All 20 La Liga teams are in action this weekend. The action starts with Real Sociedad and Levante who meet on Friday evening and ends with Real Betis against Barcelona on Sunday night.
We’ve had a look at who we think the smartest fantasy La Liga picks are for the upcoming fixtures.
Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 11.0 million
Jan Oblak’s pride will have taken a dent in the Champions League during the week. While he was not at fault for any of Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals, the Slovenian international goalkeeper will be eager to resume normal service with a clean sheet in La Liga this weekend. Oblak has 94 points this season.
All La Liga teams are in action this weekend so let’s take a look at the top fantasy La Liga picks for the upcoming games.
Starting on Friday evening, there are 20 La Liga fixtures to look forward to.
Goalkeeper – David Soria (Getafe) – 6.0 million
I’ve gone with Getafe’s David Soria for the goalkeeper spot. Getafe are at home to bottom team, Huesca, so a clean sheet is very much a possibility for Jose Bordalas’ side. Soria has 46 points this season.
What was so remarkable about Alaves winning 2-1 at Villarreal on Saturday was that it was not at all surprising. The result brought the Basque club back into the top four of La Liga, leapfrogging Sevilla and Getafe – who are yet to play this matchday. With less than a third of the season to go, Alaves are in a Champions League place.
This a team built on a budget and has no right to be competing in the top half of the Spanish top flight, never mind in the top four. Boss Abelardo Fernandez was appointed in December 2017 and has now managed the side for 49 league matches, accumulating an impressive 81 points in that run. Only Barca, Madrid and Atletico have won more points in the same timeframe. Continue reading →
This weekend sees another full lineup of La Liga action including the mighty El Clasico which takes place at the Bernabeu in Madrid on Saturday evening.
Real Madrid will be keen to put a halt to Barcelona’s march towards another La Liga title. A win for the home side would put them back within six points of Ernesto Valverde’s league leaders with 12 games remaining. Clearly, there’s still a lot to play for going into this gameweek.
Elsewhere, second-placed Atletico Madrid travel to play Real Sociedad while Sevilla are away to bottom-of-the-table Huesca.
As we gear up for another action-packed weekend in La Liga, I take you through my suggestions for the top fantasy football picks in Spanish football.
In the defensive third this weekend, it’s difficult to look past Athletic Bilbao players as the team from the Basque Country have kept two clean sheets in a row and three in their last four league games, including a 0-0 draw at home to the mighty Barcelona.
Not only that, but Bilbao are at home to Eibar who have only won one away game all season while only scoring nine goals on their travels in La Liga.
Goalkeeper – Iago Herrerin (Athletic Bilbao) – 5.0 million
In goals, I’ve opted for Bilbao’s Iago Herrerin as it’s very possible another clean sheet is on the cards for his side. Herrerin is currently valued at 5.0 million and has a total of 40 points so far.
With a full card of action scheduled in La Liga this coming weekend, let’s take a look at which players are worth consideration for inclusion in your fantasy teams over the next few days. With some nice fixtures coming up such as Sevilla doing battle with Espanyol, Celta Vigo hosting Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid hosting Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday) there will be plenty to keep you entertained between Friday and Sunday, so without further ado we will adopt a 4-3-3 formation this week and get cracking!
This past weekend saw a couple of cracking games in La Liga, with Real Betis and Celta Vigo fighting out a thrilling 3-3 draw while Barcelona earned a hard-fought victory at Rayo Vallecano, triumphing 3-2. That win means the Catalans retain their three point lead over local rivals Espanyol at the top of La Liga, while Vallecano are four points adrift from safety, sitting second bottom. With that in mind, let us now take a look at which 11 players performed the respective roles the best in La Liga this weekend.
As La Liga prepares to enter into Gameweek 10, the top end of the table still has an unfamiliar look to it, with some of Spain’s middleweights continuing to impress.
Defending champions Barcelona lead the way, with their Catalan neighbours Espanyol a point behind in second place.
But arguably the biggest surprise is Alaves, currently sitting in third, ahead of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid respectively.
The highest ever La Liga finish achieved by the Basque side came back in the 1999-2000 season as 6th, and since then they have only broken into the top ten twice since, and finished down in 14th place last season.
Estadi Montilivi was the place to be seen in La Liga this past weekend, with Girona losing at home against Eibar in a five-goal thriller. Brazilian forward Charles had given the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before two goals from Cristhian Stuani late in the first half briefly turned the game in the hosts’ favour. Anaitz Arbilla levelled up deep into injury time, before a second half goal from Sergi Enrich allowed the guests to leapfrog Girona in the table, shooting up to 12th. Elsewhere, Alaves recorded a hugely impressive 1-0 home win over Real Madrid, while Barcelona were held at Valencia. Let’s take a look, then, at the best XI from La Liga from the eighth round of games!
Real Madrid’s latest defeat against Deportivo Alaves at the weekend means that the club have not won a game or scored a goal for 4 matches and the pressure is now on new coach Julen Lopetegui. Whilst that may seem unfair at this early stage of the season, it feels that Lopetegui has put this pressure on himself, because he should never have taken the job in the first place.
Let’s rewind back to the summer and Lopetegui was about to take the national side, Spain to the World Cup finals in Russia. With Spain, Lopetegui had remained unbeaten after 20 games with 14 wins and 6 draws. A few months before the World Cup he had watched his team dismantle Argentina 6-1 in a friendly. Talk switched from Spain were clearly past it to Spain must be one of the favourites for the competition. Lopetegui had come in fresh, dazzled some spice on the tika taka and for the first time in 6 years the national side had a belief in themselves once more.
And then on the eve of the World Cup Lopetegui was announced as new coach for Real Madrid. His thinking was that he would coach Spain at the World Cup and take over at Madrid immediately after. Of course that never happened and the Spanish FA sacked him on the spot for disrespecting the national sides duty and brought in Fernando Hierro on a temporary basis, he has been replaced by Luis Enrique now.
Getting an offer from Madrid may seem as if you can’t turn it down but the timing was wrong not just for the Spanish national side but also for Lopetegui’s career. Why would you coach a team that has reached the highest peak? The only way is down and this has been witnessed in recent years.
Take Jose Mourinho’s time at Inter Milan, where we won numerous titles and then in his last season won the treble including the teams first European Cup since 1965. He quits soon after and Roberto Mancini comes in only to see his new team collapse because they couldn’t keep the same intensity up with a new coach. Sir Alex Ferguson retired at exactly the right time, only for David Moyes to be the scapegoat and on a hiding to nothing. In short taking over from a great means starting a new era and perhaps Lopetegui should have left that to someone else and stayed with the national side.
Real Madrid have not only lost Ronaldo this season but also lost Zinedine Zidane and so this was always going to be a struggle. In short if Real don’t win another Champions League, then they have gone backwards and the only thing that could save Lopetegui’s job would be a league title. But Real have had the wind taken from them, and haven’t spent sufficiently in the summer. Lopetegui and Real Madrid were the perfect match but not in 2018, and it rather feels that Lopetegui has left his wife for a more beautiful woman only to be left standing on his own with no place to go.