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Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?

LaLiga has returned, and the 2023-24 season commences this Friday with Almeria facing Rayo Vallecano. The league’s top two teams will start their matches on Saturday, as Real Madrid visits Athletic Club, followed by Barcelona’s journey to Getafe on Sunday.

La Liga Official Logo Via Official Twitter Handle Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
La Liga Official Logo, Via Official Twitter Handle

The question arises: will Barcelona, the reigning champions, be able to defend their title? Additionally, can a revamped Real Madrid make a comeback? Is there a possibility of Atletico Madrid replicating their victory from 2021? Furthermore, among a multitude of contenders including Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Villarreal, and a resurgent Sevilla, who will secure a coveted top four placement?

In the upcoming 2023-24 La Liga season, the question of the eventual champion remains uncertain. As for the Champions League qualifiers, that is yet to be determined, and the battle for survival in the league will unfold as well. Our La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview delves into all these crucial inquiries.

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Which Team Will Emerge Victorious in La Liga During the 2023-24 Season?

Real Madrid

It comes as no surprise that Real Madrid and Barcelona are the top contenders expected to vie for the La Liga title in the upcoming season. Despite Xavi’s impressive feat of winning the league by a substantial 10-point margin last year, we lean toward giving Real Madrid the advantage.

Although Real Madrid has bid farewell to Karim Benzema, they have acquired Bellingham as a cornerstone to build upon and boast sufficient talent to secure the league victory.

The question arises: Will Real Madrid perform better or worse this season?

Our forecast leans toward improvement. The previous LaLiga campaign was lackluster, as Madrid’s challenge against Barcelona fizzled out prematurely, trailing the champions by ten points. While the departure of Benzema – the team’s attacking linchpin for a decade – has occurred, he seemed to display signs of gradual decline through much of the last season. The addition of Bellingham stands out as the standout summer signing, and as of the current moment, uncertainty surrounds whether Kylian Mbappe will join the ranks.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid, Image via Club’s Official Twitter

An air of uncertainty accompanies Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to shift from Madrid’s well-established 4-3-3 formation to a novel 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond. This tactical alteration is a response to Benzema’s exit and Bellingham’s inclusion. In preseason friendly matches, the offensive aspect of this system has shown promise, although Vinicius Junior must adjust to a more central role. Defensive struggles, evident in conceding six goals across two matches against Barcelona and Juventus, indicate room for improvement. However, should Ancelotti strike the right balance, Real Madrid’s depth remains unmatched.

Key Player to Watch: Jude Bellingham

Amidst the headlines encompassing the pursuit of Mbappe, the €103 million acquisition of Europe’s most promising and versatile modern midfielder, Bellingham, has somewhat slipped under the radar. The 20-year-old made a compelling impression from the moment he arrived in Madrid, delivering a flawless introductory press conference, and his subsequent performance on the field has been nothing short of impressive.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Carlo Ancelotti embarks on an unusual season, with the assumption that he will depart to lead the Brazil national team in June 2024. The charismatic Italian has earned substantial popularity in Madrid, having secured the Champions League in his first tenure during 2014, and achieving even greater success with a historic Double in 2022. However, Ancelotti must carefully communicate where his focus lies to avoid distractions.

Given Madrid’s high standards, last season’s second-place finish in LaLiga, along with a Champions League semifinal appearance and Copa del Rey victory, were perceived as falling short. Nonetheless, Ancelotti should have the opportunity to oversee one final full season at the Bernabeu. Only a complete unraveling of circumstances would precipitate his departure before then.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
MF Jude Bellingham(Borussia Dortmund)FW Karim Benzema(Al Ittihad)
DF Fran Garcia(Rayo Vallecano)FW Eden Hazard(Unattached)
FW Joselu(Espanyol)FW Marco Asensio(Paris Saint-Germain)
FW Brahim Diaz(AC Milan)FW Mariano Diaz(Unattached)
MF Arda Guler(Fenerbahce)DF Jesus Vallejo(Granada)
DF Rafa Marin(Alaves)
MF Antonio Blanco(Alaves)
Real Madrid’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: Second place
  • Copa del Rey: Winners


Barcelona has seen the departure of Ousmane Dembélé, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, while making notable additions in Ilkay Gündogan, Iñigo Martínez, and Oriol Romeu.

The question arises: Will Barcelona exhibit an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Barcelona’s LaLiga performance is unlikely to improve beyond its current high standards, and they are poised to once again engage in a title battle with Real Madrid. Their objective extends to advancing in the Champions League group stage, with their current squad suggesting a promising outcome, regardless of the group they draw. However, the absence of the experienced Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, coupled with the unpredictability of Ousmane Dembélé’s departure, leaves uncertainty surrounding Barcelona’s improvement this summer. The acquisition of Ilkay Gündogan is a commendable addition, and Oriol Romeu could potentially prove to be a more astute choice than anticipated by many. Coach Xavi Hernandez is acutely aware of the demands for silverware.

