As we enter a period where each Premier League club will be in action five times in the space of just over two and half weeks, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Fantasy team. Let’s see who’s looking most likely to this weekend’s movers and shakers – and we haven’t plumped for the most obvious options either…
The Captaincy Debate
Swansea City have been formidable at the Liberty Stadium this season. However, when they’ve set foot in England, they’re haven’t rediscovered the same form. They visit St James Park this weekend and one player sure to give them trouble is Newcastle’s Demba Ba. The Senegalese striker has 11 goals in his last ten Premier League games and is certainly hot property ahead of the festive season.
Then again, perhaps a striker who hails from north of the border is more up your street. Plying his trade in the West Midlands, Steven Fletcher has been a shining light of Wolves campaign up until now. He has six goals for the season and three of those have come in his last two games. Stoke City are the visitors to Molineux on Saturday. They had a particularly ferocious baptism of fire in Besiktas during the week. Whilst Pulis’ men are not ones to be daunted, Fletcher is certainly capable of exploiting any tiredness in the Stoke ranks.
One man who will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing week though is Clint Dempsey. Whilst he hit the net in the Europa League for Fulham against Odense, the American had a disappointing weekend in Swansea. Having deflected Scott Sinclair’s shot into his own net, he completed a miserable outing as he had a late penalty saved by Michel Vorm. However, Dempsey has the chance for Premier League redemption on Saturday as Bolton come to Craven Cottage. In years gone by, Dempsey has been a reliable Fantasy outlet and this could be reaffirmed on Saturday.
After a strong performance last weekend, Nani is a player that cannot be discounted from the Captaincy frame either. His performance against a Wolves side, which has albeit capitulated at times on the road this season, was assured as he chipped in with two goals and an assist. Prior to last Saturday, he hadn’t netted since September in the Premier League. This could herald the start of a run of form so QPR will need to be wary of one of United’s main attacking outlets.
Finally, Emmanuel Adebayor should be considered this weekend with Spurs facing Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Although Martin O’Neill’s arrival and victory in his first game against Blackburn is sure to have a positive impact, one would expect Spurs to pull through comfortably on Sunday afternoon. Adebayor has needed a few opportunities before converting but with so many good creative outlets at Spurs disposal, the chances are that there’s always a goal for the Togolese striker.
The Captain: Demba Ba – His record this season is too much to overlook against a Swansea side which has shipped goals for fun on the road.
The Vice Captain: Clint Dempsey – He scores with his left, he scores with his right. That boy Clint Dempsey… looks an assured back up option for the weekend.