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Betis 16.1.18
Raul Uche joins Betis on loan

Young Leicester City striker Raul Uche has joined Real Betis on a loan deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. The 20-year-old joined the Foxes from Rayo Vallecano in his native Spain in the summer of 2016 and has since gone on to feature for the Club's Development Squad in the last two seasons. Versatile and quick, the Madrid-born attacker joins the La Liga outfit as they look to maintain a strong start to the season that sees them seventh in the table.

Barcelona 15.1.18
Dembele out for three to four weeks

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has suffered another hamstring injury and will be out of action for between three and four weeks. The 20-year was hurt in Barcelona's 4-2 comeback win away to Real Sociedad on Sunday, which was just his fourth appearance following his return from four months out with another hamstring injury. The fitness problems have blighted the start of his career at Barca following his €105m move from Dortmund in August that could rise to as much as €145m.

Barcelona 12.1.18
Valverde plays down Dembele injury concerns

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde played down fears Ousmane Dembele had picked up a fresh injury after his side's 5-0 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday. The Frenchman started the game on the bench but replaced Lionel Messi in the second half and set up Ivan Rakitic's goal late on. At the end of the game Dembele appeared to be in some discomfort but Valverde said after the game there was no big problem. Having been out for such a long time the club will be wary that he may pick up a niggle, but it sounds as though he's ok and should be fit for Sunday.

Real Mad. 11.1.18
Ramos and Benzema out

Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are both ruled out of Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Villarreal on Saturday. Ramos is sidelined after picking up a calf injury during training last week, with the Real Madrid captain initially expected to be out for up to three weeks. Benzema continues his recovery from a muscle problem. Dani Carvajal is back from suspension while a number of key first team players are expected to return after being rested for the Copa del Rey clash with Numancia on Wednesday.

Barcelona 11.1.18
Barcelona signs defender Yerry Mina

Barcelona have signed Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras. Barcelona is paying 11.8 million euros for Mina, who will become the first Colombian to play an official game for the Spanish club. Mina was a key part for Palmeiras when it won the Brazilian league in 2016 and was runner-up last year. Barcelona had a deal with Palmeiras to bring him in the middle of the year for about €9m, but agreed to pay extra and advance the deal because of the recent injury to Samuel Umtiti.

Valencia 11.1.18
Wenger confirms Coquelin's move to Valencia

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will join Valencia in a permanent deal. "Yes. He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games," Wenger said. "I let him go." The deal for Coquelin, who spent nearly a decade at Arsenal after joining the academy at 17, is reportedly worth about £12 million. The French holding midfielder has only started one Premier League game this season, with Granit Xhaka preferred instead.

Atletico M 10.1.18
Costa loses red card appeal

Diego Costa is to serve a one-match ban after his appeal against the red card shown to him in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Getafe was rejected. The Spain international striker was punished for jumping into the crowd during the 2-0 win over Getafe last weekend, earning a second yellow card. Costa will miss Saturday's La Liga game against Eibar.

Alaves 8.1.18
Guidetti joins Alaves on loan

John Guidetti has joined Alaves on loan from Celta Vigo until the end of the season. The 25-year-old Swedish international striker is hoping to revive his career following a disappointing start to the season at Celta which saw him make only 8 La Liga appearances in the 2017/18 campaign. Guidetti is hoping to gain regular playing time that would boost his chances of making it into Sweden's World Cup squad.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Barcelona514316-3-0 (19)
2Atletico M422012-6-1 (19)
3Valencia402112-4-3 (19)
4Real Mad.32159-5-4 (18)
5Villarreal3159-4-6 (19)
6Sevilla29-59-2-8 (19)
7Eibar27-78-3-8 (19)
8Betis27-38-3-8 (19)
9Girona2607-5-7 (19)
10Getafe2657-5-7 (19)
11Celta2567-4-8 (19)
12A. Bilbao2516-7-6 (19)
13Leganes24-27-3-8 (18)
14Espanyol24-66-6-7 (19)
15Real Soc.23-16-5-8 (19)
16Alaves18-136-0-13 (19)
17Levante18-113-9-7 (19)
18Deportivo16-164-4-11 (19)
19L. Palmas11-323-2-14 (19)
20Malaga11-203-2-14 (19)

Last results

15.1Betis - Leganes3 : 2
14.1Alaves - Sevilla1 : 0
14.1Espanyol - A. Bilbao1 : 1
14.1Real Soc. - Barcelona2 : 4
14.1Levante - Celta0 : 1
13.1Deportivo - Valencia1 : 2
13.1Real Mad. - Villarreal0 : 1
13.1Eibar - Atletico M0 : 1
13.1Girona - L. Palmas6 : 0
12.1Getafe - Malaga1 : 0
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Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins46 %
draws22 %
away wins33 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2017/2018

The Primera Division (La Liga) is the top level of Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule made up of two matches against each of the other 19 teams, home and away. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points for loss. But if teams are level on points, the aggregate score between those two clubs determines the ranking before the general goal difference. If three or more teams are equal, then the combined head-to-head records of just the tied teams will be used to determine the final order of those clubs.

The top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, with the top three directly entering the group stage. The 18th, 19th or 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are relegated automatically, while the top three of the Spanish Second Division are promoted. Reserve teams of the Primera clubs (called team B) may also play in the Second Division, but could not be promoted to the Spanish top flight.

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