It’s great uncovering a bargain or picking a player who no one else will have thought of, but we reckon this gameweek is a time to back the big guns. And Chelsea. It’s hardly controversial, but we’re looking to Manchester United and Manchester City to do the business for us over the next couple of gameweeks.
It won’t be easy for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side but they are in great form with four wins in their last five Premier League outings. Furthermore, they have scored at least two goals in each of those games and come up against a Norwich side which, despite being in decent form, tends to concede at home. With one of their most in-form players (Antonio Valencia) injured it could prove a good time to bring Luis Nani (£9.9m) or Ashley Young (£9.6m) back into your fantasy side. Wayne Rooney (£12.1m), although a slight doubt, should prove an excellent addition, while Javier Hernandez is also a tempting option at £9.9m. With Vidic the only injured defender and a trip to White Hart Lane to come, no one really jumps out as a bargain from that half of the field.
As for United’s noisy neighbours, City will see back-to-back home games against Blackburn and Bolton as a wonderful opportunity to extend their lead at the summit of the Premier League. Roberto Mancini’s men have options all over the field and you’d be foolish to bet against them maintaining that 100 per cent home record. At the back, Joe Hart (£6.8m) is the most expensive keeper in the game but you have to say, you get what you pay for. Joleon Lescott (£6.2m) meanwhile repaid our faith in the last gameweek with a goal and a cleanie at Villa Park. Obviously, David Silva (£10.5m) is the pick of the midfield, although we still like the look of Adam Johnson (£7m) as well. City will also be pleased to welcome back the heartbeat of their side, Gnegneri Toure Yaya (£7.5m). Up top, until Carlo is back fit and firing, his countryman Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) has to be your man.
It’s not been an easy couple of weeks for Chelsea so we’d avoid backing them as heavily as Manchester City. But a home game against struggling Bolton and a trip to the Hawthorns represent a decent opportunity for AVB to begin turning things around for the Blues. With John Terry crocked, Gary Cahill looks to be a a good bet at just £5.2m. Juan Mata (£9.6m) remains the only thing approximating a creative Chelsea midfielder, while you’d not bet against Didier Drogba (£10.1m) finding the net at the Bridge this weekend.
Others worth considering
Sunderland have continued to impress in recent weeks, with Simon Mignolet (£4.3m) and Phil Bardsley (£4.8m) decent, affordable defensive options. James McClean’s (£4.5m) form should also not have gone unnoticed by fantasy footy players. We also like the look of Swansea for their next two away fixtures at Stoke and Wigan, so we’d recommend Gylfi Sigurdsson (£5m) and Danny Graham (£5m). As for Sunday’s big North London derby, Arsenal could find themselves in the rare position of being underdogs in a home fixture. They need a hero. Step forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6m).