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Fantasy Starting XI – Week 20 – The Second Round Brings Fresh Starts

by Tom Conn | Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013

Fantasy expert, Javier J. Hernandez breaks down the matchups in the the first week of the second round of La Liga play and potential late bloomers who could make a lasting impact.


Ninteen weeks of La Liga are done and dusted and even though the league title may be all but over, there is still plenty of fantasy football to play.

Last weeks action brought me a lot of joy; I’m actually a modest person, but my recommendations of Nacho, Lass, Óscar González, Vela and Piti showed their worth, all scoring or assisting at least one goal.

However, one week of success out of 19 doesn’t actually make for a great resume, so how about if we make it two in a row!


Courtois (Atlético) – If the fact that Atlético haven’t conceded a goal in the last five home La Liga games is not enough for you, you may want to know that Levante have scored six goals in 10 in the road games this season.


Godín (Atlético) – A must start every week at home, is just that simple.

Demichelis (Málaga) – Celta is not Barcelona and Málaga still host the best defence in La Liga.

Rukavina (Valladolid) – It’s been a while since Rukavina doesn’t blow us away running up and down the wing, hopefully things change against Zaragoza.

Damiá (Osasuna) – Osasuna just kept a clean sheet against Madrid and they are the third best defence at home.


Ebert (Valladolid) – Two goals and one assist in his last game, after coming back from injury. At home against Zaragoza, I’m expecting more of the same.

Joan Verdú (Espanyol) – The periquitos are playing better every week and Mallorca is a rather easy rival.

Beñat (Betis) – Back after suspension against his former team, this should be his week.


Negredo (Sevilla) – With a new coach in the bench, I’m to gambling with Negredo this week on the road.

Sergio García (Espanyol) – Playing brilliant football since his return from injury and an easy matchup.

Rubén Castro (Betis) – Only Deportivo have conceded more goals on the road than Athletic, do I need to say more?

Now between Ronaldo and Messi. Messi is on fire but Ronaldo should be eager to comeback after suspension. Both have a tough match on the road, but I’m going with Messi.

For any direct questions, you can always contact me on twitter @javierjotah.

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