The dust has finally settled after Gameweek One and unless you had Petr Cech, James Collins, Charlie Austin and Kyle Naughton all in your line up, you’ve probably come out of it alright. Anywhere around the 50-point mark was a decent haul in the opening Gameweek, but this is a marathon rather than a sprint and there are plenty of points to be made now we know how teams are lining up.
Once again, void of any solid Fantasy Football techniques, we’re looking to the Paddy Power trading floor to give us a hand, and this is what they’ve come back with.
- Chelsea and Tottenham top the charts, but are you backing them to keep the opposition out? Desktop | Mobile
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea face Premier League new-comers Leicester at home on Saturday (3.00pm) and they are the only top-flight side odds-on to keep a clean sheet in Gameweek Two. For plenty of Fantasy Football managers that will mean the arrival of Branislav Ivanovich who bagged 10 points last week thanks to a goal, but as the most expensive Chelsea defender he’ll set you back 7.0. A slightly cheaper option is Cesar Azpilicueta (6.0) who looks likely to start and will save you some cash if you’re feeling the pinch.
Elsewhere Tottenham are Evens to keep a clean sheet at home to QPR (Sunday 1.30pm) and Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul can make it two clean sheets on the bounce after last week’s shut-out against West Ham at just 5.0 apiece. Debutant Eric Dier added a goal and three bonus points to his clean sheet for Spurs last week and is just 5.1 for those willing to take a gamble on the adventurous full-back.
Crystal Palace’s Brede Handeland is also just 5.0 and Palace face a toothless West Ham at home this weekend (Saturday 3.00pm). Big Sam Allardyce’s side struggled to break down 10-man Tottenham last week so the traders think a Palace clean sheet is likely and the big centre back is always a danger from set pieces, as he proved with the opening goal against Arsenal.
Interestingly, according to the odds there are just two sides less likely to keep a clean sheet than Liverpool this weekend, so benching any Reds defenders might be worth considering.
Going forward and the traders are keen to keep Chelsea on side. They fear Leicester might take the kind of pummeling Audley Harrison is used to these days, and that’s why they have Jose Mourinho’s men at such short prices. That will be music to the ears of Fantasy managers who have several Chelsea men in the squad, but if you don’t you might have to break the bank to get them in.
Diego Costa (10.5) and Eden Hazard (10.00) will be top of the pile, but Cesc Fabregas (9.1) is a touch cheaper and was the third-highest scoring midfielder last week. The Spaniard racked up two assists against Burnley and can add to his tally against fellow new boys Leicester this weekend. Andre Shurrle found the net in Gameweek One and provides an even cheaper alternative at 7.5 if you want to get in a Chelsea point-scorer at a value price.
At just 6.1 Gylfi Sigurdsson will be on plenty of Fantasy Football wish lists as Swansea have a winnable home tie against Burnley (Saturday 3.00pm). A goal and an assist at Old Trafford propelled the midfielder up the scoring charts and playing just in behind the strikers he should have plenty more opportunities to add to his tally. There might not be a better time to get him in to your side before his stock rises even more.
Up front Shane Long (6.0) creeps into the top 10 most likely strikers to find the onion bag this weekend as Southampton host West Brom on Saturday at 3.00pm. The striker headed wide with the goal gaping late on against Liverpool to break the hart of mythical managers everywhere, but if he’s in your side he might be worth sticking by this week.
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