Barcelona, Image via Club’s Official Twitter

Key Player to Watch: Ilkay Gundogan

The arrival of Gundogan, secured as a free agent from Manchester City, could play a pivotal role even at the age of 32. His presence might align well with Xavi’s desired style of play, particularly in tandem with Pedri at the forefront of the midfield.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

It would require something truly extraordinary for Xavi not to see out the season, but the upcoming summer holds intrigue, contingent upon the course of the campaign. His contract expires in 2024, and while negotiations reportedly progress favorably, a sliver of uncertainty might linger beyond this year.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
MF Ilkay Gundogan(Manchester City)FW Ousmane Dembele(Paris Saint-Germain)
DF Inigo Martinez(Athletic Bilbao)MF Sergio Busquets(Inter Miami)
MF Oriol Romeu(Girona)DF Jordi Alba(Inter Miami)
FW Vitor Roque(Athletico Paranaense, pending for next year)DF Julian Araujo(Las Palmas, loan)
MF Nico Gonzalez(Porto)
Barcelona’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: Winners
  • Copa del Rey: Semifinals
  • Champions League: Group stage
  • Europa League: Knockout playoff round

Altetico Madrid

Atlético Madrid stands a chance of securing their third crown under the guidance of Diego Simeone. Impressively, they emerged as the premier team in the league during the latter part of the previous season, leaving a favorable impression.

The question arises: Will Atlético Madrid exhibit an improved performance or face a decline this season?

The trajectory hinges on whether we consider the initial or latter half of the previous season. At the outset, Atlético faced a tumultuous period, notably marked by their ignominious exit at the bottom of the group stage in the Champions League. However, a transformation occurred thereafter. Coach Diego Simeone reverted to fundamentals, rediscovered the team’s distinctive identity, established a functional system, and ushered out those who weren’t fully committed.

The outcome was remarkable: Atlético ascended to become the premier team in Spain. Accumulating 43 points in the second half of the season, they recorded their second-best tally in a 20-team league, surpassing Barcelona’s 38 points by five. Notably, the performances of players like defender Mario Hermoso, whose form serves as a gauge for the team’s overall well-being, displayed marked improvement. Additionally, academy product Pablo Barrios injected energy and quality into the midfield. Should this momentum persist, Atlético Madrid is well-positioned to launch a substantial title challenge.

Atletico Madrid
Via Atletico Madrid’s Twitter

Key Player to Watch: Antoine Griezmann

Distinguished as LaLiga’s preeminent outfield player in the 2022-23 season, Antoine Griezmann’s performance thrived. Liberated from the peculiar circumstances of the preceding year, during which he was limited to just half-hour intervals in each game, Griezmann’s brilliance shone through. He concluded the season with an impressive tally of 15 goals and 16 assists. Despite being a World Cup champion and former Ballon d’Or contender, Griezmann’s talents often remain underrated. This time, there are no constraints impeding his potential.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Diego Simeone’s tenure is poised to persist for the entire season. Having helmed the team for nearly 12 years, during which they clinched two league titles in 2014 and 2021, Simeone’s pivotal role in shaping Atlético Madrid’s identity is undeniable. Those who have followed the club’s history recognize that it was not always a consistent top-three, and often even a top-two, contender. Even during moments of setback, such as the early phase of the previous season, Simeone has consistently orchestrated a resurgence. Any decisions regarding his future, whether from Simeone himself or the club, would be contemplated next summer, not before.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Cesar Azpilicueta(Chelsea)DF Matt Doherty(Wolves)
DF Santiago Mourino(Racing Club de Montevideo)DF Renan Lodi(Marseille)
DF Caglar Soyuncu(Leicester City)MF Geoffrey Kondogbia(Marseille)
DF Javi Galan(Celta Vigo)DF Sergio Reguilon(Tottenham)
FW Giuliano Simeone(Alaves)
Atlético Madrid’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: Third place
  • Copa del Rey: Quarterfinals

Which Teams are Expected to Secure Qualification for the Champions League?

Real Sociedad

Assuming Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atlético Madrid secure definite spots in the Champions League, the next most likely candidate to rejoin Europe’s premier competition is Real Sociedad. After clinching fourth place last season, they are set to participate in the group stage draw on August 31st, marking their return to the Champions League after a decade-long absence.

The question arises: Will Real Sociedad exhibit an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Real Sociedad has demonstrated a pattern of continuous improvement under Imanol Alguacil’s leadership. Their consecutive finishes of 6th, 5th, 5th, and ultimately securing a place in the top four to qualify for the Champions League last season signifies their upward trajectory.

Under the steady guidance of Imanol Alguacil, Real Sociedad has epitomized consistency. However, they confront an uncertain path forward, having suffered the loss of David Silva due to an ACL injury and his subsequent retirement from professional football. Alguacil’s acquisition of Hamari Traoré as a right-back presents a notable improvement and immediate impact, but with midweek European engagements against the elite, their squad appears slightly thin to contend across all competitions.

socpsv Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Via SportsMole

The return of Umar Sadiq following an ACL injury that disrupted his debut season in San Sebastián is a promising development. Furthermore, the abundance of talent within their academy suggests the emergence of several players who could contribute to their pursuit of a top-four finish.

