Top LaLiga Goalkeepers in 2018/19 – Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

Widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football, Slovenian international Jan Oblak had another outstanding season for Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.

Incredibly, in terms of fantasy LaLiga, Oblak was actually the second-highest points earner out of all players in the league.

Coming in at a cost of 11.0 million, Oblak earned 119 points, only bettered by Lionel Messi’s 172-point haul.

Oblak joined Atletico Madrid in 2014 and became a regular in the team from the 2015/16 season onwards. He has played a vital role in the club’s growth under Diego Simeone during that time. Continue reading

Fantasy La Liga picks for the final games of the season

La Liga

Girona will fight for LaLiga survival while Valencia, Getafe and Sevilla battle it out for that final Champions League spot in the last round of games in the LaLiga season.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the final weekend of the season.

Have a read and see if any tips stick out which might suit your fantasy LaLiga team this weekend.

Goalkeeper – Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – 11.0 million

Jan Oblak is the usual safe option in goals as Atletico Madrid still prove to be one of the strongest defensive options in LaLiga. Oblak has 119 points this season. Continue reading

Fantasy La Liga picks for this weekend’s action

La Liga

Starting with Sevilla and Leganes on Friday night, there is another full schedule of 10 LaLiga games this coming weekend.

With Barcelona and Valencia still in European competition, will they be resting players? The two legs of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals are on either side of this weekend which will influence team selections.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

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This weekend’s suggested fantasy La Liga picks

La Liga

There was a full schedule of LaLiga midweek games over the last couple of days but there will still be ten more games for your viewing pleasure this coming weekend in Spain’s top tier.

Starting with Athletic Bilbao and Alaves at midday on Saturday, the action continues right through until Real Betis play Espanyol on Monday night, with all 20 LaLiga clubs in action over the two days.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

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Fantasy La Liga picks for this weekend’s games

La Liga

This weekend sees another full schedule of LaLiga fixtures so it’s time to be getting your fantasy LaLiga selections ready!

Starting Friday night with Alaves against Real Valladolid, all 20 teams are in action with the last fixture between Real Betis and Valencia on Sunday night.

As always, we’ve taken a look at the fixtures from a LaLiga fantasy football viewpoint to help you with your picks for the weekend.

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Atletico Madrid chalk up another win thanks to impenetrable defence

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid clawed two points back in what many consider to be a non-event of a title race last weekend.

Diego Simeone’s side’s dominant performance was, once again, underpinned by a solid defensive set-up with one of the best goalkeepers in the world between the sticks.

Jan Oblak oversaw proceedings from his own penalty area and was on hand to provide some guidance to the inexperienced centre-back pairing of Francisco Montero and Antonio Moya Vega in front of him. Montero and Moya Vega have a combined age of 41. Continue reading

Week 29: Best 11 Players in Fantasy La Liga


It was a weekend where the top 3 clubs all won including two wins out of two for Real Madrid since Zinedine Zidane returned to the club. The full top six is still undecided as European places will be up for grabs. Below we take a look at the best 11 players who performed this past weekend in La Liga. Formation: 4-4-2.

Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak

Only 3 goalkeepers earned 7pts and Jan Oblak was one of them. Already in first position for goalkeepers Oblak had an outstanding game for Atletico Madrid as they destroyed Alaves 4-0 to stay in 2nd place ahead of their rivals Real Madrid. Want Oblak? Well he will cost you 11m but seems worth every penny.

Defender: Diego Godin

Staying with Atletico Madrid, one of the very best defenders to grace the Spanish league makes it into our team of the week and that is Diego Godin. Godin was part of a team that kept a clean sheet and earned 5pts and is valued at 9m.

Defender: Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique the Barcelona legend had a solid game at home and it was an important one as Barca beat their rival Espanyol 2-0 in the local derby. Pique earned 5pts and it was Barcelona’s first clean sheet in 2 games. Pique can be brought in for 7.5m and is currently the highest ranked defender.

Defender: Jose Gaya

Jose Gaya, the Valencia player earned 5pts as his team won a massive game away to Sevilla 1-0. Gaya’s performance was rock solid as Valencia try to cement a European place and he has had good consistency about him and can be bought for 6.5m.

Defender: Jonathan Silva

Jonathan Silva is the defender of the weekend as he earned the most points with 7. The Leganes player assisted for his sides first goal and kept a clean sheet as they beat Getafe 2-0. That was his 6th assist of the season and he is valued at 5m.

Midfielder: Juanfran

Juanfran had an excellent game as Leganes beat Getafe 2-0 and it was Juanfran who got his clubs winner, scoring a goal and helping his side to get a clean sheet too. Juanfran has only had 12 starts but might be finding his best form now and can be snapped up at 5.5m.

Midfielder: Daniel Parejo

It was all down to Parejo as his team beat Sevilla 1-0 and it was Parejo’s penalty that won the day for the away side. Parejo earned himself 6pts and can be brought into your team for 8.5m.

Midfielder: Thomas Partey

Not only did Thomas Partey play his part in keeping a clean sheet for Atletico Madrid but after the club went 3-0 up he rounded it up with his 3rd goal of the season to win the match for the club 4-0. He has been consistent this season and looks a steal at 6m.

