Certain things are to be expected: Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in well near every La Liga game for Real Madrid, for example, or Lionel Messi continuing his record-breaking career with Barcelona.
We can even assume that Luis Suarez will hit the ground running at Camp Nou, and that Mario Mandzukic will help Atletico Madrid supporters forget about Diego Costa.
These players are household names, established superstars.
But each of the Primera Division’s 20 teams will also be looking for surprise performances from unexpected players, and in the following slideshow we’ll have a look at several of them.
Here are 20 footballers—one from each club in the Spanish top flight—who could make a difference by becoming surprise stars in 2014-15.