The release of the fixtures schedule of the 2017/2018 La Liga season took a while before it was released. Or maybe that’s the way it was planned?
Until yesterday, the only news coming out of the La Liga world was about a Real Madrid side that was selling (strange summer transfer window), the PSG-Neymar links and the Costa-Atleti reunion.
While the transfer drama continues, the release of the schedule of games for the new season has given fans of the league something to go on and on about. With the opening weekend scheduled for August 19, fans can begin to countdown towards the new season.
Real Madrid begins the defense of their title with an away game while FC Barcelona kicks things off at home. Here’s what the first weekend in the new season will look like:
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) July 21, 2017
While most kick-off times are not confirmed yet, the new season will run from August to May when the league winner will be revealed on the final day. So, on the journey into this new La Liga season, which dates should you be on the lookout for?
Let’s start from the big one: El Clasico!
The first El Clasico – a Christmas Clasico – of the upcoming La Liga will take place Matchday 17 (20/12/2017), with Real Madrid playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With this date just four days after the final of the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi – which Madrid will take part in – it is expected that Real will request a slight delay to the fixture, and ask that it is moved. The second leg will be played on Matchday 36 (06/05/2018).
Since it’s the La Liga, it’s easy to think it’s only about Barcelona and Real Madrid. But there’s Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla — who cause upsets every now and then.
The derby between FC Barcelona and Espanyol will take place on September 10 (Matchday 3) while Atletico Madrid faces Sevilla on the 24th of September. The first Madrid derby will be played on November 19th while the reverse fixture will be played April 8 at the Bernabeu.
Whenever Barcelona clashes with Diego Simeone’s men, you can always expect fireworks. And the first fest of fireworks between the two clubs will take place away from the Nou Camp on the 15th of October while the Catalans will welcome Sevilla on the 5th of November.
While we anticipate the return of the league that plays home to football gods, it’s not sure yet who will be leaving and who will remain – except for Messi of course, the whole A. Madrid team and maybe Ronaldo?
PSG wants to break the love relationship between Valverde’s MSN and Morata is now an Englishman. Danilo may be on his way to Pep’s arms, and we can only imagine what drama this already-dramatic transfer window holds.
But one thing’s sure. La Liga is back! And as usual, we can’t wait to enjoy all the action. Early predictions on who will win the league this new campaign? Barcelona? Real Madrid? Atletico Madrid or some other club?
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