Fantasy Football Gameweek 7
International week is on the horizon so Fantasy Football managers will be desperate to finish with a flourish before the break. Chelsea vs Arsenal is the stand-out tie of the weekend, and many mythical managers will be contemplating whether or not Diego Costa should still wear the captain’s armband. To try to help you with the important choices of the week, we’ve got our traders on board, and hopefully the Paddy Power odds will help guide our transfers.
- Who will be getting your side goals this weekend. All the latest odds are here at PaddyPower.com: Desktop | Mobile
Will he play or won’t he? Daniel Sturridge is the striker the traders in Power Tower fear most, but is he going to return for Liverpool against West Brom? ‘We’ll wait and see’, was the cryptic comment from manager Brendan Rodgers and you’d be a brave man to take a risk worth 11.3 this weekend. Surprisingly Dancing Danny is still in 10 per cent of teams, despite not playing since Gameweek Three, and at the prices there are far better options available.
Also making the top 10 strikers most likely to find the net this weekend are Man City duo Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. At 8.5 Dzeko is the cheaper option (Aguero is a monster 12.2) and the Bosnian striker scored a brace against Hull last week, but once again there are question marks over whether he’ll start. Robin van Persie and Mario Balotelli are struggling for form while Rickie Lambert is unlikely to get much game time for Liverpool.
So once again we’re left with Diego Costa. The highest scoring player on the game will set you back 11.1, but with eight goals in six matches he’s hard to ignore. Some people will be put off by the thought of Chelsea facing Arsenal, rather than say, Burnley or Newcastle, however that might not matter considering Arsene Wenger’s awful record against Jose Mourinho.
In the middle of the park Raheem Sterling is the most likely midfielder to net according to our traders and plenty of managers will fancy the Liverpool man to run riot against West Brom at home. He costs 8.8 but so far has scored every other game in the league. He failed to bag against Everton in the Merseyside Derby, so that very loose trend suggests he should find the net against the Baggies.
The usual suspects – Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata and David Silva – are knocking around the list, however the most interesting name there is Andreas Pereira. The Man United youngster has made one brief Capital One Cup appearance this year, however is the same odds to score anytime as Angel Di Maria, and a shorter price than Juan Mata. Either the football traders know something, or they’re trying to sabotage my team, but either way at just 5.0 I’ll happily take the risk.
At the back it’s all about Leicester, and in particular Paul Konchesky (Yes, really).
Leicester are the third-most-likely side to keep a clean sheet this weekend as they have the fortune of facing Burnley at home. The Clarets have found the net just once this season – in the 14th minute in their very first game – and since then have rarely troubled the opposition keeper. The Foxes have kept just one clean sheet this season, but this match is an opportune time to bag a second, and Paul Konchesky is a steal at 4.5.
West Ham also feature high up on the trader’s clean sheet table, as they face QPR at Upton Park on Sunday. At 5.0 Winston Reid could have a few fans after bagging a goal against Liverpool a fortnight ago, and at 5.1 Swansea’s Ashley Williams is also a good option, with the Welsh side taking on a Newcastle side in turmoil at home. Arsenal and Everton are in the bottom four, so if you’re thinking about giving Leighton Baines or Laurent Koscielny a break, this could be the week.
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- Man Utd v Everton: Tim Howard’s Stubble Trouble could result in a ship-load of goals at Old Trafford
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- The other Special K – Kompany gets the praise but Koscielny is still a très good defender