This season, Sportsnewsireland in association with Celtic Horizon tour’s are running a fantasy football league competition with some great prizes, including a trip to a premier league game.
Each week our resident fantasy football expert Feelo will give his tips for the coming weekend as well as review of the big winners and losers from the previous match days.
After the epic fail of gameweek 1, order was mostly restored for gameweek 2 but some league tables are still not updated correctly but we won’t harp on.
The Manchester clubs, City and United, may have stolen the headlines with their victories over Bolton and Spurs respectively but the standout performers in the league thus far are surely Big Mick McCarthy’s Wolves.
Following up an impressive away victory over Blackburn, they recorded a comfortable 2-0 home win over Fulham. Led by Wexford’s own Kevin Doyle up front who notched his first goal of the season, Wolves already look a more drilled outfit this season. With Matt Jarvis (who scored and assisted), Jamie O’Hara & Stephen Hunt creating in midfield and new signing Roger Johnson adding steel to the defense, Wolves will surely be looking to consolidate their position in the league and finish further up the table.
Ahead of Wolves in the table are City and United. Sergio Aguero may have been the talk of the town last week but it’s their little Spanish dynamo, David Silva, who has been their stand-out player so far. Scoring again on the weekend and picking up 3 bonus points, Silva has already moved up in price to 9.6m so if you don’t have him in your team yet, it may be time to jump on the bandwagon before his price soars even more.
For United, Wayne Rooney apart, David Wellbeck continues to impress with a goal, assist and 3 bonus points in their 3-0 demolition of Spurs. At 7.0m he may look like a bargain but with Hernandez regaining full fitness and last season’s top scorer Berbatov yet to see action, Wellbeck could be introduced more as a sub in the near future.
Other stand-out players in GW 2 were Villa’s Darren Bent who does exactly what it says on the tin: scores goals. He may be costly at 10.0 but Villa are looking impressive under the stewardship of Big Eck and with a decent run of matches, Bent could be amongst the top scoring forwards in the early weeks of the PL. At £1.5m, Michel Vorm, already looks a steal as Swansea’s number 1.
He may have conceded 4 in GW 1 but he single-handedly kept City at bay for 60 minutes and he followed up that performance with a clean sheet and penalty save in GW 2. At 4.0m he could be the bargain of the season from a fantasy football point of view at least. £18m David De Gea looked dodgy in week 1 but he proved a portion of his worth with a sold display against Spurs, keeping a cleanie & making 9 saves.
In the SportsNewsIreland league, its David Arrigan’s aptly named Los Galacticos who lead after week 2, holding a 6 point lead over Dave Lynch’s Balderdash FC who may just be bluffing us and Adam Yuswanda’s team Dobrax. David, wisely, captained Bent (24 points) and also had Bosingwa (8 pts), Suarez & Rooney (both 7 pts) in his team en route to 66 points.
Dave went with de Gea, two Newcastle defenders: Simpson & Simon Taylor, David Silva and Bent & captain Suarez up front for a 69 point haul. Adam also captained Bent and had Silva & Rooney but somewhat of a differential had Bolton’s Petrov (8 pts) in midfield & Klasnic (6 pts) up front for a total of 69 points.
Top scorer of the week though was Lee Atkins’ The Treatymen with 70 points. His team consisted of high scorers Jarvis (14), Bent (12), de Gea (9) and captain Rooney (14) to find himself in 14th position in the table. Last week’s leader Mark McNamara dropped to 32nd after scoring just 34 points.
Mark, like many, was let down with his captain selection of Torres who not only did not score but was subbed off on 59 minutes to register a massive 1 point.
Looking ahead of GW 3, my tips will need to be a bit better to last week’s as Albrighton, Beckford & Begovic all flattered to deceive.
• Jose Bosingwa – A forgotten man at the Bridge last season, Bosingwa seems to have recovered his form of a couple seasons back. Bombing forward on the right flank and putting crosses, the Portugese man will rake up his fair share of assists not to mention clean sheets. At just 5.6m he is 2m cheaper than his left-side counterpart Ashley Cole. With a home match against Norwich this weekend, Bosingwa’s looks good for a clean sheet at least.
• Victor Moses – an injury doubt going into the match at home to QPR but the heir to N’Zogbia has yet to register on the FF radar but he has been creating chances and assuming he’s fit, I’m backing him to pick up some points against a porous QPR defense. At just 5.0, what do you have to lose?
• Shane Long – Scoring 2 in 2 against United and Chelsea is no easy feat but the Irishman has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and who bet against him adding to his tally against Stoke at home this weekend? His 6.0 price tag is already looking a snip.
Let’s hope my picks do a bit better than last week’s!
Until next week, take care.
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