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LaLiga football frenzy: 110 games in 39 days

Published on: 29 May 2020

Top-flight football in Spain restarts on 11 June after the Covid-19 suspension. There will be matches every day. Real Madrid open against Eibar, Barcelona vs Mallorca.

Spanish football is back. Spain's National Sports Council confirmed today, Friday, that LaLiga would restart after its suspension for the coronavirus pandemic. The first game back will be Betis vs Sevilla on 11 June.

LaLiga non-stop

From there to 19 July LaLiga won't stop, with 39 straight days of football in Spain's top flight to complete the 11 remaining matchdays of the 2019/2020 season. In total there are 110 games to be played, and all in the sweltering heat of the Spanish summer, with mid-day temperatures already well over 30 in much of the country.

While Liga boss Javier Tebas has not officially confirmed the calendar, everything points to there being games every single day once tournament restarts in order to fit in the matches.

Kick-off times in LaLiga

The possible kick-off times for the matches have not been released yet, although it appears clear they will not be the start times that LaLiga used prior to the Covid-19 suspension. Given the high temperatures it is likely that most kick-off times will be 19:30 or later, with the exceptions being home games for the teams on the north coast, such as Celta, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.

Playing twice a week

Not all the clubs are accustomed to the rhythm of playing twice a week almost every week. One helpful change has been the move to allow five substitutions per match. For some of the key players in LaLiga, they could be looking at trying to play 990 minutes of top-flight football in less than a month and a half. More than a quarter of the championship in just a few weeks. What's more, this frenzy of football is taking place after a two month break with players far from match fitness. German football saw a flurry of injuries when it restarted.

All to play for in LaLiga

With 11 matchdays left there is everything to play for at top and bottom of the table. Barcelona and Real Madrid are fighting for the title, with Setién's side on 58 points versus Zidane's 56. Real Madrid hold the head-to-head advantage if they finish tied (0-0 and 2-0 in their games this season).

The battle for the Champions League spots is also fascinating: Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Getafe, Atlético and maybe Valencia tussling over two places. Meanwhile the Europa League spots will likely go to that group, with Villarreal, Granada and Athletic Club eyeing up the chance of stealing a march on their rivals in the final stage.

At the bottom of the table, Espanyol have their work cut out to save their place in the top flight, as do Leganés and Mallorca, although they are both just a win from jumping out of the relegation zone. Celta sit just above the red line, with Eibar and Valladolid also at risk of slipping into danger. Alavés, Levante and Betis have more margin of error, but need to cautious.

11 matchdays to decide everythingMatchday 28

Sevilla-Betis
Granada-Getafe
Real Sociedad-Osasuna
Espanyol-Alavés
Athletic-Atlético
Valencia-Levante
Celta-Villarreal
Leganés-Valladolid
Real Madrid-Eibar
Mallorca-Barcelona

Matchday 29

Osasuna-Atlético
Levante-Sevilla
Getafe-Espanyol
Betis-Granada
Eibar-Athletic
Valladolid-Celta
Alavés-Real Sociedad
Real Madrid-Valencia
Villarreal-Mallorca
Barcelona-Leganés

Matchday 30

Espanyol-Levante
Real Sociedad-Real Madrid
Celta-Alavés
Atlético-Valladolid
Valencia-Osasuna
Getafe-Eibar
Athletic-Betis
Granada-Villarreal
Sevilla-Barcelona
Mallorca-Leganés

Matchday 31

Alavés-Osasuna
Valladolid-Getafe
Eibar-Valencia
Levante-Atlético
Villarreal-Sevilla
Real Sociedad-Celta
Barcelona-Athletic
Betis-Espanyol
Leganés-Granada
Real Madrid-Mallorca

Matchday 32

Atlético-Alavés
Celta-Barcelona
Levante-Betis
Getafe-Real Sociedad
Sevilla-Valladolid
Villarreal-Valencia
Athletic-Mallorca
Espanyol-Real Madrid
Granada-Eibar
Osasuna-Leganés

Matchday 33

Valladolid-Levante
Betis-Villarreal
Barcelona-Atlético
Alavés-Granada
Real Sociedad-Espanyol
Valencia-Athletic
Real Madrid-Getafe
Eibar-Osasuna
Mallorca-Celta
Leganés-Sevilla

Matchday 34

Villarreal-Barcelona
Athletic-Real Madrid
Valladolid-Alavés
Levante-Real Sociedad
Granada-Valencia
Celta-Betis
Osasuna-Getafe
Espanyol-Leganés
Atlético-Mallorca
Sevilla-Eibar

Matchday 35

Real Sociedad-Granada
Valencia-Valladolid
Real Madrid-Alavés
Celta-Atlético
Mallorca-Levante
Barcelona-Espanyol
Getafe-Villarreal
Betis-Osasuna
Eibar-Leganés
Athletic-Sevilla

Matchday 36

Granada-Real Madrid
Alavés-Getafe
Osasuna-Celta
Valladolid-Barcelona
Villarreal-Real Sociedad
Atlético-Betis
Leganés-Valencia
Espanyol-Eibar
Levante-Athletic
Sevilla-Mallorca

Matchday 37

Athletic - Leganés
Barcelona - Osasuna
Betis - Alavés
Real Madrid - Villarreal
Valencia - Espanyol
Eibar - Valladolid
Mallorca - Granada
Getafe - Atlético
Celta - Levante
Real Sociedad - Sevilla

Matchday 38

Espanyol - Celta
Osasuna - Mallorca
Levante - Getafe
Sevilla - Valencia
Leganés - Real Madrid
Villarreal - Eibar
Alavés - Barcelona
Granada - Athletic
Atlético - Real Sociedad
Real Valladolid - Betis

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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