After the international break, fantasy football was welcomed back with open arms. For Ireland, a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Slovakia was followed up with an unlikely 0-0 away to Russia where Richard Dunne single-handedly kept the Russians at bay. This result coupled with Armenia surprising beating Slovakians in their own back yard means that Ireland still has a great chance to qualify. No doubt we’ll shoot ourselves in the foot by drawing at home to Armenia next month…
We’re seeing a familiar pattern with regards the top FF scorers each week. Again, both Manchester clubs dominate in what is fast becoming a case of “anything you can do, we can do better” between the neighbours. Many fantasy owners would have been left disappointed with Mancini’s decision to rest Dzeko after scoring 4 goals in GW 3. Sergio Aguero picked up right where he left bagging a hattrick in Man City’s 3-0 drubbing of Wigan. Man Utd followed that up the next day with a 5-0 hammering of Bolton with Wayne Rooney scoring a hattrick for the 2nd GW in succession. Javier Hernandez bagged a brace himself. This partnership could prove lethal this season.
Elsewhere, Ruben Rochina, Blackburn’s young forward on loan from Barcelona impressed in a 1-1 draw with Fulham scoring a cracker & picking up 3 bonus points for a score of 9 pts. Jermaine Defoe reminded us all of his qualities with a goal & 3 bonus pts in Spurs win over Wolves. Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his debut as he did with Arsenal, Man City & Real Madrid.
In midfield David Silva continues to impress each week with 2 assists & a bonu pt for a weekly score of 10 pts. Nani after being in the shadows of Ashley Young for most of the season picked up 10 pts himself with 2 assists of his own. Previous Feelo pick Asmir Begovic picked up 3 bonus points, a clean sheet in Stoke’s resilient 1-0 win over Liverpool. In defense the young Phil Jones impressed at right-back picking up two assists. Veteran John Terry reminded us all of his goal-scoring prowess scoring in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, missing out on a clean sheet unfortunately. Former FF favourite Nicky Shorey scored 11 pts in WBA’s 1-0 win over Norwich.
In the SportsNewsIreland league, Keith Wallace maintains his grip on top spot, 17 pts clear of 2nd place. Keith had Begovic in goal, 3 of his defenders picked up clean sheets, Silva did well for him in midfield and to top it off he captained Rooney for an 84 pt haul. Alan Massey’s performance in 2nd though was the performance of the week. He scored 101 pts, the only century hitter this week. As well as Begovic in goal, all of his defenders kept clean sheets and he had Nani, Silva, Aguero & captain Rooney. A tremendous score that propelled him up the leaderboard. Darren Brennan in 3rd was just 3 pts shy of a century himself. We well as Rooney & Aguero up front, he also had Phil Jones in defense and Mark Walters in midfield who scored Stoke’s penalty in their 1-0 win.
Looking ahead to GW 5, it’s increasingly difficult to play the fixtures; Utd’s seemingly tricky matches to Arsenal and Bolton proving that. But I will anyway and with heavyweights Spurs, Liverpool, Man U & Chelsea all going up against each other, I will look elsewhere for my recommended picks.
• Leighton Baines – Everton – 8.0. It’s difficult to recommend a defender who costs 8.0m but Baines was the top scoring defender in the game last season and with the departure of Arteta, Baines will be on penalty and free-kick duty so you’d expect him to score more than the 5 he scored last season.
• Martin Petrov – Bolton – 5.7. Big things were expected from Petrov when he moved to Bolton last season but he has looked more the player we were all expecting this season picking up 3 assists in his first 4 matches. A home match against Norwich should prove less difficult than Bolton’s last two against Liverpool & Man Utd.
• Gabi Agbonlahor – Aston Villa – 6.6. Agbonlahor has discovered some of his form from a couple seasons back outshining Darren Bent in Aston Villa’s attack picking up 2 goals, an assist & 3 bonus pts in his first 4 matches. Newcastle are due a defeat and Villa could be the team to capitalise.
Now I’m off to finalise my Rugby World Cup fantasy team, it’s never-ending…!