Fantasy Football: Aguero, Mata & more – This week’s best picks
Fantasy Football: The Sport Review tips the best transfers to make ahead of a busy week of Premier League action
David De Gea (£5.8m) Manchester United play twice this week. The Red Devils face Sunderland before taking on Hull City – both fixtures are at Old Trafford. De Gea is a relatively costly £5.8m but he is worth the transfer fee if United can keep back-to-back clean sheets. The Spaniard helped his side keep a shutout last weekend. He should add to his 121 Fantasy Football points over the next week or so.
Nemanja Vidic (£5.8m) You could opt for Patrice Evra (£6.5m) as the must-have United defender in your back four. However, Nemanja Vidic is £0.7m cheaper and the Serbian will be desperate to see out his United career on a high. Ryan Giggs placed his faith in the old guard last weekend and was rewarded as Vidic and co kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win. Vidic is a threat from set-pieces, too.
Aleksandar Kolarov (£5.0m) Manuel Pellegrini normally plays Gael Clichy for tough away games due to his better defensive qualities than Aleksandar Kolarov. However, the Chilean could well field Clichy and Kolarov to counter Everton wing-back Seamus Coleman bombing down the right. The Serbian is a threat with his pinpoint crossing and can take a wicked set-piece, too. With the Citizens playing twice this week, including a home against Aston Villa, Kolarov is snip at £5m.
Juan Mata (£9.6m) Giggs surprisingly omitted Juan Mata from his starting line-up against Norwich, but the Spaniard was a secnd-half substitute and scored twice at Old Trafford. Surely such form is enough to convince the interim United manager to play him from the start against Sunderland? United face Hull City mid-week, too, before a trip to Southampton on the final day of the season. It is fill your boots time Mata!
Emmanuele Giaccherini (£6.2m) The Italy international came off the bench to score a goal in a 4-0 win against Cardiff City last weekend. Sunderland have been the giant slayers in recent weeks, holding City before beating Chelsea. You would be a brave man to back against a Black Cats upset despite the odds being stacked against them on Saturday! With Sunderland facing West Bromwich Albion mid-week, too, Giaccherini would be an astute purchase.
Sergio Aguero (£12.7m) It is time to cough up the funds for the big names, especially up front, with two (or three games in City’s case) remaining. The Argentina international scored his first goal since returning from injury as Manchester City beat Swansea on Monday but did draw a blank against Crystal Palace. Expect Aguero to get back to gaol-scoring ways against Everton and Aston Villa this week.
Connor Wickham (£4.7m) The Sunderland striker has been a revelation since being recalled from his loan spell. Connor Wickham has scored five goals in his last three games, earning 37 points in the process! Can he add United to his list of big-name scalps after netting against Chelsea and City? Well he is worth a punt with Sunderland playing twice this week – otherwise Fabio Borini is a good option at £6.2m as a penalty taker.
With doubts over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, switching to Mata could be a good call. Otherwise, Aguero and Yaya Toure make good options considering their goal records this season.