With Manchester United and Tottenham facing some potentially tricky fixtures over the next couple of gameweeks, Manchester City may see an opportunity to pull away at the summit of the Premier League. And although they’re without a league win in three games, we’re also backing Chelsea for a decent return of points against Everton and Bolton. None of the teams in the bottom half of the table are currently playing in anything approximating form, so fantasy football players would be wise to look at the big guns this week.
Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that his team is out of the title race and they face a difficult trip to Goodison Park on Saturday. Chelsea are coming off the back of three draws on the bounce ahead of this weekend’s game and a point each does not sound out of the question for this one. But AVB’s side usually scores on the road and this is a game that promises one or two goals. And since Bolton are the visitors to Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup round of 16, you could do worse than to bring in Juan Mata (£9.6m). With John Terry out injured, we also like the look of David Luiz (£6.3m). He’s had his critics, but when you consider 2.7 per cent of fantasy football players have been daft enough to select Fernando Torres, the Brazilian centre half looks like a bargain.
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime while Spurs have fixtures against top 6 sides in the next two gameweeks. Surely Manchester City will see this an opportunity to pull away from their title rivals as they face an Aston Villa side with a pretty indifferent home record on Sunday. With Vincent Kompany a slight doubt ahead of Sunday’s game, Joleon Lescott (£6.1m) looks like the best City defender to back. In midfield, while David Silva (£10.5m) is clearly the strongest option, we’d consider Adam Johnson (£7m) as well. We’ve said before that it’s a shame to have a player of that value who will end up on your bench fairly frequently, but when he plays, things will often happen. He’ll save you money on Silva or Nasri and should be guaranteed some game time against either Villa or Blackburn. As for the strikers, Edin Dzeko (£8.1m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) both look like tempting options.
Others worth considering
Although Manchester City could well extend their lead at the top of the league, Manchester United will be slight favourites to beat arch-rivals Liverpool tomorrow afternoon. Antonio Valencia (£8.3m) is the United player to have right now, while strikers Danny Welbeck (£6.7m) and Wayne Rooney (£11.9m) are also looking good value to score at the moment. Sunderland is another side looking pretty strong at the minute and people following our tips will surely have already jumped on the Stephane Sessegnon (£7.2m) and James McClean (£4.7m) bandwagons. But it’s also worth considering the Mackems defenders, such as former United man Phil Bardsley (£4.8m). Betting against Swansea has been difficult this season and we like the look of Gylfi Sigurdsson (£5m) and Scott Sinclair (£6.5m) for the visit of Norwich. The Canaries always concede so Danny Graham (£4.9m) is also worth considering. And finally, a player you ought not miss out on any longer, Clint Dempsey (£9m).
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