Round 9 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League produced real controversy with Red Cards and three incorrect Offside calls deciding the outcome three Premier League games. For Irish Times Fantasy Football managers it is back to basics as we scout the players that could earn you those much needed Clean Sheet points.
Again Clean Sheets were at a Premium with only four Premier League teams producing the goods and our two tips of Mannone & Hart both delivered the goods.
Stoke played out a 0-0 draw against Sunderland with both Begovic and Mignolet the only other Fantasy Premier League goalkeepers to get clean sheets.
As we look ahead to Round 10 of Fantasy Premier League we again predict very few fantasy football clean sheets with Ben Foster of West Brom unlucky to just miss selection this week as the Baggies face Southampton at home.
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Round 9 Irish Times Fantasy Premier League Goalkeeper Tips
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) £3.3 million Fixture:Norwich City (Away)
It is no surprize to see Stoke figure within our tips for a clean sheet as their manager Tony Pulis has a real traditional approach to Premier League football with a solid defence at the heart of this mentality.
Stoke are struggling to build on clean sheets this season as they only have one win but it is their form at the back that is responsible for keeping them in a comfortable mid-table position and with 6 draws already they will believe the tide will turn shortly.
So far this season Begovic has firmly established himself as the Potter’s No.1 keeper with Sorensen not getting a chance in the Premier League. Stoke have managed a respectable four clean sheets from nine games and we expect them to add to this total at Carrow Road this weekend.
The Bosnian International has a favourable run of foxtures until Christmas and with tricky away trips including Manchester United and Chelsea already out of the way Begovic could be a clever transfer coup at £3.3 million.
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) £3.4 million Fixture: Aston Villa (Home)
Sunderland are another team that are struggling to get results and only for their resolute solid defensive performances they would be in the company of Q.P.R, Southampton and Reading, the current holders of the relegation zone positions.
We saw Martin O Neill start his Aston Villa career making them defensively strong and draw specialists before they went on to challenge for Champions League qualification and the Carling Cup a few years ago. Despite a lack of success at both many felt brighter days were ahead if the Irishman had stayed at Villa Park and it also explains the patience of the Black Cats faithful.
It is the arrival of Aston Villa to the Stadium of Light that see’s Martin O Neill pit his wits against his former club that we reckon will provide the second clean sheet of the week.
The Big Belgium has managed three clean sheets from eight games this season and produced 32 saves along the way. Aston Villa are struggling on the road this season and have only scored two goals on their travels.
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