You’d expect Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City to all pick up maximum points ahead of the international break, so if you’ve not already played it, the Wildcard could guarantee you a good week. Looking ahead, it could be dangerous backing Liverpool, with fixtures against Chelsea and City awaiting Kenny Dalglish’s team after the break. So we’re looking to United and Arsenal for most of our points in the upcoming weeks.
Arsenal host West Brom this weekend before travelling down to Carrow Road after the international break and having stuck five past Chelsea, you’d fancy the Gunners to add to their goal tally in the next couple of games. There can’t be too many players who still don’t have Robin Van Persie, but we’ll recommend him once again. He’ll set you back £12.4m but given the Dutchman’s blistering form this season, that is money well spent. Theo Walcott (£8.8m) also put in an impressive performance at Stamford Bridge last week and should be brimming with confidence. Aaron Ramsey (£6.6m) meanwhile, who has continued to shine in the absence of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, represents the cheaper option from the Arsenal midfield. We’d normanlly steer clear of Arsenal defenders but Thomas Vermaelen has looked solid on his return to the side and the way he bombs forward he is probably every bit as much a goal threat as Gervinho or Andrey Arshavin! He is certainly worth considering at £6.7m as his value is likely to increase in the future.
We’d also suggest getting some Manchester United players into your team for the next couple of weeks. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team look to have shored things up at the back since their humbling 1-6 defeat against City and have registered three successive clean sheets. With Rio Ferdinand being told he is no longer first choice, Phil Jones (£6m) will be expected to continue in the United back four, either at right back or alongside Nemanja Vidic. He has shown he is a composed defender and will also push forward to help out the front men. Luis Nani (£10.1m) hasn’t done much for a while, although he still looks to be the most dangerous player in the United midfield so we’d keep faith with him for a little while longer. As for the strikers, Wayne Rooney (£12.1m) put in an impressive performance in midfield the other night in the Champions League and may begin to pull the strings for United from a deeper position. We’d expect Javier Hernandez to pose more of a goal threat however and at £10m, he represents less of a risk.
Other potential bargains to be had
Fulham meet Spurs at Craven Cottage this weekend in a fixture that looks like it could serve up a few goals. Rafael Van der Vaart (£10.4m) is the obvious choice, given his stunning recent form, while many players might have their eye on Gareth Bale (£7.9m) after his brace last week. At the cheaper end of the scale, we’re looking at former Tottenham boys Danny Murphy (£6.3m) and Bobby Zamora (£6.7m), who might come back to haunt their old club.
Blackburn and Bolton are two teams that have been shipping plenty of goals this season, so it could be worth considering a few Chelsea and Stoke players, who travel to Ewood and the Reebok respectively. Frank Lampard can’t really be described as a bargain at £11.7m, but he’s hit some great form and could add to Steve Kean’s problems. Ramires (£7.2m) is another option from the Chelsea midfield. He’s had his share of goals this season and notched another in midweek against Genk in the Champions League. As for Stoke, Jon Walters (£6.2m) is an attractive buy, given that he’s registered as a midfielder and has been racking up the points as a striker. Up front, Crouchy (£6.9m) looks like getting more minutes that Kenwyne Jones.
Good luck. But make RVP captain and you won’t need it.