2017–18 La Liga

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La Liga
Season 2017–18
Dates 18 August 2017 – 20 May 2018
Champions Barcelona
25th title
Relegated Deportivo La Coruña
Las Palmas
Málaga
Champions League Barcelona
Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid
Valencia
Europa League Villarreal
Real Betis
Sevilla
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,024 (2.69 per match)
Top goalscorer Lionel Messi
(34 goals)
Best goalkeeper Jan Oblak
(0.59 goals/match)
Biggest home win Girona 6–0 Las Palmas
(13 January 2018)
Real Madrid 7–1 Deportivo La Coruña
(21 January 2018)
Real Madrid 6–0 Celta Vigo
(12 May 2018)
Biggest away win Levante 0–5 Atlético Madrid
(25 November 2017)
Real Betis 0–5 Barcelona
(21 January 2018)
Highest scoring Real Betis 3–6 Valencia
(15 October 2017)
Real Madrid 6–3 Girona
(18 March 2018)
Levante 5–4 Barcelona
(13 May 2018)
Longest winning run 8 matches[1]
Valencia
Longest unbeaten run 36 matches[1]
Barcelona
Longest winless run 16 matches[1]
Las Palmas
Longest losing run 8 matches[1]
Las Palmas
Highest attendance 97,939
Barcelona 2–2 Real Madrid
(6 May 2018)[1]
Lowest attendance 4,056
Eibar 1–0 Villarreal
(28 February 2018)[1][note 1]
Total attendance 10,221,182[1]
Average attendance 26,968[1]

The 2017–18 La Liga season, also known as La Liga Santander for sponsorship reasons,[3] was the 87th since its establishment. The season began on 18 August 2017 and concluded on 20 May 2018.[4] The fixtures were released on 21 July 2017.[5]

Real Madrid were the defending champions. Barcelona, under new manager Ernesto Valverde, won the league title on 29 April 2018 with four matches to spare.[6] It was the second part of a double-winning season for Barcelona, who also won the 2018 Copa del Rey Final.[7]

Levante, Girona and Getafe were the newly promoted clubs competing in the season, with Girona entering La Liga for the first time in their history. At the end of the season, Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo were all relegated to Segunda División.[8][9][10]

Summary[edit]

Prior to the season, several teams hired new managers, among them the previous season's runners-up Barcelona, who enlisted the services of Ernesto Valverde from Athletic Bilbao after the exit of Luis Enrique.[11] Meanwhile, Valencia, who had struggled in the previous campaign hired Marcelino.[12]

In the transfer window, Barcelona were involved in the new world record transfer, selling Brazilian forward Neymar to French club Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million.[13] They replaced him with young Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé who signed for an initial €105 million, potentially rising to €150 million.[14] Defending champions Real Madrid lost striker Álvaro Morata to Chelsea for €80 million and veteran defender Pepe to Turkey's Beşiktaş on a free transfer,[15][16] while their largest fee paid during the window was €24 million for the signature of young defender Theo Hernández from city rivals Atlético Madrid.[17]

Barcelona first topped the table on 16 September after winning 5–0 in their third match of the season against their neighbours Espanyol,[18] eventually making a run of seven wins from the start of the season that ended with a 1–1 draw at Atlético.[19] Valencia improved on their previous campaign and began their new season well, with Marcelino getting the best out of players such as Italian striker Simone Zaza and on-loan Portuguese winger Gonçalo Guedes.[20] Real Madrid, however, struggled in the first half of the season with problems including a smaller squad, injuries and the comparatively poorer goalscoring form of Cristiano Ronaldo compared to recent seasons.[21][22]

In January 2018, Barcelona added to their attack by spending €160 million on Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, while the end of a transfer ban allowed Atlético to register Diego Costa and Vitolo for action; Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane however, made no signings.[23] Málaga were the first team to be relegated, ending their ten-season stay in La Liga, with their descent confirmed after a 0–1 loss against Levante on 19 April.[8] Three days later, the relegation of Las Palmas was also confirmed, after the Canarian team lost 0–4 at home to Deportivo Alavés to end their three-year top flight status.[9]

