Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017
|20.L. Palmas - Deportivo|
|21.Espanyol - Granada|
|Real Mad. - Malaga|
|Alaves - Leganes|
|Villarreal - Valencia|
|22.Ossasuna - Sevilla|
|A. Bilbao - Atletico M|
|Betis - Gijon|
|Real Soc. - Celta|
|Eibar - Barcelona|
Rafinha suffers injury
Barcelona will be without Rafinha in the upcoming Copa del Rey encounter with Real Sociedad due to a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old featured for the full 90 minutes in Saturday's win over Las Palmas, but now faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a muscular problem.
"Rafinha has pulled a hamstring muscle and will have to sit out this Thursday's Copa del Rey first leg away to Real Sociedad," a statement on the club's official website read. "The club doctors will need to monitor the Brazilian's progress before determining his availability for other matches."
Zaza completes Valencia loan move
Former West Ham loanee Simone Zaza has completed his loan move to Valencia. The Italian international striker has joined the Spanish giants until the end of the season with Valencia then having an option in place for the subsequent purchase of Zaza from Juventus. After 11 appearances in all competitions without a goal Zaza was frozen out at the London Stadium and did not feature under Slaven Bilic from November 27 onwards.
Jozabed joins Celta on loan
Fulham midfielder Jozabed has joined Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season. The 25-year-old Spaniard agreed an initial three-year deal after moving from Rayo Vallecano last summer. With a total of eight appearances to his name since his arrival at Craven Cottage, Jozabed has not featured for the first team since early October.
Atletico M 12.1.17
Lucas Hernandez out with hamstring strain
Atletico Madrid backup left-back Lucas Hernandez faces a short spell on the sidelines after tweaking a hamstring in Tuesday evening's Copa del Rey clash against Las Palmas. "Lucas Hernandez has undergone medical examination this Wednesday and our player has been diagnosed with a strain in his right thigh muscle," a club statement said. "The left-back had to be replaced at half-time by Gabi. The former rojiblanco youth team player will undergo physiotherapy treatment and training in the gym. His return depends on his recovery."
Jovetic joins Sevilla on season-long loan
Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic has joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season, the Spanish club have confirmed. Jovetic, 27, has not started for the Nerazzurri in Serie A this season but has come off the bench five times and Inter have been looking to offload him. Sevilla identified the forward from Montenegro as a potential addition and have completed a move until the end of the season with an option to sign the player this summer.
Real Mad. 7.1.17
Pepe and Ramos ruled out
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has a lengthy injury list on his hands, with as many as five key players missing Saturday's match with various injuries. The problems begin right at the back, with first choice centre-backs Pepe (calf) and Sergio Ramos (muscular problem) both sidelined. In midfield, Lucas Vazquez (calf) and Mateo Kovacic (sprained ankle) also miss out on the visit of Granada. Meanwhile, winger Gareth Bale is making positive progress in his recovery from an ankle injury, and has made a return to training. However, he won't take any part in Saturday's game.
Penaranda Loaned To Malaga
Adalberto Penaranda has returned to Spain to join Malaga on loan for the second half of the season. The 19-year-old Venezuelan striker joined Watford on a four-and-a-half year deal from Udinese last February, but spent the whole of last season on loan at Granada. However, he returned to the Serie A side on loan at the start of this campaign, but made just six appearances in the Italian top-flight during an injury-disrupted spell in Udine. The Hornets confirmed tonight that Penaranda had been recalled from his loan at Udinese and he will now spend the remainder of the current season back in La Liga, with the option for his stay to be extended if both clubs agree.
Harper joins Malaga
Former Real Madrid starlet Jack Harper has joined Malaga after an unsuccessful spell with Brighton. The 20-year-old Scottish midfielder, who was born in Malaga, joined the Championship leaders from the Bernabeu giants in the summer of 2015 but has been unable to break into their first-team squad. Harper played 25 times for Brighton's Under 23s over the past two seasons, scoring four goals.
|1||Real Mad.||40||30||12-4-1 (17)|
|4||Atletico M||34||18||10-4-4 (18)|
|5||Real Soc.||32||5||10-2-6 (18)|
|7||A. Bilbao||28||3||8-4-6 (18)|
|10||L. Palmas||24||-2||6-6-6 (18)|
|16.1||Malaga - Real Soc.||0 : 2|
|15.1||Celta - Alaves||1 : 0|
|15.1||Sevilla - Real Mad.||2 : 1|
|15.1||Valencia - Espanyol||2 : 1|
|15.1||Gijon - Eibar||2 : 3|
|15.1||Granada - Ossasuna||1 : 1|
|14.1||Barcelona - L. Palmas||5 : 0|
|14.1||Atletico M - Betis||1 : 0|
|14.1||Deportivo - Villarreal||0 : 0|
|14.1||Leganes - A. Bilbao||0 : 0|
Spanish Primera Liga stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||26 %|
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.