La Liga: 8 Bold Predictions for the 2012-13 Season

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La Liga: 8 Bold Predictions for the 2012-13 Season
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The 2011-12 La Liga season is finally over.

The La Liga title race was effectively over once Real Madrid beat Barcelona in El Clasico, and Valencia have held onto third place with relative ease, but Malaga's place in next year's Champions League was not secured until the final matchday.

The fourth-place finish is a massive achievement for Malaga, and ensures Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani's pet project are well on course for expansion and growth in world football.

At the bottom end of the table, five teams went into Matchday 38 with a chance of getting relegated, including Villarreal, a club which began the season with hopes of Champions League progress and a high league finish.

Unfortunately for Villarreal, both Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano secured victories to jump in front Villarreal on the final day and send the team down to the Segunda Division, where they'll be joined by Racing Santander and Sporting de Gijon.

Based on the events of the 2011-12 season and the final matchday in particular, what can we expect for next season? Here are eight bold predictions for the 2012-13 season in Spain.

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