Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017


Atletico M 20.3.17
Vrsaljko avoids knee surgery

Atletico Madrid right back Sime Vrsaljko will not need surgery on a knee injury sustained on Sunday, although he is expected to be out for around four weeks. Tests revealed a partial tear to his posterior cruciate ligament and a medial collateral ligament sprain. The 25-year-old Croatia internetional will miss Atletico's league games with Malaga, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Osasuna and their Champions League quarter-final tie with Leicester City.

Atletico M 20.3.17
Vrsaljko suffers serious knee injury

Atletico Madrid right-back Sime Vrsaljko is likely to face a long spell on the sidelines after sustaining a serious knee injury in their 3-1 home win over Sevilla on Sunday. With just a minute on the clock, the defender went into a tackle and immediately went down holding his knee, and was substituted by Juanfran. An MRI scan after the game showed that Vrsaljko suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee, with more tests required to determine how bad the damage is.

Valencia 16.3.17
Valencia without Mina, Nani against Barca

Valencia will be without attacking duo Santi Mina and Nani for Sunday's trip to Barcelona. Mina joined Nani on the sidelines on Wednesday after tests confirmed he was suffering from a calf problem. Los Che have confirmed, meanwhile, that Nani, who was ruled out on Tuesday, will "visit a medical specialist to assess his recent injuries to try and reappear as soon as possible."

Striker Rodrigo Moreno is also missing for Valencia, meaning on loan Barca forward Munir El Haddadi is once again likely to start against his former club.

A. Bilbao 15.3.17
Remiro taken to hospital

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Alex Remiro has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a ball. The 21-year-old, who is yet to make his debut for the La Liga side, was struck during Wednesday's training session. Remiro, who recently returned from a loan spell with second-tier side Levante, is Athletic's third-choice keeper.

Valencia 14.3.17
Nani ruled out of Barcelona match

Valencia have confirmed that Nani will miss Sunday's LaLiga meeting with Barcelona. The Portugal international has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury during the 2-1 victory over Real Madrid on February 22. It was hoped that Nani would be available to face Luis Enrique's side, but the former Manchester United winger has suffered a setback.

"During the process of his recovery from an injury to his left thigh, Nani has suffered an overload in his right adductors, which rules him out of being available for the next match," the club said in a statement.

Barcelona 12.3.17
Neymar misses Barca trip to Deportivo

Barcelona will be without Neymar against Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. The Brazilian missed training on Saturday due to a left abductor strain and hasn't been included in Luis Enrique's 18-man squad. Midfielder Rafinha also misses out for Barca due to gastroenteritis. Defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal (both ankle) continue to remain absent with their respective fitness issues.

Real Mad. 11.3.17
Morata passed fit, Pepe ruled out

Alvaro Morata has been named in Real Madrid's 19-man squad for Sunday's La Liga clash against Real Betis. Morata suffered a blow to his left leg during Friday's training session, prompting fears he may miss out on Sunday.

Manager Zinedine Zidane will have just two centre-halves at his disposal. Raphael Varane misses out having only just light training on Friday after his recent injury. Pepe has returned to training on Friday, after he missed Thursday's workout, but he will not be part of Sunday's squad.

Fabio Coentrao is also absent having failed to recover from a knock. Gareth Bale is suspended for Sunday's match, serving the second game of his two-match ban for the red card shown against Las Palmas.

Atletico M 10.3.17
Gabi, Gameiro, Torres out

Atletico Madrid strikers Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres, as well as midfielder Gabi Fernandez, are unavailable for Saturday's La Liga game at Granada. Gameiro has been struck by a stomach muscle problem which rules him out of the trip south, while club captain Gabi underwent a hand operation this week, and Torres remains sidelined following his concussion against Deportivo La Coruna on March 2.

1Real Mad.654320-5-2 (27)
2Barcelona635619-6-3 (28)
3Sevilla571817-6-5 (28)
4Atletico M552916-7-5 (28)
5Villarreal481913-9-6 (28)
6Real Soc.48315-3-10 (28)
7A. Bilbao44313-5-10 (28)
8Eibar41511-8-9 (28)
9Espanyol40110-10-8 (28)
10Alaves40-410-10-8 (28)
11Celta38-511-5-11 (27)
12L. Palmas35-19-8-11 (28)
13Betis31-138-7-13 (28)
14Valencia30-138-6-14 (28)
15Malaga27-126-9-13 (28)
16Deportivo27-126-9-13 (28)
17Leganes26-196-8-14 (28)
18Gijon21-265-6-17 (28)
19Granada19-334-7-17 (28)
20Ossasuna11-391-8-19 (28)

last results

19.3Barcelona - Valencia4 : 2
19.3Atletico M - Sevilla3 : 1
19.3Deportivo - Celta0 : 1
19.3Gijon - Granada3 : 1
19.3Leganes - Malaga0 : 0
18.3Alaves - Real Soc.1 : 0
18.3A. Bilbao - Real Mad.1 : 2
18.3Betis - Ossasuna2 : 0
18.3Eibar - Espanyol1 : 1
17.3L. Palmas - Villarreal1 : 0

Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins47 %
draws25 %
away wins27 %

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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