Week 32: Best 11 Players of the Weekend in Fantasy La Liga

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It was a weekend that saw Atletico Madrid close the gap on league leaders Barcelona to 9 points after Barca rested most of their first team squad in order to prepare for their Champions League match against Manchester United in midweek. But Barca will surely still win the league. Real Madrid do not play until today but given that they are 8 points clear of 4th place their Champions League participation will be assured for next season.

Below in a formation of 4-4-2 we look at the best performers in La Liga over this past weekend and see if you had any of these top performing players in your line up.

Goalkeeper: Sergio Asenjo-Villarreal

Sergio Asenjo had an important job to do even if the goalkeepers of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona earned the same points. Villarreal are struggling with relegation and Asenjo was able to keep a clean sheet and make important saves as his team beat Girona 1-0 to move 2 points clear of the bottom three. It was the clubs first clean sheet in the last 5 games.

Defender: Xabier Etxeita- Huesca

Etxeita was the defender for Huesca that really stood out at the weekend to earn his 5pts. Huesca played league leaders Barcelona, and while Barca did rest the majority of their first teamers, Etxeita remained disciplined in defence and made sure his team got a famous point against the Catalan giants. He is valued at 3m.

Defender: Filipe Luis- Atletico Madrid

It was a typical solid performance from Filipe Luis as Atletico eased to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo to move within 9 points of Barcelona and pull 5 points clear of Real Madrid. Luis has had an outstanding season and is valued at 6.5m.

Defender: Alvaro G. Soberon- Villarreal

Soberon won’t be on many of the team of the week lists but he shored up a Villarreal defence as the team who have struggled all season got a huge result at the weekend by beating Girona 1-0 away from home. He has earned just 7 points this season and 5 of them came at the weekend. He can be bought for 4.5m.

Defender: Jeison Murillo- Barcelona 

Murillo is seldom used at Barcelona but the 26 year old was drafted into the team as Ernesto Valverde opted to rest the majority of players. It is to Murillo’s credit that he stayed focused and made some good blocks as Barca kept a clean sheet, impressive given a wealth of this team were playing together for the first time.

Midfielder: Sarabia- Sevilla

Sarabia had a fantastic game as Sevilla took on their arch rivals not only did he assist in the first goal for the club but he then scored the 2nd and Sevilla won a thrilling game 3-2 for Sarabia to earn 6pts at the weekend. The player is currently the highest ranked in midfielders with 78pts and is valued at 7m.

Midfielder: Giovani Lo Celso- Real Betis

Keeping with the Sevilla derby on the other end was Lo Celso and Betis who put in a big performance before losing 3-2. Lo Celso did score though to make it 6 goals this season and was a threat in the match.

Midfielder: Franco Vasquez- Sevilla

Vasquez has stepped up his game in recent weeks as Sevilla look to finish 4th and claim a Champions League berth. He also scored what turned out to be Sevilla’s 3rd and winning goal in the derby against Betis and earned his 4pts this past weekend.

Midfielder: Pablo Fornals- Villarreal

Fornals has earned 25pts this season and was the best midfielder that Villarreal had at the weekend earning 3pts for helping his team keep a clean sheet and keeping his midfield together as they got a vital away win over Girona. Fornals can be brought into your side for 8m.

Striker: Santi Mina- Valencia

Santi Mina earned the most points of any striker this past weekend with 8. Mina scored 2 goals as his team beat Levante 3-1 to edge closer to a Champions League spot he has a total of just 14 pts but could have a strong finish to the season and is valued at 7m.

Striker: Inaki Williams- Athletic Bilbao

Inaki Williams really helped Bilbao out at the weekend by scoring a brace as his side won 3-2 in a game that included them missing a penalty. The win was huge and Bilbao have a chance for a Europa League finish. Williams has earned 49pts and is worth 7.5

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Atletico Madrid preparing for summer transfer overhaul

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Atletico Madrid are set for a transfer shake up this summer, with the La Liga side preparing for a number of arrivals and departures from the Wanda Metropolitano in the coming weeks.

Diego Simeone will have his work cut out to keep some of his star names, with Los Rojiblancos set to end the season empty handed for another year, and the vultures will be circling over the Spanish capital.

French international Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that he will be remaining with the club, which has put an end to another potential summer of transfer speculation over a move to Barcelona.

