Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2017/2018


Barcelona 19.4.18
Rakitic cleared to return

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been cleared to return to action after undergoing surgery on a broken finger. The Croatia international sustained a fractured metacarpal in the first finger of his left hand during Barcelona's stunning 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League last week. Rakitic underwent a procedure to rectify the issue last Wednesday and missed fixtures against Valencia and Celta Vigo as a result.

Real Mad. 15.4.18
Ronaldo, Bale and Modric sit out Malaga clash

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been left out of the Real Madrid squad for Sunday's Liga clash with Malaga. Midfielder Luka Modric has also been omitted from Zinedine Zidane's 19-man group for the trip to La Rosaleda.

It had been suggested Ronaldo would be given a rest in the wake of Wednesday's dramatic Champions League quarter-final second-leg with Juventus. Bale had been tipped to start alongside Karim Benzema against La Liga's bottom club, but the Wales star is also reported to have been given the game off to rest. In addition, Modric has been granted extra recovery time, having only resumed full team training on Saturday.

Real Mad. 15.4.18
Carvajal and Modric back with the squad

Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal rejoined the squad in training this Saturday and should be ready to face Malaga on Sunday. Modric had some physical issues during Wednesday's match against Juventus and even had to leave the field. A collision with midfielder Blaise Matuidi clearly hurt him, that being the reason why he was bothered with that small injury throughout the rest of the game.

Atletico M 13.4.18
Costa could miss Arsenal clash

Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury but Atletico Madrid have yet to reveal whether the striker is likely to miss the clash with Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals. Costa was taken off early in the second half against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday as Atletico booked their place in the last four of the competition with a 2-1 aggregate victory. The La Liga club were drawn against Arsenal in the semis before announcing later on Friday that Costa had suffered "a hamstring injury to his left leg", but the length of the layoff was not determined.

Atletico M 13.4.18
Costa and Lucas injured

Diego Costa and Lucas Hernandez were injured as Atletico Madrid booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Lucas was replaced at half-time after suffering what Atletico described as a "strong facial trauma" in a 1-0 defeat away to Sporting. Costa followed shortly after the restart after the striker appeared to sustain an injury to his left leg. Injuries to Costa and Lucas come as a blow to Simeone, who saw his squad options reduced by the sales of Nicolas Gaitan, Augusto Fernandez and Yannick Carrasco during the January transfer window.

Barcelona 12.4.18
Rakitic has surgery on finger

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic successfully underwent surgery on a fractured finger, the Spanish club confirmed. He sustained a fractured metacarpal bone in the first finger of his left hand during Barcelona's stunning 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday. Rakitic had surgery on Wednesday to rectify the issue, with the Croatia international's availability to be determined.

Barcelona 11.4.18
Rakitic to undergo surgery

Ivan Rakitic will undergo surgery after breaking a finger in his left hand as Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion at Roma on Tuesday. Rakitic played the full 90 minutes in the quarterfinal second leg at the Stadio Olimpico as Barca lost 3-0 to go out on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw. Barcelona confirmed that the Croatia midfielder had been injured but did not say how long the surgery would sideline him for.

Atletico M 9.4.18
Torres to leave Atletico after season

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires, the player has confirmed. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, 34, has made just three league starts this campaign, scoring two goals in 20 league appearances for second-placed Atletico, after signing a one-year extension 12 months ago. Torres, who has won two European Championships and one World Cup with Spain, said he has no thoughts of retirement.

1Barcelona836425-8-0 (33)
2Atletico M713621-8-4 (33)
3Real Mad.684420-8-5 (33)
4Valencia652620-5-8 (33)
5Betis55117-4-12 (33)
6Villarreal51515-6-12 (33)
7Sevilla48-1114-6-13 (33)
8Girona47-413-8-12 (33)
9Getafe45712-9-12 (33)
10Celta44612-8-13 (33)
11Real Soc.43812-7-14 (33)
12Eibar43-912-7-14 (33)
13A. Bilbao40-39-13-11 (33)
14Leganes39-1311-6-16 (33)
15Alaves38-1712-2-19 (33)
16Espanyol36-148-12-13 (33)
17Levante34-197-13-13 (33)
18Deportivo27-336-9-18 (33)
19L. Palmas21-435-6-22 (33)
20Malaga17-314-5-24 (33)

Last results

19.4Alaves - Girona1 : 2
19.4Betis - L. Palmas1 : 0
19.4Real Soc. - Atletico M3 : 0
19.4Levante - Malaga1 : 0
18.4Espanyol - Eibar0 : 1
18.4Real Mad. - A. Bilbao1 : 1
18.4Valencia - Getafe1 : 2
17.4Celta - Barcelona2 : 2
17.4Deportivo - Sevilla0 : 0
17.4Villarreal - Leganes2 : 1

Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins48 %
draws23 %
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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