Key Player to Watch: Take Kubo

Take Kubo, who had an exceptional debut season with the club, is poised to continue his contributions. The 22-year-old Japanese international now finds himself with the opportunity to display his talents on the Champions League stage. Additionally, Mikel Oyarzabal and Martin Zubimendi, both exceptional homegrown talents, warrant attention.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

While the realm of football is unpredictable, it is reasonable to assert that Imanol Alguacil holds one of the most secure positions in Spain. His transformative work at Anoeta is a testament to his influence and success within the club.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Hamari Traore(Rennes)MF David Silva(Retired)
FW Andre Silva(RB Leipzig, loan)FW Portu(Getafe)
MF Asier Illarramendi(Dallas)
Real Sociedad ‘s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season:

  • LaLiga: 4th place
  • Copa del Rey: Quarterfinals
  • Europa League: Round of 16


Villarreal‘s performance in the upcoming season remains uncertain, as they have undergone significant changes in the transfer market.

The departure of key players such as Nicolas Jackson, Pau Torres, and Samuel Chukwueze poses challenges, yet Villarreal has demonstrated resilience in reinventing themselves when faced with such circumstances. Noteworthy signings, particularly in the attacking department, have been made, and under the astute guidance of coach Quique Setién—apart from a blip during his time at Barcelona—the team’s tactical approach is a strong asset. While duplicating last season’s fifth-place finish appears daunting due to the departures, they are likely to contend for European positions as the season progresses.

Key Player to Watch: Gerard Moreno

Despite the exodus of several players, Villarreal still boasts seasoned individuals like Raul Albiol and Dani Parejo. However, Gerard Moreno’s fitness is pivotal to the team’s success. Despite grappling with injuries over the past two years, the 31-year-old Spain striker remains a standout talent in the league. His well-being is crucial, and he has expressed his readiness for the opening weekend.

Via Juan Foyth’s Twitter

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Quique Setién’s tenure at Villarreal commenced on a challenging note when he took over from Unai Emery last season. Initial doubts regarding his position arose, but positive outcomes leading up to the World Cup secured his role. Villarreal showcased notable improvement during the latter part of the season. Strengthened by these developments, it’s anticipated that Setién will remain at the helm throughout the upcoming season.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
FW Alexander Sorloth(RB Leipzig)FW Nicolas Jackson(Chelsea)
MF Ramon Terrats(Girona)DF Pau Torres(Aston Villa)
MF Santi Comesana(Rayo Vallecano)FW Samuel Chukwueze(AC Milan)
FW Ilias Akhomach(Barcelona)FW Boulaye Dia(Salernitana)
MF Denis Suarez(Celta Vigo)FW Arnaut Danjuma(Everton)
FW Ben Brereton Diaz(Blackburn Rovers)MF Manu Morlanes(Mallorca)
DF Matteo Gabbia(AC Milan, loan)MF Ivan Martin(Girona)
MF Vicente Iborra(Olympiacos)
DF Johan Mojica(Osasuna, loan)
Villarreal’s Trasfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 5th place
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 16
  • Europa Conference League: Round of 16

Real Betis

Despite selling Sergio Canales to Rayados in Mexico and grappling with the prolonged absence of Nabil Fekir due to injury, Real Betis has welcomed Isco back after a brief and unsuccessful stint at Sevilla. The team’s aspirations to secure a top-four finish are considered distant, with the likeliest outcome being a sixth-place finish. This aligns well with their recent track record, having secured sixth place in two out of the last three seasons.

Question arises: Will Real Betis demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Real Betis, like numerous LaLiga clubs, faces financial constraints. Nevertheless, their resourcefulness in the free agent and loan market has been evident. The acquisitions of Isco, Marc Roca, Marc Bartra, and Hector Bellerin are aimed at bolstering midfield and defensive capabilities. Anticipated to be contenders for a top-six finish, their success is contingent on effectively registering all new players, which remains uncertain just days before the season’s commencement.

Real Betis Image via Derby County Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Real Betis, Image via Derby County

Key Player to Watch: Isco

The performance of Isco, a former Real Madrid midfielder, will be closely observed. Departing from Betis’ rival Sevilla last December, Isco carries a determination to validate himself after a six-month hiatus from the game. Despite being 31 years old, he retains significant footballing prowess.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, Real Betis has consistently secured finishes above the sixth position. As he enters his fourth season at the helm, Pellegrini has steered the team to a Copa del Rey victory in 2022, solidifying his esteemed status at the club. His tenure is expected to endure throughout the upcoming campaign.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Marc Bartra(Trabzonspor)MF Sergio Canales(Monterrey)
DF Hector Bellerin(Sporting Club)FW Diego Lainez(Tigres UANL)
MF Marc Roca(Leeds, loan)DF Edgar Gonzalez(Almeria)
DF Chadi Riad(Barcelona, loan)FW Loren Moron(Aris Saloniki)
MF Isco(unattached)Alex Collado(Al-Okhdood, loan)
Ayoze Perez(Leicester City)
Alex Collado(Barcelona)
Real Betis’ Trasfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 6th place
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 16
  • Europa League: Round of 16


Sevilla‘s path in the upcoming season is intriguing, particularly with their presence in the Champions League courtesy of José Luis Mendilibar’s transformative efforts that secured their seventh Europa League title.

Given their guaranteed spot in the Champions League through the Europa League victory, the question emerges: Is a fourth-place finish even necessary? Many hesitate to bet against Sevilla clinching another Europa League triumph.

Question arises: Will Real Betis demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

As for their performance, summing up Sevilla’s last season is a complex task. It was a rather chaotic period, with Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal in October, a move that arguably should have occurred much earlier. Replacement Jorge Sampaoli struggled, leading the team toward relegation before the unexpected arrival of Jose Luis Mendilibar, who masterminded Sevilla’s impressive seventh Europa League conquest, besting notable opponents like Manchester United, Juventus, and Roma.

