Captain Tips: Round 22 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League

Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 10:26 am by Phil Mc Grath

The Fantasy Premier League swings back into action this weekend after a brief break for the third round of the F.A Cup and what a weekend of football we have to look forward to. With Arsenal welcoming Manchester City to the Emirates at 4pm on Sunday, while in the day’s earlier game one of the oldest rivalries in the premier league is renewed as Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to take on league leaders Manchester United there are sure to be fireworks and that’s all without considering a London derby between QPR and Tottenham not to mention the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

This week’s captain decision is a tough one for fantasy managers with so many team facing off against similar strength opposition it would seem that it could be a feast of a famine when it comes to the captain’s points. First up on our list is Chelsea’s Juan Mata, the Spanish midfielder finds his way into our captain tips for the second week running and once again finds himself getting top billing despite drawing a blank in round 21 after the Pensioners disappointing display against QPR. Mata who has 7 goals and 8 assists to his name will need to be at his best to break down a resolute Stoke defence but with the Blue’s looking to bounce back from their 2-0 league cup defeat at the hands of Swansea you can expect a reaction when they travel to the Britannia.

Gareth Bale is also another familiar face to our captain tips as he once again makes his way into the reckoning. Tottenham travel across London to face former boss Harry Redknapp and his QPR side who are fresh off their recent victory over Chelsea, but with Spurs looking in fine fettle and with Bale hitting form having collected 7 of his 9 goals on the road this season the signs don’t look good for a QPR side who have the second worst record in the league when it comes to conceding goals in the league.

The last man on our list is Chelsea new boy Demba Ba the former Newcastle striker has wasted no time in making an impression at the Bridge with two goals on his debut in the F.A Cup, Ba was rested for most of Chelsea’s league cup semi-final which indicates he will start for the Blue’s against Stoke this weekend. Ba of course underwent a medical at the Britannia but the Potters claimed his knee was not up to the task and turned down the opportunity to sign him which saw the striker sign for West Ham as a result. The Senegalese striker came back to haunt Tony Pulis at the Britannia in October 2011 when he scored a hat-trick for Newcastle and could well haunt them again this time out if he can get the service.

Can Mata turn it on against Stoke and make up for his round 21 blip?

Captain Tips


Juan Mata (Chelsea) £5.3 million Fixture: Stoke (Away)

Gareth Bale (Tottenham) £5.4 million Fixture: QPR (Away)

Demba Ba (Chelsea) £6.4 million Fixture: Stoke (Away)


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