Yes, it’s already dark even though it’s only 5pm and yes, it’s starting to feel increasingly chilly, but it’s not all doom and gloom. To start with, it’s Friday, which means that a weekend of Premier League action is just around the corner, and what a weekend it promises to be!
Like every Friday we have compiled a fantasy football guide, and we do apologise for recommending Christian Benteke last week. Not only did he miss a penalty, thus making us look like complete fools and depriving us of crucial fantasy points, he also ruined our accumulator!
1) Tim Howard
Anticipating all the Movember enthusiasts, the Everton stopper has grown an impressive beard, which he credited for his excellent performances this season. If Howard’s facial hair is responsible for his four league clean sheets this season, Roberto Martinez might wish to shut all barbers shop on Merseyside.
The American, who costs only £5.5m, has already picked up 46 points in nine games this season and with Everton hosting goal-shy Spurs, Howard could register another clean sheet.
2) Curtis Davies
Since their return to the Premier League, Hull have epitomised their manager – solid and reliable, but hardly great to watch. Their fans, however, won’t care about aesthetics just yet, if that means securing Premier League status for another year.
Davies has been instrumental for Hull this season, picking up 31 points and ranking among the top 15 defenders as far as value for money is concerned. Considering that in the battle of felines, the Tigers host the Black Cats and the visitors have scored less than a goal a game, spending £4.5m on Davies could make your fantasy football weekend a lot better.
3) David Silva
Silva’s been busy waving his magic wand around this season, scoring or assisting one in four of his league appearances so far and while his £9.3 price-tag is a big investment, the Spaniard is worth every penny.
Furthermore, City host relegation candidates Norwich on Saturday and Pellegrini’s men have averaged 3 goals per match at the Etihad, meaning there could be a flurry of goals. At both ends, considering that Joe Hart could retain his starting spot.
4) Steven Fletcher
1,142. No, that’s not the number of managers Sunderland have changed over the last decade (although it might be not far off) but the number of fantasy league users that have opted to include Steven Fletcher in their teams after his return to action last week, when he netted after five minutes.
Sunderland are desperate to build on the feel good factor of their derby win (if it sounds like a movie you’ve already seen, it’s because it is) and will be hoping Fletcher can stay fit and provide the goals they need.
At £7.3m Fletcher isn’t exactly cheap and Hull will be a tougher test than many expected, but Sunderland need goals and Fletcher is the man they’ll turn to.