As we await the final game in round 12 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League between West Ham and Stoke many fantasy managers will already be thinking ahead to the next round of fixtures and our coaches here in the managers office are no different. With 3 clean sheets on the cards in round 12 at the time of writing there were a number of surprise results over the weekend, none more so than the clean sheet and resulting victory by Norwich over Manchester United, this result just goes to show no matter how sure you think you are the premier league loves to throw a curve ball every now and then.
As we look ahead to round 13 there are a number of contenders for our early tips but as always we have narrowed it down to two keepers we feel can produce the goods come the weekend.
David de Gea (Man United) £4.5 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
The United keeper missed out on the teams defeat to Norwich last time out after having his wisdom teeth removed but is expect to return to the starting XI for this weekends clash with Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Saturday. United go into this on having only lost only one of their last 6 games however clean sheets have been hard to come by with the United defence managing only two so far this season, but there are signs that perhaps the third could be on the way. QPR find themselves bottom of the table and with out a win this season and struggling to find goals, the R’s have only managed one goal in their last five visits to the Theater of Dreams and judging by their recent form they may well struggle to breach de Gea’s goal as they only have a 4.2% conversion rate and it is unlikely that they will create the amount of chances needed to convert this weekend.
Boaz Myhill (West Brom) £3.2 million Fixture: Sunderland (Away)
The American born Welsh international has done well over the last number of weeks deputising for Ben Foster who underwent minor surgery on a groin injury and is expected to be sidelined for this weekend’s game at the Stadium of Light. Myhill himself has yet to keep a clean sheet although his team mates have managed four so far this season. West Brom head into this one full of confidence after they be Chelsea last time out and they will be keen to continue their run of three wins on the bounce against Martin O’ Neill’s side this Saturday. Sunderland of course are fresh from their 3-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday and they too will be looking to continue where they left off, but that result aside the signs aren’t good for O’ Neill’s with his side having the lowest amount of goal attempts in the league along side Stoke and with the fourth lowest conversion rate of 6.0% all the stats and form are firmly stacked in Myhill’s favour.
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