After two months away, La Liga has just beaten the Premier League to the punch as top flight league action returns in Spain on 11th June.
The Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis kicked things off, but most attention will once again be focused on old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid as they resume their title battle.
As teams prepare to return to action, our La Liga betting preview takes a glance at the current state of play…
La Liga Title Race
It’s business as usual in terms of the top two in La Liga, with old enemies Barcelona and Real Madrid slugging it out to claim this year’s title.
With Barca easing to the title last year, it’s looking like a much closer-run thing this season. The reigning champions are two points ahead of their traditional rivals, but it’s Real who look to have the more favourable run-in on paper.
The destination of this year’s title could ultimately come down to canny management. In that regard, there are at least a few question marks over both Zinedine Zidane and Quique Setién. The former has never fully convinced domestically despite all his successes in Europe, while the latter is a veteran of Spanish top flight management but has never held such a pressurised role.
It all could come down to which manager shows more adaptability given the punishing schedule. Both might be thankful that the Clásicos for this season have at least already been settled.
La Liga Top Four Race
Away from the top two, it’s been a disappointing season for Atlético Madrid, with Diego Simeone’s perennial challengers finding themselves a hefty 11 points adrift of the top two after a middling campaign.
Simeone may have one eye on finally achieving Champions League glory if the competition’s return gets the green light, which could be good news for Sevilla FC, Real Sociedad and Getafe FC. All three are enjoying fine campaigns just below the pacesetters.
Under the astute management of José Bordalás, Getafe have punched above their weight in recent seasons, and will be looking to make up for agonisingly missing out on Champions League football by just one place last season. Sevilla are aiming to lock up a top four finish for the first time since 2016–17.
La Liga Relegation Battle
The situation looks increasingly bleak on the less fashionable side of Barcelona for bottom side Espanyol, with the Budgerigars facing relegation from La Liga for the first time since the early nineties.
That’s mostly due to a dire home record that has seen them win just once at RCDE Stadium. However, with some of their first scheduled fixtures back coming against mid-table teams with little to play for, they still have a fighting chance if they can chip away at a six-point deficit to safety.
Fellow strugglers Leganes are affectionately known as Los Pepineros – the Cucumber Growers. They’ll certainly have to cultivate a few decent results to extend their stay in La Liga after four years at this level.
Away form remains their Achilles’ heel with just a single win for their efforts on the road, but bar a trip to Barcelona, they look to have a gentle restart that might just aid their survival chances.
Mallorca, Celta Vigo, Eibar and Valladolid also remain firmly in the mix, while Alavés in 14th probably need at least one more win to avoid getting dragged into the dogfight.
La Liga Fixtures To Look Out For
Sevilla vs Real Betis, 21:00
Mallorca vs Leganes, 18:30
Sevilla vs Barcelona, 21:00
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, 21:00
Getafe vs Real Sociedad, TBC
Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, TBC
Real Madrid vs Getafe, TBC
La Liga 2019/20 Season So Far: Info and Stats
Most Goals – Lionel Messi – 19
Most Assists – Lionel Messi – 19
Most Goals – Barcelona – 63
Most Yellow Cards – Getafe – 96
Most Red Cards – Real Betis – 6
Most Clean Sheets – Real Madrid – 13
La Liga Fixtures This Week
Sevilla vs Real Betis, 21:00
Granada vs Getafe, 18:30
Valencia vs Levante, 21:00
Espanyol vs Alavés, 13:00
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal, 16:00
Leganes vs Valladolid, 18:30
Mallorca vs Barcelona, 21:00
Athletic Club vs Atlético Madrid, 13:00
Real Madrid vs Eibar, 18:30
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna, 21:00
Levante vs Sevilla, 18:30
Real Betis vs Granada, 21:00
Getafe vs Espanyol, 18:30
Villarreal vs Mallorca, 18:30
Barcelona vs Leganes, 21:00
Valladolid vs Celta Vigo, 18:30
Eibar vs Athletic Club, 18:30
Osasuna vs Atlético Madrid, 21:00