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 Best XI – Week 8

navarroEstadi Montilivi was the place to be seen in La Liga this past weekend, with Girona losing at home against Eibar in a five-goal thriller. Brazilian forward Charles had given the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before two goals from Cristhian Stuani late in the first half briefly turned the game in the hosts’ favour. Anaitz Arbilla levelled up deep into injury time, before a second half goal from Sergi Enrich allowed the guests to leapfrog Girona in the table, shooting up to 12th. Elsewhere, Alaves recorded a hugely impressive 1-0 home win over Real Madrid, while Barcelona were held at Valencia. Let’s take a look, then, at the best XI from La Liga from the eighth round of games!

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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 Best XI – Week 3

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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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World Cup Weekly Recap

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A very eventful start for the World Cup. The most anticipated game of the early stages, Spain versus Portugal, certainly delivered both in terms of intensity and spectacularity. Despite going down in the score twice, the Red Fury pulled the strings for most of the game and found the target with two magnificent goals, one from distance by Nacho and a very crafty one by Diego Costa in the box. However, the Navigators were not to be denied and came away with a point thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, whose dazzling free kick to tie in the final minutes capped off an all-around great match.  Continue reading

VIDEO: New beginnings for Mkhitaryan and Sanchez

The FA Cup has pushed back the Premier League this weekend as Manchester United and Arsenal welcome their new star signings.

To cover some of the most intriguing clashes across Europe, Nicholas Carroll provides this week’s Euro Fantasy League preview.

Arsenal have enjoyed a positive week of results and now have Henrikh Mkhitaryan at their disposal for their trip away to Swansea. Likewise, Manchester United are set to unleash Alexis Sanchez as they look to ignite their attack for a tough clash on the road with Tottenham. Continue reading

Best Defenders in La Liga – Week 11

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With the latest round of La Liga fixtures largely carrying on the standard set already this season, Barcelona still appear to be the yardstick as they remain unbeaten at the top of La Liga. Continue reading

El defensa más polivalente

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Probablemente haga menos ruido que los galácticos, pero está claro que el Madrid tiene una perla. Nacho es un canterano que cada temporada va cogiendo más peso en el equipo merengue, sobre todo desde la llegada de Zidane al banquillo blanco. El defesa se está ganando muchos minutos y de manera merecida. Y no solo por su rendimiento, sino también por su polivalencia.

Nacho puede jugar tanto de central, como de lateral diestro o zurdo. Y cumple con la misma efectividad en cada posición. Esto es una ventaja increíble para el Madrid ya que, aunque no sea un fijo en el 11, puede suplir a cualquier defensa con las mismas garantías. Es el recambio perfecto para la derecha de Marcelo, para la izquierda de Carvajal o Danilo, o para el centro de Ramos, Varane y Pepe. Sin embargo, su rol ya no es tan secundario como pudiera parecer, ya no es solo un futbolista para dar descanso o suplir bajas de otros jugadores. Nacho tiene cada vez un papel más importante en el equipo.

El Bernabéu, cuya afición suele ser bastante exigente, le ha aclamado en más de una ocasión mientras coreaba su nombre. Ha jugado casi todos los partidos de Liga en los que ha cuajado muy buenas actuaciones. Además, incluso ha dado un par de asistencias y se ha llevado el premio de un gol. Es un defensa que se muestra muy seguro en sus decisiones, y complementa su talento con rapidez y efectividad. Y, por si fuera poco, continúa ganando internacionalidades en sus ya habituales convocatorias de la Roja.

Por tanto, la polivalencia de Nacho es esencial para el Madrid. Se especuló sobre su salida al Calcio el pasado verano ante la falta de minutos, pero Zidane quiso retenerlo, el jugador quería quedarse en el club de su vida y ambos acertaron. El canterano es un comodín que siente los colores y rinde como el mejor.