And…we’re back! La Liga begins for Sevilla on Saturday at 3pm ET when Getafe comes to the Sánchez Pizjuan (the facade of which was recently praised by Sid Lowe–thanks Sid!) for an exciting-but-winnable start to the season. It begins!
We’ve covered Sevilla’s transfer season already, but how different will Getafe look from last season’s 11th place finishers? Importantly, last year’s top scorer Miku (12 goals in La Liga ’11-’12) has stuck around, so the team should be more or less as effective as they were last year (40 goals in 38 matches, so…not exactly setting the scoreboard on fire). The summer’s biggest arrivals are probably Levante’s MF Xavi Torres and Valencia’s backup GK Moyá, so the midfield may be a bit more robust, and goals may or may not be harder to score. The most significant departure is one-time Sevilla target CB Cata Díaz, so we may see a little rustiness in the back four for Negredo to exploit.
Not having seen much of the pre-season, it’s hard to guess how and who we’ll start, or playing styles or tactics. Having the same coach over the off-season adds a fair amount of continuity, it’s true, but it’s also true we finished 9th last season and are in search of better ideas and better results. So we’ll see at gametime.
It’s the first game of the year and my expectations and hopes are totally untainted by inconvenient things like reality, inability to score, or gaping holes in back, so of course I’ll be expecting a handy home victory with goals from Manu and Negredo (assists from Navas and Cicinho). I’ll do my best to enjoy these final hours before the harsh light of day by believing every single transfer will be perfect and key to our success this season, but what are your thoughts on our opening match? Let your predictions for formations, starters, and results be known now, and stop by at gametime to cheer the team to a resounding victory.