There were some fixtures that provided more entertainment than others this week but even the nil all game at QPR had something to laugh at with the Norwich fans singing “Odemwingie, he would have scored that.” Following Taarbabts missed penalty.
A few familiar faces also found the back of the net as both Aguero and Rooney scored for their respective Mancunian clubs. RVP though drew a blank for the 2nd game running but managed to pick up maximum bonus points, go figure that one out. As for your dream forwards well they both squared off at Goodison Park in a game that had goals a plenty, ‘Big Vic’ Anichebebagged himself 11 by way of a goal and assist plus 2 bonus, he also costs a super low £4.4m.
As you have probably guessed the other was Benteke who bagged a brace and 1 bonus earning 11, he also costs a low 6.7m. So now we have gone over what happened last gameweek let’s take a look at which forwards stand the best chance of a points return from the upcoming fixtures.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) £7.7 Million Fixture: West Brom & Swansea (Home)
The Liverpool forward has been outstanding since his transfer last month returning 3 goals and assist in his first 4 league outings clocking up 22 points, he is also the main man in the middle of the goal for the reds as Suarez seems to have gone out wide in the last few games. This gameweek sees the striker play 2 home games against the teams directly below Liverpool in the league, this is following a tough couple of weeks where they faced both Arsenal and City but they have held their own here drawing both 2 all away from home.
Rodgers’ side have played well in front of the home crowd recently winning 4 of the last 5 played at Anfield and scoring 14 goals, the only blip being the Villa game back in November. Currently he is listed as a 75% chance of playing but going on previous experience this means little and I expect the forward to start both fixtures, as for his price well this has gone from 7.3m four weeks ago to 7.7m today. I expect this to rise steadily if the form continues as will ownership his current team selection which sits at 7.5%. I think he is worth playing in the DGW and benching the following week, that is if you can afford to do so. His stats since signing speak for themselves and I think he will be the best business of the January transfer window for both Liverpool and the fantasy faithful if his points scoring continue.
Sergio Aguero (Man City) £10.9 Million Fixture: Southampton (Away)
Aguero scored a cracking goal against Liverpool and looks back to his devastating form that saw City win the title last season; he also managed to collect 9 points for fantasy managers which sees his total this season rise to 91. So far from this campaign he has bagged 9 goals overall with 3 assists and an average of 1 in 6.7 shots finding the net. This week City play the Saints away and they are usually good for a having a go at big teams leaving nothing on the pitch after the game; they did though draw a stalemate with Everton last time they played at home.
I really can’t see that happening here though as the first game this season ended 3-2 to City. Forwards are usually good for scoring streaks and good strikers even more so, did I also mention Kun has a 5.2% ownership amongst fantasy mangers? Get on now and with Mancinis team trying to chase down the Red side of town in the hunt for title retention he could prove a great bandwagon to be on.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) £6.7 Million Fixture: West Ham (Home)
I heard the phrase ‘Fixture proof’ on the podcast recently and that definitely applies to the young Belgium striker, with 10 goals and 4 assist on the board already and all for a team lying second from bottom ,it just proves what a class act he has been in his debut Premier league season. The small matter of 104 points for fantasy managers is also a bonus but the fact he has scored 5 goals in as many games could be a real kicker along with the 5.5% ownership if you chasing down the pack in your respective leagues. Villa will have to go all or nothing if they want to retain their league status this season and if they can capitalise on the way they played against Everton last week then they stand half a chance of survival.
This week they face Big Sam’s Hammers who are without a win on the road since early November; in fact they have lost 6 of the last 7 away with only a nil all draw at West Brom for their troubles over that period. If Lamberts side retain any hope of climbing out the relegation zone it’s this type of league game they have to win as next up it is Arsenal and City, if anyone is likely to bang one against West Ham for Villa my money would be on Benteke.
That’s our pick for your frontline this week, if you think I have missed anything out or if you have a question please feel free to tweet me or leave a message below. As always there is #LiveTime this Saturday morning from 10.30am. Good luck everyone!