With the title race continuing to hot up, this weekend’s Premier League action saw contenders Liverpool going toe-to-toe with rivals Manchester United, while champions Manchester City took the weekend off from league action to battle Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final. At the lower end of the table, Newcastle hosted Huddersfield in what could be described as a relegation six-pointer. With that said, let us take a look at which players performed the best for their clubs over the past few days.
With the latest round of La Liga taking place this past weekend, it is now time to cast our minds back and see which players performed their roles the best for their clubs. There were, as always, some quality games on display – Barcelona losing for only the second time this season at home to Real Betis was something of a shock, while Real Madrid made it two wins on the bounce with their 4-2 win at Celta Vigo. We will be adopting a 4-3-3 this week, so let’s get to it.
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!
Sevilla were arguably the stars of this past weekend’s La Liga action, recording a 6-2 away win at Levante. That allowed Wissam Ben Yedder and Sarabia make it into this week’s list straight away, while there were also some big hits from Alaves as they earned an equally impressive 5-1 win at the home of Rayo Vallecano. Celta Vigo, meanwhile, played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Reakl Valladolid. Girona did well to earn a 2-2 draw at league leaders Barcelona, which allowed Real Madrid to catch up some ground near the top following their 1-0 victory at home against Levante. Let’s now take a look at the best players from the latest round of action in Spain’s top flight, using a 4-4-2 system this week.
This past weekend saw Barcelona move two points clear at the top of La Liga following their tight 2-1 win at Real Sociedad, with Real Madrid having dropped points, their 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao ending their 100% start to the campaign. With that in mind, let us now take a look at which players performed best in their respective roles, with a 4-3-3 formation coming this week!
GK – Jaume (Valencia)
Jaume was one of several goalkeepers to keep clean sheets this weekend, but as he would only set you back 2.5m on the Euro Fantasy League game he was the cheapest of the bunch. Solid display in Valencia’s 0-0 home draw with Real Betis.
With the 2018/19 season now fully underway in La Liga, let us cast our minds back and take a look at which players were the best of the bunch.
GK - Jordi Masip (Real Valladolid)
The Valladolid custodian was one of a few players who kept a clean sheet on La Liga’s opening weekend, but essentially makes the list because his 5m valuation makes him the cheapest of those keepers to get into your fantasy team. 0-0 draw against Girona.
DF - Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid)
The former Bayer Leverkusen defender had a cracking opening weekend with Los Blancos. He scored a goal and was involved in a clean sheet in their 2-0 home win against Getafe.
DF - Marc Muniesa (Girona)
Another player involved in the Real Valladolid 0-0 Girona match, Muniesa was making his debut as a permanent member of Girona’s side. Valued at just 3m, he represented great value with his clean sheet points.
DF - Sergio Postigo (Levante)
Levante got their season off to a cracker as well, with their 3-0 win at Real Betis sending them second at the end of the round of action. Granotas finished 15th last season.
DF – Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Barcelona and Spain stalwart Gerard Pique earned himself five points from the Catalans’ 3-0 win against Alaves at the Nou Camp.
MF - André Silva (Sevilla)
Sevilla star André Silva was easily the standout midfielder of La Liga on the opening weekend. He struck a hattrick in their 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano. At just 5.5m he represented great value from game one.
MF - Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
The Welsh winger opened his season’s account with a goal and earned two points for Los Blancos’ clean sheet against Getafe, proving to the neutrals that there is life after Ronaldo after all.
MF - Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
The second Barca star on the list, the former Liverpool midfielder scored his first of the season and earned two points with their clean sheet against Alaves.
MF – Franco Vázquez (Sevilla)
Sevilla team-mate Silva may have hit a hattrick in their 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano, but Vázquez scored the other to give the club the top spot in La Liga at the end of the opening weekend.
ST - Álex Gallar (Huesca)
Huesca enjoyed their very first La Liga match in history as they won 2-1 at Eibar. Gallar scored their first ever top flight goal, and added another before half time to make Gonzalo Escalante’s second half strike count for little.
ST - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Perhaps it is only fitting that one of the best players in La Liga history should make it into the first “Best XI” of the season. He scored two goals in their 3-0 win against Alaves, earning himself eight points.
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