Matches for the new LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 17 and 18, the standout encounter being the clash pitting together two of LaLiga’s most-historic sides Athletic Club and FC Barcelona, at San Mames. Defending champions Barcelona and the Athletic Club are two of the three LaLiga teams to have never been relegated from the top flight in their history.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico de Madrid, last-season’s second-placed finishers, kick-off their season with a Madrid derby at home to Getafe CF, while Real Madrid begin the first full season of the ‘the second Zidane era’ with a tricky trip to face Iago Aspas’ RC Celta at Balaidos, LaLiga has stated in a Press release.
The first El Clasico of the season, which will see Barçelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, will take place on October 27 (Match day 10) while the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu will be on March 1 (Match day 26).
Every LaLiga season is filled with exciting derby matches and this year is no exception. The historic Basque derby between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad is scheduled for 1st September (Match day 3) at San Mames, while the Madrid derby (Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid) will follow later that month on 29th September (Match day 7) at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The first Seville derby of the season, widely known as El Gran Derbi, will see Real Betis host Sevilla FC on 10th November (Matchday 13). Heading over to the east coast, Levante UD will entertain Valencia CF in the Valencian derby on 8th December (Matchday 16), while the RCD Espanyol will host champions FC Barcelona in the Barcelona derby on 5th January (Matchday 19).