Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Spain Under 21s Squad to face Belarus

These are the top scoring Spanish U21 players in the squad to face Belarus tonight. Even though there are lots of Barca players in the squad, very few get a chance in La Liga. It's good to see their companions like De Gea, Nsue, Adrian and Muniain are getting the chance and making an impact at the highest level.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Week 29: Team of the week

Varas, Sevilla - Golden Man
Javi Varas was Week 29's golden player and his 28 points shows us just how good he and Sevilla's defence had to be to secure their surprise 1-0 win at Valencia. A staggering points haul from the Sevilla no. 2 who was worth just 4 a few weeks ago, and worth just 11.9 at the start of this week.

Osasuna have the most representatives in the top 11: 2 defenders and one midfielder. This reflects the dominance they exerted in their emphatic, and somewhat astonishing 4-0 win at Hercules. Los Rojillos are in a rich vein of form and with 11 points, even without a goal, no wonder defender Nacho Monreal is being targeted by the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

A worthy mention must go to Osasuna's Goalkeeper Ricardo who had another inspired game between the sticks and racked up an excellent 22 points with 6 saves. Man Utd, in the hunt for a replacement for Van der Sar, could do a lot worse than "doing a Wenger" and bringing back an ex-golden oldie goalie. 39 yr old Ricardo was barely given a sniff in his brief stint at United between 2002 and 2005.

Sergio Aguero and Jose Reyes once again proved that you don't have to be a winner to get a good points haul. While Atletico went down 2-1, the Kun, Aguero, continued his outrageously good form with a goal and 22 pts (4 goals in his last 3 games). No clamours for the wunderkid to move to a bigger club keep bubbling to the surface.

The Guardian's Sid Lowe suggested that Aguero played virtually by himself against Real in the derby, but Reyes' total of 15, without a goal would tells us the ex-Arsenal forward showed plenty of attacking threat even if he couldn't trouble the scorers. Whilst wearing the Arsenal shirt he once got a 30pts in a week in the EPL version of the game without scoring a goal.

Rondon (left), Malaga
Malaga stiker Jose Rondon also continued his excellent form, bagging a brace to help Manuel Pellegrino's relegation threatened side ease to a 2-0 over European hopefuls Espanyol and secure their second win on the bounce. Rondon now has 12 goals, as many as Aguero and Peppe Rossi.

Racing's Kennedy and Sociedad's Griezmann were the dominant forces for either side, scoring a goal apiece as Santander edged a 2-1 win over the Basques. Spurs' Giovanni Dos Santos sealed the win to get his second in eight Liga games for Racing.

After a quiet few weeks Jonathon De Guzman popped up to re-assert himself as Mallorca's leading points scorer with the only goal in Mallorca's 1-0 win over Zaragoza. His 15 points takes his tally to 158 for the season.

The surprise package of the week has to be Villarreal's defender Musacchio. Without scoring a goal, and from a value of just 2.79, Mussachio registered 12 points, as the Yellow Submarine capitalised on Valencia's loss to re-capture 3rd place

Personal Higlights?


Despite Hercules' taking a 4-0 pasting at home to Osasuna, the midfield maestro almost made the team of the week, managing 14.5 points from a value of 5.79.

Team of the week 29

How the best scoring XI would have looked:

J. Varas SEV Goalkeeper 28.00

Nelson OSA Defender 19.50
M. Musacchio VIL Defender 12.00
N. Monreal OSA Defender 11.00

J. Camuñas OSA Midfielder 17.00
J. Reyes AMR Midfielder 15.00
K. Bakircioglü RAC Midfielder 15.00
J. de Guzmán MAL Midfielder 15.00

S. Agüero AMR Forward 22.00
J. Rondón MGA Forward 21.00
A. Griezmann RSO Forward 16.50

Total: 192

My team:

The winning team:

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Week29: Saturday

Sergio Aguero, top scorer in Fantsay football last night with 22 points. Next closest scorer was Casillas with 18.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Week 29: Barca's defensive options

With the shock news that Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is undergoing surgery for a liver tumour this week, fantasy football liga players will be asking themselves who will come in to replace the Frenchman at the back against Getafe this weekend. As much as our sympathy goes out to this outstanding defender, we have to be asking ourselves if this is a chance to pick up a defensive bargain?

