Liga but will look to their counter-attacking approach to bring down Sevilla. They have the likes of Miku and Abdel Barrada, who are capable of threatening. Home win again.
Mallorca 2.00, the draw 3.30, Espanyol 3.90
Real Mallorca lost two key defenders in the form of Chico and Iván Ramis over the summer, so a key part of the team will need time to adjust. The approach will the same as always though, as they look to press high up and remain extremely disciplined in their defensive work. Yellow cards will likely be aplenty given their aggressive approach.
Espanyol have done little work in the transfer market and instead will be relying upon the same faces to push them up the table this season. Álvaro Vázquez leads the line and will be a key player for Espanyol this campaign. A 0-0 draw looks likely here, at 9.50.
Athletic Bilbao 1.90, the draw 3.50, Real Betis 4.00
Athletic Bilbao have been rocked by Fernando Llorente asking to leave the club, but the giant striker could still feature here as his search for a new club continues. Heavy speculation surrounds Javi Martínez too, but he is all set to start as well. Marcelo Bielsa will want the same high-tempo approach that brought so much success last season.
Real Betis come to San Mamés looking for a repeat of fortunes from last season, when they escaped with all three points. Theirs is a young team with a lot of focus on attack, which should make this an interesting encounter. Another draw, but with several goals.
Levante 3.15, the draw 3.30, Atletico Madrid 2.25
Levante sold their 15-goal striker Arouna Koné to Wigan Athletic this week and will need to adjust to life without him. A strong campaign for the whole club looks a big ask again but with their home stadium being such a fortress they’ll be confident of a winning start here.
Atlético Madrid, currently 6 games undefeated in La Liga, will be tough to break down under Diego Simeone; away from home, they like to remain compact. Powerhouse striker Falcao remains with the club and will only need half a chance to punish the hosts. Back the draw.
Deportivo La Coruña 2.05, the draw 3.35, Osasuna 3.60
Another of the promoted sides that begin at home, Depor have only been away from the top flight for a season but will be desperate for a winning return. They lost key man Andrés Guardado over the summer and will need to find someone to step up with more assists and goals. Depor will play patient, possession football and look to grind Osasuna down.
The visitors had an excellent season last time out and will want to start well here. Away from home they stick to their strengths, with physical play and a focus on set-pieces. Depor to start with a win.
Rayo Vallecano 2.25 Granada 3.30 Draw 3.10
Rayo lost the dynamic Michu to Swansea City and have yet to replace him, meaning they continue with thin a squad. New coach Paco Jemez will need time to get his methods across to the players so it is unlikely they’ll hit the ground running.
Granada have a new coach too will be hoping that a host of new players can gel quickly. Many of their signings have been promising though, with the highly-rated Gabriel Torje the pick of the bunch. An away win in this one.
Real Zaragoza 2.05 Real Valladolid 3.55 Draw 3.40
Manolo Jiménez took over at Zaragoza when they were rock bottom in La Liga, and managed to inspire a miracle recovery, so he’ll welcome the chance to kick on this year. La Romareda is always a good place for his team and they’ll be confident of three points here against a promoted side.
Real Valladolid will have to find their feet in La Liga quick, as they start the campaign as potentially the weakest side on paper. Under talented coach Miroslav Djukic, however, they are tough to break down and have a lethal striker in Javi Guerra to get the goals. A 0-0 draw here, at 10.00.