The wheat is starting to separate from the chaff in the fantasy football world, and mythical managers are stuck with the conundrum of new signings, as Mario Balotelli (10.0) and Angel Di Maria (9.5) join the fray. Throw into the mix Diego Costa could be out of action for some time, and the sixth most popular striker in the game Stoke’s Bojan Krkic has been as useful as an elephant with a skipping rope, and there’s some decisions to be made in week three.
To try to help decide how to strengthen our team this week, we’ve taken the odds from the trading floor in Power Tower to see who is most likely to be racking up clean sheets, and banging in the goals.
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Unsurprisingly Man City’s home tie to Stoke makes them the most likely side to keep a clean sheet this weekend – you can check out Stoke’s abysmal scoring record right over here. If you are jumping on board the Champions at home it will cost you a pretty penny with Vincent Kompany (6.5), Martin Demichelis (6.0) and Joe Hart (6.0) all near the top of the price bracket. One option could be Gael Clichy at 5.5. He is Man City’s highest scoring defender this season after picking up three bonus points in the opening game against Newcastle.
Speaking of Newcastle they are the second most likely team to keep a clean sheet this weekend thanks to a home tie against Crystal Palace. Fabricio Colocinni will be a popular pick at 4.5 after his three bonus points against Aston Villa, and Tim Krul (4.5) will also be well fancied to keep a second clean sheet on the bounce. If you’re scraping the barrel and trying to save every last fantasy pound, Paul Dummett is your man for the Magpies at just 4.0.
Elsewhere Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are all far enough down the table to make you avoid spending big money on a lavish signing, however Aston Villa duo Alan Hutton (4.1) and Philippe Senderos (4.5) catch the eye. Both men have two clean sheets in the opening two gameweeks and Villa face a promising home tie against Hull on Sunday afternoon, as they try to make it three shutouts on the spin.
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Apologies to Stoke fans but going forward and it is all about Manchester City. It makes bleak reading for Mark Hughes as all three City strikers – Sergio Aguero (12.0), Stevan Jovetic (8.1) and Edin Dzeko (8.5) – are long odds-on to score at anytime. In the middle of the park David Silva (9.0), Yaya Toure (11.0) and Samir Nasri (8.5) make up three of the top four midfielders likely to find the onion bag. Of all the options Stevan Jovetic might be the man to plump for. The striker continued his good pre-season form with a brace against Liverpool on Monday and Edin Dzeko’s knock might mean Jovetic starts on Saturday.
Alexis Sanchez (10.4) opened his Arsenal account with the winner against Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday and, along with Aaron Ramsey (9.1) makes up the top five midfielders this week. Ramsey is the highest scoring midfielder in the game and with two goals and five bonus points in the opening two gameweeks he is hard to drop. Especially as the Gunners have a very winnable game away to newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United kick off the weekend against Burnley at lunchtime on Saturday, and it is turning into a must-win game for the new United gaffer. Both Wayne Rooney (10.5) and Robin van Persie (12.5) are odds-on to score although Rooney might be a more obvious choice. Diego Costa’s injury will free up a few quid in the transfer kitty and Rooney already has a goal to his name and a bonus point in week one. Van Persie looks like an expensive gamble on a team low on confidence.
As for the new kids on the block, Angel di Maria is an expensive luxury at 9.5 but could be the boost United need to kick-start the season. The trip to Burnley will tempt punters in for the World Cup finalist. Mario Balotelli (10.0) makes his return to the Premier League when Liverpool travel to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. Super Mario is as likely to bag a couple of goals as he is to get sent off and try to fight Brendan Rodgers. You can’t help but love his entertaining ways but is he worth the risk this week?
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