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Spanish football’s top flight has returned and Euan McTear analyses five talking points from the opening weekend of fixtures…
The 2016-17 La Liga season is under way and the Football Espana team have had their say on how the campaign will go…
Villarreal’s preparations for 2016-17 had been going swimmingly until Marcelino’s shock departure. Livio Caferoglu doubts Fran Escriba can build on the work of his predecessor.
A lack of summer investment, the sales of key personnel and threat of more big names leaving leads Livio Caferoglu to expect another season of underachievement for Valencia.
The door has been swinging open and shut at Sporting Gijon all summer, but Luke Taylor feels they should have enough to beat the drop for the second season running.
With unknown quantities and experienced returnees joining the already star-studded list of Coaches in La Liga, Luke Taylor tells us who and what to look out for this season.
With a new Coach in charge of Spain, Mike Barnes previews the season ahead for La Roja under Julen Lopetegui.
A stratospheric summer of changes have left Sevilla in a stronger position to how they started it, making the top four a real possibility, writes Colin Millar.
Mid-table beckons again for Real Sociedad, writes Andrew Tuft, but if everything clicks at Anoeta then a European place isn’t out of the question.
The Champions League was won again last season but Andrew Tuft suggests it’s time Real Madrid reasserted their domestic dominance.
Change swept Real Betis over the summer in the form of a new Coach, sporting director and players, and Colin Millar believes it is all for the better.
Osasuna’s ability to retain much of their promotion-winning squad and reliance on experience should see the Pamplona side safely through, writes Euan McTear.
Dave Redshaw looks at a summer of change at La Rosaleda that sees Malaga eyeing a possible European spot this term.
Leganes may face a struggle to keep their heads above water this season, but they intend to enjoy the ride, writes Dave Redshaw.
Tipped for relegation, Las Palmas confounded the experts last season, and as Yousef Teclab writes, Los Amarillos want to prove it wasn't a fluke.
A Chinese takeover was supposed to herald a new era in Granada’s history, but another season in the bottom half looks set to follow as Colin Millar explains.
Expectations have risen sharply at Espanyol after a summer funded by their new Chinese owners, leaving Feargal Brennan positive about the Catalans’ chances in 2016-17.
Eibar’s experience continues to be one of story book proportions. Euan McTear explains what’s needed for the fairy tale to continue…
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