Now, Mendilibar, initially brought in as a short-term solution, has taken the reins for the long term. This transition signals the potential for improvement. While the departure of influential sporting director Monchi could impact the team, the extent of this influence remains uncertain, especially considering Monchi’s recent track record in player signings.

Sevilla Europa league
Via Sevilla’s Twitter

Key Player to Watch: Lucas Ocampos

Sevilla’s squad may not possess the same level of depth as before, but they can rely on the seasoned experience and skill of players like Jesus Navas, Fernando, and Ivan Rakitic, all of whom bring invaluable qualities despite their age. Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to contribute goals, unless a significant transfer fee lures him away before the window closes. However, winger Lucas Ocampos stands out as one of their most thrilling players, having returned to his rightful place after a somewhat misguided stint at Ajax.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Mendilibar’s tenure is set to endure for the entire season. Following the feat of securing the team’s survival in the First Division and clinching their seventh Europa League title, Mendilibar’s position is strengthened. Despite being initially appointed as an emergency short-term measure, he is now entrusted with the team’s direction. Mendilibar, a distinct personality in LaLiga, known for his straightforwardness and uncompromising approach to football, relishes his significant role and is poised to make the most of this opportunity.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Loic Bade(Rennes)DF Karim Rekik(Al Jazira)
DF Adria Pedrosa(Sevilla)DF Jose Angel Carmona(Getafe)
FW Rony Lopes(Braga)
Sevilla’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 12th place
  • Copa del Rey: Quarterfinals

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Club is poised to potentially surprise with a fighting chance of securing a top-four finish.

Assessing their performance for the upcoming season is intriguing. Last season’s eighth-place finish was below Athletic’s standards, prompting a renewed focus on European football, with the Europa League being a realistic goal. The team boasts a balanced roster featuring promising young talent like playmaker Oihan Sancet, prime performers such as goalkeeper Unai Simon, and experienced figures like captain Iker Muniain. The stewardship of the popular and sensible coach Ernesto Valverde further strengthens their prospects.

Question arises: Will Athletic Bilbao demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Athletic Club’s distinctive policy of exclusively signing players born or raised in the Basque Country presents a perpetual challenge in enhancing their squad, especially in the attacking department. While Inaki Williams provides speed, his goal-scoring record is modest, as he led the team’s goal charts last season with eight league goals. This deficiency limits their potential, and addressing the drop in form witnessed toward the end of the previous season, which included just one win in eight matches, becomes crucial.

Muniain Berenguer Athletic Bilbao Copa del Rey
Via Athletic Bilbao’s Twitter

Key Player to Watch: Nico Williams

Nico Williams, the dynamic and unpredictable winger and younger brother of Inaki, is a highly promising talent in Spanish football. His blistering pace and dribbling skills make him a formidable threat for opposing full-backs. As he enters his second season as a regular starter, enhancing his end product will be a focal point. The 21-year-old winger displayed his potential by netting six league goals in the previous campaign.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Ernesto Valverde enjoys a revered status at Athletic Club due to his prior successful spells in charge. His return in 2022, two years after departing Barcelona, indicates his dedication to the club. Despite a slightly disappointing performance last season, Valverde’s proven track record and historical connection to the team solidify his position. Given his history and contributions, he is likely to have ample time to refine the team’s performance.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
MF Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta(Mallorca)DF Inigo Martinez(Barcelona)
DF Mikel Balenziaga(Deportivo La Coruna)
Athletic Bilbao’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season:

  • LaLiga: 8th place
  • Copa del Rey: Semifinals

Which Teams Will Face Relegation from La Liga in the 2023-24 Season?

Is the upcoming La Liga season poised for three consecutive one-and-done campaigns?


Alavés narrowly edged out Levante in the Segunda play-offs last season, securing promotion with a last-minute penalty in the final. However, they are our favored candidates for relegation, considering their historical trends. Despite the signing of Giuliano Simeone, his unfortunate ankle injury during pre-season, which will keep him sidelined for four to six months, has dealt them a significant blow. Their potential lack of the necessary quality might limit their stay in the top tier to just a single season.

Reflecting on Alaves’ journey in the 2022-23 season, it concluded in an extraordinary manner. After a fierce five-team battle, they clinched a fourth-place finish in Segunda, which propelled them to the playoffs. In a thrilling turn of events, Asier Villalibre’s conversion of a last-gasp 124th-minute penalty against Levante in the final’s second leg secured their promotion, shifting heartbreak to jubilation in a matter of moments.

Question arises: Will Alaves demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Expectations for the upcoming season are more grounded. Merely surviving in La Liga would be a significant accomplishment. Alaves has enjoyed several spells in the top flight over the past decade, including six consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2022. The historic Mendizorroza stadium adds to their allure, but the current squad’s weaknesses make a relegation battle a probable outcome.

