Our decision to jump on the Southampton train was duly rewarded last week as the Saints thumped Sunderland 8-0 with Dusan Tadic notching a goal, four assists and three bonus points to bring home a monster 23 points. Nicely done sir. On the back of that good result, we turn to our trading room again, and attempt to use the odds to propel our Fantasy team up the rankings.
It looks like it could be all about Southampton again defensively – as they’re the shortest price of any Premier League team to keep a clean sheet this weekend. Consequently we’re all over Ryan Bertrand again, at a steal of 5.4. He has a total points haul of 43, but it’s good to note that 33 of these points have come in his four home games. Southampton host Stoke this weekend and the form points towards more points for Bertrand.
Liverpool are second on the list, but after seeing their defensive display against QPR we’re going to swerve the traders view here. Instead take a peek at West Brom’s Andre Wisdom at just 4.1. West Brom have kept two clean sheets in the last three games Wisdom has played and the Baggies defender chipped in with an assist in the 2-2 draw with Man Utd on Monday. He costs next to nothing and West Brom’s home tie against Crystal Palace provides an excellent opportunity for a clean sheet.
Up top, and Diego Costa’s injury concerns paves the way for another in-form striker who’ll break the budget…
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero missed a penalty against Tottenham last week, but four goals and a Man of the Match performance helped him to a haul of 19 points. That’s now nine goals in eight games for the star striker who has six in his last three. Unfortunately the price tag of 12.5 will make your eyes water, but he’s the most likely striker to find the net this weekend according to the traders with Man City facing West Ham at Upton Park.
Graziano Pelle is another player we should give a mention too, but there’s a lot of Southampton-loving going on, so we’ll instead focus on Harry Kane who makes the list. The traders prices indicate that just six top flight strikers are more likely to find the back of the net than the Spurs forward who is available at just 4.8. He hasn’t started a Premier League game this season, but Tottenham don’t have a wealth of options up top with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado hardly prolific, so Kane could be worth a gamble coming off the bench after bagging a hat-trick in Europe on Thursday.
In the middle of the park Dusan Tadic will have his supporters, but it is Southampton team-mate Sadio Mane who is the shortest price to find the net. He got the last of Saints’ eight in the hammering last weekend, coming off the bench to add further humiliation. Mane is 6.5 and Tadic is slightly more expensive at 7.6, but either (or maybe both) could well be worth including at home to Stoke.
Interestingly though this week could be the week to gamble on Raheem Sterling (9.0) if he’s not already included. Liverpool have a very winnable home tie against Hull and with doubts over whether or not Mario Balotelli will start, we could see Sterling playing in a more advanced role. For that reason our traders have him as the second most likely midfielder to find the onion bag this weekend. The youngster hasn’t scored in his last three games, but in that time has two assists so his points tally is ticking over nicely. An average of 5.8 points a week is a healthy Fantasy Football tally and if you are missing Aguero up top, Sterling could be well worth chancing with the captain’s armband.
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