Stop what you’re doing. It’s Black Friday and while people kick seven shades out of each other because there is only one £20 DVD player remaining, we have some far more important business to address. This weekend is Gameweek 13, meaning we’re a third of the way through the season and approaching Christmas – the most important time in a Fantasy manager’s career.
We’ve gone back to the trading floor to get the latest odds, so that we can piece together a team that won’t be undone by the festive schedule.
We’ve been singing the praises of Southampton defenders – particularly Nathaniel Clyne all season – and those players have rewarded our faith with some delightful points hauls. However it’s all change this week with the traders sticking Southampton down in joint 13th – despite the stats we dug out about them having the best home record against the top four in Premier League history.
Instead Man United top the ‘likelihood of a clean sheet’ table, and that has drawn our attention to teenager Paddy McNair. With Louis van Gaal’s injury woes, McNair is more than likely going to feature in United’s home game with Hull and at 4.4 can reward managers at snip of the price. Manchester United also face Stoke on Tuesday at Old Trafford so McNair could prove a great purchase over the next five days.
Similarly over the next five days Swansea have two home games against Crystal Palace and QPR. That gives them two great clean sheet opportunities and at 4.7 defender Neil Taylor is also worth considering. He already has five clean sheets and an assist to his name this season and Swans fans will be confident of two more shut-outs this week.
Up top Sergio Aguero has been shunted, for a striker on the other side of Manchester…
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Wayne Rooney tops the trading chart of most likely scorers, with the England and Man United captain costing Fantasy managers 10.3 for his services. One goal in his last three games might not be enough to pull punters in but a home game against Hull might be more preferable than Sergio Aguero and Manchester City’s trip to high-flying Southampton. The safest bet might be to stick with Diego Costa. The Chelsea man has 11 goals in 10 games for Jose Mourinho’s side and they have an away trip against Sunderland on Saturday.
In the middle of the park Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is still the highest scoring midfielder on the game with a points haul of 81. He’ll set you back 11.0 but has six goals and an assist in his last five league games, and is in red-hot form for the Gunners. An away trip against West Brom could be the ideal place to rack up another top flight goal.
If you’re on the hunt for a slightly cheaper option, the trader’s odds are suggesting that Gylfi Siggurdson could be the way to go. The Swansea midfielder bagged a goal and four assists in the first three Gameweeks but ha d a brief baron spell after that. Three assists and a goal in his last six games aren’t quite the red-hot form we’re after, but two very winnable games for Swansea are coming up, and at 6.8, the Icelandic midfielder could well be the influential man in your team this week.
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