Barcelona date UDG Tenerife as new season finally roars to life this weekend after round one matches were called off last weekend due to referees wage impasse: Liga F Week Two Preview

The newly professionalised Liga F kicks off this weekend with Barcelona aiming to defend their title for the fifth time

Barcelona date UDG Tenerife as new season finally roars to life this weekend after round one matches were called off last weekend due to referees wage impasse: Liga F Week Two Preview
Barcelona received a boost ahead of their Saturday clash with UDG Tenerife as they welcomed Nigeria international and last season's Liga F joint-top scorer, Asisat Oshoala, from injury / © Photo By Oscar J. Barroso / Europa Press via Getty Images

Defending champions Barcelona will finally kick off their 2022/23 season with a home fixture against last season’s surprise package UDG Tenerife at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Saturday as they look to make it five league titles in a row.

The Catalunya club will be welcoming a lot of new faces which include last season’s joint top goal scorer, Geyse Ferreira, who was signed from Madrid CFF and former Manchester City players, midfielder Keira Walsh and defender Lucy Bronze.

Barcelona, who finished last season with a 100% record as they collected all the points on offer, received a major boost before this match as they welcomed forward Asisat Oshoala, defenders Nuria Rábano Blanco and Laia Codina from injury.

The visitors, on the other hand, had a season to remember last season although eventually falling short and failing to qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) and will be hoping to mount more pressure this season.

Barcelona have won all the seven matches which they have played at this match venue against Tenerife.

Elsewhere, last season’s runners up Real Sociedad will host Villarreal at the Instalaciones de Zubieta on Saturday hoping to match last season’s run.

The visitors were active in the market as they added defenders Cristina Cubedo and Lucía Gómez and midfielders María Llompart and Claudia Iglesias, whilst in attack they added Fatou Kanteh and Rocío García to bolster their squad.

The hosts will play this match with one eye on Tuesday’s clash at home against Bayern Munich in their first match of this season’s UWCL.

Villarreal and Real Sociedad have met three times with the latter winning all of them.

Real Madrid host Valencia on Saturday at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

The hosts have an opportunity to field their new players in front of the home fans having added forward Naomie Feller and midfielders Sandie Toletti, Caroline Weir and Freja Olofsson to their team.

Los Blancos will be looking to repeat last season’s feat which saw them mounting a spirited fight which guaranteed them of playing in the Champions League whilst Valencia will be hoping for a better season having narrowly escaped relegation last season.

The teams have met three times at this venue with the hosts winning two of them and drawing the other one.

Sevilla host last season's fourth place Atlético Madrid at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Saturday.

The visitors will be hoping to start the season on a high to avoid last season’s last-minute disappointment of losing the third place Champions League spot to Real Madrid.

Atlético have lost some of their players such as forward Deyna Castellanos to Manchester City, defender Aissatou Tounkara to Manchester United and winger Marta Cardona to rivals Real Madrid whilst Sevilla signed Ornella Vignola from Barcelona.

The hosts last won this fixture in April 2021 and have lost five and drawn three in the last nine matches at this venue.

Newly promoted Alhama CF Elpozo host Levante at the Campo de Fútbol José María Soriano Muñoz on Saturday afternoon.

Alhama coach, Randri García, is confident that they are in a position to compete with any team despite their ‘recently promoted’ status in Liga F.

The visitors had an avarage campaign last season due to their participation in the more demanding UWCL.

The teams have not met before.

Alavés host Madrid CFF at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón on Saturday afternoon.

Madrid CFF lost their last season’s top goal scorer and joint league top goal scorer, Geyse Ferreira, to Barcelona. But they have added midfielders Grace Chanda, Marina Rivas and Ana González, and defender Aldana Cometti to their ranks.

The teams have met twice with Alavés winning both fixtures last season.

Sporting Huelva, after a spirited fight to avoid relegation last season, make a trip to the Instalaciones de Lezama Campo 1 for a date with Athletic Club on Sunday.

Sporting Huelva have the new signing, defender Athena Kühn, to trust in defence after a long-term injury to Stephanie Blanco and have also bolstered their attack with the signing of left winger Raiderlín Nazareth Carrasco.

The teams have met 10 times at the Lezama with the hosts winning six and drawing the other four, hence making it a difficult fixture for Huelva.

Real Betis will be hoping to put off their last season’s struggles when they host newly promoted Levante Las Planas at the Ciudad Deportiva Luis de Sol on Sunday.

Real Betis will be hoping that midfielder Grace Asantewaa is in her best form as they seek to navigate around Las Planas.

The teams have not met before.

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Fixtures (Saturday): Barcelona vs UDG Tenerife (12:00); Alavés vs Madrid CFF (12:00); Real Madrid vs Valencia (16:00); Real Sociedad vs Villarreal (16:00); Sevilla vs Atlético Madrid (18:00)

Fixtures (Sunday): Athletic Club vs Sporting Huelva (12:00); Alhama CF Elpozo vs Levante (12:00); Real Betis vs Levante Las Planas (18:00)

All times are in Central European Time (CET)