La Liga 2019-20 schedule announced, El Clasico on October 27, March 1

La Liga 2019-20 fixtures: Barcelona travels to Athletic Bilbao in the season opener, while Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid faces Celta Vigo.

Barcelona leg of the El Clasico will be played on October 27, 2019.   -  AP

Barcelona will begin its LaLiga title defence with a trip to Athletic Bilbao on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season.

Thursday's fixture release also confirmed Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid will begin a new era with an away match against Celta Vigo, while last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid host city rival Getafe on the first matchday.

Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona made it back-to-back league crowns by finishing 11 points clear at the top of the table last time out, but fierce rival Madrid has spent big during the close season to bridge the gap on the reigning champion.

The first El Clasico of 2019-2020 takes place at Camp Nou on October 27 and the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu is scheduled for March 1, although all fixtures remain subject to change for broadcasting.

Atletico has finished above city rival Madrid in back-to-back seasons and will be looking to do likewise next term despite the departure of captain Diego Godin, with star striker Antoine Griezmann expected to follow. 

The two Madrid sides are due to meet on September 29 and February 2 at the Wanda Metropolitano and Santiago Bernabeu respectively.

 

LaLiga 2019-2020 opening round in full:


Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Atletico Madrid vs Getafe
Deportivo Alaves vs Levante
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid
Espanyol vs Sevilla
Leganes vs Osasuna
Mallorca vs Eibar
​Real Betis vs Real Valladolid
Valencia vs Real Sociedad
Villarreal vs Granada

 

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