La Liga set to return in June
Germany went first with the Bundesliga returning May 16 and La Liga in Spain appears set to be the second high-profile European league to return on June 11. Spain’s government authorized the return of competitive sport beginning June 8 and the National Sports Council picked Thursday, June 11 for the first league game since March. Let’s see when they plan to resume the league so you can prepare yourself to place your bets against our Soccer odds.
La Liga set to return in June
La Liga will have plenty of action as they hit the ground running with 39 days to complete 110 games, all played behind closed doors. Since they aim to complete the league by July 19, there will be at least one match every day for over a month with each team having 11 matches left to play. The resumption of play even includes Monday night games which are not usually played in La Liga and all teams have been promised at least 72 hours rest between matches.
La Liga will resume with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on Thursday, June 11. All other Matchday 28 games will take place between Friday, June 12 and Monday, June 15. Highlights from that first weekend include Lionel Messi and Barcelona facing Real Mallorca while Real Madrid take on Eibar.
What’s At Stake
Barcelona have won four of the last five La Liga titles and they return to action with a two point lead and a +2 goal differential over Real Madrid, who last won the title in 2016-17. The rivals are not scheduled to play again this season as the first El Clasico ended in a 0-0 draw in December and Real Madrid won at home 2-0 on March 1.
Sevilla is in third place, 11 points off the lead with 47 total points and Real Sociedad are in the final Champions League spot with 46 points. Getafe also have 46 points while Atletico Madrid has 45 as those teams currently hold the Europa League spots. Valencia (42), Villarreal (38) and Granada (38) hope to pressure for a spot in Europe while Athletic Bilbao round out the top half of the table with 37 points.
The bottom three at the end of the season are headed to the Segunda Division. Espanyol sit in last with 20 points while Leganes have 23 and Mallorca have 25. Three other teams are below 30 points and in the battle for survival as Valladolid resume play with 29 points while Eibar has 27 and Celta Vigo have 26.
Copa Del Rey Final
Absent from the announcement about La Liga was news on the Copa Del Rey Final scheduled to be played April 18 between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao. The game is scheduled for Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla and the winner gets an automatic bid to the 2020-21 Europa League. In early May both teams told Spanish football association they wanted to delay the game until fans could attend. UEFA announced in May that if the game isn’t finished by August 3 then the Europa League spot will be forfeited and go to the team that finishes La Liga in seventh place.