La Liga has been given the green light to restart on Thursday, June 11 following a three-month suspension, with Sevilla set to host derby rivals Real Betis in the first match back.
Spain’s National Sports Council (CSD) came to an agreement with La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), allowing the country’s top two divisions to resume competition from June 8. A statement from the CSD read (via ESPN’s Alex Kirkland):
"The Spanish football federation [RFEF] and La Liga have agreed, as part of the Contact Group formed together with the National Sports Council [CSD], the format of the eleven remaining matchdays to complete La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank [the first and second divisions].”
The new schedule will see matches played every day until the campaign is concluded, with fixtures taking place behind closed doors.
Defending champions Barcelona currently lead the standings and are two points ahead of Real Madrid after 27 games. Quique Setien’s side travel to Mallorca on Saturday, June 13—exactly three months since play was suspended due to the coronavirus—while Los Blancos are due to host Eibar on Sunday, June 14.
La Liga Return Schedule
Thursday, June 11
Sevilla vs. Real Betis, 4 p.m. ET
Friday, June 12
Granada vs. Getafe, 1:30 p.m. ET
Valencia vs. Levante, 4 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 13
Espanyol vs. Alaves, 7 a.m. ET
Celta Vigo vs. Villarreal, 11 a.m. ET
Leganes vs. Real Valladolid, 1:30 p.m. ET
Mallorca vs. Barcelona, 4 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 14
Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid, 7 a.m. ET
Real Madrid vs. Eibar, 1:30 p.m. ET
Real Sociedad vs. Osasuna, 4 p.m. ET
Lionel Messi currently leads the league in goals (19) and assists (12), targeting the Pichichi Trophy for the seventh time in his career—not to mention the third season running.
Zinedine Zidane & Co. beat Barca shortly before the lockdown was imposed but lost traction after falling 2-1 at Betis in their most recent outing.
Real have confirmed they’ll play their six remaining home games at the club’s training ground, rather than the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu:
There’s much to fight for at the other end of La Liga, too, with bottom outfit Espanyol five points from safety. Leganes sit three points ahead in 19th, while Mallorca are 18th and only one point off escaping the relegation places after losing just one of their last four games.
Atletico Madrid are disappointed to be sixth with 11 games to play. Star forward Joao Felix is possibly set to miss the season restart after he suffered a “low-grade medial collateral ligament sprain” in his left knee, per Goal’s Andrew Steel, but the Portuguese isn’t expected to out for long.
Diego Simeone’s men beat European titleholders Liverpool to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in March. The continental campaign isn’t expected to resume until after the domestic seasons are resolved.