The 2020/21 La Liga campaign begins on 12 September 2020, however, with a whole host of postponements, many clubs will not play their first matches until Gameweek 2 or 3.
Champions Real Madrid are one of the clubs affected, as their campaign kicks off in Gameweek 2 away to Real Sociedad on 20 September 2020. Meanwhile, Barcelona are facing similar problems, with their season not getting underway at home to Villarreal in Gameweek 3.
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However, the opening weekend of matches offers the thrill of a Valencia derby, as Valencia host Levante on Sunday 13 September.
Here’s a 90-minute rundown of all the key dates to note in your diary ahead of what promises to be another La Liga adventure.
When are the classics?
El Clasico is always one of the most anticipated dates in La Liga’s calendar / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
The Spanish football behemoths will cross paths for the first time as they travel to Real Madrid’s Camp Nou on October 25, 2020. Zinedine Zidane’s side came away from last season’s trip to Barca with a point after a 0-0 draw, while a 2-0 win for Los Blancos in the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu marked a healthy return against their fierce rivals. represented by
The second Clasico of the season will take place on 11 April 2021, as the Blaugrana look to regain their title.
When is the Madrid derby?
Real Madrid clashes with Atleti are always fierce clashes / Getty Images / Getty Images
After El Clasico, the other big dates in any Real Madrid fan’s calendar are their clashes with city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Zidane’s men are ‘welcomed’ by Diego Simeone at the Santiago Bernabeu on 13 December 2020, as they look to repeat last season’s 1-0 win en route to the title.
Meanwhile, the reverse clash takes place on March 7, 2021, with Simeone no doubt eager to close the 17-point gap between himself and his rivals from last season.
When are the other big games?
Valencia host Levante in Gameweek 1 / David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images
As mentioned earlier. The Valencia Derby The season opens on the weekend, while Valencia travel to Levante in the reverse fixture on 13 March 2021.
Whoever is waiting. The Seville Derby Unfortunately there was a bit of a wait, with the first time not happening until 3 January 2021 as Real Betis host Sevilla, followed by the reverse fixture on 13 March 2021 a few months later.
Away from the derbies includes one of the season’s other standout clashes. Atleti and Barcelona The first takes place in Gameweek 10 which starts on 22 November 2020, while Atleti’s trip to the Camp Nou is the standout fixture of Gameweek 35 which starts on 9 May 2021.