The number of big names that failed to light the score boards on fire last weekend was frightening, instead it was a number of so called “Super Subs” who produced the goods, but the big question is now whether or not they will start come the weekend. Edin D’zeko came off the bench to help Man City beat Spurs at the Eithad last weekend and many are now calling for the big Bosnian to start against Aston Villa on Saturday. Havier Hernandez was the other to come off the bench and turn a game around as he netted twice and grabbed an assist as United came back from two down to beat Paul Lambert’s Villa side. Hernandez has shown great form this season both in the league and in Europe and Sir Alex has admitted that Chicharito has played himself into the squad and that he will have little option but to start him this weekend as United face Norwich at Carrow Road. So it seems that not all may remain super subs for long.
Talk of substitues aside let’s get to the business of strikers for this coming weekend’s action.
Sergio Aguero (Man City) £7.8 Million Fixture: Aston Villa (Home)
Aguero hit the back of the net against Spurs last weekend and looked more like the striker we came to know last season; even when not performing at his best he has returned 37 points scoring 3 goals and an assist from 8 games. Currently with a small ownership rate Aguero could be a player to consider if you’re looking to get ahead the fantasy league opposition now could be a great time to get the forward on board. City remain unbeaten this season and at home it’s even more impressive with Arsenal being the only side to leave with a point so far. However this weekend’s opposition Villa beat Roberto’s men at the Etihad back in September dumping them out of the capital one cup 2-4. Villa has returned to some much needed form though against United last week but could not cling on to their lead losing 2-3 at the final whistle. Mancini’s team are back up to 2nd in league and wanting to retain the title so winning these fixtures is a must; with them bagging 13 goals from 6 played at home only a brave man would back the away side in this fixture. Lamberts’ side have lost 4 from 6 on the road winning only at Sunderland furthermore they have only scored only twice. In the fixture last year Villa where well beaten losing 4-1 and now David Silva has returned to the squad the supply line to the forwards should improve; I usually like to keep an eye on an inform striker who’s found his goal scoring boots again and Aguero is just that and could add to his points this coming weekend.
Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) £6.8 Million Fixture: Sunderland (Home)
Some people say he appears arrogant and is the non-conformist but my favourite comment this week said ‘He is all about connoisseur’s quality’ either way at 5 million Martin Jol might have just of pulled off the transfer of the season signings if he keep up his current form. For fantasy managers he has earned 42 points and has surpassed last season’s total already. That’s all from 7 games played which includes 5 goals and 3 assists. As for the shots on target well from 11 he’s returning just shy of 50% hitting the back of the net. The Cottagers currently occupy 9th with 4 won or drawn and 3 lost and they fully deserved the draw with Arsenal last week. When Berbatov has started they are unbeaten in six league matches which shows the impact he has on a side that was doomed when Clint who left for Spurs? Up for the Cottagers this week it’s Sunderland who have lost the last 2 and have only beaten Wigan at home this campaign. In the head to head between these clubs last season Fulham won 2-1 and drew at the Stadium of Light nil all and on Jol’s sides form I can’t see this game being any different this time around. Berbatov should he stay fit is going to start every game and could be a great forward to have in your fantasy squad.
Arouna Kone (Wigan) £5.6 Million Fixture: Liverpool (Away)
If you’re looking to free up cash for other parts of your fantasy starting line up, the hot property right now for your cheap 3rd striker seems to be the Lattics forward. The Ivorian has had chequered career with spells at PSV, Sevilla and Levante scoring for them 15 times for them last season. Martinez has an eye for La Liga players and could have pulled off another transfer coup for the forward as he only cost £3 million; at 29 it could be said it’s his last chance to make it on the big stage. Kone seems to have adjusted though as from his first 11 league games he’s found the back of net 4 times and that is only from 11 shots on target. Wigan’s start to this season has been ok and they currently sit 16th in the league with 3 wins and 2 draws from their opening 11 matches played. Away from home though is been all or nothing with 2 wins and 3 losses and just 3 goals. Up this week for the Lattics it’s Liverpool away who have been playing well but not turning this into results as they have won just once this season at home and drawn 3 times, the only teams to win at Anfield were United and Arsenal but this is why it’s get interesting… Last season Wigan beat Liverpool 2-1 in this fixture and drew the other fixture at the DW nil all. For those of you not familiar with North West geography it’s also a bit of a derby as the grounds are less than 20 miles apart; this is why it won’t be an easy game for Rodgers. Kone seems to be the man Martinez has chosen to be the main striker and is currently returning the points so could just be the surprise package for the Lattics this campaign.
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