La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 9

cheryshev2The next round of La Liga fixtures is all set for this weekend, and so it is now time to take a look at which players may be worth giving a second look for inclusion into your fantasy teams over the coming days. La Liga bottom club Huesca face a difficult trip yo Espanyol, and while that may prove a tough test for the hosts they do not have the worst goalscoring record in the league. Villarreal, Valencia and Getafe have all been disappointing in front of goal this term, netting just six goals each so far. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, are the only side in the top six yet to reach double figures with their nine successful strikes so far, while Barcelona have scored the most on 10 – just a shade ahead of league leaders Sevilla on 18. Real Betis have scored the least in the league, though, with just five strikes. With that in mind, let’s take a 4-4-2 and get cracking.

GK – Diego Lopez (Espanyol)
Lopez‘s Espanyol travel to Huesca as mentioned in the intro, and he must surely fancy his chances of keeping a clean sheet on the road. At just 4m he is something of a snip for a regular starter, so consider bringing him in this weekend.

DF - Gabriel Paulista (Valencia)
Paulista may have struggled a little – just like Valencia in general – so far this season but he is the highest points hitter in their defence at this stage with 11. The home game against 18th-placed Leganes offers a real chance to keep a clean sheet and bag more points.

DF – Nacho (Real Valladolid)
Nacho has amassed an impressive 24 points so far this season, with five coming in his previous outing against Huesca. Their trip to Real Betis – who sit just one place below them in the league – is a test, but the hosts’ struggles in front of goal could bode well.

DF - Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Luis is not Atleti’s best points-scoring defender, but this weekend’s trip to Villarreal offers a chance to get a few more points on the board. Villarreal have almost looked frightened in front of goal at times, and Atleti’s defence won’t do much to calm those nerves.

DF - Raúl Navas (Real Sociedad)
Navas has been the best of a slightly dodgy bunch in Sociedad’s defence so far this season, with just five points. That is more than any of his colleagues, however – and the home game against Girona on Monday could allow him to add substantially more.

MF - Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid)
Much like Filipe Luis earlier, Partey has not been Atleti’s best midfielder so far this term. He would, however, only cost 6m to bring in to your fantasy team – and that Villarreal side can be taken advantage of at times. He will be hoping for a good weekend.

MF - Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)
Asensio needs something to kick off a good run of form really. This weekend’s home game against Levante in Saturday’s first La Liga game should be one he has targeted for a good outing, which could see him add to his 12 point season tally.

MF - Denis Cheryshev (Valencia)
Cheryshev had a great World Cup, but as has already been stated, Valencia have struggled so far. They will be wanting performances out of stars such as the Russian, and the home game against fellow strugglers Leganes could be a great place to start.

MF - Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Roberto has been somewhat understated at times this season as well, and Barca have a huge “top of the table” clash against Sevilla this weekend. A win would see the Catalans leapfrog their guests, and Roberto can really get some momentum from the match.

ST - Christian Stuani (Girona)
Arguably Girona’s brightest spark this season, having scored eight of their 10 league goals. Always worth backing to find the net at some stage. The trip to Sociedad will be tricky by the home defence can be broken – Stuani will fancy his chances.

ST - Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Griezmann will take one look at Villarreal’s defensive record and think, “I’m having some of that”. The World Cup winner seems to be struggling for fitness somewhat after a long summer, but this is a game in which he can get his teeth sunk in.

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