Girona stars to exits following La Liga relegation

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Girona could suffer a double blow following their relegation from La Liga, with the top flight’s side circling for their key players.

Eusebio Sacristan, who has since been fired, as unable to stem the tide as the Catalan side’s poor form dragged them deeper into danger, with rivals Celta Vigo and Villarreal heading in the opposition direction.

With their two-season stint in La Liga, Girona are now preparing for life in the Segunda Division. A task made harder by the lack of a first team manager, and the potential that their key players could also be on the way out.

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Week 28: Best 11 Players in Fantasy La Liga

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Week 28 in La Liga saw Barcelona extend their lead at the top of the standings to 10 points after they destroyed Real Betis 4-1 whilst Atletico Madrid lost at Athletic Bilbao. Zinedine Zidane’s spectacular return to Real Madrid saw the club win 2-0 as their objective will be to finish as runners up. Below we take a look at the best 11 players who performed over this past weekend.

Goalkeeper: Iago Herrerin

Athletic Bilbao’s Iago Herrerin gets the vote for best goalkeeper of the weekend not only picking up 7pts but because the opposition was Atletico Madrid who are in 2nd place and this was the first time that they could not score a goal in over a month with Herrerin keeping a clean sheet. Herrerin is 4th in the goalkeeper standings and can be bought for just 5m.

Defender: Marcelo

Marcelo has been the forgotten player at Real Madrid starting just 13 games this season. But with the return of Zidane, he is back and got the most points for a defender this week with 7. Not only did he help keep a clean sheet in Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo but he assisted in Gareth Bale’s goal. Marcelo can be brought into your team for 8m and could well return as a regular under Zidane’s wing.

Defender: Sergio Ramos

Ramos was disciplined for Real Madrid’s latest victory and needed to be as yellow cards and reds has frequently lost him points. But he put in a solid mature display and picked up 5pts at the weekend. He is valued at 9m and is 3rd in the defender rankings.

Defender: Vitorino Antunes

Antunes was one of the best defenders in La Liga for week 28 and picked up 5pts with his club Getafe who drew 0-0 with Valencia. It was  a massive result as it kept Getafe in 4th place. He has been solid all season and is just 6m to buy.

Defender: Damian Suarez

The reason that Getafe have conceded just 24 goals this season is mostly down to Suarez’s leadership at the back. And he earned 5pts by keeping Valencia quiet. The player can be brought into your team for 8.5m.

Midfielder: Portu

Portu, the Girona midfielder had a weekend to remember as he scored both goals in his teams 2-0 win over Leganes. He earned a whopping 10pts at the weekend by doing so and his team kept a clean sheet. He is 9th in the rankings for midfielders and can be brought in for 8.5m which looks a bargain.

Midfielder: Mario Suarez

Mario Suarez scored Rayo Vallecano’s only goal to earn 4pts at the weekend despite his team losing 3-1 to Villarreal. At the same time Suarez earned amongst the most points of midfielders at the weekend  as he scored his first goal of the season. He is valued at 3m.

Midfielder: Borja

Borja saw his team Girona win 2-0 and move up the table. He has been reliable this season and has scored a few goals with some assists. He could be a shrewd transfer and comes in at 7m.

Midfielder: Adrian Januzaj

Januzaj scored the opening goal for Real Sociedad which ended up earning his team a point and moving into 10th spot. He is valued at 6.5m and assists more (3 this season) than scores, and this was his first goal of the season. But with 4pts he has made the team of the week.

Striker: Lionel Messi

No player even comes close to the great Lionel Messi this week as he scored a fantastic hattrick against Real Betis to earn a whopping 14pts. He now has 143pts in Fantasy La Liga standings and is 60pts ahead of 2nd placed Luis Suarez. If you can afford him Messi will unsurprisingly set you back 20m.

Striker: Karl Toko Ekambi

Villarreal have struggled this season but perhaps Ekambi has found his scoring boots as the forward scored twice at the weekend against Vallecano. His goals could save the club from relegation. He has 6 goals this season and can be snapped up for 6m.

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Real Madrid all but surrender late title bid with shock defeat to Girona

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Last Sunday morning, the Santiago Bernabeu bore witness to what may well have been the end of Real Madrid’s thin hopes of a late La Liga title challenge.

The Spanish giants and current Champions League holders stumbled to a 2-1 defeat to bottom-half side Girona in front of their disillusioned fans.

Girona are enjoying only their third season in the top flight of Spanish football having been promoted to La Liga for the first time in 2016.

Let’s take a look at the fantasy football heroes and zeroes after this surprise win for the Catalonian club.

Best La Liga Fantasy XI for 2018-19 – Predictions

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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.

Here are our best 11 picks for the upcoming La Liga season: Continue reading

La Liga Predicted Best XI – Round 31

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There might not be much left in La Liga to fight for this season, but the competition is as interesting ever in fantasy football.

All eyes will be on Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, as Real Madrid host their local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Barcelona will look to take another step towards the league title when they host 14th-placed Leganes on the same day.

To help you out with your team selection this week, we have drafted our best XI for the upcoming week: Continue reading

Girona set for final Europa League push

girona-mojica As the La Liga season nears its conclusion, attention turns to who will finish where, with real focus on the battle to secure a European qualification spot.

The top four in La Liga has essentially been sown up by Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia, who have a 12-point cushion.

In the Europa League qualifying places, Villarreal (5th) and Sevilla (6th) look set to finish the season strongly.

Currently occupying 7th place, is Girona, who are enjoying an incredible debut season in the top flight. Continue reading

La Liga Predicted Best XI – Week 29

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The title race in the top tier of Spanish football looks done and dusted following Barcelona’s recent win over Atletico Madrid.

With ten games left to play this season, the Catalans enjoy a huge ten-point lead at the top of the league table. They are yet to lose a game this season, and we expect them to continue their unbeaten run this weekend. Barcelona were involved in Champions League during the midweek, and they will host Athletic Bilbao at Nou Camp on Sunday.

Besides Barcelona, most of the top sides in La Liga have tricky fixtures this weekend.

In arguably the most exciting clash of the weekend, Atletico Madrid will travel to Villarreal on Sunday. In other important games, Real Madrid will travel to seventh-placed Girona, and Valencia have a comparatively easy home game against Alaves. Continue reading

La Liga stars of the week

 

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In a weekend in which Barcelona took a huge step to words securing the Spanish league title, it is perhaps a surprise that none of their stars were able to work their way into our team of the week. However, a plethora of clean sheets and stand out individual performances from the players of Girona and Sevilla have seen the two clubs dominate the XI. Check out our team of the week here!

Bono, Girona – 14 points

The Moroccan goalkeeper enjoyed a fruitful week for Girona as his side overcame Celta Vigo 1-0 before landing a fine 2-0 victory over high flying Villarreal.

The two clean sheets saw him hit eight in 19 for the season as his side rocket up to seventh position, putting them in a serious shout of securing European football next campaign. Continue reading