Midfielder: Saul Niguez

Another Atletico Madrid player inclusion but richly deserved Saul Niguez opened up the scoring for his club which would lead into a 4-0 victory over poor Alaves. The player earned 6pts in the process and can be bought for 6.5m.

Striker: Iago Aspas

Iago Aspas is worth his weight in gold to Celta Vigo this past weekend as his 2 goals helped the team beat Villarreal 3-2 as they try to survive in La Liga with the skin of their teeth. Aspas was fantastic and he is 8.5m if you think his goals will be able to save the club.

Striker: Lionel Messi

For the second week running Lionel Messi makes the team as the Argentine genius scored both of Barcelona’s goals in their derby match against Espanyol. He has a massive 151pts and got another 8pts at the weekend and would set you back 20m.

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Atletico Madrid keep the candle burning in La Liga title race

Alvaro Morata

In San Sebastien on Sunday evening, Atletico Madrid turned in a typically solid performance to take all three points at the home of Real Sociedad.

A first-half double from the head of Alvaro Morata gave Diego Simeone’s side a 2-0 win and brought them back to within seven points of league leaders Barcelona.

Barca had beaten Atletico’s city rivals, Real Madrid, 1-0 at the Bernabeu less than 24 hours previously.

It was at Sociedad’s Anoeta Stadium that the biggest La Liga fantasy football points would be handed out over the weekend, however.

Three David de Gea replacements should Manchester United have to sell

It has come to the attention of Manchester United fans that David de Gea’s contract negotiations have hit a stumbling block.

The Spain international is weighing up his future and knows that his next contract could rule him out of a move during his peak years. With the way that Manchester United are playing under José Mourinho, and how far they are from truly challenging the elite in Europe, it is no surprise that De Gea is questioning his options.

If the Spaniard decides against renewing with the Red Devils, the club will need to act fast in approaching potential replacements. Here are three that are worth considering should that outcome come to fruition:

Jan Oblak: Atlético Madrid 

The outstanding candidate would be Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak, who has been tremendous ever since joining the Spanish giants. So much so that he has in fact kept more clean sheets than goals conceded while in goal since the 2014/15 season, showing his exemplary credentials and case to be crowned the best goalkeeper in the world.

Oblak is a wonderful shot-stopper, like De Gea, and also makes remarkable, worldly saves that he has no right to. The Slovenia international might have a brick wall in the form of a defence in front of him, but Oblak holds more than his own and has kept Atlético in crucial games.

At 25-years-old, Oblak is coming into his peak years as a goalkeeper and can rule as one of the leading goalkeepers of his generation. There is no reason to suggest that he cannot go on for another decade, playing at the elite level winning trophies.

The problem Manchester United face would be to prize the Slovenian away from sunny Madrid. Not only is it about convincing him to step down in terms of the level, because United at this moment are not comparable to Atlético, but to also convince the board members of the Spanish club to sell him. It would most likely take his full buy-out clause of £88 million (€100m) to acquire him.

If De Gea does leave in the next two years, Oblak should be the frontrunner in terms of who they target. He is the perfect replacement.

Jordan Pickford: Everton 

England’s number one has had a meteoric rise since leaving Sunderland for Everton just over two seasons ago.

Jordan Pickford has shown that height is not a sticking point in becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with his distribution and positioning being first class.

Against Spain, Pickford set up two goals with his quick thinking and immaculate passing out of his hands and on the floor. That quick tempo that the England international plays at is what has allowed him to reach the heights he is beginning to.

He might be 24-years-old but Pickford has shown his calm, collected nature on a regular basis, especially in England’s round of 16 penalty shootout against Colombia. With the momentum with the South Americans, Pickford remained composed and eventually saved the crucial penalty that allowed England to win their first shootout in a major tournament for decades.

The Toffees player might not be a universally popular choice among United fans, but he is certainly not one to rule out given his status of being one of the uprising goalkeepers of his generation.

Thomas Strakosha: Lazio 

Thomas Strakosha is the unknown quantity in this list to those who do not follow Serie A, but he is one to take seriously.

The Albania international is an up and coming goalkeeper that has been courted by some of the biggest European clubs out there over the past few years, all while only making his proper breakthrough in the 2017/18 campaign.

Off the back of his 53 appearances last season, Strakosha has nailed down the number one jersey at Lazio and will be eyeing a move to a more influential club in Europe’s top five leagues. The 23-year-old has time on his side, but should the opportunity arise, he would not think twice about switching sides.

He might be the easiest profile to obtain on this list, but that does not mean he will come at a cheap price. Lazio set their price at around £35 million last summer and with the way he is play, that fee is likely to only rise in the near future.

Standing tall at 1.93m, Strakosha is a commanding and physical goalkeeper with aerial prowess. He might not have the distribution abilities of Pickford or shot-stopping qualities of Oblak, but he does climb above others to claim what is his.

While it was difficult for De Gea to adjust to English football given the physicality aspect of the league, Strakosha should not have the same problem due to his style of goalkeeping. He is not yet globally known, but the Albanian will burst onto the scene soon enough.

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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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