Alaves Image via Eurosport Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Alaves, Image via Eurosport

Key Player to Watch: Luis Rioja

Luis Rioja, a versatile wide forward, garners attention as a potential key player. His late-career resurgence in the previous season saw him excel in Segunda, scoring an impressive 10 goals—a notable improvement from his previous records. At 29, Rioja’s resurgence resembles that of a fine wine, hinting at his growing effectiveness.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Luis Garcia Plaza, the likable coach at the helm, possesses experience in navigating relegation battles. However, his mixed record in Primera raises questions. While earning promotion granted him some credit, Alaves’ history of short managerial tenures suggests that a change may occur if struggles persist early in the season.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Rafa Marin(Real Madrid)DF Victor Laguardia(Retired)
MF Antonio Blanco(Real Madrid)
FW Giuliano Simeone(Atletico Madrid)
MF Ander Guevara(Real Sociedad)
Alaves’ Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • Segunda: Promoted via playoffs
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 16

Las Palmas

Las Palmas, not far behind, adopts an attractive possession-based playing style and is on the verge of securing the signing of Mika Mármol from Andorra, a standout performer in Segunda last season. The addition of Mármol, along with the loan of Julián Araujo from Barcelona, is poised to enhance their stylish defense. Under the guidance of Garcia Pimienta, the former Barcelona B manager, they secured a commendable second-place finish in the second division last season, marking their return to La Liga after a five-year hiatus.

Question arises: Will Las Palmas demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

The prospect of improvement this season for Las Palmas remains open-ended. While their matches under Garcia Pimienta are entertaining, their effectiveness in the attacking third has often been lacking. Scoring just 49 goals in 42 games last year was sufficient for their promotion from Segunda Division, yet they will need to elevate their offensive performance in the top flight. This objective is underscored by the acquisitions of Munir El Haddadi, who reunites with former Barcelona teammate Sandro Ramirez, and Cristian Herrera. Notably, Mexico international Julian Araujo’s addition adds youthful dynamism and hunger to the squad. Despite these efforts, it appears challenging for them to climb beyond the lower echelons of the table.

Las Palmas Image via La Provincia Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Las Palmas, Image via La Provincia

Key Player: Jonathan Viera

Captain Jonathan Viera, renowned for his silky skills, continues to be a pivotal figure for his hometown team. Alongside him, a promising array of young talents, including Alberto Moleiro (19) and Julián Araujo (21), are worth monitoring as they seek to make their mark in La Liga.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Pimineta’s tenure with Las Palmas has been noteworthy. Elevating the team to the playoffs and securing promotion in consecutive seasons reflects his impact. Transitioning to the top tier of Spanish football presents a fresh challenge for the former Barca B boss, offering an opportunity to establish himself further. Success in this endeavor could attract interest from larger clubs.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Julian Araujo(Barcelona, loan)DF Sidneii(Ceara SC)
FW Munir El Haddadi(Getafe)FW Florin Andone(Eldense)
FW Sandro Ramirez(Huesca)MD Wilfrid Kaptoum(AEK Larnaca)
GK Aaron Escandell(Cartagenga)
DF Daley Sinkgraven(Bayer Leverkusen)
MF Javi Munoz(Eibar)
FW Cristian Herrera(Ibiza)
Las Palmas’ Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • Segunda Division: Runners-up
  • Copa del Rey: Second Round


Under the guidance of former Levante manager Paco López, Granada experienced a single season in the second division following their relegation at the close of the 2021-22 campaign. Their aspiration is for their return to the top flight to extend beyond a mere year.

Question arises: Will Granada demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

The focal point for Granada pertains not to their potential to surpass the prior season’s achievements, which encompassed clinching the second division title, but rather to their capacity to exceed their performance in the 2021-22 season, which culminated in relegation from La Liga. The introduction of Paco López as head coach has introduced an exhilarating brand of football, particularly evident in their confrontations against formidable opponents, as demonstrated during his tenure at Levante. However, this style has not always translated into consistent outcomes. Noteworthy acquisitions such as Gerard Gumbau and Jesus Vallejo may prove to be astute signings, and should Granada maintain their momentum into the forthcoming campaign, their prospects of avoiding relegation appear promising.

Granada, Image via Barca Blaugranes
Granada, Image via Barca Blaugranes

Key Player: Myrto Uzuni

Albanian forward Myrto Uzuni commenced his journey with Granada during the same season they were relegated from the top flight, yet it was in the previous season when he truly thrived. His impressive tally of 23 goals, the highest in the second division, underscores his pivotal role in Granada’s endeavor to secure survival.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

The longevity of Paco López’s tenure seems contingent on Granada’s performance at the onset of the season. A positive start could solidify his position, but if struggles ensue, his distinct style of play might not align seamlessly with the demands of a relegation battle.

Transfers: Transfer Window Up Until Now

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FW Shon Weissman(Real Valladolid)DF Quini(Olympiacos)
MF Gonzalo Villar(Roma)FW Adrian Butzke(Vit. Guimaraes)
FW Famara Diedhiou(Alanyaspor)
MF Gerard Gumbau(Elche)
DF Jesus Vallejo(Real Madrid, loan)

Last Season Results:

  • Segunda Division: Winners
  • Copa del Rey: Second Round


Almería‘s journey in the previous season was characterized by a lackluster performance that nearly led them down the path of relegation, and this upcoming season doesn’t promise significant improvement, as they are expected to remain near the lower echelons of the league.

Question arises: Will Almeria demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

In response to their precarious situation, the seasoned Vicente Moreno has been enlisted to replace Rubi as the head coach. The acquisition of striker Luis Suarez (distinguished from the more famous namesake) from Marseille, following the conversion of his loan deal to a permanent transfer, holds promise, although the departure of El Bilal Toure to Atalanta will leave a void. While Almería is likely to find themselves entrenched in the relegation battle once again, their squad possesses the potential to surpass their performance from the previous season.