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La Liga’s top fantasy football picks for this weekend

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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.

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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Will Leicester reach the semi-final of the Champions League?

Leicester City’s Premier League triumph in the 2015-16 season must rank as one of football’s greatest shocks. What Claudio Ranieri, who is no longer in charge at Leicester, and his players achieved may even rank as the greatest triumph in all sports.

A thorough search would likely yield nothing if it were designed to find a single person back in August 2015 who firmly believed the Foxes would end up winning the EPL title at the end of the campaign. Fast forward to April 17th, 2017 and Leicester’s players are preparing to face Spain’s Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

To completely write-off Leicester’s chances of reaching the semi-final might be a decision fans of the beautiful game would take at their own peril. In fact, Atletico arrive in Leicester carrying a slender 1-0 lead courtesy of a penalty-kick from the club’s top scorer Antoine Griezmann. Leicester held on for what can be referred to as a decent result and might have even escaped with a draw were not for that penalty-kick. A 2-0 win for the Foxes carries them to the semi-final while a 1-0 lead after full-time will force extra-time and potentially a penalty shoot-out.

It is remarkable how Leicester have managed to not only make the Round of 16 but also eliminate Spanish side Sevilla. Therefore, to rule out Leicester would be a mistake because the Foxes have proven the critics wrong time and again. Leicester do have the ability to create and score with Riyad Mahrez still on the squad. Mahrez was one of the main architects behind the EPL triumph and though his numbers have fallen considerably during the 2016-17, he is still capable of conjuring a moment of magic. Leicester also have Jamie Vardy in attack, though like Mahrez his stats show a steep decline in scoring this season.

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Realistically, Atletico pose a much bigger obstacle than compatriots Sevilla because the Madrid side possesses one of the best defensive lines not just in Spain but the world. Atletico’s two goalkeepers, the defenders and the team as a whole have combined to present the club with the best defensive record in La liga.

The likes of Diego Godin and Filipe Luis have the necessary experience and know-how to deal with the best strikers in the world. Diego Simeone’s men participated in two of the last three Champions League finals and therefore are accustomed to dealing with the best in the world.

This will be Leicester’s first attempt at reaching the semi-final but perhaps that will be enough to not only motivate the players but also make the Foxes play with nothing to lose. Will the Spanish side become Leicester’s latest victim, or will Simeone’s men put an end to another improbably run by the English team?

Was Filipe Luis really that bad in his debut season at Chelsea?

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis looks to be on his way back to Atletico Madrid this summer, with manager Jose Mourinho unsatisfied with the Brazilian’s debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. Due to the form of Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back, Luis spent the season on the periphery with the Blues, but was somewhat impressive when given game time, so is he really worth selling?

Luis, 29, set Chelsea back around £15M last summer, and joined with the reputation of being a combative, hard-working fullback who would expertly nullify the threat of the opposition. However, game time alluded him all through the campaign, with the Brazilian ending up making nine Premier League starts in 2014/15. He featured more often in the Champions League and domestic cups, and was on the losing team just once in the games he’d starting in all competitions.

The former Atletico man read the game very well in the Chelsea defence, and had the typical resilience needed to win the ball back from tricky wingers down the left-hand side. Luis put in many good performances, but he never managed to force his way into the starting lineup on a regular basis, which is why Mourinho is selling him back to his old club.

Filipe Luis’ return to the Vicente Calderon will mean Chelsea are in need of a left-back as cover for the new season. Azpilicueta is the Londoners’ first-choice in the backline, and now has no cover should he succumb to injury. It’s thought manager Jose Mourinho will used the Brazilian’s money  to sign another full-back, with West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell having interested the Chelsea boss earlier this summer.

Mourinho made a public statement revealing Atletico’a interest in their former defender, and admitted he would sell the left-back if the Spaniards came in with a fair bid. “If (Atletico Madrid) want him back then they have to pay and we have to discuss the offer. (If he leaves) then we have to react and we have to go in the market (and find a replacement).”

The new Premier League season is only weeks away, so it won’t be easy for Chelsea to find a player good enough, but the Blues will have been planning options when speculation rose earlier in the summer. Nevertheless, Filipe Luis had his moments for Chelsea, averaging a tackle or interception every 16 minutes in the Premier League. The Blues are getting back the fee they paid for him, but did he really warrant a sale?