We were treated to a midweek dose of Fantasy Premier League with Gameweek 14 taking place over the Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Aston Villa secured a much needed victory over fellow strugglers Reading whilst Chelsea failed to score once again under Rafa Benitez. Both Manchester clubs continued to press forward with their title ambitions with victories over West Ham and Wigan , whilst Spurs were a little lucky to take home all 3 points in a tricky match against Liverpool.
There were some decent scores this gameweek but overall it was a little low scoring when compared to previous dream teams, however, we still must analyse it in preparation for Gameweek 15. So without further ado here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
For Redknapp’s first game in charge, he took his QPR lads to Sunderland and came away with a point. Sunderland and QPR have both struggled for goals this season so it may not have come as a surprise that the match finished 0-0. Mignolet (5.1m) still had 6 saves to make, which gave him an additional 2 points on top of the clean sheet taking him to a total of 8.
Kilgallon (4.1m) started his first game of the season for Sunderland in the match against QPR and was rewarded with the maximum 3 bonus points for a gritty performance in the backline. With O’Shea set to be out for several weeks with a calf injury, Kilgallon may be able to stake a claim for a regular starting role under O’Neill.
Zabaleta (5.7m) has had to share defensive duties with Maicon this season but was favoured in the match against Wigan in Gameweek 14. As ever, the Argentinian was reliable at the back and picked up 2 bonus points for his efforts. With uncertainty regarding regular starts, those looking for cheap City defensive coverage may be better off going for Nasatasic (5.5m) who has started 5 of City’s last 6 matches and seems to have beaten Lescott to partner Kompany in central defence.
Riise (5.7m) has failed to justify his asking price in recent weeks with Fulham conceding 11 goals in their last 5 matches but with Benitez’s defensive outlook, he was able to pick up a rare clean sheet against Chelsea. Riise offers decent attacking threat but with Fulham’s recent defensive record, there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to clean sheets.
With Hernandez impressing on the wing for Swansea, Routledge (5.4m) has had to share gametime in recent weeks with Dyer but was afforded the 90 minutes against West Brom where he found the back of the net twice. Swansea are having a cracking season with various fantasy choices in their midfield ranks. Routledge has just served us a timely reminder of his talents whilst our gazes are fixed on Hernandez and Michu.
Next up we have Bale (9.7m) who had a very eventful evening against Liverpool. First he created a goal, then he scored a free kick which swerved all over the place before being booked for diving and scoring an unfortunate own goal. However, the livewire still picked up 10 points and is definitely someone who should be in your fantasy lineup.
Fellaini (7.6m) missed out on Gameweek 13 with a one-game ban but was back in action against Arsenal. With a left-footed strike from just outside the box, the big Belgian found the back of the net to take his tally for the season to 7, in just 12 matches. It’s clear that Fellaini is full of confidence and it would take a brave fantasy football manager to ignore his charms.
Snodgrass (5.8m) has had a pretty uneventful season for Norwich, only registering a single goal and assist before the match against Southampton. However, Snodgrass got the vital equaliser against Southampton to secure a valuable away point. Norwich continued to keep it tight at the back limiting Southampton to a single goal, making it 3 goals conceded in their last 7 matches.
To finish off our 5-man midfield, we have an unlikely name in Gareth Barry (5.3m) who helped City to 3 points against Wigan with two important assists. Starting the last 6 matches, it seems as if Mancini considers him a vital part of the City team but these returns are the first assists/goals that the former Villa man has returned all season. At 5.3m, Barry is definitely a cheap option for City coverage but there seem to be better options available for a similar price.
Up front, we have 2 more unlikely names starting with Cameron Jerome (5.0m) who came on for Stoke to turn the game around with a goal and an assist in the win over Newcastle. Jerome has barely featured all season, with only 3 sub appearances in gameweeks 1-3 but with such a strong performance, he has surely put his name in the mix when Stoke travel to the Hawthorns in Gameweek 15.
Finishing things off we have another Belgian mountain, Christian Benteke (6.5m). Having ousted Bent from the forward line, Benteke has been a strong aerial threat for Villa and he finally made it pay rising to nod home from a corner for the late winner against QPR to take home 3 points. The win took Villa out of the relegation zone and if they are to stay out, Lambert will be hoping for more important goals from Benteke, especially to divert attention away from the figure of Bent who struggles to make the Villa bench.
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