On 29 April, Barcelona sealed their 25th league title with a 4–2 win at Deportivo de La Coruña, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick. Barcelona still had four games to play, and it was the second part of their double, having earlier won the 2018 Copa del Rey Final. The result also made Deportivo the final of the three relegated teams, sending them back to Segunda División for the first time in four years.[10]

A day later, Real Betis, under new manager Quique Setién, booked their entry into the Europa League following a 2–1 win over Málaga.[24] They had a chance of occupying Spain's fourth Champions League spot after Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and Real Madrid, but that was soon taken by Valencia, who returned to the competition for the first time in three years.[25] In their penultimate game of the season, Sevilla drew 2–2 with their city rivals Betis to confirm 7th place and qualification for the Europa League at the expense of Getafe.[26] Barcelona were on track to complete the first unbeaten La Liga season since the Spanish Civil War (and first in a 38-game season), but surprisingly lost their 37th match 4–5 at Levante, having only conceded 24 goals all season to that point.[27]

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

A total of 20 teams competed in the league, namely the 17 sides from the 2016–17 season and three promoted from the 2016–17 Segunda División. This latter three included the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the winners of the play-offs.

Levante was the first team from Segunda División to achieve promotion, after a one-year absence from La Liga, on 29 April 2017 after winning 1–0 against Oviedo.[28] Girona were promoted as the runners-up after drawing 0–0 against Zaragoza on 4 June 2017, this was their first promotion to the top division.[29] They became the 62nd team to participate in the Spanish top level league. Getafe was the last to be promoted after beating Huesca and Tenerife in the play-offs, one year after their relegation.[30]

The three promoted clubs replaced Sporting Gijón, Osasuna and Granada who were relegated at the end of the previous season.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2017–18 La Liga (Canary Islands)

Atlético Madrid played for the first season at their new stadium, Wanda Metropolitano, replacing the Vicente Calderón Stadium, where they played since its opening in 1966.[31]

Deportivo La Coruña signed a sponsorship contract with Abanca for renaming their stadium as Abanca-Riazor.[32]

Real Betis completed their stadium renovation and it was grown to 60,720 seats, becoming the fourth biggest stadium in Spain.[33] Meanwhile, after their first promotion ever to La Liga, Girona expanded Estadi Montilivi temporarily for hosting 13,450 spectators.[34]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Alavés Vitoria-Gasteiz Mendizorrotza 19,840[35]
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,289[36]
Atlético Madrid Madrid Wanda Metropolitano 67,703[37]
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354[38]
Celta Vigo Vigo Balaídos 29,000[39]
Deportivo La Coruña A Coruña Abanca-Riazor 32,912[40]
Eibar Eibar Ipurua 7,083[41]
Espanyol Cornellà de Llobregat RCDE Stadium 40,500[42]
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,000[43]
Girona Girona Montilivi 13,450[34]
Las Palmas Las Palmas Gran Canaria 32,400[44]
Leganés Leganés Butarque 11,454[45]
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 26,354[46]
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 30,044[47]
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 60,720[33]
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 81,044[48]
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 32,000[49]
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 42,714[50]
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 49,500[51]
Villarreal Villarreal Estadio de la Cerámica 24,890[52]

