Having gorged ourselves silly on European football, it’s time to turn our attention back to more traditional bread and butter meal that is the Premier League. Things are hotting up in the race for the title and in the battle to avoid relegation, and with just 12 games left we’re approaching the “do or die” stage in the Fantasy League too.
Need a player to turn your team’s fortunes around? Look no further than these four for this weekend.
1) Ben Foster
Foster isn’t exactly enjoying a vintage season, having kept a clean sheet in the last seven league games, but he has two attributes that every fantasy manager should look for in their goalkeeper: he’s cheap and he’s due to face Fulham on the weekend.
At £4.7m the former United man represents a good investment, particularly as West Brom host Fulham at home and given that the Cottagers have scored just twice in their last four games on the road, Foster could clinch an elusive clean sheet.
If that’s not enough to convince you, WBA boast a respectable mid-table record at home, having conceded less than other nine teams.
2) Martin Skrtel
Need an uncompromising defender who’s also capable to deliver the goods at the other end of the pitch, without costing as much as your team’s entire backline? Then Skrtel is the man to turn to.
The Slovak has contributed to five clean sheets this campaign and has also netted four times, a welcome bonus for the 4.1% of fantasy managers who have shelled out £5.6m for him.
Liverpool host Swansea on Sunday and with the Swans having failed to score in three of their last six games on the road, Skrtel could be part of a defensive unit registering a big, fat, zero in the “goals conceded” column.
3) Tom Ince
Having completed his personal Tour of Britain, Ince junior has decided to settle at Selhurst Park and has done so in rather impressive fashion so far, scoring one and assisting another on his Premier League debut.
Judging a player by a single game is risky and shortsighted, but the former Blackpool man looks like an exciting prospect and with Pulis’ resurgent Palace hosting a beleaguered United, Ince could inflict some damage upon his dad’s former club.
At £5.5m, Ince is definitely worth a shot, particularly against the likes of Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley.
4) Emmanuel Adebayor
Infuriating? Yes, more often than not. Petulant? Same as above. In the best form for years? You bet, he is.
With all of his eight league goals coming in the last 10 games, the Spurs man is arguably one of the most in-form strikers in the Premier League at the moment but, crucially, at £8.2m he remains slightly cheaper than some of his more established colleagues.
Spurs take the league’s best away record to Carrow Road on the weekend, where Norwich have conceded almost a goal game and won just once of their last six. He’s convinced Tim Sherwood, but will Adebayor convince you?