After largely positive week for English football in Europe, the Premier League returns with no less than 15 games over the next four days which, if you fancy a bit of fantasy football, is a great chance to make up some ground in your office’s mini-league.
Here’s four players that should make your fantasy team over the next four days.
1) Simon Mignolet
If people on Merseyside have started whispering that this might, after all, being their year is also thanks to Simon Mignolet’s performances between the posts, with the Belgian ranked third-highest among goalkeepers in terms of value for points.
Liverpool face Cardiff and Sunderland over the next four days, respectively Premier League’s second and fourth worst attacks, so expect Mignolet to add to his nine clean sheets this season.
2) Seamus Coleman
Coleman recently joined the list of Everton players that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford since David Moyes left Goodison Park and it doesn’t take much to see why Moyes wants to be reunited with his former player.
Of all the Premier League’s defenders, only John Terry has scored more points than Coleman, as the Everton full-back has picked up 141 points courtesy of six goals, one assist and 10 clean sheets.
At £6.4m, the Irishman is a guaranteed investment, particularly as neither Swansea nor Newcastle – Everton’s opponents over the next four days – look in great form and capable of cause Roberto Martinez’ men too many troubles.
3) David Silva
The little Spanish magician has somewhat flown under the radar this season, despite producing nine assists and scoring five goals, for a 105-point return. Silva has overcome injury problems and has now started City’s last four games in a row and with Manuel Pellegrini’s men focused on the run-in, expect him to deliver the goods yet again.
On Saturday, City host bottom placed Fulham, who have lost four of the last six games away from home and conceded 16 goals in the process, before heading to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, a game in which Silva could shine given United’s defensive frailties.
4) Olivier Giroud
Without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge, needing another away win in a London derby if they’re to keep their Premier League title hopes alive, before hosting Swansea three days later.
The Gunners have the league’s joint-best record away from home and they’ll need the Frenchman to keep up his excellent form if they’re to remain in the title hunt. Giroud has scored four goals in the last five games in all competitions and at £8.6m he remains a cheaper option than other top strikers, making him definitely worth a gamble.