When Does La Liga Start? 2019-20 Season Dates, TV Schedule, Live Stream and Odds

It has been a chaotic summer for Spanish soccer. From spending sprees, to transfers being canceled at the eleventh hour and ongoing speculations about major signings, there was rarely a dull moment for La Liga fans.

As if that wasn't enough, a legal battle between the Spanish FA and La Liga over staging games on Monday and Friday nights rumbled on until last week. An agreement has now been reached to keep Friday night games but scrap Monday night kickoffs, meaning several games that had been provisionally scheduled for Monday nights will have to be rescheduled.

As such, teams will begin their campaigns with a fixtures list that might be altered and changed throughout the season.

Barcelona begins its quest for a third consecutive league title on Friday, when it travels to Bilbao to take on Athletic. The Blaugrana have spent freely this summer, signing Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong from Ajax for $83 million, while Antoine Griezmann arrived from Atletico Madrid for $133 million.

By the time the Spanish transfer window shuts on September 2, however, Barcelona could have pulled off an even bigger coup, with the club in talks to sign Neymar.

The Brazilian left the Camp Nou for Paris in acrimonious circumstances two years ago, but now looks determined to return to Barcelona with Philippe Coutinho and fee north of $100m expected to head the other way.

Neymar has also been on Real Madrid's radar, as Zinedine Zidane looks to add the finishing touches to what has been an already expensive summer.

The Spanish giants have already spent $340 million on players. Eden Hazard joined from Chelsea and Luka Jovic left Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, while Ferland Mendy joined from Olympique Lyon and Eder Militao and Rodrygo arrived from Porto and Santos respectively.

Attempts to lure Paul Pogba to Madrid, however, have failed as Manchester United has refused to listen to offers for the Frenchman. Plans to offload Gareth Bale and his $18.7 million-a-year after-tax contract, which runs until 2022, have also hit a stumbling block with a move to China collapsing at the 11th hour.

On the other side of Madrid, Atletico lost Griezmann to Barcelona in a controversial transfer and also waved goodbye to Lucas Hernandez, who signed for Bayern in a $90 million deal.

However, Diego Simeone splashed a club-record $141 million to sign Portuguese wunderkind Joao Felix from Benfica, while Kieran Trippier was a $24.5 million signing from Tottenham Hotspur.

Alvaro Morata made his loan move from Chelsea permanent, while Spain defender Mario Hermoso, Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi and former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente were also among the arrivals.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming season.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with the La Liga trophy following his team's victory in the match against Levante UD at Camp Nou on April 27 in Barcelona, Spain. Quality Sport Images/Getty

When does La Liga start?

The 89th season of La Liga gets underway on Friday, August 16, when two-time defending champions Barcelona travel to Bilbao to face Athletic.

Five games are scheduled for Saturday, with Real Madrid taking on Celta Vigo away from home in the early afternoon kick-off.

Four games complete the schedule on Sunday, with Atletico Madrid hosting Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano to round off the first week of action.

TV coverage

Earlier this week, beIN Sports confirmed it had retained exclusive broadcasting rights to La Liga in the U.S. and that former US women's soccer star Hope Solo will be part of its coverage this season.

The broadcaster has held rights to the Spanish league since 2012 and has signed a new deal that will run until the end of the 2024 season.

Live stream

Live stream will be available via beIN Sports website, and beIN Sports' digital platforms. Live stream for selected games will also be available via fuboTV.

Matchday 1 TV schedule (All times ET)

Friday, August 16

  • Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona—3 p.m., beIN Sports

Saturday, August 17

  • Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid—11 a.m., beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español
  • Valencia vs Real Sociedad—1 p.m., beIN Sports
  • Leganes vs Osasuna—3 p.m., beIN Sports

Sunday, August 18

  • Deportivo Alaves vs Levante—11 a.m., beIN Sports
  • Espanyol vs Sevilla—1 p.m., beIN Sports
  • Atletico Madrid vs Getafe—3 p.m., beIN Sports

Odds

The bookmakers expect Barcelona to make it three league titles in a row. According to Oddschecker, the Blaugrana are 63/100 favorite to win La Liga, followed by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at 27/20 and 16/1 respectively.

The next in line are Valencia and Sevilla, who are 95/1 and 100/1 outsiders respectively.

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