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Manager[53] Captain[54] Kit manufacturer[55] Shirt sponsor
Alavés Spain Abelardo Fernández Spain Manu García Kelme LEA, Araba-Álava,1 Qubo,2 Euskaltel,3 Integra Energía3
Athletic Bilbao Spain José Ángel Ziganda Spain Markel Susaeta New Balance Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Gabi Nike Plus500
Barcelona Spain Ernesto Valverde Spain Andrés Iniesta Nike Rakuten, UNICEF,1 Beko2
Celta Vigo Spain Juan Carlos Unzué Spain Hugo Mallo Adidas Estrella Galicia 0,0, Luckia,1 Abanca3
Deportivo La Coruña Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Spain Pedro Mosquera Macron Estrella Galicia 0,0, Abanca,1 Luckia2
Eibar Spain José Luis Mendilibar Spain Dani García Puma AVIA, Wiko1
Espanyol Spain David Gallego (caretaker) Spain Javi López Joma Riviera Maya, InnJoo,13 SportyCo2
Getafe Spain José Bordalás Spain Jorge Molina Joma Tecnocasa Group, Granitos Buenavista3
Girona Spain Pablo Machín Spain Eloi Amagat Umbro Orgull Gironí, Costa Brava2
Las Palmas Spain Paco Jémez Spain David García Acerbis Gran Canaria, Grupo DISA,1 IOC,1 Kalise Menorquina,2 beCordial Sports3, Binter Canarias,3 Domingo Alonso3
Leganés Spain Asier Garitano Argentina Martín Mantovani Joma GoldenPark,1 Sambil Outlet Madrid,2 BeSoccer,3 Elephone3
Levante Spain Paco López Spain Pedro López Macron Jawwy, València,1 Baleària1
Málaga Spain José González Spain Recio Nike Marathonbet, Benahavís,1 BeSoccer2
Real Betis Spain Quique Setién Spain Joaquín Adidas Greenearth, Estadio Benito Villamarín,1 Wiko,1 Reale Seguros,2 BeSoccer3
Real Madrid France Zinedine Zidane Spain Sergio Ramos Adidas Emirates
Real Sociedad Spain Imanol Alguacil Spain Xabi Prieto Adidas Euskaltel, Kutxabank,1 Reale Seguros2
Sevilla Spain Joaquín Caparrós (caretaker) Argentina Nicolás Pareja New Balance Playtika, #Cordiality2
Valencia Spain Marcelino Spain Daniel Parejo Adidas BLU, beIN Sports,1 Sesderma,2 Alfa Romeo3
Villarreal Spain Javier Calleja Spain Bruno Joma Pamesa Cerámica, Jawwy2
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Athletic Bilbao Spain Ernesto Valverde Resigned 23 May 2017[56] Pre-season Spain José Ángel Ziganda 24 May 2017[57]
Barcelona Spain Luis Enrique End of contract 29 May 2017 Spain Ernesto Valverde 29 May 2017[58]
Las Palmas Spain Quique Setién 30 June 2017 Spain Manolo Márquez 3 July 2017[59]
Valencia Spain Voro End of interim spell 11 May 2017 Spain Marcelino 11 May 2017[60]
Real Betis Spain Alexis Trujillo 26 May 2017 Spain Quique Setién 26 May 2017[61]
Celta Vigo Argentina Eduardo Berizzo End of contract 30 June 2017[62] Spain Juan Carlos Unzué 28 May 2017[63]
Sevilla Argentina Jorge Sampaoli Signed by Argentina 20 May 2017[64] Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 1 June 2017[65]
Alavés Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino Resigned 29 May 2017[66] Argentina Luis Zubeldía 17 June 2017[67]
Alavés Argentina Luis Zubeldía Sacked 17 September 2017[68] 20th Italy Gianni De Biasi 22 September 2017[69]
Villarreal Spain Fran Escribá 25 September 2017[70] 14th Spain Javier Calleja[71] 25 September 2017
Las Palmas Spain Manolo Márquez Resigned 26 September 2017[72] 15th Spain Pako Ayestarán 27 September 2017[73]
Deportivo La Coruña Spain Pepe Mel Sacked 24 October 2017[74] 17th Spain Cristóbal Parralo 24 October 2017[74]
Alavés Italy Gianni De Biasi 27 November 2017[75] 20th Spain Abelardo Fernández 1 December 2017[76]
Las Palmas Spain Pako Ayestarán 30 November 2017[77] 19th Spain Paco Jémez 21 December 2017[78]
Sevilla Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 22 December 2017[79] 5th Italy Vincenzo Montella 28 December 2017[80]
Málaga Spain Míchel 13 January 2018[81] 19th Spain José González 13 January 2018[82]
Deportivo La Coruña Spain Cristóbal Parralo 4 February 2018[83] 18th Netherlands Clarence Seedorf 5 February 2018[84]
Levante Spain Juan Muñiz 4 March 2018[85] 17th Spain Paco López 4 March 2018[85]
Real Sociedad Spain Eusebio Sacristán 18 March 2018[86] 15th Spain Imanol Alguacil 18 March 2018[86]
Espanyol Spain Quique Sánchez Flores 20 April 2018[87] 16th Spain David Gallego (caretaker) 20 April 2018[88]
Sevilla Italy Vincenzo Montella 28 April 2018[89] 7th Spain Joaquín Caparrós (caretaker) 28 April 2018[89]

