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La Liga Preview: History repeats itself in several grounds as new season kicks off

La Liga Preview: History repeats itself in several grounds as new season kicks off

FC Barcelona need to shake off their depression following the loss of Neymar and their Supercup hammering to Real Madrid when Betis visit the Camp Nou on Sunday night, but although Barca will kick off as favorites, they can expect problems against a rival who have a new coach in Quique Setien and who appear to have done good business over the summer.

Wildfire continues in Spain

It has destroyed around 1,000 hectares of forest in the Sierra de la Calderona natural park.

Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic keep Barcelona top; late Marcelo strike rescues Real Madrid against Valencia

Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic keep Barcelona top; late Marcelo strike rescues Real Madrid against Valencia

Barca top the standings on 81 points due to their superior head-to-head record over Real, who also have 81 and have a game in hand.

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona  to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

La Liga: Lionel Messi's double edges Barcelona to 4-2 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in thriller

Messi had already had an effort cleared off the line, whilst Mats-Andre ter Stegen made a stunning save from Carlos Soler at the other end before an action packed final 15 minutes of the first-half saw four goals and a red card.

La Liga: Antoine Griezmann double eases Atletico Madrid past Valencia 3-0

La Liga: Antoine Griezmann double eases Atletico Madrid past Valencia 3-0

It was a crucial victory for Atletico, who lost to Barcelona last weekend and suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday.

La Liga: Real Madrid suffer 1-2 shocking defeat against struggling Valencia to open up title race

La Liga: Real Madrid suffer 1-2 shocking defeat against struggling Valencia to open up title race

The defeat yesterday leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla and now enjoy just one game in hand over their title rivals.

La Liga : Valencia trip offers Real Madrid  chance to extend lead

La Liga : Valencia trip offers Real Madrid chance to extend lead

Madrid will travel with a one-point lead over FC Barcelona and on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday afternoon in which coach Zinedine Zidane was able to rest players such as Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos

Louis van Gaal quashes retirement rumours, to decide on football coaching after his sabbatical year

Louis van Gaal quashes retirement rumours, to decide on football coaching after his sabbatical year

Gaal, who lead Ajax Amsterdam to the Champions League title in 1995 and won league titles with Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich,

Barcelona stalwart Andres Iniesta out for two months with knee injury

Barcelona stalwart Andres Iniesta out for two months with knee injury

The referee immediately signalled for assistance and the 32-year-old was carried off the pitch in evident pain.

Lionel Messi penalty snatches thrilling Barcelona win at Valencia

Lionel Messi penalty snatches thrilling Barcelona win at Valencia

Victory moves the champions a point clear of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, who face Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao respectively on Sunday.

La Liga: Two missed penalties can`t stop table-topping Atletico Madrid

La Liga: Two missed penalties can`t stop table-topping Atletico Madrid

After weathering a fast start from Valencia with former Manchester United winger Nani particularly dangerous, Atletico went on to control the majority of the game.

Barcelona snap-up midfielder Andre Gomes from La Liga rivals Valencia for USD 55 million

Barcelona snap-up midfielder Andre Gomes from La Liga rivals Valencia for USD 55 million

At Valencia, Gomes has played a total of 75 games and has scored eight goals.

Six Nations Invitational Tournament 2016: India draw with Spain in final game

Six Nations Invitational Tournament 2016: India draw with Spain in final game

In the 18th minute though, Raghunath finally made one count, breaking through to draw the teams level.

Li Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid set up final day showdown, Atletico beaten

Li Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid set up final day showdown, Atletico beaten

Barca will be champions with victory at Granada next weekend.

La Liga 2015-16: Shell-shocked FC Barcelona level with Atletico Madrid after another defeat

La Liga 2015-16: Shell-shocked FC Barcelona level with Atletico Madrid after another defeat

 Barca have 76 points along with Atletico and remain top only due to a superior head-to-head record.

Valencia sack Gary Neville as manager after less than four months in charge

Valencia sack Gary Neville as manager after less than four months in charge

Valencia are 14th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

Europa League: Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund seal their place in draw for quarter-finals

Europa League: Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund seal their place in draw for quarter-finals

Jurgen Klopp`s side saw off old rivals Manchester United as a 1-1 second-leg draw at Old Trafford.

Valencia crash out of Europa League

Gary Neville`s Valencia were sent crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday, losing their last-16 tie to Spanish rivals Athletic Bilbao on away goals despite winning the second leg 2-1.

Europa League: Manchester United FC stunned in Denmark, Valencia give Gary Neville boost

Europa League: Manchester United FC stunned in Denmark, Valencia give Gary Neville boost

"It`s just not good enough. It`s not acceptable. It`s got to be a lot better," admitted Michael Carrick