Simplyfutbol and other sources suggest it could be youngster Andreu Fontas, who Guardiola has already given first team experience this term. It could be an opportunity for Gabi Milito to assert himself at the back. He cost 20 million euros when he signed for Barca in 2007 but has not quite looked a Barca player when given the chance this year. Talisman Carles Puyol could be drafted back in following injury. But more likely, it will be Sergei Busquets dropping back to partner Gerard Pique, with Mascherano coming into DMC. Not much fun for ff players as Busquets cannot benefit from CS points as he is classed as a midfielder. :-(

Yahoo Fantasy Football stats: Barca's defensive options.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Week 28 roundup: hunting with cats

Benzema is the top scoring fantasy footballer of the week, thanks to his dominance in Real Madid's 2-0 defeat over Hercules. The french striker netted a brace and perhaps should have had more with 5 shots on target and scoring 35.5 points. Real's no.9 has scored 7 goals in his last 5 games since the arrival of Adebayor. He had managed 2 in 18 previous to the arrival of the Togalese.

The 2-2 draw between Almeria and Atletico Madrid was a points feast: Aguero (30.5) with two for Atletico and Crusat (19) for Almeria were 2nd and 3rd highest scoring strikers respectively. Atletico's Jose Reyes impressed and was 3rd top scoring midfielder with 14, without scoring a goal. Jesus Navas scored the equaliser and registered an overdue double figure score (15) as Sevilla held Barcelona 1-1. Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jiri Jarosik was the top scorer for Zaragoza in their surprise 4-0 demolition of third placed Valencia. Duda returned to Malaga's starting 11 and registered a magnificent 23.5 as the relegation threatened side leapt off the bottom of the table with a shock 2-0 win at Real Sociedad.

In defence, Espanyol's David Garcia represented super value scoring 13.5 from a market price of 4.99. Mallorca's Ivan Ramis made another appearance in the top scoring defenders list with a goal and 12 points at Levante. Real Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa (12) and Iker Casillas (18) complete the line up: Spain's number one surprisingly busy with 4 saves in the 2-0 victory over Hercules.

Team of the week 28

My team

Benzema, Real, 35.5
Aguero, Atmad, 30.5
Crusat, Almeria, 19

Duda, Mga, 23.5
Navas, Sev, 15
Reyes, Atmad, 14.5
Jarosik, RZG, 14

David Garcia, ESP, 13.5
Arbeloa, Real, 12.5
, Mallorca, 12

Casillas, Real, 18


Getafe 2- 2 Athletic BilbaoG: Manu (58, 85) AB: Manu (og 71), Vera (90+4)

Espanyol 2-0 Deportivo La CorunaIvan Alonso (62) Verdu (82)

Levante 1-1 MallorcaL:Gomez Juanlu (37) M: Ramis (60)

Osasuna 3-1 Racing SantanderO: Kike Sola (20), Nekounam (pen 25), Soriano (49)RS: Rosenberg (52)

Real Sociedad 0-2 MalagaM: Duda (25), Jose Rondon (58)

Sevilla 1-1 BarcelonaS: Jesus Navas (49), B: Bojan (30)

Villarreal 1 -1 GijonV: Rossi (29) SG: Diego Castro (pen 90+2)

Almeria 2- 2 Atletico MadridA: Crusat (49) Goitom (77) AM: Aguero (39, 61)

Real Madrid 2 - 0 Hercules
Benzema (24, 56)

Real Zaragoza 4-0 ValenciaJarosik (5), Herrera Ander (40), Fernandez Gabi (pen 66, pen 76)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Week 28: injury news

Real Madrid

Ronaldo is out, but midfielders Lassana Diarra and Sami Khedira and defenders Alvaro Arbeloa and Ezequiel Garay returned after injury. Ricardo Carvalho is rested.

Sevilla are without injured Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano and suspended French defender Julien Escude, while goalkeeper Andres Palop and winger Diego Perotti are doubts.


