La Liga fixtures: Atletico Madrid travel to Valencia on opening day

La Liga fixtures: Atletico Madrid travel to Valencia on opening day

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6:23 pm

Athletico Madrid players win Europa Cup, the major trophy won by the team in the 2017/2018 season


The 2018/2019 La Liga fixtures were announced on Tuesday, with 2017/2018 Atletico Madrid third-place finishers travelling to fourth-placed Valencia in one of the opening day’s games.

Champions FC Barcelona will host Basque outfit Alaves, while Real Madrid have a home tie against Getafe when the season kicks off on the weekend of Aug. 18 to Aug. 19.

The two Spanish giants will face off earlier this campaign, as opposed to what happened last season.

La Liga chief, Javier Tebas, had said it was “not ideal” for the second El Clasico meeting last season to be played with FC Barcelona having already won the league title.

The two giants will first meet in the Catalan capital on the weekend of Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, following both sides’ involvement in the third UEFA Champions League group game.

Meanwhile, the Bernabeu fixture will be held on the first weekend of March.

Real will host local foes Atletico at the end of September in the seventh match of the season.

They will then travel across the city for the second meeting of the season on the weekend of Feb. 9 to Feb. 10.

Other notable opening weekend fixtures see Villarreal host Real Sociedad, top division debutants Huesca visit Eibar and Celta Vigo take on

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