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La Liga return: Full schedule, how to watch

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La Liga will return this week as Spain’s top-flight resumes its 2019-20 season with an epic title battle, top four race and scrap against relegation, as we let you know how to watch the action and give you the latest game schedule.

Does it get much better than that?

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Barcelona currently sit top but they are just two points above Real Madrid, while Atletico Madrid, Getafe, Valencia, Villarreal, Real Sociedad and Sevilla are all in the hunt for UEFA Champions League qualification. At the bottom, up to seven teams are trying to stay out of the bottom three in an almighty relegation scrap.

With 11 matchweeks still to be played, La Liga will have games every day from June 11 (this Thursday) until mid-July as they aim for a festival of soccer, with late night games aplenty due to the searing summer heat across Spain.

Below is the full schedule for La Liga this week, plus details on how to watch, follow along and right here on ProSoccerTalk we will keep you covered.

La Liga schedule, how to watch

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  • When: From June 11 to July 17

June 11
Sevilla v. Real Betis

June 12
Granada v. Getafe
Valencia v. Levante

June 13
Espanyol v. Alaves
Celta Vigo v. Villarreal
Leganes v. Valladolid
Mallorca v. Barcelona

June 14
Athletic Bilbao v. Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid v. Eibar
Real Sociedad v. Osasuna

La Liga score predictions: Week 28

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The 2019-20 La Liga season resumes this week and there are some massive clashes, so below we have some score predictions and details on how to watch the action from Spain.

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This week, the Seville derby kicks things off, plus Barcelona and Real Madrid face a couple of strugglers and some big battles at the bottom.

With no action since March, there is no form, but below we have some score predictions for the 10 games in Week 28.

La Liga have games every single day from June 11 to July 15, as they are squeezing 11 matchweeks into five weeks. This will be a lot of fun as Barca have just a two-point lead at the top ahead of Real Madrid, plus there is an almighty scrap for the top four and against relegation.

Below is the full schedule for La Liga this week, plus details on how to watch, follow along and right here on ProSoccerTalk we will keep you covered.

La Liga score predictions, how to watch

  • TV Channels: beIN Sports USA
  • Stream LiveVia beinSports
  • When: From June 11 to June 14

June 11
Sevilla 2-0 Real Betis

June 12
Granada 0-1 Getafe
Valencia 2-1 Levante

June 13
Espanyol 1-1 Alaves
Celta Vigo 1-2 Villarreal
Leganes 0-1 Valladolid
Mallorca 1-3 Barcelona

June 14
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid 4-1 Eibar
Real Sociedad 3-0 Osasuna

La Liga clubs return to training

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All La Liga clubs will return to training this week as the Spanish Health Ministry have approved the plans put in place by the Spanish top-flight.

La Liga released a statement confirming their ‘return to training protocol’ has been put together by medical experts and professional players amid the coronavirus pandemic and will be used for teams across the top two divisions to return to training grounds.

Players will start individual training with medical tests for COVID-19 carried out by staff at each club and there’s a plan in place to step up training over the next four weeks.

“These measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the government. Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggered return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and end with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June.”

La Liga president Javier Tebas revealed that games will hopefully resume in June and his plan is for the 2019-20 season to be completed in full.

“This crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love,” Tebas said. “People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart La Liga. Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer.”

Premier League clubs will be closely analyzing what La Liga is doing, as the Bundesliga in Germany have been back training in small groups for several weeks and testing has revealed that 10 individuals across their 36 teams (1,724) came back as positive for COVID-19. Training is also due to resume in Italy this week as Serie A clubs hope to return to action in June.

The UK government has currently set lockdown measures until May 7 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to give an update before then and has hinted at relaxing certain social distancing measures.

In recent days the UK government have confirmed they are in talks with the Premier League about how they could return to action and there remains a genuine desire to finish the remaining 92 games of the season.

Plans in place for La Liga to return in June

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For the first time La Liga and the Spanish FA (RFEF) have come to a common agreement about when the season will return and it could be in June.

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Following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, La Liga and RFEF have been locked in talks without an agreement but a lengthy meeting with the sports council in Spain has yielded progress, with the sports council stating that training can resume soon along with government guidelines.

The state of emergency has been lifted in Spain and the government is looking at ways to restart some sporting events in early May.

It has been widely reported that the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) have told captains from La Liga clubs that June 6 is the date in mind for potentially restarting the league. Although no dates have been confirmed, it is expected that teams could return to training on either May 4 or May 11 in preparation for the final 11 games of the Spanish top-flight.

With all that in mind, the aim is that the season would end on July 30 but the Spanish government still needs to agree to these plans before they are confirmed. As previously stated, the rest of the La Liga season is expected to be played in empty stadiums.

Barcelona currently sit top of the table, two points clear of second-place Real Madrid, while there is an almighty scrap to finish in the top four and against relegation.

The fact there has been some progress is talks is encouraging for the rest of the professional leagues in Europe as Bundesliga clubs have returned to training, clubs in Denmark and Austria are preparing to return and now that the situation is somewhat under control in Spain, it seems like they will follow suit.

Playing games in empty stadiums will be the new reality for many months to come but a light is starting to appear at the end of the tunnel for La Liga clubs, fans and players.

Spain set to finish season without fans in stadiums

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MADRID — Soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer, the mayor of Madrid said Saturday.

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Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told the Onda Cero radio station that the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” by then for events with big crowds to resume normally.

“In the spring and summer there won’t be any events with crowds in Spain, and possibly not in the fall either,” Martinez-Almeida said. “Because obviously the situation will not be fully under control. We will have to change our habits and behaviors even after being allowed to go back on to the streets.”

Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries with more than 190,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, only behind the United States. More than 20,000 have died in the European nation.

The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.

“Soccer matches without fans in the summer is a possibility, as long as health and safety conditions are observed,” Martinez-Almeida said.

The soccer federation said this week that if the league can’t resume it will use the current standings to decide the four clubs to play in the Champions League, which would mean giving the spots to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad.

The league has said the total losses for not finishing the season because of the pandemic could reach nearly 1 billion euros. ($1.1 billion). The losses if the league resumes with matches in empty stadiums would be about 300 million euros ($325 million), and if it restarts with fans it would be nearly 150 million euros ($163 million).

Martinez-Almeida also said it was a “mistake” for Atletico Madrid fans to play its Champions League game against Liverpool. Nearly 3,000 Atletico fans attended the game on March 11, just days before the Spanish government declared a state of emergency and established lockdown measures that are expected to remain in place at least until April 26.