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Team of the week 27

Valencia's Pablo - star man
Pablo Hernandez was the Golden Player of the week, top scoring with 27 pts through a brace and match winner as Valencia beat Mallorca 2-1. Osasuna's Ricardo was once again goalkeeper of the week. Sporting Gijon's Andre Castro represented extraordinary value, scoring an unlikely 15.5 from a value of 4.03, rampaging from midfield. The list is refreshingly bereft of Barcelona players although Keita came close with his match winner against Zaragoza.

player, team, position, value, score
K. Benzema, MAD Forward 20.81 26.00
D. Forlán, AMR Forward 18.70 20.50

*P. Hernández, VAL Midfielder 15.13 27.00*
Di María, MAD Midfielder 18.45 20.00
M. De Las Cuevas, SPO Midfielder 11.50 18.00
K. Bakircioglü, RAC Midfielder 11.82 16.50
André Castro, SPO Midfielder 10.13 15.50

S. Fernández, OSA Defender 12.70 15.50
A. Paz, HER Defender 7.18 14.00
R. Canella, SPO Defender 12.69 13.50

Ricardo, OSA Goalkeeper 15.44 20.00

Week 28: Early thoughts

Marcelo: exciting

Early thoughts on this weekend's matchups:

Picking as many as you can from Real represents the biggest temptation this weekend - their match features the biggest disparity between two rivals with Los Blancos at home to struggling Hercules. With injuries still lurking for Ronaldo and Higuain, it makes Fantasy selection a lot more straight forward.

Benzema has been in fine form since the arrival of Adebayor and Mourinho started the two together against Santander. With Kaka perplexingly out of favour, there's every reason to expect the front four of Ozil, Di Maria, Benzema and Ade will start and amass a wanton load between them. If money allows, it would be prudent to squeeze in fullback Marcelo - sensational in the 7-0 drubbing handed to Malaga at home a fortnight ago.

On paper, Villarreal v Sporting Gijon should be a reliable source of points for the home side. However, since Sporting love an upset and Villarreal have been in such stumbling form, it could easily be a damp
squib. Nilmar at 18 and Rossi at 23 feel off-puttingly overpriced. Cazorla at 16 feels plausible, while Cani has dropped to 9 and in goal Diego Lopez has dropped nicely in price to 12.

Levante v Mallorca should be an exciting game for goals. Levante have been in fine fettle, especially at home, and it feels like Caicedo always scores at home. It is tempting to go for the Ecuadorian (14) and AN other. Perhaps the mysterious goal scoring wing-wizard Valdo - in midfield at just 8. Maybe Juanlu - highest scoring midfielder for LEV with 125 enjoys an SOT and an SC.

The rest of the ties feel murky and unpleasent. A standard routine win for the increasingly unlikeable Barca at the expense of Seville (missing Luis Fabiano for 6 weeks now). Almeria could upset the easily upsettable Atletico Madrid. Interesting to see what Piatti can do in this one for Almeria. Valencia look increasingly good and will surely triumph at Zaragoza. Never know where points are coming from with Los Che though. Not tempting enough to invest in this week.

Espanyol will surely get back to winning ways at home to the obdurate Deportivo. Looks like a good time to bring in Kameni in goal. Priced just 11. Also Galan is a perpetually good value defender at 1.

Sociedad will surely triumph over stinky Malaga. The only certainty is that Sociedad will score. Xavi Prieto is a temptation at 13. Agirretxe is the only fit striker and should start in place of injured Tamudo. Bravo in goal at 8.24 looks excellent value. Griezmann takes corners and scores goals. Valued 12.5. Expect Osasuna and Racing to be tight with a clean sheet for Ricardo. Getafe v Bilbao feels dreary.

Sat, Mar 12 ALM versus AMR
Sat, Mar 12 RZG versus VAL
Sat, Mar 12 MAD versus HER
Sun, Mar 13 SEV versus BAR
Sun, Mar 13 VIL versus SPO
Sun, Mar 13 LEV versus MAL
Sun, Mar 13 ESP versus DEP
Sun, Mar 13 RSO versus MGA
Sun, Mar 13 OSA versus RAC
Mon, Mar 14 GET versus BIL

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Barcelona vs Zaragoza 1-0 - Full Match Highlights & Goal - 5/3/2011

Week 27: Sunday night wonders

Top 10 scorers after Sunday nights games. Big scores from some refreshing sources. Nice to see Kennedy getting in on the action. Benzema can't stop scoring!

