What a night of Champions League action we had last night as most notably Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 at Park Head of course there were no fantasy prospects on show in that game. In the games that did see fantasy prospects in action there were a few stand out performances on show, United’s front line were in fine fettle as Van Persie, Rooney and Hernandez all got in on the scoring act. Chelsea also managed to pick up three goals as they faced Shakhtar Donetsk with Torres, Oscar and Moses netting for the Blue’s. There is of course a worry as we head into round 11 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League that not all of these players will start come the weekend, but with Van Persie continuing his good run of form and Torres getting back on the score sheet after three league outings without a goal fantasy managers could be looking at a must have in the Dutch man and the possible resurgence of Fernando that may well prove to be a potent fantasy partnership over the coming weeks.
With that said here are our striker tips for round 11 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League.
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United) £8.5 million Fixture: Aston Villa (Away)
At this point in the season many will argue that there is no tipping in Robin Van Persie and well they are right, however we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t include him in this week’s tips. The United striker has continued exactly where he left off last season with the Gunners and has picked up 8 goals and 4 assists so far this season with his latest goal coming against his former club last weekend at Old Trafford. The former premier league champions travel to Villa Park this weekend to face a Villa side that have only managed two wins all season and have conceded 14 goals along the way. As if that wasn’t bad enough Villa haven’t beaten United at home in any of their last encounters and looking past that they have only won 1 of the last 10 meetings, United will surely go into this one high on confidence after their last few results and with “van the man” seemingly scoring for fun there is no reason why we wont see him hit goal number 9 or even 10 of the season at Villa Park in Saturday’s clash.
Nikica Jelavic (Everton) £6.6 Million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
The Toffee’s find themselves occupying 4th spot starting the season like they usually finish it… Last week against Fulham they should have seen out the game for the win but Sidwell scored at the death to earn a 2 all draw for the Cottagers. Jelavic was in the right places but could not add to his 4 goals and 1 assist for the season. Currently with 35 points for fantasy managers from 9 played he is one to definitely keep on the watch list for the coming weeks as Everton’s next fixtures are Reading away and Norwich at home. This week they welcome Sunderland to Goodison who have only one win so far this season against Wigan at home. They have only lost away at City though so far this season from 5 played; with 4 draws it does show they are a tough side to break down having only conceded 6 goals away from the Stadium of Light. However, this was not the case in this fixture last season as the Toffee stuck 4 past them without reply; with their current form not being so great I can’t see 4 goals but I can see Jelavic bagging at least 1 against them this coming week and adding to his points haul.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) £6.9 Million Fixture: Fulham (Home)
The Gunners looked well off the pace at Old Trafford last weekend and the Santi consolation was about the only good thing they took from the game. Their latest French import Giroud has yet to find any run of form scoring 1 goal and assist for fantasy managers from his first 10 games played earning 22 points. Currently with 1% ownership you’re probably asking; why should I choose him this week? Well now could be a good time to bring the French striker into the fold if you’re looking for the differential in your league as the Gunners face Fulham. There have been 8 goals for Wengers boys over the last 3 seasons in this game so they have a proven record of scoring against the Cottagers; Giroud also found the back of the net against Schalke midweek and that is all some forwards need to relight the fire in front of goal for the next few games… The Gunners (7th) could really do with a win this week as a Champions League place next season is a must. The Cottagers (8th) are not an easy opposition though and both teams have the same game stats this season with 4 wins, 3 draw and 3 losses. We all know Fulham don’t travel well but under Jol there are a much improved side. I can see this fixture having at least 3 goals in it and if the Arsenal midfield can get the supply in there he should keep up his form and score for the second time this week.
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