Fantasy Football: Giroud, Cabaye and more – your weekend picks

Why Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a good pick up front and West Brom duo can win you vital clean-sheet points

Goalkeepers

Heurelho Gomes (£4.7m) The Watford goalkeeper has been in excellent form for the promoted side this season. The Brazilian shot stopper made three saves in an outstanding performance at Stadium of Light last weekend. Watford’s 1-0 win against Sunderland secured Heurelho Gomes clean-sheet bonus points and took the goalkeeper’s Fantasy Football points tally to 78 for the season.

Defenders

Craig Dawson (£5.1m) While West Brom may have conceded two goals at Anfield last weekend, the Baggies defender still produced a strong defensive performance. Craig Dawson made six clearances, two interceptions and one block. The Baggies centre-half also got on the score sheet after he cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s opener. A home game against Bournemouth should provide Dawson with an excellent chance to add to his 59 points.

Jonas Olsson (£4.3m) The Swedish defender wasn’t a popular man at Anfield on Sunday. The wind-up merchant got under the skin of the Liverpool players, but his football also did some of his talking, finishing as one of the highest-scoring Fantasy Footballers in the clash on Merseyside. Jonas Olsson finished with seven points after he scored West Brom’s second goal. He will be vital in the home side’s attempts to stop a resurgent Bournemouth side that found the net against Chelsea and Manchester United in their last two games. Olsson will also be a threat from set-pieces.

Midfielders

Riyad Mahrez (£7m) If you don’t have Riyad Mahrez in your Fantasy Football team, now is the time to bring the Algeria international into your starting XI. Mahrez set up Jamie Vardy before he scored his 11th goal of the season in a 2-1 win against Chelsea last Monday. The Leicester playmaker is the top-scoring midfielder in Fantasy Football – Mahrez is staggering 30 points ahead of Mesut Ozil and £1.8m cheaper!

Yohan Cabaye (£6.6m) The Crystal Palace midfielder is a more affordable option than Mahrez and Ozil. Yohan Cabaye scored Palace’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Southampton last weekend. Encouragingly ahead of the Eagles’s trip to Stoke City this weekend, Cabaye completed 19 passes in the opposition’s half against the Saints last Saturday and attempted nine crosses. The France international is due an assist and is worth every penny of his £6.6m fee.

Strikers

Olivier Giroud (£9m) Can Manchester City put a halt to Olivier Giroud’s fine goal-scoring run? Doubtful. The powerful Arsenal striker will hope to take advantage of Vincent Kompany’s continued absence for their title rivals. The France striker has scored five times in his last three games in all competitions. He finished with a shot accuracy of 100 per cent in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Villa Park last weekend, too.

Odion Ighalo (£6m) Can’t afford Giroud due to an expensively assembled midfielder? Well, Watford striker Odion Ighalo is a relatively cheap option at £6m. The Nigeria international continued his impressive form with the winner in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland last weekend. Ighalo has scored 10 times in 16 Premier League games this season and given Liverpool’s sloppy defending against West Brom, Ighalo will fancy his chances of an 11th top-flight goal.

Captain’s pick

Given the unpredictable nature of the Premier League, it may be wise to avoid Monday night’s top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal and City at Emirates Stadium. Romelu Lukaku could be a good bet to make in seven goals in seven successive Premier League games. Or, Anthony Martial to score his first top-flight goal since September against Norwich City at Old Trafford.

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