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Week 7 was a week of very few goals, with no team scoring more than 2 goals and no more than 3 goals scored in any one match. Despite this, some players still performed very well, and with the international break coming up many players gave us much to think about before week 8.
In the early kick off on Saturday Wigan won 2-0 against Wolves, with goals coming from Gomez and Rodallega. Gomez has played very little this season, and although this goal may increase his chances of future game time, we believe that if you are looking for a cheap midfielder there are better options, such as Barton for Newcastle. On the other hand, Rodallega is a cheap striking option, and although there are a plethora of cheap forwards, we believe that when on form he can be one of the best choices. In midfield N’Zogbia, also performed well, assisting one and being named man of the match. Both of these players were fantasy favourites last season because when on form they could score huge points. What’s more, Wigan have reasonable upcoming fixtures, and therefore we believe that this could be the time to invest in these players in you like a gamble.
The other winning teams on Saturday, Stoke, Tottenham and Everton, conceded only one goal between them. Stoke beat Blackburn 1-0 thanks to a goal from Walters. Many may now consider Walters as a result of this goal, however, we consider Etherington a better option. Although slightly more expensive, Etherington gained his 5th assist of the season on Saturday, and with 2 assists and a man of the match since he was recommended on fantasyfootballassistance 2 weeks ago, we believe Etherington is just hitting form. With a price rise and more points probable in future weeks, he certainly is a good option. For Tottenham Rafael Van der Vaart was the star, scoring twice and running the game. Although quite expensive, Van der Vaart has started his Spurs career in great form, and we see no reason why he should not continue scoring highly, particularly in week 8 against Fulham. For Villa Marc Albrighton scored, and as he is so cheap we think he represents a good option as a budget midfielder while Agbonlahor is injured. Everton recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, and because of this poor start many Everton players have fallen in value. As a result, certain players, such as Distin in defence may represent good value considering how solid Everton can be. In midfield, Tim Cahill has been playing in a very advanced role due to attacking injuries, and may therefore also represent good value, despite being quite expensive. However, Everton face Liverpool and Tottenham in weeks 8 and 9, so waiting before investment would be advised.
Also on Saturday, West Brom and West Ham drew with Bolton and Fulham respectively. For Fulham we believe many players are simply too expensive, however Piquionne for West Ham is a cheap option as a striker. Piquionne scored on Saturday and gained a man of the match award, and if this standard of performance is repeated in the coming weeks he represents a brilliant option considering his Premier league experience. We believe there was little information to be taken from the 1-1 draw between West Brom and Bolton, other than Bolton’s Elmander once again proving that he can produce goals at this high level. He is by far the cheapest of the high scoring striker’s this year, and therefore we believe he should certainly be on your watch list, if not in your team.
Sunday saw the biggest match of the weekend between Chelsea and Arsenal, and the biggest shock when Blackpool beat Liverpool. Manchester City also beat Newcastle 2-1, and with another goal from Carlos Tevez we believe he is well worth the expensive price tag, particularly as Manchester City face West Brom, Wolves and Blackpool in the next 4 weeks. In the highlight match, Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0. Drogba once again scored against Arsenal, while Alex scored the other with a thunderous free kick. Both of these players come at a high price tag, but with Chelsea’s tendency to score highly and concede very few, we believe both players are worth it, especially Alex if he is going to take more free kicks this season. Liverpool once again looked frail, and for Blackpool Charlie Adam scored his 2nd of the season. With Adam taking penalties and being the central player in a Blackpool side, he seems very good value and should certainly be considered. On the other hand, Liverpool’s current frailty at the back means certain players, such as Glen Johnson, simply can’t justify their high price tags. While Johnson can score highly due to clean sheets, goals and assists, he hasn’t done so this season and therefore we believe he should be replaced with a cheaper player from a different team, such as O’Shea from Manchester United.
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