What a weekend of fantasy premier league action we were treated to this in round 12 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League, in a weekend full of goals there were plenty of points on offer with now fewer than 33 goals scored over the weekend with on game left to play tonight as West Ham welcome Stoke to Upton Park in Monday night football and with so much happening over the weekend this week we have decided to break your managers notes down into two parts.
Tip Top Tevez
Carlos Tevez has been lagging over recent weeks and with the threat of rotation looming large over the Argentine striker for the last few weeks he has come out fighting and what a week it was for him. With 2 goals and 2 assists to his name against Aston Villa on Saturday fantasy managers will have sat up and taken notice as Tevez shows signs that he is just warming up rather than winding down. Similarly Sergio Aguero stepped up with a brace to give his fantasy owners something to shout about and as far as Man City coverage up front for fantasy managers goes the big question now is whether Tevez or Aguero is the one for you?
David Silva continued to bring home the points this week as expected and somewhat justified his inclusion in our captain tips. City had been struggling for goals in the absence of the Spanish play maker and it seems that after picking up an assist last time out he was keen to get in on the scoring act as he got City’s first of the afternoon. But from that point on the goal scorer turned provider as he notched up two assist and a healthy points total to go with it. There is little doubt that Silva has provided that little spark of inspiration to the flailing City attack and with City going into what many consider to be a mixed bag of fixtures over the coming weeks he will be one that will have to perform if City are to keep the pace. Another point worth noting was the excellent defending from captain Vincent Kompany as he looked to be on the ball and switched on through out and as a result City managed to claim their third clean sheet in four games.
Walcott Still Winging It
Despite calls from many of the Arsenal faithful for Theo Walcott to be given a chance up front Arsene Wenger proved he knows best as he continued with the England international on the wing and it paid dividends as Walcott stepped up with a goal and an assist as Arsenal beat their North London rivals Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates for the second season in a row. Walcott’s return to the first-team last weekend has proved key in turning around his side’s attacking fortunes, the Gunners have notched eight in the last two Gameweeks, compared to a mere seven goals in the previous six matches without the winger in their ranks.Walcott’s contract negotiations are still ongoing and in truth he looks like a player playing for a move and while his contact is still up in the air fantasy managers would be advised to get him into their side because once it is sorted we could see a drop off in performance levels.
Santi Performs At Home
Santi Cazorla has been on the fringes of many fantasy premier league teams over recent weeks, but he never seemed to produce a performance in front of the Emirates crowd, until now that is, having only managed a single assist at home this season Cazorla got in on the scoring act and also managed to grab an assist. With strong form and a varied set of favourable fixtures on the horizon, Cazorla owners may be more than content to hold, though there are clearly other alternatives on offer right now. Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all picked up attacking returns for the second consecutive week, with Giroud continuing his decent run and extending his recent goal streak to four in three games in all competitions.
Suarez Sinks Wigan
The Uruguayan produced the goods for Liverpool yet again as he hit the mark twice which means he has now produced attacking returns in six of his last seven games. Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners in the end as they became only the fourth side this season to keep the Latic’s goalless. Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 7 games and it would seem that Roger’s has finally got the team playing his way after a miserable start to the season. Suarez has now played a part in 13 of his side’s 17 goals, with 10 goals and 3 assists he is vital to Liverpool’s revival and with that on his shoulders we can expect more from him over the coming weeks as Suarez and Liverpool head into a favourable run of fixtures that will take them into the new year.
The Value Of Sterling
Another Liverpool player who was hot to trot this weekend was young Raheem Sterling, the Liverpool winger slotted in just behind the aforementioned Suarez in their attack and didn’t disappoint. Having gone somewhat off the boil over the last 5 weeks Sterling was once again back on his game as his return to form earned him a pair of assists in yesterday’s win over Wigan. Sterling offers a very reasonably priced midfield option at £3.9 million and with a run of decent fixtures on the card he could well yield a high return for such a small investment.
Liverpool’s impressive defensive displays in front of their own fans continued this weekend as they notched up another clean sheet at home to make it three clean sheets in their last four home games and only a solitary goal conceded in the other. We highlighted Jose Enrique’s potential in this week’s defenders tips and he more than delivered after been given a more advanced role, the former Newcastle defender grabbed a goal and assist, in addition to a clean sheet much to the delight of those brave enough to back him. If he nails down the out of position role, Enrique could be set for significant returns over the coming weeks, while Andre Wisdom offers a cheaper option at the back. The £3.8 priced defender kept his role at right-back, with Glen Johnson on the opposite flank, and has now started the last seven.