La Liga GW4 Review

So a fairly poor week for most this week, unless, of course, you were lucky enough to have punted on Berbatov. Let’s look back at Gameweek 4 and see where it leaves us heading into the next few rounds

Athletico Madrid (JK) def. Vallecano (Hillbilly Pete) 43-35

After a GW 3 defeat to Billy Gilmore’s Betis it was back to winning ways for JK and his Athletico side. This tie was ultimately decided by 2 things. Firstly, Vallecano’s lack of a keeper following no shows from De Gea and Federici (whislt Athleti had Mignolet) and Baines and Davies scoring 10 to Ivanovic’s 6. This will not be a well remembered GW for either boss, but JK will no doubt have been the happier of the 2. Athletico face Valladolid, league leaders Espanyol and Malaga before we will meet again.  For Vallecano it’s Real Madrid, Valladolid and  2nd placed Deportivo.

Espanyol (Tangtastic) def. Bilbao (Parmtree) 52-49

Espanyol maintained their perfect start to the season (and leadership of La Liga) with a hard fought win. This tie was decided by one thing. Had Parm played Jaskelaainen over Mignolet he would have won, this despite the presence of 21 points from Bale and Kacaniklic for Espanyol. Bilbao’s defence beyond that far exceeded Espanyol’s and had Pienaar to throw into the mix. It was simply, Jussi who made the difference here, something I’m sure Parmtree is still kicking himself over. For Tangtastic Real Betis are up next, followed by Athleti and Valladolid. For Bilbao it’s Malaga, Real Sociedead and struggling Osasuna

Barcelona (TW) def Getafe (Declan McCarthy) 38-24

Barcelona romped to victory with lowest total of any team to collect 3 points, showing just how a poor a week Getafe had as they stumbled to a 3rd defeat in 4, whilst Barca claimed a 3rd win to leave them 4th. For Getafe only Cazorla and Tevez  managed to go over the 3 point mark, and this was another team caught by the De Gea/Federici pairing. For TW Pienaar, Baines and Hangeland pushed him over the line like Messi against some Russians. For Barca,  Granada and Sevilla lie in wait, before in GW7 we see El Classico as Demi comes to town. It doesn’t get any easier for Getafe as 3rd placed Deportivo are up next before matches with Mallorca and Zaragoza

Deportivo (Boom Shakalaka) def  Granda (Green Windmill) 43-41

Perhaps the closest off all the ties. This match was decided by 6 men, with Demel, Hazard and Michu outscoring Cuellar, Cazorla and Guthrie by the 2 points that separated these 2. Granada’s score would have won many of the other H2Hs this week, that is the luck of the draw and it leaves them still without a point. For 2nd placed Deportivo it’s Sevilla, followed by Real Madrid and Vallecano. For Granada, Barca are up next, before high flying Celta Vigo, followed by Mallorca

Malaga (Ajay) def Levante (Maximerised) 51-39

This win sees Malaga sitting inside the top 5, whilst Levante sit 19th, without a point to their name. Despite Kacaniklic, Ivanovic and Rafael for Leavnte, Malaga’s proved much too strong with Gibbs, Ivanovic, Cazorla, Fletcher and Pienaar all chipping in. Up next for Malaga is a tie with Bilbao followed by Betis and Athleti. For Levante, salvation could come in the form of a tie with fellow struggles Real Sociedad or Osasuna before a tie with Valencia

Mallorca (Emperikal) def Osasuna (Declan Quinn) 50-47

Another extremely close tie that ended in agonizing defeat for Osasuna and left them rooted to the foot of the table.  Though there was some subtle differences, the real difference here was Mallorca’s Bale vs Osasuna’s Pienaar, the difference in the scores of those 2 being the margin of victory.  Up next for Mallorca are Valencia before they face Getafe and Granada. For Osasuna a win is becoming a must and up next are Zaragoza followed by Levante and the Bilbao

Real Zaragoza (Scroobius Mac) def Real Sociedad (Yossi) 67-46

Zaragoza claimed their first win of the season with a comfortable win over Sociedad. For Zaragoza the damage was done by a fantastic defensive perfomance by Schwarzer, Demel, Baines and Hangeland, supplemented by Bale and Berbatov. Sociedad had no answer despite the best efforts of Baines, Pienaar and Cazorla. For Zaragoza, bottom of the pile Osasuna are up next followed by Valencia and Getafe. For Sociedad it’s Levante, Bilbao and Betis

Sevilla (Chris_White) def Real Madrid (Demi) 38-33

Sevilla claimed the scalp of the FFS line-ups king in a close contest with Ivanovic and Hangeland ultimately triumphing over Schwarzer, there was otherwise little difference in these teams.  Up next for Sevilla is a trip to high flying Deportivo followed by Barca and Celta Vigo, a tough run for Sevilla. For Real Vallecano are next up followed a tough pair of fixtures with Deportivo, followed by El Classico

Celta Vigo (BonZ) def  Valencia (Drinky) 46-45

This could literally have not been any closer as Celta kept their impressive early season form up with the narrowest of wins. Jaaskelainen and Cashley proved the difference here, despite efforts from Ivanovic and Baines.  Getafe are next for Celta followed by Granada and Sevilla. For Valencia it’s Mallorca, Zaragoza and Levante

Real Betis (Billy Gilmore) def Valladolid (Roscola)  69-46

A cruise and a 3rd straight win for Betis while Valladolid remain rooted to mid-table.  Betis’ pick of Lowton proved to a masterstoke whilst Bale and Ruddy did their share to keep Betis flying high. For Valladolid the notable contributions came from Baines and Berbatov. Betis face a test to keep the run going though as they take on leaders Espanyol next followed by matches with Malaga and Sociedad. For Valladolid, Athletico Madrid are up next followed by Vallecano and then they must face the might of Espanyol

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One thought on “La Liga GW4 Review

  1. I’m very worried about Getafe’s start but hopefully we can get our season back on track this weekend. Boom you haven’t got a chance 😉

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