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Last Man Standing League - Round 4 (La Liga)

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Welcome back to the game folks! I'll tag everyone who has taken part so far to alert you to the start of the La Liga competition. If you are not interested in taking part in this round, feel free to ignore this post, if you didn't take part in the previous rounds but want to get on board now, that's great - the more the merrier, as always. Obviously if you're not in for Gameweek One you won't be able to join in later on so get your picks in ASAP.

@Azeem @Dr. Gonzo @Viva la FCB @Lucas @RandoEFC @Panna King @Rucksackfranzose @Eco @Stan @nudge @Cicero @Rick @Mel81x @Bluebird Hewitt @The Palace Fan @Batard @Dan @Cannabis @José @DeadLinesman @shut up @DNA @Tommy @binder @Spike @Harry @robosys @bozziovai @SchalkeUK @StefBWFC @BounceAroundTheGround @JOSHBRFC @Storts @LFCMike @...Dan @Bluewolf @YNWA @AMG

You lot feel free to tag anyone who's not on the list but might be interested.

 

A quick reminder of the rules for those taking part:

- You only need to pick a team to win each Gameweek. If they win, you survive to the next week, if not, you are out of this round.

- You are not allowed to pick any team more than once.

- Your score for this round is the number of Gameweeks you successfully call right, plus any bonus points.

- You receive 3 bonus points for being the Last Man Standing, 2 bonus points for being second and 1 bonus point for finishing third.

- We can have joint 2nd and joint 3rd places but the Last Man Standing must be just one person.

- I am making a slight change to the tie breaker, which will occur when there are less than five people remaining. The tie breaker is to choose a first goalscorer from one of the matches in that game week. Unlike previous rounds, the way we'll run this now is that it will be the earliest minute in the game that the goalscorer finds the net, so if you choose Messi who scores in the 10th minute on Sunday evening, that trumps the guy who chose Griezmann who scored in the 17th minute on Saturday afternoon. The tie breaker only comes into effect if all remaining players' picks are incorrect. In this scenario, whoever chose the earliest goalscorer of the weekend following the above rule, will be crowned Last Man Standing.

If anyone has any further question, feel free to ask, but I like to think most of you probably know the score by now.

Please do take part just for the thrill of this La Liga competition on its own, even if you don't think you can make it to the top positions in the league table overall. Certainly feel free to join us even if you haven't taken part in previous rounds to. I'm looking at @CaaC - John and the likes here!

 

Preview - Gameweek One

Below are the fixtures for the first gameweek of this round, with odds from Bet365. Matches run from Friday (1st March) to Monday (4th March) so don't delay in making your picks!

Rayo Vallecano (2.62) vs Girona (2.70)

Espanyol (1.70) vs Real Valladolid (5.25)

Villarreal (1.80) vs Deportivo Alaves (4.50)

SD Huesca (4.00) vs Sevilla (1.95)

Real Madrid (2.50) vs Barcelona (2.62)

Eibar (1.80) vs Celta Vigo (4.20)

Real Betis (1.95) vs Getafe (4.20)

Real Sociedad (3.40) vs Atletico Madrid (2.25)

Valencia (1.90) vs Athletic Club (4.33)

Leganes (1.95) vs Levante (4.10)

It's an absolute doozy of a first week here with El Clasico presenting a big risk for La Liga's two biggest guns and Atletico Madrid on the road as well. Sevilla will tempt many, as they visit basement boys Huesca, but go into the game on a run of 1 point in their last 4 league games. It says a lot that the bookies' three favourite winners for the week are Espanyol and Eibar, who both sit in the bottom half, along with Villarreal, who still occupy the last relegation spot. All season, we probably haven't seen a set of fixtures with such a paltry offering of nailed-on favourites, but that just adds to the fun.

My pick for Gameweek 1 is Espanyol. Good luck folks!

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Real Hispalis! I mean Betis of course 

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Thanks for the note but sadly away in Canarias for a couple of weeks so will hold off this time!

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I'll pass this time. Too busy with work and stuff.

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Alaves.

(Forgive my La Liga ignorance, but how are they ranked as such outsiders?)

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That's 18 entrants. Anyone else wants in you're running out of games to pick from the first week.

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On 24/02/2019 at 21:22, Cannabis said:

Sevilla.

 

On 25/02/2019 at 00:35, Azeem said:

Sevilla 

 

19 hours ago, Lucas said:

Sevilla

That was very unexpected! 

