El Clasico and derby dates revealed

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 21, 2017

The Camp Nou fixture looks set to be rearranged due to Madrid's participation in the Club World Cup in December, with the return fixture set to be pivotal in the title race.

Madrid will begin its title defense of the Spanish league at Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona will host Real Betis.

The first El Clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be a Christmas cracker, as Real Madrid will welcome Barcelona to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the first Clasico of the 2017/18 season on Wednesday December 20, just four days after the final of the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Atletico Madrid were drawn to host LaLiga debutants Girona on the opening weekend of August 19/20 but the completion of work on their new Wanda Metropolitano home means that fixture has been reversed and will take place at the 13,500 capacity Estadi Montilivi. They meet at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida as part of the International Champions Cup on July 29th, before contesting the Spanish Super Cup over two legs between August 13th-16th.

The second league match between the two will come as the season reaches its climax, in the second-to-last round on May 6.

Two new managers will go head-to-head at the Mestalla as Marcelino Garcia Toral's Valencia will begin their campaign against Las Palmas. They close the 2017-18 season at home to Eibar.

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