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.
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