The month of August is just a few hours more.
The summer holidays in the world of European football is over and the football scene will come alive starting next month.
As preparations for the 2018/2019 football season continues, the Spanish FA, this week, released the fixtures list for the new La Liga season. Cristiano Ronaldo may have left the Spanish capital for Turin but the show continues in Spain.
So, what’s there to know about the new Spanish La Liga season?
When will the league start?
The first game of the 2018/2019 La Liga season will be played on Friday, 17th August, 2018. On that day, two games will be played. The first being Girona vs. Real Valladolid CF and then Real Betis vs. Levante comes up later.
The remaining eight games will be played Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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Games to look out for
Now that the fixtures are out, all 20 teams know what to expect, when games will take place and which opposition they will face at specific times during the season.
For the fans, here are some games – and the dates – to look out for this season:
- Valencia v Atletico Madrid: 19/08/2018
- Real Betis v Sevilla: 02/09/2018
- Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: 30/09/2018
- Valencia v Barcelona: 07/10/2018
- Barcelona v Real Madrid: 28/10/2018
- Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: 25/11//2018
- Real Madrid v Valencia: 02/12/2018
- Barcelona v Valencia: 03/02/2019
- Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid: 10/02/2019
- Real Madrid v Barcelona: 03/03/2019
- Valencia v Real Madrid: 03/04/2019
- Barcelona v Atletico Madrid: 07/04/2019
- Sevilla v Real Betis: 14/04/2019
- Atletico Madrid v Valencia: 24/04/2019
Names to look out for
This season will be somewhat of a strange one in that the race for the Golden Boot or the highest number of assists or the highest number of every other thing will no longer be between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese has moved on to Italy, leaving Lionel alone in Spain. With eight clubs having broken their transfer records this summer, they’re quite a number of players you should look out for this season.
Atletico Madrid’s new signing Lemar completed his €70m move from Monaco. The World Cup winner is expected to make Atleti more dangerous this season going forward.
Gerard Moreno is another name to look out for. The striker who scored 16 goals for Espanyol last season – goals which helped Espanyol escape relegation – has been snapped up by Villarreal, his former side.
Of course we can’t forget the likes of Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale and the other usual suspects who will make the whole season for us, the fans.
As we count down to the beginning of the season, which of the 20 teams do you think will win the league? What are your expectations for the new season? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us.