It’s often been the case this season that the long and short of our Fantasy Football tips has been to make sure you have three Manchester City players in your side, preferably Joe Hart, David Silva and Sergio Aguero! At the risk of rehashing the same old advice, it’d probably be smart to back City again this week for the visit of Bolton to Eastlands and again next week as Roberto Mancini’s side travel to Swansea. But we’re also looking to Fulham and, believe it or not, Wigan for a couple of bargains this week, while another factor to be wary of is Liverpool and Everton’s double fixtures in Gameweek 28…
It’s not often that you’d look to the bottom of the league for your Fantasy Football players, but if you’re a bit strapped for cash after moving heaven and earth to bring in Rooney and Aguero up front, Wigan could offer one two bargains. After a rotten January where the Latics lost all four Premier League games and their FA Cup tie at Swindon, Roberto Martinez’s side improved in February and do not find themselves adrift at the foot of the table. They’re unbeaten in three league games and at just one point from safety, Wigan should see a home game against Swansea and a trip to Norwich as an opportunity to make up some ground on those above them. Ok, it’s a woeful home record they boast, but Jean Beausejour (£5m) and James McArthur (£4.4m) are in pretty decent form and won’t cost you the earth. And although you’d not be expecting dozens of clean sheets, Ali Al Habsi (£4.5m) is also worth considering. He makes plenty of stops to rack up the points and also seems to have the odd penalty save in him as well!
Fulham are looking to make it three wins on the bounce against Wolves at Craven Cottage on Sunday. And despite Wolves’ spirited fightback at Newcastle last weekend, Martin Jol’s side will surely be favourites for the points in this one. Many of the fans probably can’t pronounce his name but Pavel Pogrebnyak (£6m) has done the business for them with two goals in two games since signing from Stuttgart. You could also do a lot worse than to spend £6.1m on Fulham skipper Danny Murphy, considering their next three fixtures.
Others worth considering
With the Merseyside derby being rearranged to Tuesday week, Liverpool and Everton each have a double fixture in Gameweek 28. Double gameweeks offer an obvious opportunity to score additional points, although both Everton and Liverpool will be expecting tough matches over the next couple of weeks. Tim Howard (£5.4m) and Leighton Baines (£7.7m) shouldn’t be bad choices, while Dirk Kuyt (£9.4m) is far too expensive for what he’s been offering this season but you know he’s bound to score some mis-hit, deflected, one-yard tap-in trip over himself stumble of a goal against Arsenal and/or Everton. Or a penalty.
We also like Arsenal at the minute, who have notched up three Premier League wins on the spin. Robin Van Persie (£13.3m) is obviously always likely to do some damage, while Theo Walcott (£8.8m) had a fine second half against Spurs last week to convince everybody he can still do it. He’s a big game player and could hurt Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
Finally, a player whose recent form will not have gone unnoticed is Peter Odemwingie (£7.2m). Five goals in two games speaks for itself – hopefully it’s not too late to join this bandwagon.