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Villarreal USA’s 2021-2022 La Liga Season Predictions

As a new season kicks off, how will things look in the Spanish top flight?

Chelsea FC v Villarreal CF - UEFA Super Cup 2021 Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Wow, that summer went by REALLY fast. Maybe it’s because I was plugged in to both the Euros and the Olympic football in a really engaged way, but I feel like the offseason just flew by this year. Villarreal, of course, already has one competitive match under their belt and they looked outstanding, regardless of the result.

There’s still a lot of work to do before the transfer closes, and a lot of players are still out injured, but time waits for no one and ready or not, here the season comes.

It’s worth noting, before we get into the predictions of some of our staff writers, that 538, whose predictions were involved in some spirited comment section discussions last season, inexplicably has Barcelona winning the league title this year, with a 43% chance of success. They have us finishing 6th, though they give us a 28% chance of finishing top four.

Anyway, here’s our predictions, we asked for top 7, relegation picks, and how Villarreal will do in their cup competitions:


Top 7: Atleti, Madrid, Sevilla, Barca, Villarreal, Sociedad, Alaves

Relegation: Elche, Rayo, Getafe

Villarreal Cups: Copa semifinals, Champions League quarterfinals


Top 7: Atleti, Barca, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal, La Real, Betis, Celta

Relegation: Mallorca, Elche, Rayo

Villarreal Cups: Copa Semifinals, Champions League quarterfinals


Top 7: Atlético, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, Villarreal, Real Sociedad,Real Betis

Relegation: Mallorca, Cadiz, Elche

Villarreal Cups: Copa quarterfinals, Champions League last 16


Top 7: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Athletic, Villarreal

Relegation: Elche, Cadiz, Mallorca

Villarreal Cups: Copa Semifinals, Champions League last 16


Top 7: A Madrid, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal, Real Sociedad

Relagation: Getafe, Granada, Rayo Vallacano

Villarreal Cups: Copa quarterfinals, Champions League last 16


Top 7: Real Madrid, Sevilla, Atletico, Barcelona, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo

Relegation: Getafe, Elche, Rayo Vallecano

Villarreal Cups: Copa quarterfinals, Champions League last 16

So what do you think?

None of our writers see a top four run this year. Judging by conversations I’ve had with them in recent weeks, I think several of them would be more inclined to pick that if there were no Champions League football, but as we saw last season points and league places get dropped when you’re trying to advance in Europe. We won’t be able to rotate as much during this year’s group stage, either.

What do you think Villarreal will do this season? Let us know in the comments.