Saturday, 29 January 2011

Week 21 preview: Barca's achilles heal - Hercules

Hercules (12th) v Barca (1st) - sat

Xinhuanet reminds us this week that "FC Barcelona travels to Alicante to face the only side to defeat them this season in Spain' s matchday 21 on Saturday."

Dani Alves has been training and could be back so Adriano may disappear back to the underworld before he is called upon again. Pedro should continue for me in attack. It doesn't seem necessary or tempting to splash out on expensive wonders such as Villa or Messi. Hercules main worry is Royston Drenthe. The dutch flanker has been in great form but since the recent pay dispute he and and his side seem to be in freefall.

Tempting players: only Pedro, maybe.

Osasuna (17th) v Real Madrid (2nd) - sun

Ade checks in
Real's new signing Emmanual Adebayor may be a boon for Jose Mourinho but the arrival of the Togolese striker only adds more uncertainty to the Real Madrid forward line for fantasy pickers. He's rumoured to be a certain starter but will Benzema be ditched after his match winning performance last week? Much aspersions have been cast about the French no.9 Benzema, who, it turns out, isn't a no.9 at all.

Tempting players: after recent disappointments, none feel safe.

Mallorca (9th) v Sporting Gijon (15th) - sat

Pierre Webo
This fixture would seem to offer the most juicy returns with Mallorca surely set to get back to winning ways against the league minnows. Forwards Tereja, Nsue, Perreira and Webo (all valued around the 10 mark) all started at the Bernabeau and any of these will surely be a profitable selection.

I'm tempted by Webo, if only because he's their top scorer and I haven't given him a run out before. It seems prudent to give him a run out at the expense of Benzema. I've also drafted in Nunes in defence after his glowing recommendation by

Tempting players: anyone who's fit at Mallorca, especially defensive line (GK Aouate) and forwards.

A.Madrid (7th) v A.Bilbao (6th) - sun

The clash of the Atleticos is one of the ties of the round. Madrid are stumbling along but could welcome back Reyes and Aguero. Bilbao however are flying and should be well in the mood to score an upset.

Tempting players: A.Madrid bargain defenders A.Lopez (2.46) and Perea (2.62).

Espanyol (5th) v Villarreal (3rd) - sun

Another exciting and hard to predict tie. It seems worth hanging on to baby Ruben up front for Villarreal, especially as Espanyol have just sold one of their best defenders. It would be nice to draft in a couple of Espanyol forward players such as Sergio Garcia or Callejon, but Villarreal's defenders and keeper will have to go.

Tempting players: Espanyol forwards, Garcia (a bargain at 11), Callejon (18) and Luis Garcia (16)

Real Sociedad (11th) v Almeria (18th) - sat

Could be an apt time to draft in superstar Xavi Prieto from the Sociedad midfield. The young buck has dropped in value to 12.76 and is surely likely to do the business for a Sociedad side who seem to be finding some form.

Also, veteran striker Tamudo comes in up front in the place of injured Javier Llorente and represents a tempting replacement for Villarreal's Ruben at 6.64.

Other games to consider:

Sat, Jan 29 Malaga v Zaragoza: a first win for newly moneyed Malaga against struggling Z?
Sat, Jan 29 Deportivo v Seville: a turgid but likely win for Seville.
Sat, Jan 29 Levante v Getafe: A good opportunity for Getafe to get their season back on track
Mon, Jan 31 Racing Santander v Valencia: Surely a win for Los Chos.

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  1. The stats for these matches break down as follows:

    Levante v. Getafe - Goal differential (Levante, +3); last meeting (Getafe, 4-1); goal scorers (LEV - Rafa Jorda, GET - Jaime Gavilán (2), Adrián Colunga, Javier Arizmendi); last year (did not play)

    Málaga v. Real Zaragoza - Málaga (+1); last meeting (Málaga, 5-3); goal scorers (MLG - Fernando (2), Juanmi (2), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, ZAR - Edmílson, Marco Perez, Ander Herrera); last year (1-1)

    Mallorca v. Sporting Gijon - Mallorca (+21); last meeting (Sporting Gijon, 2-0); goal scorers (SPG - Alberto Botía, Diego Castro (PEN)); last year (Mallorca, 3-0)

    Real Sociedad v. Almería - Real Sociedad (+8); last meeting (2-2); goal scorers (RSO - Raúl Tamudo, Paco Sutil; ALM - Pablo Piatti, Ulloa); last year (did not play)

    Hercules v. Barcelona - Barcelona (+22); last meeting (Hercules, 2-0); goal scorers (HER - Nelson Valdez (2)); last year (did not play)

    Deportivo La Coruña v. Sevilla - Deportivo (+6); last meeting (0-0); (no goals); last year (Deportivo, 1-0)

    Atlético Madrid v. Athletic Bilbao - Atlético Madrid (+22); last meeting (Atlético, 2-1); goal scorers (ATL - Diego Forlán, Tiago, ATH - Fernando Llorente); last year (Atlético, 2-0)

    Osasuna v. Real Madrid - Osasuna (+1); last meeting (Real Madrid, 1-0); goal scorers (RMA - Ricardo Carvalho); last year (0-0)

    Espanyol v. Villarreal - Espanyol (+11); last meeting (Villarreal, 4-0); goal scorers (VIL - Giuseppe Rossi (2, 1 PEN), Borja Valero, Nilmar); last year (0-0)

    Racing Santander v. Valencia - Racing Santander (+1); last meeting (Valencia, 1-0); goal scorers (VAL - Hedwiges Maduro); last year (Valencia, 1-0)