League table[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 28 9 1 99 29 +70 93 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Atlético Madrid 38 23 10 5 58 22 +36 79
3 Real Madrid 38 22 10 6 94 44 +50 76
4 Valencia 38 22 7 9 65 38 +27 73
5 Villarreal 38 18 7 13 57 50 +7 61 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Real Betis 38 18 6 14 60 61 −1 60
7 Sevilla 38 17 7 14 49 58 −9 58 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
8 Getafe 38 15 10 13 42 33 +9 55
9 Eibar 38 14 9 15 44 50 −6 51[b]
10 Girona 38 14 9 15 50 59 −9 51[b]
11 Espanyol 38 12 13 13 36 42 −6 49[c]
12 Real Sociedad 38 14 7 17 66 59 +7 49[c]
13 Celta Vigo 38 13 10 15 59 60 −1 49[c]
14 Alavés 38 15 2 21 40 50 −10 47
15 Levante 38 11 13 14 44 58 −14 46
16 Athletic Bilbao 38 10 13 15 41 49 −8 43[d]
17 Leganés 38 12 7 19 34 51 −17 43[d]
18 Deportivo La Coruña (R) 38 6 11 21 38 76 −38 29 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Las Palmas (R) 38 5 7 26 24 74 −50 22
20 Málaga (R) 38 5 5 28 24 61 −37 20
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)[90]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Barcelona qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2017–18 Copa del Rey. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.
  2. ^ a b Eibar finished ahead of Girona on head-to-head points: Eibar 4–1 Girona, Girona 1–4 Eibar.
  3. ^ a b c Head-to-head points: Espanyol 8, Real Sociedad 4, Celta Vigo 4 (Espanyol 2–1 Real Sociedad, Real Sociedad 1–1 Espanyol, Espanyol 2–1 Celta Vigo, Celta Vigo 2–2 Espanyol, Real Sociedad 1–2 Celta Vigo, Celta Vigo 2–3 Real Sociedad).
  4. ^ a b Athletic Bilbao finished ahead of Leganés on head-to-head goal difference: Athletic Bilbao 2–0 Leganés, Leganés 1–0 Athletic Bilbao.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Barcelona 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Atlético Madrid 8 4 6 5 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Real Madrid 1 5 7 4 8 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Valencia 7 8 9 9 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Villarreal 18 19 13 7 9 14 9 8 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5
Real Betis 19 12 15 12 7 5 6 9 7 8 8 9 8 11 12 8 14 10 7 11 13 10 8 10 7 9 10 8 8 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6
Sevilla 11 9 3 2 2 3 2 5 8 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7
Getafe 13 14 10 14 14 10 12 14 14 11 12 10 12 8 7 10 8 11 9 9 9 11 11 9 11 10 11 11 9 11 11 10 9 9 7 8 8 8
Eibar 4 11 16 13 13 16 18 16 17 17 17 17 15 13 13 9 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 9 7 8 9 11 10 10 12 12 12 12 10 9 9
Girona 9 6 11 15 15 17 16 17 15 13 10 11 10 12 9 7 10 13 10 10 10 9 10 8 10 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 11 10
Espanyol 10 13 18 16 16 12 14 13 13 10 13 14 13 15 16 16 15 15 14 14 14 15 15 16 15 13 15 13 14 13 15 16 16 16 15 15 14 11
Real Sociedad 3 1 2 3 6 8 8 7 9 9 7 7 7 9 10 11 9 12 15 15 15 14 14 12 14 15 12 14 15 15 13 11 11 11 10 11 10 12
Celta Vigo 14 16 12 17 17 13 11 10 10 14 11 13 9 10 11 13 11 14 11 7 7 8 9 11 8 11 9 10 10 9 9 9 10 10 11 12 13 13
Alavés 15 18 20 20 19 20 19 19 19 20 18 19 20 19 18 18 17 18 17 16 17 16 16 15 16 14 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 13 13 13 12 14
Levante 6 7 8 8 5 9 10 12 12 12 14 12 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 15 15
Athletic Bilbao 12 10 4 6 10 11 13 11 11 15 15 15 16 16 14 14 12 8 12 12 12 13 13 14 12 12 14 12 13 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 16 16
Leganés 5 3 5 10 11 7 7 6 5 7 9 8 11 7 8 12 13 9 13 13 11 12 12 13 13 16 13 15 12 14 14 14 14 15 16 17 17 17
Deportivo La Coruña 20 15 17 18 18 18 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Las Palmas 16 20 14 11 12 15 17 18 18 18 19 20 19 18 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
Málaga 17 17 19 19 20 19 20 20 20 19 20 18 18 20 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

