Let’s now take a look at just how La Liga’s midfielders performed this past weekend. With a gap already developing at the top of the table there is indeed one standout team in the Spanish top flight – no prizes for guessing which one.
Barcelona may have opened up a five point lead at the top of the table, but they didn’t have the best midfielder in the league this past weekend. Perhaps surprisingly – or perhaps not – the clubs with the two best stars, both tied on six points, were Sevilla and Alaves.
Ever Banega was one of those two players. The Sevilla midfielder showed his composure by converting a penalty. Striker Luis Muriel would double the advantage just a few minutes later, but Banega’s goal coupled with their clean sheet gave him his six point tally.
Banega has had a bit of a stuttering start to the campaign, with his performance against Malaga easily his finest of the season so far. The result also ensured that Sevillistas remained within two points of table topping Barcelona at the time, though Barca would later pick up a 3-0 home win against Las Palmas behind closed doors to restore their lead to five points.
Banega’s 7.00m valuation may have previously looked a little risky, but performances like this should ensure fantasy managers that there is value in selecting the 29-year-old Argentina international in their fantasy squad.
Right alongside Banega at the top of La Liga’s midfielder charts this weekend was Alaves star Álvaro Medrán. The former Real Madrid youth (he went on to make two senior appearances for the club) was easily the best value for money as far as La Liga midfielders went as well. At just 2.00m, he is considerably cheaper than Banega. He showed he is well worth that investment, though, as Alaves strolled to a 2-0 win at Levante. That was the host’s second consecutive defeat, and Medrán was central to the result as he scored one of the goals.
The advancing Medrán ran behind the Levante defence, getting on the end of a wonderful cross from the left wing to head home and double the visitors’ lead. That goal, along with the clean sheet, means he shares this week’s honours with Banega as the top performing midfielder in La Liga.
In third place we have Sergio Busquets, the 6.50m-rated Barcelona playmaker. This is a player who regularly returns points, and he continued the trend during the aforementioned 3-0 victory over Las Palmas.
He bagged himself five points in the process, and he would have been tied with Banega and Medrán had he not been booked during the match as well. He scored one of Barca’s goals, and they kept the clean sheet but his name going into the referee’s book lost him a point to put him in third place for this week’s La Liga midfielder charts.
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