The Irish Time Fantasy Premier League game rewards teams that get clean sheets and managers who select attacking defenders that deliver goals and assists. We have selected our early tips for Round 11 of fantasy premier league, please let us know if you agree with our tips.
Leighton Baines (Everton) £4.5 million. Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
The Everton left back is fast becoming a fantasy football tips regular as the Englishman yet again makes it into our defensive selections.
A clean sheets are difficult to get this year it is important to select defenders who can get you attacking fantasy premier league points. This is a skill that Baines has in abundance as he has scored two goals and got two assists so far this season.
The attacking return is surprisingly low when we look at the statistics that Baines has racked up this season. From left back he has managed to create 44 chances so far this season, to put this in context the next defender on the chances created chart is Swansea’s Angel Rangel who has created 10 chances so far this season.
Sunderland did not manage to score a goal in October and so far this season Steven Fletcher is the only Sunderland player to score this season.
Sunderland are looking weak and have not scored a goal in over 500 minutes which will give Everton and Baines the optimism of keeping another clean sheet and to get a much needed win after their last four draws in the Premier League.
Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City) £3.5 million. Fixture: QPR (Home)
It was terrible to see Marc Wilson break his leg against Sunderland two weeks ago as he had made it into a number of fantasy football teams following good performances for Stoke and a fantastic strike for the Republic of Ireland.
The Potters have turned to Andy Wilkinson to take the place of the Irishman and he is a great budget option for fantasy premier league managers.
Stoke have a fantastic record at home this season gaining three Clean Sheets from four Premier League games. The only team to score at the Britianna Stadium this season was the Champions Manchester City.
Tony Pulis will fancy the chances of his team to get a clean sheet this week as they face QPR who have not won a game away from home in 17 Premier League games.
Jonny Evans (Man United) £4.9 million. Fixture: Aston Villa (Away)
Manchester United have only kept two clean sheets this season which is a little dissapointing for the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League managers who have invested in Evans and company.
Aston Villa have not beaten Manchester United in over seventeen years and Paul Lamberts team are struggling this season to get goals, let alone points. The Villains find themselves just above the relegation zone and although they are 4 points clear of 18th place this reflects the poor standard of the league this season rather than Aston Villa doing well.
Evans has showed an attacking threat this season and opened his Manchester United account with a goal against Newcastle. Since that goal Evans has had further chances to score and is a real danger from corners.
Davide Santon (Newcastle United) £3.6 million. Fixture: West Ham (Home)
Although Newcastle will be missing Colocinni after his red card against Liverpool, Alan Pardew and Newcastle will be looking forward to the visit of West Ham to Newcastle this weekend who are managed by ex Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.
If Newcastle can keep Newcastle old boy Andy Carroll quiet this weekend then Santon will be in good shape to get his fantasy football owners a clean sheet.
Newcastle kept only one clean sheet against Norwich at home this season and all other home games accept the Manchester United visit has seen Newcastle concede only one goal a game.
This is a good start but Newcastle will need to improve and West Ham will give them that opportunity this weekend.