The 2019/20 La Liga season will have its first round of matches this coming weekend, 16-19 August 2019, with SuperSport viewers on GOtv set to be treated to some brilliant action from Spain’s top flight. The new La Liga season opens on the evening of Friday 16 August, with Athletic Bilbao playing host to champions Barcelona at the new San Mames Stadium. The game, which kicks off at 7pm, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 4 available on GOtv MAX.
Speaking on the La Liga season opener, Cecil Sunkwa Mills, Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, said MultiChoice through its SuperSport channels is delighted to broadcast all 380 matches of the 2019/2020 LaLiga season to our GOtv MAX subscribers across the country. “Being the home of La Liga, GOtv is delighted to broadcast the first game of the new season. Adding “we are also pleased that our customers on GOtv MAX will be enjoying the best coverage of one of Europe’s most prestigious leagues.”
Barcelona were crowned champions last season, finishing on 87 points, and will hope to begin their title defence on a solid footing. Bilbao, on the other hand, will be seeking to improve on their impressive eighth-place finish. Both teams have met 65 times in all competitions, with Barcelona securing 42 wins as against Bilbao’s nine. Ahead of the new season, La Blaugrana refreshed their squad with high-profile signings of star forward, Antoine Griezmann, from Atletico Madrid; midfielder Frenkie De Jong from Ajax, the widely coveted left full-back, Junior Firpo, from Real Betis; and goalkeeper Neto from Valencia.
Manager Ernesto Valverde will hope to quickly integrate them into his already star-studded cast of superstar Lionel Messi, striker Luis Suarez, midfield general, Sergio Busquets and defensive bulwark, Gerad Pique. Los Rojiblancos, however, have had a quiet transfer window so far, with Jokin Ezkieta the only new arrival, interestingly, from Barcelona’s B-team. Four other players Xabier Etxeita, Cristian Ganea, Sabin Merino and Mikel Vesga have returned to the club from their loan spells.
Manager Gaizka Garitano will count on his established striking partnership of Inaki Williams and veteran Aritz Aduriz to feed off skipper Iker Munian and test the Barcelona backline. It is hoped that defender, Óscar de Marcos, will provide leadership at the back to frustrate Barcelona’s dreaded attack led by Messi.
Games scheduled for broadcast on Saturday are Celta Vigo versus Real Madrid (SuperSport Select 4 at 3pm), Valencia versus Real Sociedad (SuperSport Select 4 at 5pm), Leganes v Osasuna (SuperSport Select 4 at 7pm) and Villareal v Granada (SuperSport Select 4 at 7pm). Sunday’s games include Deportivo Alaves versus Levante (SuperSport Select 4 at 3pm), Espanyol versus Sevilla (SuperSport Select 4 at 5pm) and Atletico Madrid versus Getafe (SuperSport Select 4 at 7pm). Week one matches will be rounded off on Monday when Mallorca take on Eibar (SuperSport Select 4 at 6pm) and Real Betis go against Real Valladolid (SuperSport Select 4 at 8pm).
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