GUEST POST by @GarryIrwin
This weekend will see the majority of premier league teams play their third fixture in just over a week. Such an active schedule brings its own set of problems though, as squads are forced to rotate players much to the chagrin of fantasy managers. Last weekend in the IEFSA Fantasy League saw some teams make do with a reduced number of active players because of the league cup final. With a full complement to choose from this time however, managers will have no excuses when it comes to results. But who will pick up all the crucial three points on offer? Read on to find out.
@GalinDragiev has lost a miserable nine games in a row as a lot of his players seem to be on the beach (and have been since the New Year). @FuzzyWarbles on the other hand is firmly in the title race. His clever recent signings of Wahbi Khazri and Benik Afobe coupled with established stars such as Silva and Mata should see him win the day here.
When your team is reliant on a front two of Theo Walcott and Christian Benteke you’re going to be a tad inconsistent. This is what @RotoWireAndrew has had to put up with all season and it has left him with only five wins in 24 games. @cjradune may have lost four league games on the bounce but he put that behind him to lift the IEFSA League Cup in midweek. I expect that to be a catalyst for a revival which will see him earn a victory this weekend. @cjradune does have similar players to Andrew in Sturridge and Welbeck, but he has that pair safely tucked away on the bench.
Leader @wrigavin pulled six points clear last weekend. He finds himself in a tough fixture this week though as he faces third placed @RotoZdroik. Both sides have won their last four games and are the two most in form teams in the league. @wrigavin has relied on the points of Roberto Firmino to pick up victories of late. But in this matchup I’m going to plump for @RotoZdroik to drag @wrigavin back into the chasing pack thanks to his often frightening attacking three of Defoe, Sigurdsson and Lukaku.
A solid midtable fixture here as eighth plays tenth. And while @DanRiccio590 may be glued to his laptop or phone sweating over the fitness of Sebastien Bassong, I’m finding it tough to get excited for this fixture. But since we HAVE TO pick a winner in every matchup, let’s go with @DanRiccio590 because he has the Herefordshire Cristiano Ronaldo up his sleeve, Connor Wickham.
@Smokey_Loogy lost his last game which means he is now six points off the top in second place. He is still the highest scorer in the league though and should be fancied to overcome the second lowest scorers in the league in the form of @TomSunderland_. @Smokey_Loogy recently picked up Manchest United player of the week Marcus Rashford, who is averaging over 12 points per game. Compare this to @TomSunderland_’s latest marquee singing in Watford’s Nordin Amrabat, who doesn’t average 12 points per game.
In another week of clear fixture bias, @GarryIrwin is forced to face off against the third most in form team in the league, @BenDinnery. Ben has the in form duo of Diego Costa and Saido Berahino up front. He also has three of his goalscoring defenders, Ivanovic, van Dijk, Kolorov, (6 goals between them) playing at home this week, in what could potentially be a rather one sided matchup.
Poor @Fantasy YIRMA is suffering and end of season Arsenalesque collapse. After a long run of wins (ED. a massively impressive 12) was halted last weekend, he only went and lost the IEFSA cup final to a side who hadn’t won a game in five weeks! (ED – absolute joke of transfer policy from IEFSA meant I had 7 starters.. important thing is i’m not bitter!! 😉 )He gets the chance to correct this slump this week with a fixture against bottom placed @DFS_hambazaza. But I just don’t see it happening. @DFS_hambazaza picked up a win last week which puts him within spitting distance of the side above him. I would also back his main striker Sergio Aguero in a contest against @FantasyYIRMA’s forward Emmercenery Adebayor.
Yes! It’s the much anticipate clash of Max Gradel and Salomon Rondon that IEFSA fantasy fans have been salivating over for weeks. It will be tough to call this one in truth as both sides have posted similar points over the last two gameweeks. But this week; much like Spurs in real life, @SportsByGotti might struggle without Mousa Dembele in midfield. I’m going to stick my neck out here and predict a win for @nikarg thanks to a man of the match performance from non-other than Jonjo Shelvey this week.
Written by @GaryIrwin
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