La Liga matches are exclusively available in the U.S. via BeIN Sports, which can be accessed via Sling TV, FuboTV, and Fanatiz.Real Madrid clinched its 34th La Liga title on Thursday in a 2-1 win over Villarreal. It is Los Blancos’ first league title since winning in 2016-17′ Real Madrid now has 34 league titles to Barca’s 26. Atlético Madrid and Sevilla have both clinched top four spots, and will be in the Champions League in 2021. (Atleti is, of course, still there in 2020, with a relatively easy path to the final following its dispatching of Liverpool.) The last La Liga race to be settled is for the Europa League spots, with Villarreal already clinching a spot in the top seven, and Real Sociedad and Getafe currently in sixth and seventh. Valencia, Granada, Athletic Bilbao, and Osasuna are all within three points of the seventh place spot heading into the final week of the 2019-20 La Liga season. Espanyol and Mallorca have been relegated, so the final spot in the league will belong to either Celta Vigo on 36 points, or Leganés on 35 points. Celta Vigo goes on the road to 20th place Espanyol, while Leganés hosts current champions Real Madrid.
Leganés vs. Real Madrid
Real Madrid has already clinched the title, causing bitter rivals Barcelona to implode. Real has a few weeks until the Champions League resumes, and the champions are going to want to wrap the season and trophy presentation up with a win. Real has won every single game since the league restarted, and will want to cap that off with one last win on Sunday.
Leganés is sitting in the relegation zone on the final day, one point behind. Celta Vigo in 17th. Leganés is at home while Celta Vigo is not, but Celta is playing 20th place relegated Espanyol, while Leganés is playing newly crowned champions Real Madrid. Leganés is going to have to spoil Zinedine Zidane and Los Blancos’ trophy ceremony if the Madrid-based club wants to be in La Liga in 2020-21.
Alavés vs. Barcelona
Barcelona has lost the title this season, after having a lead over Real Madrid entering the restart. The club is once again in a crisis, with rumors swirling around the status of president Josep Bartomeu, as well as the future of captain and legend Lionel Messi. If Barca cannot win this match after last game’s performance, there will be major changes this summer in Catalonia.
Alavés has already secured safety this season, so on the surface there is not. much to play for. However, playing Barca is always an opportunity for a memorable performance, especially when the Catalan club is imploding like it is right now. A home victory over Lionel Messi would be the perfect way to prepare the club for next season.
La Liga live stream: How to watch La Liga matches online
BeIN Sports is the home for La Liga matches in the U.S. Most matches feature on the main BeIN channel, with additional coverage on its Spanish language channel (BeIN Ñ) and BeIN Xtra.
The following streaming services carry BeIN Sports. (You can also catch additional matches on BeIN Sports Xtra via Roku, Pluto, and Xumo.)
La Liga 101: Info for new fans
What is La Liga?
La Liga, which launched in 1929, is short for both its official sponsor name, La Liga Santander, and its official name, Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División.
La Liga’s scheduling and year-to-year makeup work similarly to England’s Premier League. Each team plays 38 matches a year—at home and away against each of the other 19 teams in the league—acquiring three points for a win and one point for a draw. The team with the most points is declared the league champion (with goal differential serving as a tiebreaker), and the three worst-performing teams are relegated to the second division (known this season as La Liga SmartBank). Conversely, three teams from La Liga SmartBank move up to replace them in La Liga for as long as they can finish 17th or better.
Which La Liga teams should I know?
Let’s start with Barcelona and Real Madrid. In 14 of the last 15 seasons, either the Blaugrana or Los Blancos have won the title. Matches between those teams, in a series dubbed El Clásico, are among the most-viewed club matches worldwide, and both teams’ rosters are filled with star players that even casual fans will recognize from the World Cup. (One of the highest-profile players from the French team, Antoine Griezmann, moved to Barcelona over the summer, while Belgian star and former Chelsea player Eden Hazard was one of several high-profile players who moved to Real.)
If there’s a Big Three rather than a Big Two in La Liga, it includes Atlético Madrid, which won its 10th La Liga title in 2013-14 and clawed to the 2016 UEFA Champions League final—where it lost to Real Madrid, heartbreakingly, after taking the game to penalty kicks. Sevilla has recently dominated the UEFA Europa League, with three straight tournament wins between 2014 and 2016.
Athletic Bilbao, with a policy of only fielding players from Spain’s Basque region, has won eight La Liga titles, though not since 1984. Valencia, usually near the top of the table, has won six titles, last doing it in 2004. The cities of Barcelona and Sevilla each field a second team that doesn’t derive directly from the city name—in Barcelona, it’s Espanyol, which dates back to 1900; in Sevilla, it’s Real Betis, founded in 1907.
La Liga top scorers
The top scorers for the 2019-20 season (as of July 16) are:
Lionel Messi, Barcelona (23 goals)Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (21 goals) Gerard Moreno, Villarreal (16 goals)Raul Garcia, Athletic Bilbao (15 goals)Luis Suarez, Barcelona (15 goals)
La Liga champions
For the last decade-plus, it’s been Barcelona or Real Madrid, and though Atletico Madrid did win the 2013-14 title, it’s mostly been the two giants in either first or second year after year. La Liga’s had nine different champions since its inception, with Real Madrid winning 33, Barcelona winning 26, Atlético Madrid winning 10, Athletic Bilbao winning eight, and Valencia winning six. The list is rounded out by Real Sociedad’s two titles, and Deportivo La Coruna, Sevilla, and Real Betis each claiming a victory.
2019-20: Real Madrid2018-19: Barcelona2017-18: Barcelona2016-17: Real Madrid2015-16: Barcelona2014-15: Barcelona2013-14: Atlético Madrid2012-13: Barcelona2011-12: Real Madrid2010-11: Barcelona2009-10: Barcelona
Here’s the complete list of champions going back to 1929.
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