Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2017/2018


Barcelona 24.3.18
Messi admits having hamstring struggles

Lionel Messi revealed he has been suffering with a hamstring problem for "some time" as he missed Argentina's 2-0 victory over Italy on Friday. The Barcelona superstar has been in typically free-scoring form for the Blaugrana, finding the net eight times in his last six games, with his tally for the season up to 35. And that run looks even more impressive following Messi's admission of his injury problems, though he is hopeful of being fit to face Spain on Tuesday.

"I have been suffering from this hamstring injury for some time," Messi said before the game. "I always want to play, but the road to the World Cup is still long. We decided to wait for this game [against Italy] to rest but I'm optimistic about playing against Spain."

Real Soc. 19.3.18
Sociedad sack coach Sacristan

With a 12-point cushion over the bottom three ahead of the final nine matches, Real Sociedad have parted company with coach Eusebio Sacristan. Sociedad have won just one of their past six games and were beaten 2-1 at home by Getafe on Saturday. Imanol Alguacil, previously in charge of Sociedad's reserves, will take over first-team duties until the end of the season, while the club have also confirmed that sporting director Lorenzo Juarros will leave his role.

Real Mad. 17.3.18
Bale, Modric return to team training

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric completed Saturday's training session with the rest of Real Madrid squad after missing the last few practices with minor issues. Coach Zinedine Zidane will have the whole squad at his disposal for the match against Girona.

"Not having any games this week has done us a lot of good and has allowed us to train and recover," said Zidane, who might still decide to make some rotations in order to keep his squad fresh and engaged for the rest of the season.

Atletico M 16.3.18
Luis undergoes surgery

Brazil left back Filipe Luis is expected to recover in time for the World Cup after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left leg on Friday. Atletico Madrid said Luis was expected to be sidelined for about two months after doctors successfully installed a plate in the left fibula he broke on Thursday in the Europa League. The injury put in doubt Luis' participation in the World Cup in Russia, depending on the severity. Atletico also said defender Juanfran Torres injured a hamstring in explaining why he left the match at halftime. The club did not say how long Torres will be sidelined.

Valencia 16.3.18
Coquelin out for season

Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin will miss the rest of the season with after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training on Friday. The 26-year-old Frenchman will now undergo surgery on his right leg in an injury which is likely to keep him on the sidelines long-term. Coquelin has impressed at the Spanish club since he moved from Arsenal in a €10 million deal in January, appearing in 11 matches and scoring one goal in a 2-1 win at Malaga.

Atletico M 16.3.18
Luis could miss World Cup

Brazilian left back Filipe Luis has a leg fracture that could stop him going to the World Cup in Russia. Atletico Madrid said Friday that Luis sustained the injury to his left leg in the second half of the Spanish team's 5-1 rout of Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League round-of-16 match on Thursday. The club did not say how long Luis will be sidelined. Similar injuries have required at least six weeks of recovery time and longer if surgery is required.

Atletico M 16.3.18
Simeone worried about Filipe Luis injury

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is concerned he will be without Filipe Luis for a significant period of time after the left-back was injured during Thursday's 5-1 Europa League win over Lokomotiv Moscow. Filipe Luis departed the pitch on a stretcher after being left writhing in pain from a blow to the calf. To compound matters, right-back Juanfran was replaced at the interval and Simeone does not expect either defender to be in contention for Sunday's LaLiga match at Villarreal.

"I have not talked to the doctor, let's hope it is as minor as possible," he told reporters. "Both Filipe's and Juanfran, we lose them possibly for Sunday. "I have the vision of recovering them when LaLiga returns [after the international break], but what is clear is I'm worried."

Real Mad. 15.3.18
Bale and Modric train away from squad

Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have trained away from their teammates ahead of upcoming La Liga clash against Girona this weekend - with concerns growing over the pair's fitness. As reported by Spanish outlet Marca, both players started their last game against Eibar and it is unclear why they have been separated from their teammates. It is believed that both players are suffering from an end of season burnout, and could well be rested this weekend in preparation for their upcoming UEFA Champions League quarter final.

1Barcelona756123-6-0 (29)
2Atletico M643519-7-3 (29)
3Real Mad.604018-6-5 (29)
4Valencia592618-5-6 (29)
5Villarreal47714-5-10 (29)
6Sevilla45-714-3-12 (29)
7Girona43112-7-10 (29)
8Betis43-413-4-12 (29)
9Celta39311-6-12 (29)
10Getafe39810-9-10 (29)
11Eibar39-711-6-12 (29)
12Leganes36-1010-6-13 (29)
13A. Bilbao35-48-11-10 (29)
14Espanyol35-118-11-10 (29)
15Real Soc.33-19-6-14 (29)
16Alaves31-1910-1-18 (29)
17Levante27-185-12-12 (29)
18L. Palmas21-375-6-18 (29)
19Deportivo20-344-8-17 (29)
20Malaga14-293-5-21 (29)

Last results

18.3Barcelona - A. Bilbao2 : 0
18.3Celta - Malaga0 : 0
18.3Real Mad. - Girona6 : 3
18.3Villarreal - Atletico M2 : 1
18.3Leganes - Sevilla2 : 1
17.3Deportivo - L. Palmas1 : 1
17.3Betis - Espanyol3 : 0
17.3Real Soc. - Getafe1 : 2
17.3Valencia - Alaves3 : 1
16.3Levante - Eibar2 : 1

Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins48 %
draws22 %
away wins30 %

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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