Gameweek 12 was a cracker with some massive scores handed out and it’s fair to say that Gameweek 13 brought a lot of teams back down to the ground. Those who put their faith in Van Persie and Tevez were left empty handed, with the Dutchman failing to return a goal or an assist, whilst the Argentinian was only given a late substitute appearance to make an impact in the tricky match against Chelsea. However, this paved the way for some unlikely characters to steal the limelight with a budget Dream Team in effect this weekend. So without further ado here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
With Vorm still out, Gerhard Tremmel (4.0m) still occupies the spot between the sticks for Swansea and he didn’t disappoint when faced with the difficult task of keeping out Liverpool. He was kept busy and was forced to make 9 saves in his successful achievement of recording a clean sheet. At 4.0m, he offers excellent value but Vorm is set for a return in December and despite Tremmel performing well, he may lose out to the Dutch shot stopper.
Jonny Evans (5.8m) marked his return to the starting lineup with an important equaliser, after United had once again conceded first. Evans was left untracked as he popped up a yard or two off the goal line to nod home. At 5.8m, he’s currently the cheapest option in the United backline but with Smalling and Jones back from injury, don’t be too surprised if there is some rotation with United’s defenders, as Fergie looks to give everyone a bit of game time.
Norwich have been excellent of late and despite a difficult match away at Everton, thanks to Bassong‘s (4.5m) late equaliser, they returned home with a great point. Norwich offer some great budget options in defence but whether they can continue their fine form remains to be seen as they look to take on Southampton (a), Sunderland (h) and Swansea (a) in their next 3 games.
Stoke have been simply rock solid at home this season, conceding only once in 6 matches. This is an incredible statistic and in Gameweek 13, they managed to keep out high scorers Fulham albeit with them missing Bryan Ruiz. As always, Huth (5.5m) was dependable at the back and along with Shawcross, the Stoke duo picked up bonus points in addition to their clean sheet.
The highest scorer of the overall gameweek with a massive 20 points was Jordi Gomez (5.2m), who notched a hat trick in his first 90-minute performance all season, to show Wigan what they’ve been missing out on. Allowing Reading to equalise late on, it seemed as if Wigan had thrown away the 3 points until Gomez popped up to grab his 3rd goal of the game to take home all the points. Gomez may be an interesting differential but Wigan’s form seems to be inconsistent and they may struggle against some teams.
Despite ending up on the losing side, Sessegnon (7.3m) was awarded the maximum 3 bonus points for his performance, collecting a goal and an assist against the Baggies. Sunderland have improved their attacking threat recently and Sessegnon is started to come to the forefront of our fantasy minds as his confidence steadily builds. Taking a look at the fixtures we can see that Sunderland take on QPR tomorrow night and have a tempting home double in Gameweek 16 against Chelsea and Reading.
Next up we have 2 Southampton midfielders, starting with Gaston Ramirez (6.0m) who has been described by Adkins as ‘exhilirating’. The £12m signing has taken time to settle in but his performance against Newcastle was top notch and if he can find some consistency, the Saints will be an attacking force this season. There’s every chance that we may see more points from the Uruguayan international this season.
Alongside Ramirez, we have his team mate Adam Lallana (6.0m) who also found the back of the net in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle, who were missing various important players. Southampton made them pay with a great performance and Lallana is another midfield option for those looking for Southampton coverage. Although, it should be warned that they do have a blank in Gameweek 17 due to Chelsea’s World Club Cup commitments.
To finish off our 5-man midfield, we have Zoltan Gera (5.0m) who found the back of the net against Sunderland with a powerful curler. West Brom continued their great season with a 4-2 away victory and they continue to occupy a Champions League spot. For how long will they remain at the top is anyone’s guess but they are currently a side in form, although Morrison or Long may be a better option for West Brom coverage.
Up front, we have Jermain Defoe (7.8m) who led the line for Spurs with Adebayor unavailable for the fixture against West Ham. Defoe’s first was an excellent goal where he showed great strength and speed to shrug off a couple of challenges before lashing the ball into the back of the net. His second was simply being on standby to knock home the ball into an empty net from a quick counter set up by Dempsey and Lennon. Defoe is clearly a striker full of confidence and at 7.8m, he offers decent value as long as Adebayor doesn’t threaten his gametime.
With Fellaini and Mirallas out, Naismith (5.9m) was afforded the full 90 minutes against Norwich and did not disappoint, grabbing the opener. With Everton’s attacking options, Naismith has been reduced to a bit-part role this season and with the Belgian duo likely to return, he may be set for a return to the bench despite his goalscoring performance.
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