The La Liga fixtures for the 2020-21 Spanish football season has been confirmed less than a fortnight before the competition gets underway.
The league season will get underway on the weekend of 12-13 September with the final round of fixtures to be concluded on 23 May, ahead of the scheduled European Championships next summer.
There are a number of caveats involved though with not every team in Spain’s top-flight beginning that early due to staggered end dates for the 2019/20 season.
Real Madrid and Getafe will start their seasons a week later than the opening weekend while Sevilla, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona will get their campaigns underway on the third matchday, alongside Elche, who were promoted via the Segunda playoffs a week ago.
That means there will be seven fixtures on the opening day of action with Elche’s trip to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid hosting Sevilla and Real Madrid’s clash with Getafe all postponed until a later date.
The highlight of the first week of matches will the Valencia derby between Valencia and Levante on Sept. 13 and runs through Matchday 38 on May 23, a final day highlighted by Villarreal’s visit to Real Madrid.
The dreadful calendar year of 2020 closes up shop with the Basque Derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, the two rivals also set to meet in the Copa del Rey sometime near that Dec. 30 league date. The second meeting will come April 4.
It has also been agreed that despite the tight calendar there will be no games held over Christmas, though the dates of 22 December and 30 December have been approved for fixtures.
Barcelona – Real Madrid: 25 October
Real Madrid – Barcelona: 11 April
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: 13 December
Atlético Madrid – Real Madrid: 7 March
Valencia vs Levante: 13 Sept
Levante vs Valencia: 23 May