The Spanish La Liga is back this Thursday with a banger between Sevilla and Real Betis set to open the project restart. Spain becomes the second country to have the league among the big 5 leagues in Europe.
Like the Netherlands, France decided to declare their campaign canceled with PSG awarded the league title while Toulouse and Amiens were relegated to the second tier.
The decision to have the league return came after the government gave football greenlight to return behind closed doors. Because of this, Real Madrid will not have their games played at Santiago Bernabeu but rather at their training ground Ciudad which is located at Valdebebas.
Atletico Madrid comes into project restart without their most prized acquisition Joa Felix who suffered a knee injury when the club had resumed training which means that he will miss the rest of the season and with Atletico battling in 10th position, the club would have wanted to have all their key players available.
For Barcelona and Real Madrid, the news is good as Luis Suarez is fully fit to play out the remaining fixtures with the absence of the ever injured Ousman Dembele of course while for Madrid, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are both fully fit to feature for Zidane’s side.
A Look at the fixtures For this Week’s La Liga Games
Sevilla vs Real Betis – Thursday 23:00hrs
Sevilla is in position to qualify for the UEFA Champions League competitions in third place and anything short of a win may not be the result that the club is looking for.
Granda vs Getafe – 20:30Hrs
Valencia vs Levante – 2300Hrs
Espanyol vs Alves – 1500Hrs
Celta Vigo vs Villareal – 1800Hrs
Legannes vs Valladolid – 2030Hrs
Mallorca vs Barcelona 2300Hrs
Atletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid – 1500Hrs
Real Madrid vs Eibar 2030Hrs
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna 2300Hrs
Going into this fixture, both Madrid and Barcelona know that there is no room for error because if you drop a single point, and you are either toppled or chasing. The Catalan giants lead the Los Blancos by 1 single point and Madrid knows that they can’t afford any more slip-ups as the did against Real Betis and Levante if they are to keep their hopes up of winning La Liga.
Barcelona, on the other hand, knows that securing wins in the remaining games will see them lift the La Liga title ahead of their arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid finds themselves in an unusual position in a very long time under Diego Simeon. Sitting in the 10th position, it looks ever evident that the capital city side could be missing European football for the first time under the Argentine.
At the bottom of the table, over 6 teams are involved in the relegation dog fight and any slip-ups can easily see one relegated from the top flight league.
Alaves who are in 14th position are just seven points from Mallorca who are in 18th position literally in the relegation place. So the drama will be intense in Spain too. And with clubs certainly short on finances, the need to stay in the top flight has never been greater. This is because if the club stays in the top league, it means more money from broadcasting and sponsors.
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Author: Moses Echodu
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