So last week, backing the Merseyside clubs proved to be fairly lucrative, particularly if you brought in either Luis Suárez (£8.4m)orNikica Jelavić (£9.5m). In recommending Everton and Liverpool last gameweek, we also had one eye on their respective fixtures against Wigan and Stoke this weekend. And although Chelsea meet Spurs in gameweek 8, while West Brom host champions Manchester City, these are three sides that we’re expecting will register three points this weekend. Obviously, we’ll be wary of overloading our side with too many of these teams’ players, but a few should do you proud this week.
We all saw how Liverpool tore Norwich apart and Chris Hughton’s side probably won’t relish a trip to Stamford Bridge as they look to bounce back. Chelsea could run riot here and we’d look to ensure either Juan Mata (£8.8m), Eden Hazard (£10.3m) or Fernando Torres is in your fantasy team.
Another team having a tough time of it at the minute is QPR. And with the way Steve Clarke’s side has started the season, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mark Hughes’ misery is extended at West Brom on Saturday. James Morrison (£6m) has been at the heart of the Baggies’ impressive play this season, while Shane Long (£6m) is going to be the most likely to find the net for the Tesco Carrier Bags.
Tottenham’s historic win at Old Trafford last week finally earned AVB a bit of praise and Spurs will now be expected to follow up that victory with a decent show at home to Aston Villa. Villa have looked anything but strong this season and the way Gareth Bale (£9.4m) and Jermain Defoe (£7.8m) are playing at the minute will surely worry Paul Lambert. Former Ajax star Jan Vertonghen (£6.4m) has also impressed going forward and could link up well with Bale and Defoe.
Others worth considering
Kevin Nolan looks like he will once again prove to be a steady fantasy football performer this season and £6.3m looks like a bargain for the heartbeat of West Ham United. And if you’re looking to the Irons’ skipper, it could also be worth considering those he’ll link up with, Ricardo Vaz Tê (£5.5m) and of course Andy Carroll (£8.3m).
Finally, a player who could offer value for money is Arsenal’s Yao Gervinho (£7.4m). Yes, he looks clumsy and wasteful, but when you play for the Gunners, you can miss twelve sitters a game and still end up finding the net at some point. Gervinho has already scored more this season than he managed for the whole of 2011-12. And not only has Arsène Wenger been playing him through the middle, he is also listed as a midfielder.
Best of luck
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