Monday, August 31, 2020

La Liga fixtures announced

 La Liga have just published the fixtures for the coming season. Our fixtures are at this link.

It's a not too testing start, with the hardest games coming later. Levante (H), Celta (A), Huesca (H) offers a chance to get some points on the board before we face the other pretenders in October: Sociedad, Betis and Villarreal will show where this team is really at. It's also helpful that the "away" games at Villarreal and Sociedad will take place in October meaning they will almost certainly be behind closed doors. The last 3 games are Sevilla away, Eibar home and Huesca away. Again, the last two are, at this point in time, games we would normally expect to win.

Another aspect of the COVID situation is that the traditional Christmas/New Year break is cancelled.

Our opening game against Levante has to be a prime contender to be moved for TV reasons, so I wouldn't be surprised to see it played on Friday next week. All this makes it imperative that Valencia sort out its squad soon. It's sadly quite usual that we dawdle till the last minute in the transfer market, but I can never remember a transfer market where we have signed literally no one just 11 days before kick-off. Speaking of transfers, our ex-player Rodrigo just gave his first interview in English since signing for Leeds. His English is pretty good and good luck to the guy.