La Liga 2019/20 season restart: Fixture dates & how to watch Barcelona and Real Madrid on US TV or live stream
The worldwide party that is the sport of soccer has fans—albeit remotely—across the globe celebrating its return. No, fans are not yet welcomed back in the stands due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic; but soccer for the most part is returning in just about every country and there are plenty of matches to watch on either a television or internet stream near you.
La Liga Fixture Schedule
Among the leagues joining the aforementioned party is La Liga, Spain’s top division. On the heels of a three-month hiatus, Spanish clubs will return to the pitch starting on Thursday. La Liga president Javier Tebas has said the aim is to have games played every day, but only matchday 28 and matchday 29 have had their dates confirmed so far. That will allow for the season to be completed by July 19. Fixtures will kick-off at different times. Games will be played at 8 am ET, 11 am ET, 1:30 pm ET, and 4 pm ET.
The full fixtures for the first two weeks of the La Liga season have been confirmed, with the games as follows. Be sure to check out our daily soccer expert picks for predictions on every game remaining in La Liga.
Thursday June 11
Sevilla vs Real Betis (4 pm ET)
Friday June 12
Granada vs Getafe (1:30 pm ET)
Valencia vs Levante (4 pm ET)
Saturday June 13
Espanyol vs Alaves (8:00 am ET)
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal (11:00 am ET)
Leganes vs Real Valladolid (1:30 pm ET)
Mallorca vs Barcelona (4 pm ET)
Sunday June 14
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid (8:00 am ET)
Real Madrid vs Eibar (1:30 pm ET)
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna (4 pm ET)
Monday June 15
Levante vs Sevilla (1:30 pm ET)
Real Betis vs Granada (4 pm ET)
Tuesday June 16
Getafe vs Espanyol (1:30 pm ET)
Villarreal vs Mallorca (1:30 pm ET)
Barcelona vs Leganes (4 pm ET)
Wednesday June 17
Real Valladolid vs Celta Vigo (1:30 pm ET)
Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao (1:30 pm ET)
Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid (4 pm ET)
Thursday June 18
Alaves vs Real Sociedad (1:30 pm ET)
Real Madrid vs Valencia (4 pm ET)
How to stream La Liga in the US
In the United States, La Liga action is televised on beIN SPORTS, which has a contract with the league extending through 2024. It has both English language and Spanish language channels. As for online live streaming services, beIN Sports Connect and Fubo, who are currently running a free trial offer.
Barcelona & Real Madrid
As always, plenty of eyes will be focused on Barcelona—specifically zeroing in on Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The sudden soccer stoppage dating back to March 12 came at a good time for Suarez, who underwent right knee surgery in January. He would have missed the rest of the season under normal circumstances, but now that it has been pushed back three months the 33-year-old is good to go. Although Messi missed several days of training last week because of a quadriceps injury, he is expected to be ready when his team faces Mallorca.
“Messi has a minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barca finally get back to playing matches,” the club revealed in a statement last Friday. “He should be able to rejoin his teammates in a few days’ time.”
Barcelona, which currently tops the table by two points, is a -165 favorite to win La Liga. Second place Real Madrid is +125. No other club has better than +25000 odds.
Barcelona’s most notable remaining matches come against Sevilla on June 19, Atletico Madrid on July 1, and Villarreal on July 5. Real Madrid opens with Eibar on Sunday followed by dates with Real Sociedad on June 21, Getafe on July 1, and Villarreal on July 15.