The guru is back. Don’t miss this week’s top tips.
‘Early season’ is at an end, as the Premier League enters the meaty part of the campaign over the long winter months. While the title can’t be won until spring, it can certainly be lost on the build up to Christmas. The same is true in the fantasy world. Caught Offside’s resident fantasy football guru returns to help you get your team in shape:
PLAYER OF GAMEWEEK 8 – WHAT’S THE MATA?
Juan Mata: A CaughtOffside staff writer infamously declared Juan Mata ‘over rated’ and ‘too slow’ at the start of the season, leading to much derision here at COS towers. The Spaniard didn’t look too sluggish when skipping away from said writer’s beloved Tottenham back four, twice in the space of four second half minutes, last weekend. A brace and an assist earned Mata three bonus points and a total score of 18 points last week. Nothing like fresh humble pie.
JACK THE LAD
Jack Wilshere: Recent converters to the beautiful game could be forgiven for not knowing who Jack Wilshere is, such was the length of his recent absence through injury. However, the Arsenal midfielder remains English football’s bright young thing, possessing the technique and composure on the ball so often missing in this country’s domestic and international game. Wilshere is nearing full fitness and will begin to feature more and more for Arsene Wenger’s side. At a cut-price £6.5m, Wilshere could become the game’s ultimate bargain – injury permitting.
ON THE MARC
Marc Wilson: Now in their fifth successive top-flight campaign, Stoke are once again proving a solid force under Tony Pulis. The Potters concede very few goals at home, making Marc Wilson a great defensive option at £4.5m if you’re on a tight budget. A starter in every game this season, the Scot has notched three clean sheets already.
Mark Noble: One of the Guru’s first tips this season, Mark Noble has played in every game this year and racked up a total of 33 points in the process. A brace last week furthered Noble’s reputation as one of the fantasy campaign’s bargain buys. As West Ham’s number one penalty taker, Noble is a snip at £4.8m. Get your wallets out!
Peter Odemwingie: The Nigerian didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against City last week and wouldn’t have been had it not been for another late Edin Dzeco wonder-cameo. Odemwingie played in a wider role off Shane Long and caused the Champions’ back four all sorts of problems. If the wily striker can combine this form with the goal scoring prowess he displayed in a debut season which brought 15 league goals, Odemwingie could be a real option at £6.9m.
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