Another weekend of Premier League action means more important games with Liverpool taking on Spurs and Manchester United’s trip to West London. However, these won’t be the only highlights of the weekend. For example, Newcastle fans will get a first glimpse at Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cissé in action after Senegal were knocked out of the African Nations Cup.
Who though should lead the line for your side this weekend?
The Captaincy Debate
Let’s start with the aforementioned Demba Ba. He was in scintillating form prior to his departure to Africa. After a poor tournament for Senegal, the Newcastle forward will be looking to add to his tally of 15 goals in the Premier League. The Magpies face Aston Villa on Sunday and given the fact the Villains haven’t been watertight at the back, Ba isn’t a bad bet to bag a brace at the weekend.
However, Norwich striker Steve Morison is worth consideration. The ex-Millwall man has helped to fire the Canaries into the top half with eight goals so far this season. He’s done brilliantly to make the transition from the Championship to the Premier League appear so smooth. Bolton Wanderers visit Norfolk this weekend. Owen Coyle’s team have improved immeasurably over the last few weeks but they will need to be wary of Morison’s presence on Saturday.
Another player to take into account is the mercurial talent that is Gareth Bale. He has deservedly filled many column inches this season with some stunning performances. His latest came at White Hart Lane on Tuesday evening as he netted a double against lowly Wigan. The Welshman faces a tougher test on Monday night as Spurs travel to Anfield. Bale produced a fine performance in the North West just under a fortnight ago against league leaders Manchester City. There’s every chance he’ll raise his game again.
With Blackburn Rovers coming to the Emirates, it would be foolish to rule out Robin van Persie from scoring during the Gunners’ Saturday lunchtime clash. The Dutchman could count himself unfortunate not to net against Bolton on Wednesday evening as he was first denied by the post before a cute chip bounced off the crossbar. Arsenal’s finest will be hoping for better luck on Saturday against one of the Premier League’s bottom three.
The Captain: Robin van Persie – Unlucky on Wednesday, it’s hard to look past van Persie as skipper due to Blackburn’s attitude to defending this season.
The Vice Captain: Demba Ba – Returning from the African Cup of Nations, expect a strong performance from Newcastle’s best forward.
Long Term Look
Luis Antonio Valencia might not strike you as a particularly cheap outlet in Fantasy Football – playing for Manchester United generally helps to add a few million onto your price. However, in comparison to other pricey midfield options, the Ecuadorian winger is certainly value for money.
Valencia played a pivotal role in United’s victory at the Emirates two weeks ago and he’s been in excellent form since the beginning of December, picking up nine assists and two goals as Manchester United’s title ambitions have rekindled. With a tough run of games still to come, Valencia could be a shrewd addition to your side at £8.1 million.
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