La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 12

parteyWith 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!

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La Liga Best XI – Week 11

ponsThis 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.

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Espanyol looking to keep pushing their progress

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Espanyol are certainly a surprise name to be included in La Liga’s Top Five, as the season approaches the end of its first quarter, but their results have warranted their rise up the table.

New manager Joan Francesc Ferrer arrived in June, after steering Huesca to promotion from the Segunda Division last season, and he faces his former club this weekend as Espanyol head to Aragon.

He has looked to establish a solid back bone in the team, as his first port of call as manager, with the same defensive back four starting over 80% of their games so far this season.

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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.

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La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 8

garcia4With a full fixture list coming up in La Liga this weekend, there is plenty of action to sift through – making the weekend picks this time won’t be the easiest job! There are some cracking fixtures to come, as always – Real Madrid travelling to the impressive Alaves will be worth watching on Saturday, while Sunday’s pick of the matches sees fourth placed Atletico Madrid taking on fifth placed Real Betis. Both sides are tied on points and have decent defences, though the hosts are ahead on merit of having scored three more goals (and conceding one less). With that in mind, let’s go for a 4-3-3 here and see which players are worth considering for you to bring in to your fantasy team this coming weekend.

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La Liga Weekend Picks – Round 4

oblak2Two weekends ago, Barcelona recorded a massive 8-2 victory over Huesca and Celta Vigo earn an impressive home win against Atletico Madrid, this weekend’s lineup is shaping up quite nicely. Atletico will be looking to get things back on track as they host Eibar, while Espanyol hosting Levante could be well worth a watch considering both sides’ early season form. Let’s now take a look at which players to keep an eye on in the fourth round of games in the Spanish top flight this weekend.

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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.

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New-look Espanyol are proving the doubters wrong

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Ahead of the season kicking off, many pundits had expressed concern for Espanyol with suggestions that their 25-year stint in the Spanish top flight may be under risk. President Chen Yansheng had not committed to investment in his squad and summer exits appeared to have damaged their prospects.

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez (Real Betis), full-back Aaron Martin (Mainz) and striker Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) were among the high-profile summer departures. Last time out they netted just 36 times in 38 league games last season with the prolific Moreno scoring 16 of those. Continue reading

La Liga Best XI – Week 2

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Let us now take a look at which players performed the best for their clubs in the second round of action in this season’s La Liga.  We will be playing a 4-3-3 this week,

GK - Tomás Vaclik (Sevilla)
Tomás Vaclik was one of only several goalkeepers in La Liga to keep a clean sheet this weekend, but at just 4m was the cheapest (tied with Diego Lopez of Espanyol). Sevilla drew 0-0 at home against Villarreal – good result.

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La Liga Friendly Watch – Girona beat Spurs and more

gironaspursWith the La Liga season still being a week or so away from getting underway, let’s take a look at how the league’s sides are getting on in their preparations for the upcoming campaign. There were plenty of sides based in the Spanish top flight in friendly action over the past weekend, so let’s head all the way back to Saturday and move forward with how each side performed. Some were up against trickier opposition than others of course, but there were one or two results which stand out as somewhat surprising – in this instance, it’s usually been for the benefit of the Spanish sides. Opponents ranged from Premier League across to the German Bundesliga, so there has been plenty of travel endured, and plenty of action enjoyed.

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