Having been suspended since 23 March, the top division of Spanish football returns this Thursday. So, what better time than now to take a look at our La Liga preview?
As players return to their club facilities for safe training sessions, managers and coaches face the task of preparing their teams for the newest set of challenges they may face on the field. Join us as we take a look at an open La Liga table, and read on as we showcase an intense battle for first place, the fight for European positions and the scrap to avoid relegation.
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona continue the season sitting on 58 points just ahead of their historic rivals, Real Madrid. The defending champions seek their third title in as many years. Packed with experience, this Barca team knows what strings need to be pulled in order for them to claim their 27th La Liga trophy. Barcelona resume their campaign with an away fixture against Mallorca on Saturday 13 June.
Standing just two points behind the leaders, Real Madrid will eagerly await any opportunity to leapfrog their rivals and claim the league’s top spot. Secure in the runners-up position with nine points to spare, Los Blancos supporters will demand that their team push on and claim a historic 34th title at the expense of their rivals. Real Madrid’s first game back will be at home to Eibar on Sunday 14 June.
Third-place Sevilla find themselves atop close competition with only two points separating them from sixth place. With plenty of games left to play in La Liga, Los Nervionenses will need to prove they have what it takes to cope with the mounting pressure from the teams below them. Sevilla take on Real Betis this Thursday as the first game of La Liga’s return.
Real Sociedad hold onto the final Champions League spot, tied on 46 points with Getafe. Although predicted to go on and secure this position by the end of the season, Real Sociedad still need to face Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, each of whom find themselves equally desperate for points. Real Sociedad will host Osasuna this Sunday 14 June.
Getafe resume the season from fifth position, level on both points and goal difference with Real Sociedad. Bordalás will try to ensure sure that his team are in a strong position come the end of the season. To do so, they will need to overcome Atletico Madrid, who are currently only one point behind them. Getafe travel to Granada this Friday for their first fixture.
It’s been a season of many ups and downs for Atletico Madrid who find themselves in unchartered territory, occupying sixth place and a point away from Champions league positions. Simeone knows his squad is more than capable of digging themselves out of their current predicament; if only they can replicate the passion which saw them push past Liverpool in their final fixture before the break. Los Rojiblancos travel north Athletic Bilbao on Sunday 14 June.
We’ll end our La Liga preview at the bottom, as the restart of the league signals the resumption of a gruelling relegation battle. While the prospect of another year in La Liga seems out of reach for RCD Espanyol and potentially Leganes, 18th-placed Mallorca sit only one point away from safety and may yet save themselves. Just 7 points separate positions 14-18 in the table.
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