As we look ahead to the midweek games it appears that all the top fantasy premier league forwards are fit except for Ruiz who will not make it back for Fulham this week. Many fantasy football managers are flirting with Fernando Torres with a staggering 13% of Irish Times Fantasy Premier League Managers backing the out of form Spaniard.
Having looked at Rafa Benitez’s playing style last week it will be interesting to see if Torres can regain his form but a disappointing performance coupled with the fact the World Cup winner has not scored or even managed an assist since round seven of the fantasy premier league explains why we are not backing him at the moment.
The Manchester City duo of Aguero and Tevez were unlucky not to make our tips this week as they travel to Wigan who not kept a clean sheet at home all season. After recent performances (Check Out Our Recent Manager Notes Article) Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher are well and truly on our fantasy premier league watch-list but also just miss out. But that’s enough about the players we didn’t select for this weeks games, lets look at the three fantasy football forward that are expected to deliver for Round fourteen of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League.
Robin Van Persie (Man United) £8.5 Million Fixture: West Ham (Home)
Manchester United easily beat QPR last weekend despite not being at their best and disappointingly for Robin Van Persie owners the Dutch man failed to deliver for the second game in a row.
He did play the whole game taking five corners, having five attempts on goal and creating one clear chance that was close to providing assist points for the Dutch Master as certain sections of the Old Trafford fans refer to him.
In his last nine games Van Persie has only missed four minutes of playing time scoring eight goals and geting five assists for the season.
West Ham are performing well defensively on the road conceding just nine goals with only Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Swansea conceding fewer goals on their travels this season. Even with this tight defence West Ham have only managed to keep two Clean Sheets away to Norwich who are having trouble scoring goals and Newcastle who are frail this season due to injuries and their draining Europa Cup games.
When West Ham travel to attacking teams they tend to concede a few goals which is underlined by the three goals that Tottenham scored last weekend and the three goals that Swansea scored in Round Two of the Premier League.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) £5.5 million Fixture: Reading (Home)
The Belgium International has amassed an impressive 29 fantasy football points when you consider Aston Villa’s perilous position of 18th in the Barclays Fantasy Premier League. It is the form that Benteke has shown over his last few games that has caught our attention coupled with the fact that Paul Lambert appears to have given up on Darren Bent and has made Christian Benteke his main man up front along side Weimann.
This season Benteke has scored two goals and got two assists with three of them coming in fantasy football rounds 9,10 and 11 against Norwich, Sunderland and Manchester United.
As Aston Villa are sitting in the relegation zone they have to consider this game against Reading and the weekends clash with Harry’s QPR 6 pointers that they must win.
Reading have conceded 12 goals on the road this season in six Premier League games and are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road. Over Aston Villa’s last four home games Benteke has been involved in 75% of their goals, taking 18 shots and creating 6 chances.
Benteke could be a real differential over the next two rounds of the fantasy premier league for those brave enough to back him as he has an ownership rate of less than 1%.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) £6.1 million Fixture: Newcastle (Home)
Our third striking position goes to a fantasy football player who has been gathering fantasy premier league points at a steady pace this season. Peter Crouch has an ownership rate of a little under 10% and with 46 fantasy football points this season it is easy to see why so many Irish Times Fantasy Premier League managers are backing Stoke’s big striker.
Crouch is having one of his best seasons in the Premier League and has already scored four goals and notched three assists this term. Despite a run of games that has not seen the striker score since his brace in round 6 of the Premier League, his recent assists at home to QPR and Fulham along with some good performances has been the reason many have stuck with the tall striker.
Newcastle are another team that are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road and with a weakend midfield for the midweek clash at the Brittiana it will be a long night for the magpies.
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