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Fantasy Football Spy : Who is Hot and Who is Not?

After Gameweek 21 was all but snowed out, most Fantasy team managers will be hoping the promised thaw over Thursday, Friday and Saturday will ensure that most, if not all, Premier League games go ahead this weekend and with two games postponed last week, Liverpool’s home game with Tottenham and Arsenal’s home game with Bolton, slated to be played this coming week instead (weather permitting), it is an ideal time to look at some key players for whom double points are possible.

As such it makes sense to start with the four teams who will have double games this week and that is indeed where we shall start.

WHO’S HOT?

1. Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) : Arshavin is currently operating as Arsenal’s main attacking threat and with two games in five days coming up against Bolton away and then at the Emirates, Arshavin should feature in both games and his skills and goalscoring threat should be enough for manyt managers to consider him worthy of the captains role in their fantasy team this week.

2. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) : The skipper is set to return from his hamstring injury in the game with Bolton at the Reebok on Saturday and it is rumoured Gael Clichy and Theo Walcott could also be fit in time for the game. While Clichy and Walcott may be introduced slowly, Fabregas will almost certainly go straight into the team and he would be a cast iron selection for most fantasy teams fortunate enough to have him in their team.

3. Jermaine Defoe (Tottenham) : Spurs face Hull on Saturday at White Hart Lane in a game they simply must win. Defoe has a good record of scoring against the lower sides in the Premier League and Spurs will be well rested ahead of the game. Expect Crouch and Defoe to cause real problems for Hull and I can see the England striker having a bumper day against Hull, as well as being a real threat in the week at Anfield too.

4. Michael Dawson (Tottenham) : Dawson is in the form of his life at the moment and Spurs defensively should not be too worried by facing Hull at the Lane at the weekend and even a midweek trip to Anfield to face a Liverpool side in crisis and probably missing Torres and Gerrard, should not worry them unduly. Dawson’s threat at set pieces should also be taken into consideration especially against Liverpool who are dreadful at conceding goals from set plays.

5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) : Burnley away from home are dreadful most of the time. Rooney is on fire and United’s main goal threat. United need a win and a good one to boost morale and I can see a big day for Wayne and United at Old Trafford at the weekend.

WHO’S NOT?

1. Steven Gerrard / Fernando Torres (Liverpool) : News on their injuries sustained in the FA Cup loss to Reading is still sketchy at the time of writing. Both may be fit for the games with Stoke and Tottenham, but it is unlikely either will be fully fit. Prudent managers may well want to replace them for this week at the very least.

2. Shay Given (Manchester City) : An unusual pick and not one I make lightly. Given has been outstanding and City are much improved defensively under Mancini in recent games. However the trip to Goodison Park is never easy and Everton are really hitting form at the right time. The Toffeemen are due a good win and this could well be the weekend when they achieve that against one of the top four teams.

3. Pepe Reina (Liverpool) : Reina is another quality goalkeeper but Liverpool’s lack of organisation at set pieces is a huge worry against a physically strong Stoke, who are set piece experts. Then in the week they face Tottenham at home, possibly without their two big stars and against an in form and quality Spurs team. Reina is a great player, but this week is not a good match up for him to score many points.

4. Darren Bent (Sunderland) : Bent has been a revelation for Sunderland this season, but the trip to Stamford Bridge, even with Chelsea’s leaky defence at present, looks to be a step too far. Chelsea under Ancelotti will get it right sooner rather than later and it will start this weekend by shutting out Sunderland and recording a comfortable home victory.

5. Graham Alexander (Burnley) : The penalty taking defender has been a regular in most sides this season, but the visit to Old Trafford combined with the fact that Hell is likely to freeze over than a visiting team be awarded a penalty there, means that Burnley could get a spanking, which means Alexander’s value is severely affected this week.

We wish you the best of luck for this gameweek with your fantasy team!

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