La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 3

rakiticA great card of matches this past weekend saw the La Liga table almost seem to take shape and hit the status quo fairly early in the campaign. Real Madrid’s 4-1 win at Girona was a great team performance, while a four goal thriller saw Athletic Bilbao draw 2-2 at home to Huesca. After another exciting weekend of action in La Liga, let us now cast our minds ahead and see which players will be getting special attention in the Spanish top flight in the third round of matches. It will be a 4-3-3 this week.

GK – Marc ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Barcelona are the only side to have kept two clean sheets from their first two league games so far this season, and if ter Stegen can make it three out of three then Barca will be setting themselves up nicely for another great season.

DF - Mario Hermoso (Espanyol)
Hermoso has earned himself a steady four points in each of his first two games – one thanks to a goal and the other owing to a clean sheet (less one for a booking). With a trip to Alaves coming on Sunday, Hermoso will do well to help his side to another clean sheet.

DF – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Ramos already has nine points to his name this season, and with the visit of Leganes – whose defenders have struggled for fantasy points so far – Ramos could well spearhead another defensive masterclass on the way to another Los Blancos clean sheet.

DF - Zaldúa (Real Sociedad)
Zaldúa  has been arguably the best of an underperforming bunch in Sociedad’s defence so far, his assist against Leganes being a highlight. His side travel to struggling Eibar this weekend, and so have an opportunity to get some defensive points on the board.

DF - Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)
One of the most-owned defenders in La Liga for Euro Fantasy Gamers, Hernandez has made one appearance – in which his side kept a clean sheet. The impending trip to Celta Vigo represents a chance to double that tally.

MF - André Silva (Sevilla)
It is difficult to overlook Silva at the moment, as he has been the highest-earning La Liga midfielder in the game so far with a wonderful 16 points. He could exert his influence in the trip to Real Betis as well if he can control the midfield as he has done so far.

MF - Gonzalo Escalante (Eibar)
In much the same way as Zaldúa has a chance this weekend, so too does Escalante  on the opposite side of the pitch when Eibar host Real Sociedad on Friday evening. If he can conduct his team-mates and prove himself a reliable hub, Eibar can get up and running.

MF - Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
La Liga newboys Huesca may have impressed the neutrals so far with their workrate, but with all due respect this is the kind of match Rakitic should be looking to absolutely boss. He has a real chance to get a goal here, and add to his four fantasy point tally.

ST - José Luis Morales (Levante)
The top striker in La Liga so far as far as fantasy points go, Morales’ Levante have a difficult home game against Valencia. If he can get an eye for goal, however, the hosts have a chance to rock the boat and get something out of that one.

ST - Ángel (Getafe)
Getafe’s home match on Friday evening against Real Valladolid could be tough – despite their standing, Valladolid have only conceded on goal so far. If Ángel  can break the defence down, though, he could well get some more points in the bag here.

ST - Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)
Aspas is not having the finest of starts to the season, granted. When Celta Vigo host Atletico Madrid in the first of Saturday evening’s games, if he can snatch a goal it could be a huge confidence booster, so keep an eye on him throughout.

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