Real Madrid to be given the prime TV slot for first week of La Liga fixtures

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Even though the European Championship still has just under a week left before its conclusion, the beginning of the La Liga season is just five weeks away.

The first match in the Spanish top-flight for the 2021/22 campaign will take place on Friday, August 13, between Valencia and Getafe, and with a kick-off time of 9.00pm CEST.

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Saturday, August 14, sees four fixtures taking place, with Carlo Ancelotti beginning his second stint in the Real Madrid hot-seat with a game at Alaves in the primetime TV slot of 10.00pm CEST.

Champions, Atletico Madrid, open Sunday’s fare with their trip to Celta Vigo (5.30pm CEST), followed by Barcelona v Real Sociedad at 8.00pm CEST.

It’s believed that Athletic Club had previously complained about playing their fixtures on a Monday night, however, they have drawn the short straw again, with an away trip to Elche and a 10.00pm CEST kick-off.

With many of the league’s best players not getting the chance for much rest over the summer, the odd strange result can’t be ruled out.