La Liga’s action continues with Matchday 2 this weekend after the opening matchday provided mostly results you would expect. Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona are the top three after one game as Madrid downed Alaves 4-1, Sevilla beat Rayo Vallecano 3-0, and a Messi-less Barca came out on top over Real Sociedad 4-2.
While you won’t be able to catch many La Liga matches on network TV, all 380 league games will be streamed live on ESPN+. Select games will be broadcast across their ESPN networks as well, but if you really want to watch any game of your choosing, ESPN+ is the way to go. If you’re not already signed up for ESPN+, they offer a reasonable rate at $5.99/month or you can get in on a bundle with Disney+ and Hulu as well.
Barcelona will take on Athletic Bilbao for their second match as striker Iñaki Williams will look to improve upon his goal total of 6 from the last two straight seasons for Bilbao. Barca, even without Messi, is still stacked with superstars like Memphis Depay, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, and Gerard Pique to name a few. Pique opened the scoring last week against Sociedad, while Martin Braithwaite added brace and Sergi Roberto put the nail in the coffin in stoppage time.
Real Madrid will look to get their second straight win as they travel to Valencia to take on Levante, who drew 1-1 last week in their opener with Cadiz thanks to a first-half goal from Jose Luis Morales. Madrid stomped Alaves last week with a brace from Karim Benzema along with a goal each from Nacho and Vinicius Jr.
La Liga Matchday 2 schedule
Friday, August 20
Real Betis vs. Cádiz, 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 21
Alavés vs. Mallorca, 11 a.m.
Espanyol vs. Villareal, 1:30 p.m.
Granada vs. Valencia, 1:30 p.m.
Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona, 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 22
Real Sociedad vs. Rayo Vallecano, 11 a.m.
Atletico Madrid vs. Elche, 1:30 p.m.
Levante vs. Real Madrid, 4 p.m.
Monday, August 23
Getafe vs. Sevilla FC, 2 p.m.
Osasuna vs. Celta Vico, 4 p.m.