Much has been made of the resurgence of Emmanuel Adebayor (£8.2m) since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham, but what is less discussed is that virtually all of his impressive displays have come away from home.
Seven of the eight league goals that Adebayor has scored since being restored to the team by Tim Sherwood have come away from White Hart Lane, with those seven strikes coming in just five games, the most recent of which being the 4-0 victory at Newcastle.
With Adebayor set to be rested for Tottenham’s Europa League visit to the Ukrainian side Dnipro on Thursday, the Togoloese will be fully prepared and ready for Sunday’s trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.
Liverpool’s impressive form recently has seen plenty switch their attentions towards the Reds for a top four finish, or even higher, but Spurs have been in good form too, especially away from home where Adebayor’s goals have contributed to six wins in the last seven away games.
Three points off Liverpool in fourth spot, Tottenham will need to use the next few weeks to make their presence felt in that battle for Champions League football, and crucially for them they have an unbroken run of fixtures at a time when plenty find their programmes curtailed.
Indeed, from a Fantasy football point of view Gameweeks 28 and 29 are about to get a little tricky as teams see their matches moved or postponed altogether – keep your eye on FantasyYirma.com for full details – and so it makes sense to place your trust in players from teams you know will be in action.
Spurs are one of those sides, and as well as Adebayor the likes of the fit again Jan Vertonghen (£6.9m) and Paulinho (£6.6m) will be crucial in the weeks to come.
Back to this weekend, when the undoubted star of this season’s Fantasy game will be looking to get back to scoring form.
Luis Suarez (£13.4m) has scored just once in his last five Premier League matches (seven if you include the FA Cup).
That represents a huge drought for this season’s top scorer, and although it must be said that he has provided assists for his teammates in four of those five games, he’ll be desperate to get back to scoring form when Liverpool welcome Swansea to Anfield on Sunday.
Daniel Sturridge (£10.1m) is the Reds forward in form ahead of that clash, whilst Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) scored in this game last season and at Fulham in the last league fixture.
This weekend’s interesting differential picks come in the forms of Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.7m) and Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic (£8.8m) ahead of their sides’ matches at home to Sunderland and Stoke respectively, with City also able to welcome back Samir Nasri (£8.0m) to Premier League action after a month out. The Frenchman scored against Chelsea in the FA Cup and looked lively as a late substitute against Barcelona.
Manchester United’s next attempt at resuscitating their season sees them go to an improving Crystal Palace, but we’ve likely to see a better game at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Everton in the first fixture of the weekend.
The battle of the Blues will be a tough test for the hosts, and with John Terry (£6.7m) having suffered injury problems recently, it might make sense to switch your Chelsea defensive attentions to the cheaper Gary Cahill (£6.0m), who has now completed the 90 minutes in the last eight league games and always offers an attacking threat from set pieces.