Week27: saturday night

Top Scorers from Saturday night

Pablo, Valencia, 27
Forlan, Atletico, 20
Doblas, Zaragoza, 17.5
Keita, Barca, 14
Reyes, Atletico, 13.5
Xavi, Barca, 13

Mallorca 1 -2 Valencia
Barcelona 1 - 0 Zaragoza
Atletico 3 -1 Villarreal

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Week27: Barcelona and Real Madrid

My team for week 27. A lot riding on Barca's strike force. Also, interested to see whether Koke can do anything. If he starts being a regular he could be a bargain to keep at 4. If it was just a flash in the pan, he'll need to go. Just realised Perea is out which is annoying. Maresca was rested against Real in midweek so have a lot of faith in him returning to high scoring ways. Can't believe picking was closed at 11am today. Normally 3pm!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Week 27: Easy Games

Early thoughts on Player Picks this weekend.

Barcelona v Zaragoza

Could see Barca doing a number on Zaragoza in the style of Real Madrid against Malaga. All their attacking players are worth a pick. Xavi is back to fitness. Pedro's value has dropped nicely to 17. Although, Adriano had a great game in his place at Valencia. (2nd top scorer for Barca behind Messi with 15 pts). Pinto has to stay in goal.

Racing Santander v Real Madrid

Real have been making a meal of it, especially away from home, until last night. The 7-0 mauling of Malaga should get them flowing freely again. But Racing are a stubborn side. Raul Albiol is the stand out bargain. Valued at just 4, he has started to pick up consistently good points in recent weeks. Naturally there's few other bargains to be had. It's a question of whether to hold on to the increasingly unreliable Adebayor.

All the othe fixtures seem painfully close once again. Several of the top 10 are facing each other and everyone immediately below Real Madrid are all in patchy form. Only Sevilla seem to be on the rise. Hercules v Almeria should be a safe bet for Trezeguet goals. Sporting Gijon should do well against ropey Getafe. David Barral has to be worth a go at 7.

Sat, Mar 5Mallorca v Valencia
Sat, Mar 5Barcelona v Zaragoza
Sat, Mar 5Athl Madrid v Villarreal
Sun, Mar 6Athl Bilbao v Sevilla
Sun, Mar 6Sporting v Getafe
Sun, Mar 6HER v Almería
Sun, Mar 6LEV v Espanyol
Sun, Mar 6Malaga v Osasuna
Sun, Mar 6Racing v Real Mad
Mon, Mar 7Deportivo v RSO

Week 26: Real smash and grab!

Ronaldo will be top scorer in the Fantasy Football this week after Real smashed Malaga 7-0. He will have blown Messi's 24 pts out of the water. Must be great points all round including Marcelo, Benzema and Di Maria. These last two are really finding some form. Malaga had Willy playing in goal

In other news, Almeria 1 -1 Racing Santander.

More forensic analysis tomorrow. My team could use a good haul from Real's game!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Tuesday Night: Day 26

Espanyol 1 - 2 Mallorca
Sevilla 3 - 0 Gijon

Mallorca registered the upset of the evening defeating 5th placed Espanyol 2-1, while Sevilla joined Mallorca in the climb towards European football places, easing to a 3-0 win over Gijon.

There were no wonder scores: all round team work was the order of the day. Mallorca's Nsue was the top scoring player of the evening with 16pts. But, Seville's players dominated the top scorers, with 7 out of the top 11 coming from Southern side.

Perotti (14), Fabiano (13.5) and Negredo (8) did the damage up front, Varas (10) kept up his good form deputising in goal, but the defenders truly excelled with Navarro (10.5), Dabo (10) and Fazio (9.5) all returning excellent value. Dabo was worth 3 at the start of the day, Navarro, 6.

I only had Sevilla's Rakitic and Gijon's Jose Angel playing last night. Rakitic got a reasonable 6.5 off a value of 8. Angel didn't turn up unfortunately. Hoping for a big night Thursday from Real with Ozil, Di Maria, Marcelo and Adebayor lining up. Tonight looking to Sociedad's Tamudo and Atletico's Koke can keep up their goalscoring form and Barca's GK Pinto to keep up the good work in a tricky away tie at Valencia.