2019/20 La Liga
Matchday 1, 10 fixtures
16-19 August 2019
Barcelona will open the defence of their La Liga title when they face Athletic Bilbao
at San Mames Barria in the opening match of the 2019/20 season, set for Friday 16 August, kick-off at 20:00.
Barca cruised to the title last season and will be eager to get off to a flyer this campaign, with manager Ernesto Valverde targeting more success with the Blaugrana.
And Barcelona certainly strengthened their squad in the off-season, adding the likes of Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) and Frenkie de Jong (AFC Ajax) to bolster a squad which should now be capable of competing strongly both on the domestic front and in the UEFA Champions League.
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Yet the Catalan giants will likely enter this match without the talismanic Lionel Messi, who is struggling with a calf injury. In his probable absence, Valverde will hope the likes of Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele can carry the weight of their attack.
Bilbao finished in the top eight last season and will be looking to build on their achievements under head coach Gaizka Garitano. Forward Inaki Williams will be their best hope of troubling Barcelona’s defence.
Last season the teams played to draws in both of their league matches: 1-1 in Barcelona and 0-0 in Bilbao. Support your favourites with the best soccer betting
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Key match stats
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona – Head-to-head, all competitions
Matches played 65
Bilbao wins 9
Barcelona wins 42
Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid – Head-to-head, all competitions
Matches played 44
Celta wins 12
Real wins 27
Atletico Madrid vs Getafe – Head-to-head, all competitions
Matches played 33
Atletico wins 21
Getafe wins 4
La Liga fixtures, 16-19 August 2019
Friday 16 August
20:00: Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona
Saturday 17 August
16:00: Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid
18:00: Valencia vs Real Sociedad
20:00: Leganes vs Osasuna
20:00: Villareal vs Granada
Sunday 18 August
16:00: Deportivo Alaves vs Levante
18:00: Espanyol vs Sevilla
20:00: Atletico Madrid vs Getafe
Monday 19 August
19:00: Mallorca vs Eibar
21:00: Real Betis vs Real Valladolid
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