@Lucas is France in 2002 World Cup. Holders out at the first hurdle. 

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Am I too late for this @RandoEFC??? 

If not can I go with Atletico Madrid for Sunday please mate... 

My fault, forgot to get this in.. 

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13 hours ago, Stan said:

 

 

That was very unexpected! 

@Lucas is France in 2002 World Cup. Holders out at the first hurdle. 

I think after blitzing through a gazillion weeks doing Serie A, we all knew this was likely to happen xD

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I chose Leganes because of En-Nesyri, but it turns out he's suspended xD I'm gonna have to rely on Martin Braithwaite now...

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Oscar Rodriguez got the job done for me...no early exit! :)

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Results - Gameweek One

Casualties (7)

It's been a long season lads, and I simply can't be arsed searching for GIFs and writing clever prose now. Probably nothing to do with this week's pile of 40 reports that need writing :coffee:. Here are this week's losers:

@Cannabis, @Azeem and @Lucas are all out, having backed Sevilla to beat Huesca. A late equaliser for Sevilla followed by a disallowed goal in injury time led to heartbreak for these three amigos, and it was Huesca who went down the other end and nicked a 2-1 victory.

@Spike is out, having unsuccessfully backed Villarreal to beat Alaves. The Yellow Submarine goes from bad to worse this season and still find themselves sat in the bottom three.

@Batard, @JOSHBRFC and @Panna King are all out having backed Real Betis to defeat Getafe. Betis could only muster a single consolation goal after falling 2-0 down to their high-flying opponents in the first half.

Commiserations, folks. You are out of this round of the Last Man Standing League, and score a whopping 0 points.

 

Survivors (12)

We're already down to just a dozen players this week. Here are the happy bunnies following this weekend's Spanish action.

@RandoEFC, @Eco, @The Palace Fan, @Stan and @binder all successfully backed Espanyol to beat Real Valladolid. The hosts survived a scare as Sergio Guardiola missed the opportunity to put Valladolid ahead from the spot, and went on to secure a 3-1 win with two second half goals.

@DeadLinesman and @Rucksackfranzose survive to week two, as Valencia dispatched Athletic Bilbao in a relatively comfortable 2-0 win.

@...Dan and @Viva la FCB had to wait until Monday night to have their route to the next set of fixtures secured, Leganes delivering a 1-0 success over Levante, putting Viva in particular into a great position to move to the top of the league in Lucas' absence.

In the only head-to-head fixture of the weekend, @CaaC - John and @StefBWFC triumphed over one of our resident Aussie's as Takashi Inui found the decisive goal in their 2-1 win at Villarreal.

Finally, @Bluewolf's eleventh hour entry resulted in success, as Atletico Madrid took a 2-0 win of their own at Real Sociedad, leaving the veteran Chelsea fan with the unfamiliar feeling of being grateful for a match-winning two-goal Morata performance.

Congratulations to all 12 remaining contenders. You can now progress to Gameweek Two with 1 point already in your back pocket.

 

Preview - Gameweek Two

Below are the fixtures for Gameweek Two with odds included. Remember, you cannot use the same team twice so pick carefully. Games start on Friday night so the sooner you get your pick in, the better.

 

Athletic Bilbao (1.90) vs Espanyol (4.33)

CD Alaves (2.75) vs Eibar (2.55)

Atletico Madrid (1.44) vs Leganes (7.50)

Barcelona (1.16) vs Rayo Vallecano (13.00)

Getafe (1.61) vs Huesca (6.00)

Celta Vigo (2.30) vs Real Betis (3.10)

Girona (3.10) vs Valencia (2.30)

Levante (2.80) vs Villarreal (2.45)

Sevilla (1.66) vs Real Sociedad (4.50)

Valladolid (6.50) vs Real Madrid (1.44)

 

Unlike last week, this set of fixtures offers a lot of clear favourites, Barcelona at the forefront of them with Real Madrid, Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla all odds on to succeed as well. You're spoilt for choice really!

My pick for Gameweek Two is Barcelona.

Good luck!

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5 minutes ago, RandoEFC said:

Finally, @Bluewolf's eleventh hour entry resulted in success, as Atletico Madrid took a 2-0 win of their own at Real Sociedad, leaving the veteran Chelsea fan with the unfamiliar feeling of being grateful for a match-winning two-goal Morata performance.

xD

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