Real Madrid look to shrug off poor pre-season

2019/20 La Liga

Matchday 1, 10 fixtures

16-19 August 2019
Various venues

Real Madrid will look to shrug off their poor pre-season results when they begin the new La Liga campaign with a match away to Celta de Vigo at Abanca Balaidos on Saturday 17 August 2019, kick-off at 17:00.

Real endured a difficult season in 2018/19, failing on both the domestic and European scenes. This saw the return of manager Zinedine Zidane, who will be hoping to reprise the team spirit which brought the club a run of three successive UEFA Champions League titles and the 2016/17 La Liga championship in his first tenure with the club.

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard

Los Blancos have recruited heavily in the off-season, with their most notable signing being former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. They have also brought in the likes of Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic, though the unwanted Gareth Bale remains as part of the squad.

Real suffered some worrying defeats in pre-season – especially a stunning 7-3 reverse at the hands of Atletico Madrid – and supporters will hope that those results were simply a result of rustiness and adaptation from new players.

Celta de Vigo coach Fran Escriba

Celta came home in 17th place in the 2018/19 La Liga, avoiding relegation by a mere four points. This season they will hope for a more comfortable survival under coach Fran Escriba, as they look to the likes of Iago Aspas, Denis Suarez and Pione Sisto to spark their attack. Support your favourites with the best soccer betting site in South Africa – Betway!

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Key match stats

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 65
Bilbao wins 9
Barcelona wins 42
Draws 14

Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 44
Celta wins 12
Real wins 27
Draws 5

Atletico Madrid vs Getafe – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 33
Atletico wins 21
Getafe wins 4
Draws 8

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La Liga fixtures, 16-19 August 2019

Friday 16 August
21:00: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona

Saturday 17 August
17:00: Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid
19:00: Valencia vs Real Sociedad
21:00: Leganes vs Osasuna
21:00: Villareal vs Granada

Sunday 18 August
17:00: Deportivo Alaves vs Levante
19:00: Espanyol vs Sevilla
21:00: Atletico Madrid vs Getafe

Monday 19 August
20:00: Mallorca vs Eibar
22:00: Real Betis vs Real Valladolid

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Published: 08/13/2019