Fantasy Football: Falcao, Sterling & more – This weekend’s best picks

Fantasy Football: The Sport Review tips the best transfers to make ahead of this weekend's Premier League action

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Goalkeeper

Julian Speroni (£5m): One way or another, it has been a dramatic past few weeks for Crystal Palace fans. High time, then, with a new (old) manager finally in place, that things started settling down a bit. Home games against Burnley and Leicester in the next three should provide a good opportunity to tighten things up again at the back.

Defenders

Eric Dier (£5.4m): The English starlet, who grew up in Portugal, has caught most people by surprise this season. The defender has already claimed two goals and shown a marauding tendency which is unlikely to be curbed while Kyle Walker remains injured. Granted, his price has increased, but Spurs’s next two games are against Sunderland and West Brom. There is still time to catch this one.

Nathaniel Clyne (£5.1m): Already has a goal and an assist this season, as Southampton have looked sharp. Their next three games are against Newcastle, Swansea and QPR, and apart perhaps from Spurs at the beginning of October, they do not face a top level team until Manchester City at the end of November. Pick him up before Hodgson does!

Midfielders

Raheem Sterling (£8.7m): The 19-year-old has started to look dangerous even on his bad days. Aston Villa’s strong start to the season will surely come to an end against Liverpool (after all, Spurs’s did), and Sterling should lead the charge. Could do with working on that finishing though, eh, Brendan?

Hatem Ben Arfa (£5.8m): Sidelined by Alan Pardew at Newcastle, he will surely be given a key role at Hull. Has shown his abilities in both creating and scoring goals in the past couple of seasons, and faces West Ham at the weekend, followed by an early return to St James’s Park – which should give him plenty of motivation. Watch out for the games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool coming up before the end of October, though.

Strikers

Radamel Falcao (£11m): The Colombian scores goals. Simple as that. Need convincing? How about 72 in 87 games for Porto, 70 in 91 for Atletico Madrid and 13 in 22 for Monaco. Manchester United face QPR at home this weekend. That’s the same QPR who were lucky that Spurs declared at four.

Mario Balotelli (£10m): Strike while the iron is hot on this one. We all know that in about six months’ time, Super Mario will be back to his good old sulky self and start angling for a move somewhere. In the meantime, though, he will bang in the goals with gay abandon. Starting against Villa on Saturday evening.

Captain’s pick

With games against QPR, Leicester and West Ham coming up, and the bank balance £150m lighter after the summer, it must be time for Manchester United to start winning, and it seems inconceivable that Falcao will not find the net at least a couple of times over the next few weeks. Get him in as captain now – you’ll thank us.

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