I thought it might be interesting to look at how Villarreal has fared compared to what we (that's the collective "we") expected before the season started.
We had 13 predictions that I can find as comments to the original post--there may have been a couple of more I'm not finding now.
Villarreal's league finish: predictions ranged from 4th to 11th; the average was 8th. (Good to know that everyone thought staying in the Primera wouldn't be that hard).
(Marhabal and SalomonJ went for 6th; Allen and Julian Pedersen for 7th)
Villarreal's point total: predictions ranged from 47 to 69. Again, the collective's prediction was slightly more pessimistic than the eventual reality, with an average of 55.7.
Villarreal's leading scorer: I guess Ike Uche is the Rodney Dangerfield of Villarreal--just doesn't get any respect. 6 people thought Perbet would finish as our leading scorer, 4 Gio, 2 Jony, and only 1--Ricardo Blonde--Uche (though he also said he'd get 23 goals; he finished with 14).
So, we did a pretty good job of predicting where Villarreal would finish. What about the league as a whole?
Europa League: Only 4 of the 13 had Villarreal qualifying for the EL; 11 of the 13 got Sevilla right (and the two who didn't had them in the CL); 7 of the 13 got Real Sociedad right as well.
5 chose Valencia, 3 Malaga, and 3 Betis.
Relegation: Not surprisingly, no one expected Betis to be relegated. The popular choices were:
Granada and Almeria were in danger until the end, Elche until jornada 37, and Osasuna and Valladolid did indeed go down. No one chose Getafe, who required a stoppage-time penalty to stay up.
And I guess we must all be fans of attacking football with no defense, because no one chose Rayo, either!
Interestingly, Villarreal got 6 points off Osasuna, 3 off Valladolid, and only 1 from Betis.