Barcelona open the defence of their title

2019/20 La Liga

Matchday 1, 10 fixtures

16-19 August 2019
Various venues

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.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

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 forward Inaki Williams

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 site in Nigeria – Betway!

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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
Draws 14

Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 44
Celta wins 12
Real wins 27
Draws 5

Atletico Madrid vs Getafe – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 33
Atletico wins 21
Getafe wins 4
Draws 8

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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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Published: 08/13/2019