Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017


Barcelona 29.4.17
Iniesta ruled out

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Saturday's game against Espanyol with a groin problem. Luis Enrique wanted to leave it as late as possible before making a decision on the midfielder's fitness, but was finally forced to leave him out of his 18-man squad for the game at Cornella-El Prat. The Blaugrana have not revealed how long they expect to be without Iniesta, with just three league games and the Copa del Rey final to come after this weekend.

Barca are also without injured trio Rafinha, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal at Espayol, but Neymar returns from a three-game ban.

Barcelona 28.4.17
Iniesta doubtful for Espanyol match

Barcelona has Neymar back from suspension but captain Andres Iniesta is in doubt for the local derby against Espanyol this weekend in the Spanish league. Iniesta is bothered by a right leg muscle injury and did not practice on Friday. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he will wait as long as possible to see if the midfielder will be available. If Iniesta can't play, his likely replacement will be Andre Gomes.

Real Mad. 26.4.17
Ronaldo, Kroos rested vs. Deportivo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos have both been left out of Real Madrid's 19-man squad to face Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday. It is the third consecutive La Liga away game Ronaldo has not been included in the Real squad as Zinedine Zidane continues his rotation policy despite the Clasico defeat to Barcelona. Raphael Varane could play a part having been sidelined since early April, while Sergio Ramos is absent through suspension and Gareth Bale through injury.

Atletico M 26.4.17
Carrasco suffers collarbone injury

Atletico Madrid have taken another hit on the fitness front, as the club revealed that winger Yannick Carrasco has suffered a Grade I strain to his right clavicle. The announcement came after a tense waiting period which began in the 72nd minute of Tuesday's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal. Carrasco had come on as a substitute in the 56th minute but collided with defender Antonio Rukavina moments later.

The Belgian left the Vicente Calderon in an ambulance, and in the meantime rumor spread that the 23-year-old had broken his collarbone. Gabi gave an interview, where he revealed that Carrasco could not move his hand due to the hit he suffered, and it was feared that the explosive winger's season was over. AS' F.J. Diaz was the first to dispel that notion, reporting that Carrasco had a strain rather than a fracture. He was also the first to give a timetable for his return: May 10 at the Calderon.

Real Mad. 25.4.17
Bale set for month out

Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid's season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago. Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid's 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid's previous two matches with an ankle injury.

"After the tests carried out today to our player Gareth Bale... he has been diagnosed with a grade two injury in the calf of his left leg," Madrid said in a statement on Tuesday. The club didn't put a timeframe on Bale's return, but Spanish media, including sports daily AS, widely reported he will be sidelined for a month.

Real Mad. 24.4.17
Ramos to miss Deportivo match

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane faces a major headache over his back-line when his team visit Deportivo la Coruna on Wednesday. Sergio Ramos will be unavailable after being shown the red card for a two-footed tackle on Lionel Messi during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Barcelona, while Raphael Varane and Pepe missed El Clasico due to different injury concerns. Real Madrid are also waiting on results of a scan on Gareth Bale's latest injury blow. The Welshman was forced off earlier in the first half against Barca after having missed the previous two games due to a muscle injury.

Real Mad. 23.4.17
Bale limps out of El Clasico

Gareth Bale's El Clasico last just 39 minutes as the Welshman limped off with an ankle problem. The Real Madrid winger dropped to the ground as his troublesome ankle began to bother him throughout the duration of the first half. Bale had missed Real's last two games - a La Liga win over Gijon and the Champions League win over Bayern Munich. But the former Tottenham man was announced as fit to play following a pre-match medical assessment and started at the Bernabeu. Bale was replaced by Marco Asensio and hobbled straight down the tunnel for an assessment.

Barcelona 23.4.17
Barcelona confirm Neymar will not face Real

Barcelona has decided to leave Neymar out of El Clasico against Real Madrid because of the legal uncertainty over an appeal to overturn his suspension. The club had taken all legal measures to try to clear the player for Sunday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but ended up not including him in the squad because there had been no ruling on its latest appeal by Sunday morning.

Barcelona's first appeal was rejected by the Spanish football federation last week, but the club was also trying to reverse the suspension through a local sports tribunal.

1Barcelona786824-6-4 (34)
2Real Mad.785224-6-3 (33)
3Atletico M683520-8-6 (34)
4Sevilla682020-8-6 (34)
5Villarreal632418-9-8 (35)
6A. Bilbao591018-5-11 (34)
7Real Soc.58518-4-12 (34)
8Eibar51714-9-11 (34)
9Espanyol50113-11-10 (34)
10Alaves45-811-12-11 (34)
11Celta44-513-5-15 (33)
12Valencia40-1011-7-16 (34)
13L. Palmas39-910-9-15 (34)
14Malaga39-910-9-15 (34)
15Betis37-1610-7-17 (34)
16Deportivo31-207-10-17 (34)
17Leganes30-217-9-18 (34)
18Gijon24-325-9-21 (35)
19Granada20-454-8-22 (34)
20Ossasuna18-473-9-22 (34)

last results

28.4Villarreal - Gijon3 : 1
27.4Alaves - Eibar0 : 0
27.4A. Bilbao - Betis2 : 1
27.4Sevilla - Celta2 : 1
26.4Barcelona - Ossasuna7 : 1
26.4Deportivo - Real Mad.2 : 6
26.4Valencia - Real Soc.2 : 3
26.4Leganes - L. Palmas3 : 0
25.4Atletico M - Villarreal0 : 1
25.4Gijon - Espanyol1 : 1

Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins48 %
draws24 %
away wins29 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017

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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