La Liga is Spain’s top professional football division and one of the best in the world, pitting champion teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona against one another and involving some of the world’s biggest players. The 2019/20 season will kick off on the 16th of August, and using this guide, you can ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action throughout the year.
La Liga 2019/20 TV Preview
This season will be the 89th in history and will see 20 teams play a total of 38 matches each to determine a champion. Last year, Barcelona won for the second consecutive time and their 26th overall. Their victory now edges them marginally closer to their long-time rivals Real Madrid, who have finished the season on top a record 33 times. Barcelona was dominant throughout the year, grabbing the top spot after only 13 rounds and holding onto it to ultimately finish in first place by 11 points. Barcelona won four games more than their nearest rival and dropped just three games during the entire season.
Unsurprisingly, Barcelona and Real Madrid are expected to battle it out for the championship this year as the two look to add another bit of gold to their bulging trophy cabinets, with Lionel Messi pushing Barcelona into outright favouritism. A tier below them is Atletico Madrid, who last year finished in second above Real Madrid and are in a league of their own as the primary challenger to the status quo. The likes of Valencia and Sevilla follow though they are more likely to be focused on snaring the fourth Champions League qualification spot than upsetting the bigger teams by finishing the season on top.
La Liga Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Saturday 17 August||Atletico Bilbao v Barcelona||5.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday 18 August||Celta v Real Madrid||1.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday 18 August||Valencia v Sociedad||3.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday 19 August||Villareal v Grenada||5.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Monday 20 August||Alaves v Levante||1.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Monday 20 August||Espanyol v Sevilla||3.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Monday 20 August||Atletico Madrid v Getafe||5.00am||Foxtel/Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for the regional difference. Per broadcasting rights, there is no La Liga free to air provider in Australia.
Watch or Stream La Liga Live
beIN Sports is the official broadcaster of the La Liga in Australia and will be televising several live matches each week of play. You can access these La Liga matches on beIN Sports telecasts through either Foxtel, Telstra, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. Foxtel, Telstra and Kayo Sports will also carry beIN’s coverage of the EFL Championship and EFL Cup, in addition to every match of the A League live online with no ad-breaks during play.
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to look into the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial. With Kayo you will have access to the same beIN broadcasts as Foxtel and can stream La Liga live to eligible devices and browsers. The Live La Liga matches on the beIN channels will have a match tile on Kayo, where they will also be available to watch On Demand should you wish to catch up.
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Must See La Liga TV: Rivalries and Derbies
Barcelona vs Real Madrid (El Clasico)
The biggest rivalry in Spanish football, the El Clasico Derby regularly draws upwards of 80,000 of the most passionate fans in world sport through the gates to see La Liga’s two biggest clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, go at it, and with a long and storied history, the game always produces an intense atmosphere. Last season, Barcelona got the points on both occasions, with one match producing a dominant 5-1 victory which caused uproar amongst Real Madrid’s enormous fanbase. This season, they will play first in Barcelona on the 27th of October, before facing off in the nation’s capital on the first day of March.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Madrid Derby)
The Madrid Derby sees the two teams from the Spanish capital of Madrid face off against one another in a local rivalry that divides the city. Historically, Real Madrid has had a stronghold on the derby – unsurprising considering their league dominance – winning 87 times compared to Atletico’s 39, though in a strange phenomenon Real Madrid has been unable to win at home on the past six occasions, with the three most recent clashes on their home turf resulting in draws and the three prior seeing Atletico get the points. This season, Real will try to finish that run on the 29th of September, before they face off for a second time on the 2nd of February.
Sevilla vs Real Bettis (Seville Derby)
The Seville Derby, as the name suggests, takes place when the two teams of Seville battle it out in one of Spain’s biggest cities. Sevilla has typically had the wood over Real Bettis, winning 60 times compared to 38, though last year they split the points with one win each. Games between the two sides generally bring close to 50,000 supporters through the gate, with the previous two games at Estadio Benito Villamarin recording crowds comfortably exceeding that number.