With round 14 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League following hot on the heels of round 13 there is little time to pause for breath with the next round kicking off on Tuesday night at 19:45 when Sunderland take on QPR. Not be out done by time constraints our coaches here in the mangers office are hard at work ensuring you don’t miss a trick in what is sure to be hectic week for fantasy premier league managers. Our Mondays’s Managers Notes are now available to allow fantasy managers to catch up on all the major fantasy talking points from last weekend’s action, so be sure to have a read of them as we head for some midweek action.
But like we said there is little time to dwell on the past so here are our goalkeeper tips for the impending midweek fixtures.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke) £3.3 million Fixture: Newcastle (Home)
The Potters go into Wednesday’s clash with Newcastle unbeaten in their last three and having kept 6 clean sheets so far this season with 5 of those coming at the Britannia. Stoke have one of the meanest defences in the league having only conceded 11 all season and perhaps what is more impressive than that is the fact that they have only conceded once at home all season which was to Manchester City back in round 4. Newcastle on the other hand are going through somewhat of a torrid time of late having lost their last three on the bounce. The Magpie’s are without a number of first team players including Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Ryan Taylor and Steven Tylor and it is beginning to show especially after their exertions in the Europa League. With Stoke’s defence standing strong and Newcastle seemingly stuttering having only managed two goal in four games Begovic offers good value heading into this one.
Pablo Gazzaniga (Southampton) £2.9 million Fixture: Norwich (Home)
This one will certainly not agree with everyone as Southampton welcome giant killing Norwich to St. Mary’s on Wednesday night, but before you write off the 20 year old Argentinian keeper hear me out. Admittedly the Saint’s defensive record is far from appealing having only managed one clean sheet all season, which came last weekend against Newcastle, but that is relevant, Nigel Adkins has seemingly got his troops together and galvanised them from the front going back, their midfield has become very strong over recent weeks and they are chasing down everything and dropping back infront of the back line when they don’t have the ball, where as if we look at their opponents Norwich, the Canaries have only managed 4 goals on the road all season which is the second worst record in the league behind Aston Villa. Despite their recent good run of form it took a late injury time goal for them to secure a point a Goodison last time out. So the Argentinian may not be a ridiculous shout as you may think and at £2.9 million he will certainly free up some much need cash to spend elsewhere.