Two 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.
What an opening weekend of the new season it proved to be for former Europa League champions Sevilla. Travelling to last season’s Segunda División champions Rayo Vallecano, Los Rojiblancos wound up finishing the day at the summit of Spain’s top-flight after beating their hosts 4-1. The match served as a wonderful start for Pablo Machín’s side, and also a stark warning to newboys Rayo about the level of football being played in La Liga right now. The last time they spent in the competition was back in 2016, when they were relegated with an 18th-placed finish. Their first season in the second flight was disappointing as they ended 12th, but those wrongs were corrected as they won the title last season, hoping to re-solidify themselves at the top level having spent five seasons there previous to their relegation.
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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