As the premier league begins to settle down and the cream begins to rise to the top fantasy managers will be getting to grips with the teams and players that are viable fantasy options and discarding those who have promised much but delivered little. In round nine there were a number of stand out performances for midfielders that will have certainly caught the attention of plenty of fantasy premier league managers. Round 10 throws up a very unpredictable mixture of fixtures that will need some careful consideration from fantasy managers looking to maximise potential and points over the weekend.
As usual our coaches here in the managers office have been crunching the numbers and analysing the fixtures to bring you some of the best midfield options for Round 10 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) £5.4 million Fixture: Wigan (Home)
Surprise surprise, the Welsh wing-wizard is once again the first name on this week’s midfielders tips list. With 3 goals, 3 assists already to his name, he is in red hot form and will be one who will also catch the eye as a potential captains pick this week. With the Chelsea defeat in round 8 aside (which Bale missed, coincidentally enough), Spurs have been performing quite well under new boss AVB. Wigan of course are not slouches themselves but you have to fancy that with a home game against Wigan on Saturday afternoon, a bang in form Tottenham side will be fully confident of collecting another three points. Bale’s decent run doesn’t look like its about to end anytime soon.
Juan Mata (Chelsea) £5.3 million. Fixture: Swansea City (Away)
Without question, the form player in the league at the moment, Mata has been in scintillating form of late. With 8 goals and 7 assists in his last 7 games in all competitions, the Spaniard has understandably caught the eye of plenty of Fantasy Football managers. There is no doubting the fact that Mata offers great value at £5.3 million. Chelsea will still be hurting after last Sunday’s controversial defeat to rivals Man United. They face a tough away test at The Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea. Roberto Di Matteo is sure to have his side well up for this and the backlash may be closer than many think. If Mata can play to the high standard that he has set for himself, he will cause The Swans defence plenty of problems not to mention the fact that they will be without their number one shot stopper Michel Vorm. It is very hard to back against him continuing this remarkable run of form, would you?
Antonio Valencia (Man United) £5.1 million Fixture: Arsenal (Home)
The Manchester United midfielder has been out of favor somewhat at Old Trafford over recent weeks and had not completed 90 minuted for Sir Alex’s side since round 5, but after a superb performance last time out against Chelsea at the Bridge it looks increasingly likely that the Ecuadorian International will keep his place in the starting line up as United welcome Arsenal to the Theater Of Dreams this weekend in Saturday’s early kick off. Valencia has mustered up 4 assists this season with two of those coming in the last two games and seems to be hitting form at just the right time for United as their fixtures toughen up. Arsenal of course are going through somewhat of a difficult time both on and off the pitch and despite some strong performances at the back early doors are no struggling to keep a clean sheets either at home or on the road. This one certainly has the makings of a cracking game and there is little doubt that Valencia will play his part in what will surely be a game full of goals as last years 8-2 encounter proved.
James Morrison (West Brom) £3.9 million. Fixture: Southampton (Home)
After West Brom had such a bright start to the season, they have now lost two on the bounce. They were very unlucky in both defeats however – Don’t write them off just yet. With a home tie against strugglers Southampton, The Baggies look like they could get back to winning ways in gameweek 10. Morrison is arguably their key player and is certainly their most creative force from midfield. He has already chipped in with 2 goals and 3 assists and this weeks fixture looks like he and West Brom could both get back to their earlier good form. With West Brom currently spoilt for choice in the striking department, Morrison has plenty of options ahead of him in which he can provide assists. Don’t rule him out popping up with a goal too!
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