Fantasy football: why you should sign Krul and Fernandinho

Last week's Dream Team

Whatever your choice – we definitely know what we’d opt for – one thing’s for sure, fantasy managers don’t do gifts. Well, not in fantasy football anyway.

Luckily for you, however, we do and here’s the last pre-Christmas fantasy football guide.

1) Tim Krul 

Spurred on by the footballing genius that is Joe Kinnear, Newcastle have done surprisingly well this season and enter the weekend in sixth place, higher on the table than they’d have hoped in August.

Krul’s been crucial to his club’s fortunes this season, keeping five clean sheets so far and at £5.0m the Dutchman represents an excellent investment.

A trip to Palace could prove tricky given the Tony Pulis-inspired mini-revival underway at Selhrurst Park but the Eagles have only scored seven goals at home this season.

2) Seamus Coleman

Amid Everton’s remarkable attacking approach this season, it’s easy to forget that the Toffees have maintained the defensive solidity that was typical of the David Moyes era thanks, in no small part, to Coleman’s effort.

The Irishman might not bend free-kicks as skilfully as fellow full-back Leighton Baines nor does he sport the same mod-like haircut, but he’s scored 90 points so far and is the most-in form defender in the league in terms of points scored over the last four weeks.

A trip to Swansea is by no mean an easy task for Roberto Martinez’s men, but at £6.2m Coleman is great value for money, particularly considering that Swansea have only won twice at the Liberty Stadium this season.

3) Fernandinho

The City midfielder netted twice last weekend as Manuel Pellegrini’s men ran riot against Arsenal, but the Brazilian makes our list not simply on the back of that performance, for at £7.3m there are few midfielders likely to bring to the party what he does.

With City facing Fulham away on Saturday, it could be an impressive party too as neither Steve Sidwell nor 1950s-haircut-enthusiast Scott Parker look able to trouble Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

50 points over 16 games are somewhat a slightly disappointing return for Fernandinho, but last week’s performance could prove a turning point for him.

4) Gary Hooper

Norwich aren’t exactly flying high this season, nor have the goals been flying in for the Canaries, but things are looking brighter after four points in the last two games.

With two goals in his last two appearances, Gary Hooper has been instrumental in his club’s quest to drag themselves clear of relegation zone, thus ensuring Chris Hughton will celebrate Christmas with a pie from Delia rather than by staring at his P45.

At £6.1m Hooper is a rather economical choice for your frontline, but with Norwich facing a trip to Sunderland, who have already conceded 16 times at home this season, the former Celtic man could be a bargain.

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