Book launches, cracking goals in the Champions League and football played on plastic pitches, what a week we’ve had. However, it’s finally Friday and as we drag ourselves towards 5.30pm with the same intensity of Ashley Young’s trailing leg, it’s time to focus on the weekend.
In fairness, with the exception of Chelsea vs Manchester City on Sunday, this weekend the Premier League is likely to be overshadowed by El Clasico – for the hipsters out there, there’s also the intriguing proposition of Dortmund vs Schalke.
So, while all your mates are busy talking about how they’ll spend their Saturday’s afternoon watching Gareth Bale’s first important game for Madrid, it’s time to tweak your fantasy team and make up some ground. Here are our choices for this weekend.
1) Artur Boruc
The Polish stopper features again in our list, for he’s been in the form of his life this season. Southampton have conceded only three goals in eight games and one suspect that Fulham should have kept some goals in their pockets, rather than scoring four against Palace on Monday.
At £4.8m Boruc remains an incredibly cheap option for your fantasy team, something that has only been grasped by the 18.4% of fantasy managers. Their loss, really.
2) John Terry
Football’s Mr Marmite has been in and out of Chelsea’s line-up recently, and the “Happy One” even admitted thinking his captain might be “finished”.
While nowhere near as reliable as he was in his prime, Terry is far from finished and will be leading Chelsea’s back four as the Blues seek to shutdown City’s impressive strike force.
At £6.4m Terry is a rather expensive choice, but the former England captain has a knack for scoring in big games (the ones he plays, rather than the ones in which he swaps his suits for his kit after the final whistle) which could come in handy.
3) Morgan Amalfitano
Having waltzed through United’s midfield as if he was controlled by a PlayStation controller, Amalfitano has so far proved to be excellent value for money at £5.2m, scoring two and assisting just as many in the last five games.
Albion face Liverpool, a side which, if you ask Fergie, remain oblivious to the concept of value for money, and Amalfitano could cause a problem or two to Brendan Rodgers’ back four.
4) Christian Benteke
“Hardly an unexpected choice,” we hear you scream. But before you start shaking your heads accusing us of having gone mainstream, it’s worth remembering that, at £8.8m the Villa striker has never been so cheap this season.
Benteke has scored four in his four starts and considering that Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet against Villa in the last 18 meetings between the two sides, Benteke is expected to win the battle of the BBB. (Big, Bad, Belgians).