As we gear up for round 11 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League fantasy managers will have kept a close eye on Tuesday nights Champions League action with both Manchester City and Arsenal in action. With both sides drawing 2-2 to their respective opponents there were a few key performances from midfielders that managers should be aware of, Yaya Toure got City on the road to recovery as he scored City’s first in what we can only describe as a typical Toure goal and as far as the Gunners are concerned Theo Walcott was once again on hand to get Arsenal up and running, that is yet another goal for the Gunners midfielder and as Arsenal struggle for goals the call from the Emirates faithful is now that Walcott should be given a run as an out and out striker, so fantasy managers should watch that space very carefully.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) £4.0 million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
The Belgian international looks to be showing no signs of ill effect after he was forced to miss Everton clash with with QPR in round 8 through injury, since his return he has notched up 2 goals and an assists for the Toffee’s and if the truth be told he was unlucky not to bag a hat trick last time out against Fulham in a game that I’m sure both he and Everton boss David Moyes will feel they should have won. Everton go into this weekend’s game with Sunderland unbeaten at home so far this season a trend they will be looking to continue. In front of goal they are averaging 2 goals per game at Goodison Park with Fellaini getting a goal and an assist so far in the four games hosted there. Sunderland make the short trip to Liverpool this weekend struggling to find goals and without a win on the road this season to their name. At the back the Black Cats have conceded 9 and look to be really struggling to find and form as we head towards the busy christmas period, Fellaini and Everton will be keen to get back to winning way and cement their current 4th place league standing and with the big Belgian on form there is no reason why he shouldn’t deliver the goods this weekend.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) £5.2 million Fixture: Fulham (Home)
Walcott will certainly not be an automatic choice for many as we go into round 11 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League and with the Gunners seemingly struggling to find goals many will argue that there are better options out there as they prepare to face Fulham in what is sure to be an eagerly contested London Derby, but as stated at the top of the post and from looking at the Gunners recent performances in all competitions Walcott has been one of very few who has shown signs of form or promise. The England international has found his shooting boots picking up four goals in his last three appearances in all competitions which has further strengthened his case for a starting role up front as he so desires. Walcott has a mere 6 months left to run on his current deal at the Emirates, whether he is staying or going is unclear however what is clear is the fact that he is either playing for a new contact at Arsenal or playing for a move away from the London club but either way you can expect him to put all of his talent on show over the coming months and there is little doubt based on what we have seen of late that he is capable of producing the goods when it matters and therefore must be considered for your fantasy team when the fixtures are favourable.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) £5.1 million Fixture: Aston Villa (Away)
It’s the second time in as many weeks the United winger has featured in our tips and it is for good reason even if the fantasy points don’t quite reflect it at this time.He is yet to find the back of the net which on all the evidence is only a matter of time but has provided four assists for his team mates. United have a really good run of fixtures coming up and all managers should certainly be looking at getting in two if not three United players. Valencia looks like the ideal midfield coverage as he is almost the first name on the team sheet in that position. With Nani looking increasingly on his way out the Old Trafford door and Ashley Young still trying to get back to full fitness, Valencia shouldn’t be a rotation risk for the foreseeable future. Their good run of fixtures begins on Saturday evening when they travel to Villa Park. United will go in to the game buoyant following their recent league victories over Chelsea and more recently against Arsenal. Valencia was excellent last week and found himself in goal scoring positions but couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch. If he keeps getting into the positions, then the goals will come. With a shaky young Villa defence trying to keep the likes of Valencia quiet, they could well be in for a long evening at Villa Park.
Michu (Swansea City) £3.9 million Fixture: Southampton (Away)
What a signing the Spaniard has been for Swansea and what a bargain for fantasy managers at a mere £3.9 million. In just ten league games he already has six goals and an assist to his name giving him a healthy total of 49 points. He is the joint highest scoring midfielder along with Juan Mata and has caused problems for every defence he has come up against. As if these weren’t enough reasons to have Michu in your team, he has also taken up the role as the main striker for the Swans even though he is still registered as a midfielder. He is sure to continue to find himself in these goal scoring positions and with the form he has been showing throughout, he doesn’t miss many chances. Swansea are without a win in their last two games and travel to St.Mary’s to take on a Southampton side who are struggling majorly following their return to the top flight. Swansea have only won one away game from four attempts but will know that the Saints are very vulnerable at the back. With the attacking threat that Swansea pose and with Michu spearheading it, he could be about to continue his brilliant record in what his his debut season in England.
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