Of the 17 teams to both start and finish the calendar year in La Liga, Athletic Club Bilbao recorded the lowest points tally: 38. There was no surprise that Leganes (40) were the second lowest scorers but it was a damning indication on Athletic’s Basque rivals Real Sociedad that their record of 45 points was third lowest.
Somewhat bizarrely, it is this trio of teams who are perched immediately above the current relegation zone in La Liga and there is an acceptance for the two Basque giants that, if they do not markedly improve in the new year, it will be curtains. Continue reading →
With the latest round of La Liga taking place this past weekend, it is now time to cast our minds back and see which players performed their roles the best for their clubs. There were, as always, some quality games on display – Barcelona losing for only the second time this season at home to Real Betis was something of a shock, while Real Madrid made it two wins on the bounce with their 4-2 win at Celta Vigo. We will be adopting a 4-3-3 this week, so let’s get to it.
The 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.
Estadi 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!
With 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.
There is an action-packed few days of football in La Liga this week, but for the purposes of compiling this list the fixtures between Friday and Monday this coming weekend will be the primary focus this week. That will be round 7 of La Liga’s matches. Real Valladolid, for example, welcome Levante to José Zorrilla on Thursday before travelling to Villarreal on Sunday. It will be a busy few days for La Liga players for sure! It is going to be a 4-3-3 formation this week, so with that in mind let’s get down to it!
Sevilla were arguably the stars of this past weekend’s La Liga action, recording a 6-2 away win at Levante. That allowed Wissam Ben Yedder and Sarabia make it into this week’s list straight away, while there were also some big hits from Alaves as they earned an equally impressive 5-1 win at the home of Rayo Vallecano. Celta Vigo, meanwhile, played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Reakl Valladolid. Girona did well to earn a 2-2 draw at league leaders Barcelona, which allowed Real Madrid to catch up some ground near the top following their 1-0 victory at home against Levante. Let’s now take a look at the best players from the latest round of action in Spain’s top flight, using a 4-4-2 system this week.
Four years after initial plans were proposed to upgrade and renovate their stadium, Real Sociedad finally revealed their new-look Estadio Anoeta in Saturday’s loss to Barcelona.
The Catalan giants had ended a remarkable eight-game winless run in the stadium the previous season, after recovering from two goals down. Ernesto Valverde’s side once again had to come from behind on Saturday, after Aritz Elustondo’s strike had opened the scoring for La Real. Continue reading →