Fantasy Football: Eriksen, Sturridge & more – This weekend’s best picks
Fantasy Football: The Sport Review tips the best transfers to make ahead of the Premier League games this weekend
Artur Boruc (£4.7m) The Southampton goalkeeper collected seven points last weekend as the Saints were 3-0 winners against Fulham. The Pole is a good price at £4.7m, earning a total of 74 points this season. Whilst the Pole may have made a couple of errors during the campaign, he is aided by Southampton’s reliable defence. The Saints have a good run of Premier League games, starting with a home clash against Stoke City on Saturday.
Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) Surprisingly only 3.7 per cent of Fantasy Football players have selected Nathaniel Clyne. The Saints full-back is the cheapest member of Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive back four, costing a mere £4.4m. Clyne returned from injury last weekend to create a goal and earn four points. With Southampton set to face Stoke, Hull and West Ham in their next three games, Clyne could earn a couple of clean sheet bonuses.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.4m) Whilst most prefer to spend the big money on attacking players, it’s still important that your defence collects regular points. Chelsea have the best meanest back four in the Premier League, conceding 20 goals in 24 games. The Blues have conceded one goal in the top-flight in 2014, meaning the Spaniard has collected 28 points in five games.
Christian Eriksen (£7.4m) The Tottenham midfielder is a relatively cheap option at £7.4m compared to midfielders at other top-four clubs (Steven Gerrard, Juan Mata and Philippe Coutinho). The former Ajax star has scored twice and made three assists in five Premier League appearances. Tottenham have a relatively kind run of games after their upcoming clashes against Everton and Newcastle United, so buy Eriksen now before his price rises!
Juan Mata (£9.8m) The defending champions paid a club-record £37.1m to sign the Spaniard from Chelsea in January. The 25-year-old cost shrewd Fantasy Football £9m before his Manchester United debut. However, Mata has made two assists in his opening two Red Devils games and his price stands at £9.8m currently. It’s still a good price considering that Eden Hazard costs £10.2m, whilst Mesut Ozil commands a £10m price tag. United face struggling Fulham this weekend before a trip to Arsenal mid-week – and the Spaniard has enjoyed good results against the Gunners in recent seasons.
Jay Rodriguez (£6.6m) Continuing a very Southampton-centric column, Jay Rodriguez represents an affordable option to bolster your strike force. The England international has scored two goals and made one assist in his last three Premier League appearances. It took his tally to 10 goals for the season, earning the former Burnley man 107 points. With Southampton’s attractive run of fixtures, Rodriguez should add to that tally as he aims to impress England boss Roy Hodgson.
Daniel Sturridge (£9.8m) For those Fantasy Footballers desperately trying to balance the books, Daniel Sturridge represents a much cheaper option than Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie. What’s more, the England international is the Premier League’s form striker. The 24-year-old striker has scored in four successive top-flight games, earning 37 points. Who’d back against him making that five on the bounce against Arsenal?
Liverpool striker Sturridge is a solid choice with his recent form in mind. However, some Fantasy Football players could be put off considering as Sturridge will be facing one of the league’s best centre-half pairings in the shape of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. So, Southampton captain Adam Lallana is another good shout, whilst Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie should fill their boots against Fulham.