Almeria Image via Managing Madrid Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Almeria, Image via Managing Madrid

Key Player: Lucas Robertone

The midfield dynamo Lucas Robertone has consistently stood out as Almería’s creative force. Once again, the Argentine playmaker shoulders the responsibility of crafting scoring opportunities for the forwards and contributing to the team’s goal tally.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Vicente Moreno’s return to the Spanish football scene comes after a stint with Saudi Professional League outfit Al Shabab FC. His past successes with Mallorca and a relatively commendable tenure at Espanyol suggest that he could fare well. In a league where managerial dismissals are commonplace, Moreno’s appointment appears to be a judicious choice, positioning him well to navigate the challenges of the season.


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FW Luis Suarez(Marseille)FW El Bilal Toure(Atalanta)
MF Dion Lopy(Stade Reims)FW Cristian Olivera(Los Angeles FC)
DF Edgar Gonzalez(Real Betis)DF Rodrigo Ely(Gremio)
DF Nikola Maras(Alaves)
Almeria’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 17th
  • Copa del Rey: First Round

Celta Vigo

In a different scenario, there is a possibility that Celta Vigo might face relegation in the upcoming season under the guidance of Rafa Benítez. Having been entangled in a relegation battle during the previous season, Celta Vigo narrowly escaped the drop, prompting them to enlist the services of former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benítez. Despite this, the allure of considerable funds from Napoli has led to speculation about the potential departure of their prized academy gem, Gabri Veiga.

Question arises: Will Celta Vigo demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

However, there are grounds to expect a notable improvement in their performance. The previous season was nothing short of calamitous for Celta Vigo, as their thirteenth-place finish belies the fact that they only managed to evade relegation on the final matchday, sealing their fate with a 2-1 victory against champions Barcelona, with both goals stemming from the exceptional talent of breakout star Gabri Veiga.

Last season witnessed a lack of consistent form under the guidance of Eduardo Coudet and Carles Carvalhal, marked by a dismal eight-game winless streak from October to January and a precarious run of six winless matches in May that nearly resulted in relegation.

Celta Vigo, Image via Club's Official Website
Celta Vigo, Image via Club’s Official Website

The appointment of Rafael Benitez as the head coach has infused the team with renewed optimism, and the anticipated departure of Gabri Veiga, despite lingering interest from various Premier League clubs willing to trigger his €40 million release clause, has not yet come to fruition. A top-half finish is within reach and should not be discounted.

Key Player: Iago Aspas

Undoubtedly, Celta Vigo’s focal point remains Iago Aspas, a figure who embodies leadership, creativity, and a primary source of goals for the team. Despite his 36 years, Aspas continues to perform at a high level. His remarkable and consistent scoring record over the past eight seasons showcases figures of 14, 19, 22, 20, 14, 14, 18, and 12 league goals. The only uncertainty lies in his rapport with Benítez, given the manager’s historical inclinations regarding spontaneous talents and strong personalities.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Celta Vigo’s pursuit of Benítez deviates from their recent tradition of appointing a diverse array of coaches such as Antonio Mohamed, Miguel Cardoso, Fran Escriba, Oscar Garcia, Coudet, and Carvalhal. In opting for a coach of Benítez’s stature and reputation, President Carlos Mourino has chosen a prominent figure in Spanish coaching, notwithstanding Benítez’s prior LaLiga stint at Real Madrid in the 2015-16 season, which ended in disappointment. While prospects seem promising, there remains an outside chance that the partnership could unravel dramatically.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
MF Carlos Dotor(Real Madrid)GK Ruben Blanco(Marseille)
FW Jonathan Bamba(Lille)DF Javi Galan(Atletico Madrid)
DF Manu Sanchez(Atletico Madrid)MF Denis Suarez(Villarreal)
Celta Vigo’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: Thirteenth
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 32

The Regulars of La Liga


Cadiz’s prospects for the upcoming season remain intriguing.

Question arises: Will Cadiz demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Last season, they secured a 14th-place finish, which might sound respectable, yet their presence in the relegation fray during the final round of matches indicates room for improvement. Defining what constitutes a “better” season for Cadiz becomes complex; while they may not replicate their 14th-place finish, avoiding the relegation battle until the final weeks could still be deemed an achievement. Regrettably, the prospect of yet another survival struggle looms.

Key Player: Jeremias Ledesma

While Gonzalo Escalante’s permanent signing is noteworthy, given his instrumental contributions on loan, it may be more pertinent to highlight Ledesma. The goalkeeper’s exceptional performances in the previous LaLiga season solidify his status as one of the premier shot-stoppers in the league.

Cadiz Image via The18 Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Cadiz, Image via The18

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Sergio Gonzalez’s impact in the southern region of Spain has been nothing short of remarkable. He steered Cadiz away from relegation in the 2021-22 season and replicated the feat in the subsequent campaign. Although Gonzalez will be afforded time to shape the team’s fortunes, a prolonged presence in the relegation zone could trigger managerial changes.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
MF Gonzalo Escalante(Lazio)FW Theo Bongonda(Spartak Moscow)
FW Sergi Guardiola(Real Valladolid)DF Alfonso Espino(Rayo Vallecano)
FW Darwin Machis(Real Valladolid, loan)FW Choco Lozano(Getafe)
DF Javi Hernandez(Leganes, loan)
DF Lucas Pires(Santos, loan)
DF Jorge Mere(America, loan)
Cadiz’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 14th
  • Copa del Rey: First round


Getafe’s prospects for the upcoming season appear considerably brighter.

