La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 5

garcia3Last weekend’s La Liga action saw Girona recording a 3-2 home win against Celta Vigo in arguably the best of the action throughout the Spanish top flight, while Getafe did themselves plenty of credit with their 2-0 win at Sevilla. Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, and Barcelona managed to scrape a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad despite performing far from their best. This coming weekend sees Barcelona welcoming Girona to the Nou Camp, while Real Madrid host Espanyol. Atletico Madrid have a trip to Getafe, while Eibar and Leganes do battle in a match surely worth keeping an eye on. With all that in mind, let’s take a look ahead and see which 11 players to monitor in the next round of matches.

GK - Marc ter Stegen (Barcelona)
For Barcelona to maintain their place at the top of La Liga they will need to improve on the performance level they produced at Real Sociedad. Ter Stegen will be vital if they are to ship as few goals as possible.

DF - Facundo Roncaglia (Celta Vigo)
Roncaglia ended Celta Vigo’s loss at Girona with -2 points due to the side having conceded three goals. He showed against Atletico Madrid in his previous outing that he can put in a shift though, so it’s time to see if he can bounce straight back to form.

DF - Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
Godin  was booked when Atleti were held at home against Eibar, so it wasn’t a wonderful afternoon individually or for the team. They will be wanting to get back to winning ways and Godin must dust himself off and come out fighting.

DF - Daniel Wass (Valencia)
Wass makes the list for the second week in a row after putting in a great showing as Valencia battled to a goalless draw against Real Betis. They are still waiting to get their season firing on all cylinders, and if Wass can keep that kind of performance up it surely won’t be long, though the trip to Villarreal will be a tough test.

DF - Vitorino Antunes (Getafe)
Antunes is proving good value so far, with 14 points this season for a 6m valuation. He was booked against Sevilla, but if he can stay out of the referee’s book at home against Atletico this test could be a real chance to prove himself once again.

MF - Jesús Navas (Sevilla)
The former Man City star, who returned to Sevilla last year after four years in Manchester, is struggling to find his rhythm so far this season, with just three points to his name. He was booked last weekend as well, so he needs to use the trip to Levante as a springboard.

MF - Dani García (Athletic Bilbao)
Much like Navas, Garcia  has not yet found his feet. He is on -2 for the campaign so far, having been booked twice and not really contributed much to the team yet. It is time to knuckle down, and the upcoming game at Real Betis could be a fine place to start.

MF - Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Once again, the top fantasy points scoring midfielder in La Liga will be in focus as Los Blancos host Espanyol. 18 points so far mean he seems to be enjoying life at the Bernabeu after Ronaldo and Zidane – he could be in for a hugely impressive season.

MF - Gianelli Imbula (Rayo Vallecano)
Imbula made it into the best XI from last weekend and makes it onto this list as well. Six points from his only appearance so far this season show he has the ability – if he can put in a similar performance at home against Alaves on Saturday then his stock will certainly be on the rise.

ST - Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Griezmann  has had a decent start to the season, but hasn’t really set the world alight yet. His exploits in the summer – winning the World Cup with France – mean a slow start was almost inevitable, but now it would appear to be time to start getting stuck in and banging a couple of goals in.

ST - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Attention will always be on Messi at some stage won’t it? He is the top fantasy points hitting striker in La Liga so far (on 20 already) so a home match on Sunday evening will be right up his street.

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