Bit of a shocker last week, so time to demonstrate that bouncebackability. Be sure to get three Manchester City players in (if you haven’t already) and you’re on the right track.
Teams to back this week: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City
Obviously, if you’ve not yet selected David Silva (£10.3m), you’re doing it wrong. The Spaniard seems to be involved in all of City’s goals and is the leading point scorer among the league’s midfielders. Having already been spanked by City’s Carling Cup lads at home this week, Wolves will not be relishing a trip to the Etihad this weekend. James Milner (£7.5m) had an excellent game at Old Trafford last week and probably offers better value for money than Samir Nasri. Among the other attacking players, Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) has to be first choice.
Manchester United will be keen to bounce back from that humiliating 1-6 defeat so Everton beware. The Toffees had a disappointing defeat in the Carling Cup against Chelsea in midweek and were taken into extra time so there may be a few weary legs. United meanwhile rested several of their players for the trip down to Aldershot so Sir Alex Ferguson’s side should be well up for this one. Wayne Rooney (£12.4m) loves to score against his former club, although he is a bit pricey. Javier Hernandez (£10m) is the man we’re backing on this one.
Spurs entertain QPR this weekend and could pull themselves up into the top four with a win. We recommended Rafael Van der Vaart (£10.1m) last week and the Dutchman has to be a contender for the armband this week. Despite being in the top half, QPR have done very little to impress us this season and should have won far more comfortably against 9-man Chelsea last week. Van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor (£8.6m) could tear Neil Warnock’s side apart at White Hart Lane. It’s difficult to see many goals for the Rs so you could do worse than bringing in Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is moderately priced at £5m.
We’re also backing Stoke to turn Newcastle over at the Britannia this week. Alan Pardew’s side were taken to extra time by Blackburn in midweek which may have taken its toll on several first team players, while Stoke is always a tough place to go. Defenders are always a popular choice from the Potters as not only do they get their fair share of cleanies, but there are often plenty of goals on offer as a result of the chaos Stoke cause in the opposition’s penalty area on set pieces. Asmir Begovic (£5.2m) and Ryan Shawcross (£5.1m) are probably your best bet among the rear guard. Jon Walters (£6.1m) also looks like a good choice. Not only has been racking up the points nicely, but he is considered a midfielder in the Fantasy Footy game and is often deployed further up the pitch. At £6.1m, Kenwyne Jones is also worth considering for this one.
Others to consider
Chelsea v Arsenal is a tough one to call so we’d probably avoid the defenders here. Robin Van Persie’s (£12.1m) form is too hot to be overlooked and with Arsenal at home to West Brom next week, he must be considered. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres (£10.4m) should return for Chelsea this week and will hope to get a run of games under his belt with the Drog suspended. Also, the Blues are playing Blackburn next week.
Norwich should be favourites against Blackburn at Carrow Road this weekend, so you shouldn’t ignore the form of Anthony Pilkington (£5.2m) or Grant Holt (£4.9m). The Canaries have looked impressive this season and their players offer great value for money.
It’s also worth looking at Swansea City this weekend. Michel Vorm (£4.3) has looked like one of the best keepers in the Premier League this season and no team has yet breached the Swans’ defence at the Liberty Stadium. Scott Sinclair (£6.1m) always looks dangerous (and it the penalty taker!), while Danny Graham’s (£4.8m) form has dramatically improved after a tough start to life in the Premiership.