The fixture list for the 2018/19 La Liga season is officially out, and the questions on the lips of Spanish footballs have all been answered. When will El Clasico take place? What about the Andalusian derby? The Madrid derby?! WHO WILL HUESCA BE PLAYING THEIR FIRST EVER TOP FLIGHT GAME AGAINST?!
All has been revealed via La Liga’s official website…
6. Supercopa de Espana
We’ll start with what is obviously the curtain raiser for Spanish football – the Super Cup – and strangely, for the first time ever, this year’s edition will take place in Morocco.
To add to the piece of history being made, Barcelona will face off against Sevilla in a one-time showdown – for the first time ever in Supercopa history. August 12; be there. Or don’t, north Africa is quite a trek.
5. Huesca’s First Ever La Liga Game
Last season saw Spanish minnows Huesca promoted into the top flight for the first time in their history. Exciting times certainly lie ahead for the newly crowned La Liga outfit.
The excitement begins with what is hardly a glamorous tie when they visit Eibar on the opening day of the season. Nevertheless, their trip grants the opportunity to get some important early points on the board, as they plan to remain in La Liga.
4. El Clasico Dates
The very first Clasico of the campaign will take place in Catalonia. Julen Lopetegui’s first taste of what is sure to be an intense battle against Real Madrid’s fiercest rivals comes at Camp Nou on October 26. We’re forced to wait an entire two months before being treated to the main event of Spanish football.
The return fixture then sees Barca make their way to the Bernabeu on April 3 2019 – by which point, it could certainly be make or break in the title race.
3. Madrid Derbies
Fortunately, whilst we’re waiting for El Clasico to arrive, the Madrid derby acts as a little warm up for our eager eyes.
Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid on September 30, before Sergio Ramos and Co visit Diego Simeone’s side on February 10. It’s always a feisty affair with a lot on the line – this year is expected to be no different.
2. Andalusian Derbies
A rather underrated fixture outside of Spain, the Andalusian derby this season promises to be one of the most hotly contested in years, and should certainly not be missed.
The first leg of the fixture sees Sevilla visit Real Betis on September 2, before the reverse takes place on April 14. If you’re new to Spanish football, make sure to tune into these two matches – you will not regret it.
Always. Watch. Betis.
1. Copa del Rey Final
And finally, the end of the season is marked by the Copa del Rey final on May 25 2019 (upon approval from CSD).
Last season we saw Barcelona dismantle an expectant Sevilla side in a 5-0 thrashing, but who will be there to wave goodbye to another exciting La Liga campaign this time around?