Are you languishing near the bottom of your mini-league? Taking loads of stick from the lads about how your management skills could do with some extra training? Even if you’re not doing too bad in mid-table or if you’re sitting pretty near the top thinking you’re the best thing since sliced bread… We could all do with a little inspiration on how to improve our fantasy teams. That’s where the bookies come in.
Now I’m not saying the bookies always get it right (because they really don’t, damn accumulators!) but they are right more-often-than-not. That’s why they have loads of money in the bank and you don’t ?. Last week on the ‘Top 10 Anytime Goal-Scorers’, the bookies managed to get 50% of those correct. Now that’s not bad, however I would have expected a slightly better showing… They did predict 4 correct clean sheets from our ‘Top 6 Teams for a Clean Sheet’ giving a 60% conversion rate which was better. Only Liverpool and Bournemouth let us down and those teams only conceded one goal each so it was close.
This week we turn our attention to those tricky midfield decisions that you might have. Maybe you’ve got someone injured and need to replace them (I’m talking about Pogba for most of you), maybe you’re looking to beef up your midfield with a solid points scorer or maybe you just want to pack 5 in there and are looking for the right recruit… Well, to help you out, here are the Top 10 shortest price midfielders to score in Game-Week 6 according to the bookies.
10- Gylfi Sigurdsson
After his big money move in the summer many people would have expected Sigurdsson to hit the ground running especially after the brilliant season he had previously for Swansea. Sadly, it hasn’t been the case after Everton’s cursed start to the season but with a home game against an equally struggling team in Bournemouth, the bookies think this may be the start of a turn-around. Sigurdsson has scored over 150 points in the last 3 seasons in FPL so he does make a wise choice to slot into your side based on history, he scores goals, he makes goals but can he have a positive effect on this side sooner rather than later? That will be the question people want answered and at his price, he makes quite an expensive player to be carrying along waiting for something to happen. Let’s wait to see if the bookies are right and if Sigurdsson can add to his current points tally.
9- Bernardo Silva
This fella looks silky as you like on the ball but I am surprised to see him in this ‘top 10 list’. He hasn’t played a whole 90 minutes yet for City, almost always being used as a ‘last 20’ substitute to give one of the other superstars a rest. I would have thought someone like Riyad Mahrez would be shorter odds, but hey what do I know? I’m not a bookie. The way City are playing it would be tough to suggest he will be displacing any of their current midfield talent, however this is an ‘anytime goal-scorer’ market and City’s next game is at home to Crystal Palace which (let’s be honest) could be any score so the 0.8% of managers who do have him in your teams; stick him in, otherwise I don’t see too many managers rushing to get the cheque-book out to sign him up just yet. Too pricey at the minute.
8- Theo Walcott
Yes, no need to zoom in… That says THEO WALCOTT. I know, right? You’re wondering if the bookies have congregated in Amsterdam for a long weekend and fancied playing a little joke on us all. You would have thought Alex Iwobi or Aaron Ramsey would be shorter odds than Walcott, especially since he hasn’t featured in Arsenal’s last 3 games with his only appearances coming off the bench in the first 2 games of the season. That-being-said, Walcott has been a consistent performer in FPL over the last 7 years averaging 118 points per season and combined with his more advanced position on the pitch could make him an interesting proposition against West Brom, if he can manage to break back into the side. #DoesntLookLikely.
7- Heung-Min Son
It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Son, asked to play in a variety of different roles and it seems the only way he can get a start is if someone gets injured. He absolutely smashed it last season scoring 14 goals and assisting 9 helping to give him a total points tally of 174, so we know he’s no mug. However, because of that great season, his price is slightly inflated now and he is yet to complete a full game for Spurs thus putting a lot of managers off him. He has featured in all of Tottenham’s games so far, this season and the bookies still think he’s got a lot to offer. They play a London derby away at West Ham this week and Spurs will fancy their chances; The bookies fancy Son’s chances… He’s a shorter price than Christian Eriksen who doesn’t even feature in this list.
6- Eden Hazard
After his start-of-season injury woes, Hazard is emerging back into the fold and after coming on as a substitute in Chelsea’s last two games, looks set to kick-on now. There is no doubting his ability… Once he gets going he is almost unstoppable and as a player who normally scores around 200 points in the FPL season, you can normally rely on him as your main threat from midfield. Like Walcott, he plays as part of a front-three, less of a winger these days so his chances of scoring have greatly improved and Chelsea will fancy their chances away at Stoke this week so if you’re thinking of replacing Pogba and have a spare couple of mill left in the bank, a fit Hazard will propel you up your mini-league.
5- Mohamed Salah
If people were sceptical before he arrived, they aren’t now. Salah has shown his worth. A major threat going forward with his pace in behind having already scored 3 goals this season, assisting 2 and with Sadio Mane missing, carries Liverpool’s best chance of a goal. He is Liverpool’s highest point scorer so far and with an away tie against Leicester this week, looking to exact revenge for their League Cup exit finds himself once again among the favourites to score any-time. His stock continues to rise along with his influence for his side so before he becomes too expensive, if you haven’t already got him in your team, now would be a good time to make that transfer.
4- Leroy Sané
Like Bernardo Silva, Sane is struggling to nail down a first team place in the City side having to settle for appearances from the bench. He does seem to be in Pep’s plans having come on in each of City’s 5 games so far, this season and managing to bag a late brace in the mauling at Watford. There is no doubting his ability. He is a tricky customer with bags of pace and an eye for goal but his price seems very steep for a bench-warmer. His fate at-the-moment seems sealed in being an impact player until someone in the front line becomes injured or suspended, however the bookies still see him as a very likely midfielder to score this week, especially being at home to Palace.
3- Raheem Sterling
Your number 3 is Raheem Sterling who has scored 3 goals in 4 games for City so far, this season. He’s already on 3 goals!? He hasn’t reached 10 goals in a season in his career so this may be a measure of how much he has improved under Pep and with his manager publicly backing him in the Sanchez transfer saga, will feel great confidence going forward. Unlike Sane, Sterling has been starting matches playing 90 minutes in the wins against Bournemouth and Watford respectively and if you can’t afford some of the more luxurious City midfielder like De Bruyne and David Silva, Sterling could be your value-for-money alternative.
2 -Dele Alli
Alli probably hasn’t delighted his managers with as many points as you would have expected but there is no doubting his goal threat. He has begun the season with a couple of goals, no assists yet but you feel Alli and Spurs are still getting out of 1st gear. He is the second most popular player in this count-down with 32.4% of managers selecting him right behind Salah with 33.6% TSB showing that people feel he will continue to rack up the points. He is Spurs 3rd highest points scorer so far, this season and is a permanent fixture in the side so you feel he will always be a likely option to score. He is pricey but when you consider he notched 225 points last season and 166 points the season before, most would see that as money well spent.
1- Alexis Sanchez
The most expensive player in this list is the bookies favourite midfielder to score this week. With Arsenal playing at home to West Brom, they feel he will finally earn a start and grab a goal for the Gunners. After spending the whole summer looking like he was leaving London, Sanchez finds himself still wearing the red and white shirt and after slowly being brought back into the set-up featuring in each of Arsenal’s last 3 games, they feel the time is right for him to step up and produce the goods. He scored 24 goals last season, assisting 7 with a total points score of 264. That tells you the quality (not that you need reminding) of the player and if you’re looking to gain that edge on your competitors, this man looks like the way forward.