Round 8 of fantasy premier league football produced some fantastic football but again clean sheets were at a premium. We were pleased to see our number one tip Mark Schwarzer get a shutout for Fulham who hosted Aston Villa and managed a 1-0 victory.
Liverpool kept out Reading with Brad Jones taking Pepe Reina’s position as the Spaniard was still struggling with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty.
The surprise clean sheet of round 8 of fantasy football was delivered by Norwich who kept out Arsenal for the canaries to get their first win of the season.
This week Aston Villa, Arsenal and Manchester City will be the favourites to deliver clean sheets and below are our tips to deliver in round 9 of fantasy premier league.
Joe Hart (Manchester City) £4.6 million Fixture: Swansea City (Home)
Manchester City collected 17 clean sheets as they won their first Premier League title last season but this year it has been a different story.
Despite a healthy league position, the blue half of Manchester are struggling to keep clean sheets and again conceded last week away to West Brom.
This week is a great opportunity for Manchester City and Joe Hart to get back on the clean sheet bandwagon as they welcome a misfiring Swansea to Manchester.
Swansea did beat Wigan at home last week but their last two away trips have produced no goals and last season Manchester City won this fixture 4-0.
Vito Mannone (Arsenal) £4.0 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
Vito Mannone has put in some solid performances this season which has seen the Arsenal number 2 linked with a move to AC Milan.
Although slightly at fault parrying Tetley’s shot into Grant Holts path for the gunners to concede last week against Norwich Mannone has played well saving 16 shots over 6 games and getting 2 clean sheets.
Few Irish Times Fantasy Football managers have selected the Italian born in Desio making him a real differential between the sticks.
Last season Arsenal won this fixture 1-0 and so far this season QPR have struggled to score goals and only managed a solitary point on the road from four games.
So there you have some early goalkeeping options for you to consider as we weigh up your options ahead of round 9 of The Irish Times Fantasy Premier League.
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