Question arises: Will Getafe demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

The previous campaign witnessed a struggle under coach Quique Sanchez Flores, who was eventually replaced by club icon Jose Bordalas in April. Bordalas, renowned for his pragmatic and efficient approach, managed to guide the team to a successful relegation escape on the final day. This change in leadership is expected to yield substantial improvements.

Key Player: Enes Unal

The talents of Enes Unal, perhaps one of LaLiga’s most underrated forwards, will once again take center stage for Getafe. Over the past two seasons, Unal has been a standout performer, consistently finding the back of the net with 30 league goals. Despite an unfortunate cruciate ligament injury that will sideline him for the first half of the season, Unal’s varied skill set, encompassing strength, speed, aerial prowess, and scoring ability, continues to be a crucial asset for Getafe.

Getafe Image via Clubs Official Twitter Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Getafe, Image via Club’s Official Twitter

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Jose Bordalas, hailed for his efficient and effective tactical approach, has solidified his position at Getafe. After answering the club’s call to rescue them from relegation last season, Bordalas enjoys significant support from club president Angel Torres and the fans. His distinctive football philosophy has been embraced as a point of pride, making it unlikely for him to be forced out. Instead, his departure will likely be dictated by his own decisions.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
FW Choco Lozano(Cadiz)FW Munir El Haddadi(Las Palmas)
Getafe’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 15th
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 32


Girona faces an intriguing season ahead, aiming to build upon their unexpected 10th-place finish in the previous campaign.

Question arises: Will Girona demonstrate an improved performance or face a decline this season?

Despite losing key players like Oriol Romeu to Barcelona and the return of loaned talents Taty Castellanos and Rodrigo Riquelme, the team has made noteworthy acquisitions in the form of Daley Blind, Pablo Torre, and Artem Dovbyk. Under the guidance of coach Michel, Girona seeks to maintain their stability and attractive style of play.

Girona Image via Manchester Citys Official Website Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Girona, Image via Manchester City’s Official Website

Key Player: Artem Dovbyk

The responsibility of filling the goal-scoring void left by Castellanos falls upon striker Artem Dovbyk. Girona’s success in the Ukrainian market last January provides optimism for Dovbyk’s impact, especially considering the positive contribution made by midfielder Viktor Tsyhankov in the previous season.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Although Girona may face challenges in replicating their impressive top 10 finish, they are unlikely to find themselves in the relegation battle. The team’s solid signings and the continuation of Michel’s managerial tenure offer a degree of reassurance. However, replicating last season’s success might prove to be a significant task for the Catalan side.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
FW Artem Dovbyk(SK Dnipro)MF Oriol Romeu(Barcelona)
MF Yangel Herrera(Manchester City)MF Ramon Terrats(Villarreal)
MF Ivan Martin(Villarreal)
DF Daley Blind(Bayern Munich)
GK Paulo Gazzaniga(Fulham)
FW Savio(Troyes, loan)
MF Pablo Torre(Barcelona, loan)
Girona’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 10th
  • Copa del Rey: Second Round


Mallorca faces the challenge of maintaining or surpassing their impressive ninth-place finish from the previous season under the guidance of experienced coach Javier Aguirre.

The question arises: Will Mallorca perform better or worse this season?

Despite the departure of Kang-In Lee, last season’s standout performer, the team has demonstrated shrewd squad building with acquisitions like Cyle Larin and Vedat Muriqi, who will aim to replicate his successful goal-scoring record. Mallorca’s ability to stay clear of the relegation battle for the second consecutive year would be a notable achievement.

Key Player: Vedat Muriqi

Vedat Muriqi, known for his swashbuckling style as a traditional center-forward, showcased his skills in the previous campaign with an impressive tally of 15 league goals. His role as a key goal-scorer will be crucial for Mallorca’s aspirations, and maintaining double figures in goals this season would be a satisfactory outcome.

Mallorca Image via Futbol Balear Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Mallorca, Image via Futbol Balear

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

While matching or exceeding last season’s top-half finish would be a remarkable accomplishment, the loss of Kang-In Lee could impact Mallorca’s performance. The team’s ability to adapt to this change and continue their upward trajectory under Aguirre’s leadership will play a significant role in determining their success. Given Aguirre’s track record and the team’s progress, it’s reasonable to anticipate that they will avoid relegation contention.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
FW Cyle Larin(Real Valladolid)FW Kang-In Lee(Paris Saint-Germain)
DF Siebe Van der Heyden(Union SG)FW Angel Rodriguez(Tenerife)
FW Manu Morlanes(Villarreal)
MF Omar Mascarell(Elche)
DF Toni Lato(Valencia)
Mallorca’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 9th
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 16


Osasuna had an outstanding season last year, achieving a historic seventh-place finish in LaLiga and reaching the Copa del Rey final.

The question arises: Will Osasuna perform better or worse this season?

