It’s that time of year again, when everyone is giving their views on the big questions ahead of La Liga’s opening weekend. Can Barcelona retain the title? Will Sporting Gijon survive amongst the big boys?
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shakes hands with Barcelona's Lionel Messi
Despite their stuttering pre-season form that included quite the going over from Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup, the consensus here is that Barcelona have too much quality. Real Madrid are given the nod just twice.
The battle for fourth in Spain could be one of the tightest in years with Sevilla, Athletic Club and Villarreal all looking particularly strong this season while Valencia should not be discounted.
Tom Adams: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
Toby Keel: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
Dan Quarrell: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
Marcus Foley: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
Ben Snowball: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Club
Michael Da Silva: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
Alex Dimond: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Athletic Club
Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone reacts during their Spanish first division soccer match against Valencia at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid March 8, 2015
Image credit: Reuters
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Relegation places – 18th, 19th, 20th
Well, it is not looking too promising for Las Palmas, who came up through the play-offs. They finished just six points behind Real Betis who won Segunda last season. However, Betis have made some astute signings including Rafael van der Vaart and Juan Vargas.
Tom Adams: Eibar, Las Palmas, Granada
Toby Keel: Gijon, Granada, Las Palmas
Dan Quarrell: Granada, Eibar, Las Palmas
Marcus Foley: Gijon, Granada, Las Palmas
Ben Snowball: Levante, Gijon, Las Palmas
Michael Da Silva: Eibar, Gijon, Granada
Alex Dimond: Getafe, Eibar, Las Palmas
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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi takes the ball during the Spanish league football match Cordoba CF vs FC Barcelona at El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba on May 2, 2015
Image credit: AFP
Well, Messi looks a shoo-in here. Rumours persist that Real Madrid are set to be less Ronaldo-centric. The Portuguese forwards gets a solitary vote, as does Luis Suarez.
Tom Adams: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Toby Keel: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Dan Quarrell: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Marcus Foley: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Ben Snowball: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Michael Da Silva: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Alex Dimond: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
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Player of the Year
Not pretty reading if you’re a Real fan but, in fairness, if Messi reaches the level he did last year then no one is getting a look in.