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Everything you need to know as LaLiga gets set to return on Thursday

por Latisha Maness (2020-06-13)


Amid all the talk of the Premier League resuming next week, it would have been easy to miss the return of Spanish football as LaLiga gets set for its own Project Restart.

Kicking off with a mouthwatering Seville derby on Thursday night, fans in the UK will be treated to a feast of action, with 110 matches taking place across every single day until July 19.

With 24 hours to go until the big kick-off, Sportsmail is here to answer all the big questions... from how and where to watch in the UK to what they're playing for on the pitch. 






LaLiga shirts hang in the streets of Madrid with 24 hours to go until Spanish football returns







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Who has the rights and how can I watch?
Premier Sports bought the UK rights to Spanish football last year, and have since launched LaLigaTV to host their matches. With magazine shows and pundits for every match, they have taken LaLiga to a new level for the 2019-20 season.

And what's more, they're giving all their content out for free to Sky customers for the entire month of June, meaning Spanish football fans can feast on matches daily - starting this Thursday night.

All you need is a Sky box to get the action, and you don't need to have purchased a sports subscription to access the content.

To sign up, https://set-magazine.com/electronics/headphones/ all you need to do is visit premiersports.com/subscribenow and register with your details using promo code BACKTOWIN. You'll get full access to LaLigaTV HD, including ALL live matches, plus 24/7 LaLigaTV streaming via the Premier Player app. 






Premier Sports are offering all their LaLiga action for free throughout the month of June




 




And there's matches every single day?
That's right, and not only that, they're staggering kick-off times so you never have to choose between two matches. There will be back-to-back games throughout the next few weeks - it'll almost feel like a World Cup.

For example, over the next few days, the kick-off times look like this: Thursday 9pm, Friday 6:30pm, 9pm, Saturday 1pm, 4pm, 6:30pm, 9pm, Sunday 1pm, 6:30pm, 9pm.

If you love Spanish football, then you'll hardly be able to leave your sofa this weekend with a whole host of huge games.






Barcelona players train this week ahead of their return to action at Mallorca on Saturday night




 




How will the games look?
Well, of course, there won't be any fans inside the stadium, much like the rest of the top European leagues. 

Unlike the Premier League though, LaLiga have been very open with their plans, with Javier Tebas regularly appearing on TV to update supporters on what they can expect when the game returns this week.

Appearing on #BackToWin show on Movistar - LaLiga's Spanish broadcaster - recently, he discussed a series of innovations that the league are going to use.

Crowd noise, of course, was right at the top of the agenda, and is something LaLiga will be using for their matches. He explained: 'We've been working with a Norwegian company and EA Sports and with the match sounds from their FIFA games. 






Javier Tebas has been very open with Spanish football fans, regularly updating them on TV


'When you play FIFA, you're actually hearing a real stadium atmosphere. The virtual atmosphere will be very good.'

The stands will also be virtualised so it will appear as though the stadiums are full. Again, after working with Norwegian company VIZRT, images of seated fans wearing the colours of the home club will be seen beyond the pitch.    

The match itself will also be seen differently due to new camera positions. Some cameras will shift their location to positions where they would previously have affected the sightline of fans in the stands. 

Among other examples, the aerial camera will modify its flight path to offer new shots, the bench camera will be moved to the opposite stand, while robotic cameras will be used in the tunnel for reasons of health and safety. 






Atletico Madrid's players are also gearing up for their first match back this weekend




 




So which games can I watch this week?
There's actually an incredible selection of matches in the first gameweek back in LaLiga, with potentially the biggest derby of them all to kick things off.

Sevilla and Real Betis will go head to head in El Gran Derbi on Thursday night, with Los Rojiblancos the big favourites at their home stadium.

A day later, Valencia and Levante will play in a derby of their own in the Friday night primetime slot, before Barcelona play at the same time on Saturday night away at struggling Mallorca.

On Sunday, Real Madrid are back in action as they host Eibar at their 6,000-capacity B-team stadium. The full set of fixtures can be seen below.






The first weekend back is packed full of great games, with every single one on TV in the UK




 




And what's still to play for in the top flight? 
A lot! Arguably it's the most exciting of all the top European leagues, with every single side still playing for something, be it the title, Europe or to avoid relegation.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are set for an exciting shootout at the top but the race for the Champions League and the battle to avoid relegation also look set to throw up some thrillers.

Sevilla and Real Sociedad currently occupy third and fourth place but Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Valencia are not far behind in the race for a place at Europe's top table.

At the bottom, Espanyol, Leganes and Mallorca, who play Barcelona in their opening game, occupy the bottom three places but there are potentially seven other clubs who could get drawn into the scrap. 
















There is plenty to fight for at both the top and bottom of the LaLiga table this season




 



LaLigaTV, featuring ALL live matches from Spain's top flight, is available FREE to Sky UK customers during the entire month of June. To sign up, visit premiersports.com and enter promo code: BACKTOWIN






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