LA LIGA: Barcelona To Begin Title Defense Against Alaves
The fixtures for the new LaLiga Santander 2018/19 season have been released.
Games will begin on the weekend of August 18th/19th as defending champions FC Barcelona kick-off their title defence at home to D. Alaves.
On their part, European champions Real Madrid will begin the Julen Lopetegui era by welcoming local rivals Getafe CF to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The standout encounter on the opening weekend will be pitting together two of LaLiga’s UEFA Champions League representatives, Valencia CF vs. Atletico Madrid at Mestalla.
The first Clasico of the season, which will see Barça host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, will take place on Matchday 10 (27-28 October) while the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu will be on Matchday 26 (2-3 March).
Every LaLiga season is filled with exciting derby matches and this year is no exception.
Both the Seville derby (R. Betis vs. Sevilla FC) and Valencia derby (Levante UD vs. Valencia CF) will be played on Matchday 3 (1-2 September), while Real Madrid will host Atletico Madrid in the first Madrid derby of the season on Matchday 7 (29-30 September).
The historic Basque derby between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad is scheduled for Matchday 8 (6-7 October) while the first instalment of the Catalan derby between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona will be played on Matchday 15 (8-9 December).
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