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GW10 Preview: Sergio Aguero to star in a tale of two Cities

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Following a somewhat unpredictable opening to the campaign, the Fantasy Premier League season is beginning to settle down somewhat.

The familiar names are bagging points by banging in the goals – three of them in the case of Luis Suarez – and whilst there is still the odd hiccup (thanks Tim Howard) and the continual surprise (are Southampton ever going to concede a goal again?) things are beginning to look a little more straightforward.

As such, it’s probably time to go with what you know.

Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) knows exactly where the goal is, and following a run of nine strikes in his last seven games in all competitions, he looks to be a man to back ahead of Manchester City’s home clash with Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

On form, the Argentinean is potentially the best forward in the division, and whilst Manuel Pellegrini’s side have had their troubles at the back recently, going forward they remain the top scorers in the Premier League with 21 goals.

Aguero has scored a third of them to sit just one off Daniel Sturridge at the top of the goalscoring charts, and he’ll be confident of finding the net against a Norwich side who conceded seven in matches against Arsenal and Chelsea earlier this month.

City’s premier forward scored four goals against Norwich over the course of his previous two seasons in Manchester, and with the support of the likes of David Silva (£9.3m) and Alvaro Negredo (£9.1m) around him, he could continue his recent stellar form at the expense of Chris Hughton’s struggling side.

Elsewhere, the big game of the weekend comes at the Emirates Stadium, as arguably the two most impressive teams of the season so far meet up in what could be a cracker.

Arsenal and Liverpool’s players – plenty of whom have been popular Fantasy picks this season – have the potential to cancel each other out in what promises to be a fascinating contest, but the qualities of Mesut Ozil (£10.8m) and Suarez (£11.6m) make them impossible to ignore.

You also can’t miss Southampton’s excellent defensive record so far this season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side seeking to further improve that at Stoke this weekend.

The central defensive partnership of Jose Fonte (£5.3m) and Dejan Lovren (£5.7m) have been terrific so far, with the Croatian perhaps the preferred pick due to his increased goalscoring threat. Further forward, Rickie Lambert (£7.2m) racked up 12 points in the Fulham win last week and will be confident of keeping that form going.

Fernando Torres (£8.3m) earned the same score in Chelsea’s win over Manchester City, and whilst the Spaniard has been the subject as several false revivals in the past this one looks like it could continue. He could be one to watch as the Blues go to Newcastle, where Frank Lampard (£7.7m) has scored a couple of times in the past.

Chelsea’s neighbours Fulham welcome a Manchester United side who seem to have their forwards firing on all cylinders judging by the Stoke win.

Robin van Persie (£10.9m) and Wayne Rooney (£10.9m) will provide the hosts with concerns, whilst Romelu Lukaku (£8.1m) and Roberto Soldado (£9.2m) look set to battle it out as Everton host Tottenham in what could be a cracker.

There is guaranteed to be fireworks as Cardiff meet Swansea in the South Wales derby on Sunday afternoon, a match which will see the club from the Welsh capital leapfrog the Swans in the table with a victory.

In what is sure to be a close contest with challenges flying in, perhaps set pieces could play a huge role, with Cardiff’s specialist Peter Whittingham (£5.1m) perhaps a man to back.

At The Hawthorns, West Brom host managerless Crystal Palace, and although the Baggies are coming off the back of that heavy defeat to Liverpool they’ll expect to earn victory.

Stephane Sessegnon (£6.6m) was subdued at Anfield but he’ll expect to do better here, as will his teammates.

@Mark_Jones86

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Gameweek 10 preview: Stoking the Fantasy fires

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Being told that you sometimes play like Stoke City is apparently an insult these days, but it could be Stoke players who prove the most effective in Fantasy Premier League over the next few weeks.

A relatively kind fixture list up until just before Christmas should alert Fantasy bosses to Tony Pulis’s men, who go to Norwich City this weekend in search of a first away victory of the season.

That record along with just the nine points taken from nine Premier League matches so far might not give the impression that the boys from the Britannia have been anything to write home about in this campaign, but in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (£4.8m) and forward Peter Crouch (£6.8m) they have two of the standout value for money selections in the game this season. Defenders Ryan Shawcross (£5.0m) and Robert Huth (£5.5m) and midfielders Jonathan Walters (£6.4m) and Michael Kightly (£5.5m) also provide interesting options, but it is to Crouch that Stoke will turn to on Saturday at Carrow Road against a team who have conceded more goals than everyone but Southampton so far.

Crouch will be coming up against one of the six clubs in this season’s Premier League that he has represented before, and he looks a good bet to bite the hand that used to feed him and find the net for the first time since scoring twice at home to Swansea on Gameweek 6. Finding form could be crucial to both Pulis’s team and yours ahead of this kind run of games.

Elsewhere over a Premier League weekend which would do well to be as dramatic as the last one and the midweek League Cup ties, Manchester United could go top of the table for a few hours at least as they take on Arsenal at Old Trafford early on Saturday afternoon.

These heavyweight clashes are usually best avoided by Fantasy bosses due to their often tight and competitive nature, but Robin van Persie (£13.4m) simply can’t be ignored here as he comes up against his former employers for the first time.

Unlike Crouch he’ll only face old friends twice this season, and with the Dutchman having found the net in his last two league matches and seven times overall to jointly lead the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Demba Ba (£8.4m, but who is a doubt for Newcastle’s trip to Anfield on Sunday), then his form is easily apparent and matches the class that he undoubtedly has.

Every league match that Van Persie has started for United has produced either a goal or an assist for the Dutchman, and with it being almost impossible to envisage that run coming to an end on Saturday, if you’ve got the cash to splash then it could well be a wise move to rely on Robin.

Tottenham players are sure to prove popular given their home match against struggling Wigan, and whilst Jan Vertonghen (£6.4m), Gareth Bale (£9.6m) and Jermain Defoe (£8.0m) are sure to be attracting plenty of attention from Fantasy bosses, it might be worth considering that Spurs face trips to Manchester City and Arsenal in their next two weeks, and so it could be better to wait to bring their boys on board.

With the basement battle between QPR and Reading sure to be a committed affair on Sunday, perhaps there is potential for points on Monday night when West Brom take on Southampton at The Hawthorns.

With the Baggies having won four of their five home matches – only losing to champions Manchester City – and considering that the Saints have lost all four of their away fixtures, then success looks likely for Steve Clarke’s men in the final game of the weekend.

Key to that success is likely to be James Morrison (£6.2m), whose two goals and three assists this season have been key to the performances of Clarke’s side, and who is likely to be heavily involved against a team who have made shipping goals an art form since their elevation to the Premier League.

West Brom don’t play like Stoke, but they could be just as effective for you this week.

@Mark_Jones86

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