Friday, 30 September 2011

La Liga Week 7 Predictions

Huge favourites are Valencia, Malaga and Barcelona. The only thing that's bugging me is who to go for in the Valencia midfield. Rotation is definite. Is it worth taking a punt on Jonas or Tino starting?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Team of the week: 6

Top players in each position this week were:

Top forwards

Messi, (BAR 5-0 AM) 40
Ronaldo, (RMA 6 -2 RVA) 23.5
Villa, (BAR 5-0 AM) 22.5

The only surprise about this trio appearing as the outstanding strikers of the week is how infrequently the undoubted superstars achieve this in unison. Villa is especially guilty of not achieving his place at the top as often as he should. The Barca strikers feasted on a characteristically poor Atletico Madrid defence plundering 5 for no return, Villa with one and Messi with the hattrick. Ronaldo steered Real to victory over Rayo Vallecano with their second 6-2 home win in 4 games.

Top midfielders:

Michu (rma 6-2 RAYO VALLECANO) 19.5

Midfielder Michu takes the Man of the week award with his 2 goals and 19.5 points at the Bernabau - all from a value of 6.57. Real Madrid has been a happy hunting ground for losing attackers, with Getafe's Miku grabbing a brace even as his side went down 4-2 in the opening week.

Castro (MALLORCA 2-1 real sociedad) 18
Castro gave Michael Laudrup's Mallorca a much needed win, only for the Dane to resign at the start of the week.

Raul Garcia (Granada 1-1 OSASUNA) 17
His first goal since returning to his home town on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Ozil (REAL MADRID 6-2 rayo vallecano) 15.5
2 assists for the German, who predictably filled his boots against promoted Vallecano.

Top defenders

Moreno (levante 3-1 ESPANYOL) 13.5
An all but irrelevant compensation goal as Espanyol went down to highflying Levante.

Francis (sporting gijon 0-0 RACING SANTANDER) 11.5
An intriguing 11.5 points which included 10 intercepted passes. Contributed to a rare steely display from the Racing defence at struggling Gijon.

Varane (REAL MADRID 6-2 rayo vallecano) 11
A super goal from the French youth already fulfilling the promise that earnt him his big money move from Lens.

Top GK

Varas (SEV 1-0 val) 22
Javi Varas' 22 points show how close Sevilla's 1-0 victory over Valencia was. Sevilla edging their way into the top 4.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Short verse

Fantasy Football on the internet
Headless shirts and mindless numbers
Put the players in team in time
Skim and scheme and static mime
A chance to achieve, a chance to win
Friday feeling in black and white
Hopes and dreams for Saturday night
The empty pages fill up fast with binary code and pictures of faces.
Once chance to impress
the rest
Every week, every day, until the year dies.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Week 3: Preview


Esp: Alvarez


Rmad: Coentrao


Get: Rios
Bar: Cesc, Thiago
Mga: Carzola
Amr: Turan, Reyes, Diego


Getafe: Miku, Guiza
RMad: Benzema, Higuain, CRon
Barca: Villa, Messi, Pedro
Vill: Rossi
Val: Soldado
Sev: Negredo
Amr: Falcao

Key points

Cristiano Ronaldo has the best minutes per goal ratio in LigaBBVA this season (one per 45 mins) along with Soldado, but has never scored against Levante.

Despite their draw at Real Sociedad, this is still Barcelona’s highest-scoring start to a season in LigaBBVA since 1984.


Saturday September 17 - Day 4 17 Sep, 17:00 Sporting Gijón v Valencia CF Estadio El Molinón, Gijón
17 Sep, 17:00 Granada CF v Villarreal CF Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
17 Sep, 17:00 RCD Mallorca v Málaga CF Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca
17 Sep, 19:00 FC Barcelona v Osasuna Camp Nou, Barcelona
17 Sep, 21:00 Sevilla FC v Real Sociedad Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan, Seville

Sunday September 18 - Day 4
18 Sep, 11:00 Getafe CF v Rayo Vallecano Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe
18 Sep, 15:00 Real Zaragoza v RCD Espanyol Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza
18 Sep, 17:00 Atlético Madrid v Racing Santander Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
18 Sep, 19:00 Levante UD v Real Madrid Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
18 Sep, 21:00 Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis San Mamés, Bilbao

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Resuma de la Liga

Players of note:

GK Pts
Roberto RZG Goalkeeper 25
Casto BET Goalkeeper 14
V. Guaita VAL Goalkeeper 14
C. Álvarez ESP Goalkeeper 13
Toño RAC Goalkeeper 11
Miguel VAL Defender 13.5
J. Mathieu VAL Defender 12
Javi Chica BET Defender 12
Tito RAY Defender 10.5
Chechu Dorado BET Defender 9.5
Nacho BET Defender 9
D. Suárez SPO Defender 9
Á. González RAC Defender 8.5
Javi Venta LEV Defender 8.5
Alexis SEV Defender 8.5
Á. Cejudo OSA Midfielder 16
R. Lamah OSA Midfielder 12.5
J. Navas SEV Midfielder 12
Ander BIL Midfielder 12
Xavi BAR Midfielder 11
F. Fábregas BAR Midfielder 10.5
Xabi Prieto RSO Midfielder 9
Á. Di María MAD Midfielder 9
Beñat BET Midfielder 8
M. Özil MAD Midfielder 7.5
Sergio García ESP Forward 28
K. Benzema MAD Forward 22.5
Miku GET Forward 22
R. Castro BET Forward 21
C. Ronaldo MAD Forward 18.5
R. Soldado VAL Forward 17
F. Llorente BIL Forward 16
G. Rossi VIL Forward 15
A. Griezmann RSO Forward 13.5

What do we know?

1. Espanyol are good - even without Callejon: Sergio Garcia can score points, their bargain GK Alvarez is super.
2. Barcelona are rubbish - they cannot withstand the power of Griezmann. Fabregas is a must-keep forever player, while Alexis Sanchez has managed to rule himself out of that category by getting injured.
3. Real Madrid are boring. Pick their players if you must. Coentrao is handy.
4. Osasuna are still cool. Cejudo continues to impress.
5. Real Betis are strong, but can you guess who will be good for them?
6. Getafe's Miku is a champ, chomping at the bit
7. Atheltico Madrid are all change but stay the same. Just like Valencia.

Malaga 4 (Santi Cazorla 4,48, Joaquin 25,73) Granada CF 0

Osasuna 2 (Nino 28, Alvaro 30) Sporting Gijon 1 (David Barral 75)
Rayo Vallecano 0 Real Zaragoza 0
Racing Santander 0 Levante 0
Real Betis 1 (Ruben Castro 87) Real Mallorca 0
Espanyol 2 (Sergio Garcia, x2) - 1 Athletico Bilbao (Llorente)

Valencia 1 (Roberto Soldado 52) Atletico Madrid 0
Real Madrid 4 (Benzema 14,69, Ronaldo 60pen, Higuain 88) Getafe 2 (Miku 39,73)
Villarreal 2 (Rossi 35pen, Marco Ruben 73) Sevilla 2 (Alvaro Negredo 24, Alexis 86)
Real Sociedad 2 (Agirretxe 59,Griezmann 61) Barcelona 2 (Xavi 10, Fabregas 11)