Their qualification for the Conference League was initially challenged by UEFA but ultimately upheld. While surpassing those achievements might be a tall order, Osasuna’s target is to maintain their strong form and secure another top-half finish in the league. Additionally, they will aim to embark on another promising cup run, building upon their entertaining, fast-paced style of play.

Key Player: David Garcia

David Garcia, the captain and a standout center-back, plays a vital role in Osasuna’s defensive solidity. While players like Chimy Avila, Aimar Oroz, and Ante Budimir contribute to the team’s success, Garcia’s leadership and defensive prowess make him a key figure in their lineup.

Osasuna Image via Eurosport Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Osasuna, Image via Eurosport

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Jagoba Arrasate has been a constant presence at Osasuna for five years, earning the trust and support of the club’s leadership. His commitment and success, especially in the previous season, solidify his position as the ideal coach for Osasuna. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is unlikely that his job will be at risk, given the stability he brings to the team.


Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Johan Mojica(Villarreal)FW Ez Abde(Barcelona)
DF Alejandro Catena(Rayo Vallecano)
Osasuna’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 7th
  • Copa del Rey: Finalists (2nd place)

Rayo Vallecano

Concerns are mounting for Rayo Vallecano as they enter the new season.

The question arises: Will Rayo Vallecano perform better or worse this season?

Their former coach, Andoni Iraola, performed wonders, leading the team to a stable midtable position and a thrilling run to the Copa del Rey semifinals two years ago with an aggressive and attacking style. However, Iraola has moved on to Bournemouth, leaving doubts about his replacement, Francisco Rodriguez.

Adding to the challenge, Rayo has bid farewell to three vital players: relentless left-back Fran Garcia, the underappreciated midfielder Santi Comesana, and the skilled ball-playing defender Alejandro Catena. While the addition of Pacha Espino from Cadiz is promising and aligns with Rayo’s playing philosophy, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the team is now weaker. The club’s off-field troubles continue, exemplified by the last-minute release of this season’s kits and season tickets, just a week before kick-off. All signs point to a battle for avoiding relegation.

Rayo Vallecano Image via Eurosport Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Rayo Vallecano, Image via Eurosport

Key Player: Isi Palazon

Isi Palazon, the shaven-headed midfielder at 28 years old, stands as one of LaLiga’s most graceful playmakers. Known for his stunning, often long-range goals, he netted an impressive nine times in the league last season while drifting in from the right-hand side. On the opposite flank, Alvaro Garcia, aged 30 and fueled with intensity, mirrors Isi’s impact.

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Expectations weigh heavily on Rayo’s new manager, Francisco Rodriguez, tasked with filling Iraola’s shoes. However, considering Francisco’s recent track record, which includes an 11-month stint at Elche following spells at Girona and Huesca, confidence in his ability is not widespread.

Transfers :

Transfers InFromTransfers Out:To
DF Florian LejeuneAlavesDF Fran GarciaReal Madrid
DF Pacha EspinoCadizMF Santi ComesanaVillarreal
DF Aridane HernandezOsasunaDF Alejandro CatenaOsasuna
DF Mario SuarezNot Available
GK Diego LopezNot Available
Rayo Vallecano’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Lat Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 11th position
  • Copa del Rey: Round of 32


Valencia faces a challenging season ahead as they navigate a series of departures, leaving the squad in a state of uncertainty.

The question arises: Will Valencia perform better or worse this season?

Notable exits include Yunus Musah to AC Milan and Edinson Cavani to Boca Juniors, alongside the expiration of loans for players like Samuel Lino, Justin Kluivert, Nico Gonzalez, and Ilaix Moriba. The potential departure of Samu Castillejo further compounds the squad’s depletion. Under the management of Ruben Baraja, who has effectively utilized the academy, Valencia’s squad appears small and lacking in top-quality talent. Fans are vocal about the need for increased investment from the club’s owners. An average season might be the best outcome, and even that could be considered a success given the circumstances.

Key Player: Jose Gaya

While the emergence of young talents like Javi Guerra and Diego Lopez towards the end of the previous season offers hope, Valencia’s squad is notably devoid of star power. Among their best players are Spain’s left-back, Jose Gaya, and goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, both of whom are expected to play crucial roles.

Valencia Image via Clubs Official Twitter Spanish La Liga 2023-24 Season Preview: Which Teams Have the Highest Chance to Win the League and Which Teams Face Battle for Relegation?
Valencia, Image via Club’s Official Twitter

Will the Manager Survive the Season?

Valencia has witnessed a revolving door of managers over the past decade, and Ruben Baraja is the latest to take the helm. Despite his commendable efforts in steering the team clear of relegation last season and his status as a club legend, Baraja’s prospects for lasting the entire season are uncertain. Given the club’s history of managerial changes, there is a significant likelihood that the owners may seek a replacement or that Baraja himself could choose to step aside.

Transfers Overview:

Valencia’s recent transfer activities are as follows:

Transfers InFromTransfers OutTo
DF Cenk Ozkacar(Lyon)MF Yunus Musah (AC Milan)
MF Pepelu (Levante)FW Edinson Cavani (Boca Juniors)
DF Toni Lato (Mallorca)(Boca Juniors)
Valencia’s Transfer Window Up Until Now

Last Season Results:

  • LaLiga: 16th position
  • Copa del Rey: Quarterfinals

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