La Liga Best XI – Week 4

gayaThis 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.

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Girona shows signs of life with Celta win


Girona recorded their second win of the La Liga season, with a 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo on Monday night.

The Catalan side played out a dire 0-0 draw against Real Valladolid on the opening day, before losing at home to Real Madrid.

Those results had cast doubts over the ability of new manager Eusebio Sacristan to match the 10th place finish achieved by Pablo Machin in 2017-18.

However the former Real Sociedad boss rallied his players following the defeat to Real, and they picked up their first win of the season away, at Villarreal on August 31st.

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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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A La Liga game between Girona and Barcelona in America would be a bad move


In the past we’ve seen American sports moving over to Europe to play regular season games namely the NFL which is played at Wembley Stadium every season in London and Basketball. Could European football be next?

In truth, playing a regular season game abroad has been edging closer by every passing year. The Spanish Super Cup was not played in Spain and the FIFA World Club Cup is regularly played at the other end of the world. But a proper domestic game has never happened.

More than a decade ago Premier League chief Richard Scudamore’s ill fated 39th Premier League game to be played abroad never materialised with clubs voting it down but now in Spain, La Liga’s president Javier Tebas is very confident that the first game for Spanish sides will be played as early as January in Miami.

That game has been pencilled in to be the Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona and as a sweet spot fans of Girona who have season tickets have even been offered free plane tickets to attend the match. But is moving a game away from your host country destroying the lifeblood and the soul of football?

There are of course two answers but surely anyone that has followed the game and knows its roots knows this is a venture steered only by money and profit. To take a fiery local derby game away from the fans- because many even if offered free flights won’t be able to take that up with family/work commitments feels like a bit of a sin. If the game does go ahead where will it all end? To add to this, Girona would also lose their home advantage as Barcelona playing to a packed stadium would feel like a home match by proxy- and with all due respect how many American fans have heard of or ever followed Girona?

Tebas says that there is a 90% chance the game will happen but there is opposition including even some Barcelona players. Both Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have spoken out about moving the game, and other players from other teams have also been vocal.

The Spanish FA are against the idea also and the proposed match could see La Liga go on strike. Whilst the idea of playing a game deep rooted in one country and changing that for another seems exciting that excitement should last for only seconds and never have got this far. And yet on the international stage we have seen example of this happening.

A decade ago Brazil played Argentina in London, Argentina also played Croatia at West Ham’s old ground of Upton Park in 2014 and there have been other examples. Each of those games were friendlies but they were also underlined by the fact that the teams had come with their star studded players in tow. If those players had refused to play would those games have gone ahead? There will be some pressure then on Lionel Messi to speak up after all his teammates have.

To add fuel to the fire if Girona and Barcelona do meet in Miami it has already been confirmed that all Catalan flags would be banned from the stadium- in what is a Catalan derby. If that isn’t ripping the heart and soul out of the game, what is?


La Liga Best XI – Week 3


Another cracking weekend of action in La Liga saw Eibar get their first league win of the campaign against Real Sociedad, while Barcelona put the brakes on Huesca’s decent start with a hammering. We are going to go for a 4-4-2 formation for this week’s La Liga Best XI.

GK - Sergio Álvarez Conde (Celta Vigo)
The 32-year-old was one of a few goalkeepers to keep clean sheets in La Liga this weekend, but Celta Vigo earned am impressive 2-0 home win against Atletico Madrid, so it is a great clean sheet to keep!

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Real Madrid continue their winning start with a 4-1 demolition of Girona

Real Madrid continued their fine start to life under their new manager Julen Lopetegui with a 4-1 win at Girona on Sunday.

Los Blancos had lost the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season, and many saw them struggling against the Catalonian club once again. The hosts even took an early lead through Borja Garcia in the 16th-minute of the game. However, Real managed to equalize through a Sergio Ramos-penalty in the first half. The turnaround was easily completed in the second half as the visitors put three past their opponents. Continue reading

La Liga Best XI – Week 1


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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Best La Liga Fantasy XI for 2018-19 – Predictions

The new season of La Liga is only one week away, and it’s an appropriate time to start picking your fantasy side.

There have been some major changes to La Liga during the summer. In the biggest change to the league, fantasy football hero Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid for Juventus. Some big names like Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Lemar, Malcom, Arturo Vidal etc. have moved from other leagues to La Liga during the summer. The transfer window is still open in Spain, so some more names are expected to arrive in the coming days.

Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid are the new teams in La Liga this season following their promotion last season.

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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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Machin’s switch to Sevilla is filled with risk

Pablo Machin

With the La Liga season finished for 2017-18, clubs are already making moves to secure their transfers targets, ahead of the new campaign.

With gossip columns already filling up on who is going where, Sevilla moved quickly to make their first signing of the summer – a new manager in the form of Pablo Machin.

He leaves Girona, following a excellent first season in the top flight for both club and manager in 2017-18.

Machin established the Catalan side in La Liga, pushing for a Europa League spot at one stage, before eventually finishing in a respectable 10th place.

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