Source: BDFutbol

Leader and 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Relegation to 2018–19 Segunda División

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALA ATH ATM BAR CEL DEP EIB ESP GET GIR LPA LEG LEV MGA BET RMA RSO SEV VAL VIL
Alavés 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–3
Athletic Bilbao 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Atlético Madrid 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Barcelona 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 6–1 5–0 0–0 6–1 3–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 5–1
Celta Vigo 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 4–2 0–0 3–2 2–2 2–3 4–0 1–1 0–1
Deportivo La Coruña 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–1 0–3 2–4 0–0 1–2 2–4
Eibar 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–4 0–0 3–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 1–0
Espanyol 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 0–2 1–1
Getafe 4–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–0
Girona 2–3 2–0 2–2 0–3 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–0 6–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–2
Las Palmas 0–4 1–0 1–5 1–1 2–5 1–3 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2
Leganés 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 3–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–1
Levante 0–2 1–2 0–5 5–4 0–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Málaga 0–3 3–3 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–0
Real Betis 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–5 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–2 4–0 2–1 3–5 0–0 2–2 3–6 2–1
Real Madrid 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 6–0 7–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 6–3 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 5–2 5–0 2–2 0–1
Real Sociedad 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–4 1–2 5–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 5–0 2–2 3–2 3–0 0–2 4–4 1–3 3–1 2–3 3–0
Sevilla 1–0 2–0 2–5 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 3–5 3–2 1–0 0–2 2–2
Valencia 3–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–4 2–1 4–0 0–1
Villarreal 1–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–2 2–3 1–0
Source: BDFutbol
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

[93]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 34
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 26
3 Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona 25
4 Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 22
5 Uruguay Cristhian Stuani Girona 21
6 France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 19
7 Uruguay Maxi Gómez Celta Vigo 17
8 Wales Gareth Bale Real Madrid 16
Spain Gerard Moreno Espanyol
Spain Rodrigo Valencia

Top assists[edit]

[94]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Spain Pablo Fornals Villarreal 12
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona
4 France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 10
5 France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 9
Portugal Gonçalo Guedes Valencia
Denmark Pione Sisto Celta Vigo
Denmark Daniel Wass Celta Vigo
9 Spain Jordi Alba Barcelona 8
Spain José Ángel Eibar
Mexico Andrés Guardado Real Betis
Spain José Luis Morales Levante

Zamora Trophy[edit]

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper has to have played at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.[95][96]

Rank Name Club Goals
against
Matches Average
1 Slovenia Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 22 37 0.59
2 Germany Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona 28 37 0.76
3 Spain Vicente Guaita Getafe 26 33 0.79
4 Brazil Neto Valencia 33 33 1.00
5 Spain Pau López Espanyol 31 28 1.11

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Round
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Espanyol 5–0 (H) 9 September 2017 3
Italy Simone Zaza Valencia Málaga 5–0 (H) 19 September 2017 5
Argentina Lionel Messi4 Barcelona Eibar 6–1 (H) 19 September 2017 5
Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Villarreal Eibar 3–0 (H) 1 October 2017 7
Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo Las Palmas 5–2 (A) 16 October 2017 8
Spain Ibai Gómez Alavés Girona 3–2 (A) 4 December 2017 14
Kenya Michael Olunga Girona Las Palmas 6–0 (H) 13 January 2018 19
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Sociedad 5–2 (H) 10 February 2018 23
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Girona 6–1 (H) 24 February 2018 25
France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Sevilla 5–2 (A) 25 February 2018 25
France Antoine Griezmann4 Atlético Madrid Leganés 4–0 (H) 28 February 2018 26
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo4 Real Madrid Girona 6–3 (H) 18 March 2018 29
Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo Sevilla 4–0 (H) 7 April 2018 31
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Leganés 3–1 (H) 7 April 2018 31
Colombia Carlos Bacca Villarreal Celta Vigo 4–1 (H) 28 April 2018 35
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña 4–2 (A) 29 April 2018 35
Ghana Emmanuel Boateng Levante Barcelona 5–4 (H) 13 May 2018 37
Brazil Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Levante 4–5 (A) 13 May 2018 37
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals; (H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Discipline[edit]

[97][98][99][100]

  • Most yellow cards (club): 134
    • Getafe
  • Fewest yellow cards (club): 62
    • Real Sociedad
  • Most yellow cards (player): 16
  • Most red cards (club): 8
    • Málaga
  • Fewest red cards (club): 0
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • Girona
  • Most red cards (player): 2

Average attendances[edit]

A match played behind closed doors is not included.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Barcelona 1,248,657 97,939 49,693 69,370 −9.9%3
2 Real Madrid 1,247,398 80,737 55,143 65,653 −3.5%
3 Atlético Madrid 1,054,190 66,591 35,033 55,484 +24.2%2
4 Real Betis 881,198 55,453 31,311 46,379 +41.4%
5 Valencia 735,187 47,794 27,930 38,694 +14.0%
6 Athletic Bilbao 710,148 45,761 24,587 37,376 −9.1%
7 Sevilla 628,281 40,385 22,643 33,067 +0.7%
8 Deportivo La Coruña 392,058 27,877 12,904 20,635 −7.8%
9 Málaga 387,224 27,117 10,098 20,380 −7.9%
10 Real Sociedad 374,299 24,675 15,562 19,700 −8.0%
11 Levante 335,939 23,542 12,942 17,681 +45.9%1
12 Espanyol 335,309 24,836 11,659 17,648 −12.1%
13 Villarreal 317,267 21,087 12,398 16,698 −3.8%
14 Celta Vigo 309,098 20,895 10,840 16,298 −1.0%
15 Las Palmas 306,535 26,163 4,624 16,133 −20.9%
16 Alavés 296,123 19,840 12,594 15,585 +2.7%
17 Girona 194,626 13,305 6,392 10,243 +86.9%1
18 Getafe 194,375 15,350 5,097 10,230 +43.1%1
19 Leganés 177,382 11,454 5,970 9,336 +0.2%
20 Eibar 101,160 6,725 4,056 5,324 +0.2%
League total 10,226,454 97,939 4,056 26,983 −2.4%

Source: World Football
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Segunda División.
2: Atlético Madrid played the previous season at Vicente Calderón Stadium.
3: Barcelona played its match against Las Palmas behind closed doors.

LFP Awards[edit]

Monthly[edit]

Month Player of the Month Reference
Player Club
September Italy Simone Zaza Valencia [101]
October Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Villarreal [102]
November Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo [103]
December Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona [104]
January Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao [105]
February France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid [106]
March Spain Rodrigo Valencia [107]
April Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona [108]

Number of teams by autonomous community[edit]

Source:[109]

Autonomous Community Number of teams Teams
1  Basque Country 4 Alavés, Athletic Bilbao, Eibar and Real Sociedad
 Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Leganés and Real Madrid
3  Catalonia 3 Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona
 Andalusia Málaga, Real Betis and Sevilla
 Valencian Community Levante, Valencia and Villarreal
6  Galicia 2 Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña
7  Canary Islands 1 Las Palmas

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The match between Barcelona and Las Palmas, on 1 October, was played behind closed doors.[2]

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