Last weekend’s top Barclays Fantasy Premier League points scorer Christian Benteke is 11/2 joint-favourite to score the first goal for Aston Villa at home to Liverpool. Here are our top picks to bring you some points for the upcoming round of fixtures.
Despite finishing on the losing side for Stoke in their 1-0 loss to Liverpool, the Bosnia and Herzegovina stopper amassed an impressive five points due to his ten saves.
Begovic has a much easier task at home to Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace, whose plethora of strikers failed to find the net against Tottenham, although they did test Hugo Lloris three times in the Spurs goal.
New signing at centre-half Dejan Lovren was particularly eye-catching at the back in Southampton’s excellent 1-0 win at West Brom, but fellow defender Shaw out-pointed him by three with his assist, having been brought down for the penalty that won the game.
At £0.4m cheaper than Lovren and considering the attacking threat the left-back possesses, Shaw is a great choice to increase his tally at home to Sunderland, with Paolo Di Canio’s side toothless in front of goal in their 1-0 home loss to Fulham.
The 18-times-capped Brazilian opened his Tottenham account in the north Londoners’ 5-0 Europa League win against Dinamo Tbilisi and the midfielder brings an excellent goalscoring record to White Hart Lane, having bagged 20 league goals in 86 appearances for Corinthians.
At £7m he doesn’t come cheap, but against a Swansea side that shipped four at home to Manchester United last time out, Paulinho can get amongst the goals again in his first game in front of the Spurs faithful.
England’s most recent goalscorer carried his fine form at Wembley into Southampton’s opener against West Brom when coolly converting a last minute penalty.
Lambert – who managed an impressive 2012/13 tally of 187 points, thanks to 15 goals and 8 assists – will get a fantastic reception from the St Mary’s crowd in the Saints’ first home game of the season against Sunderland and can improve on his thoroughly decent current total of seven points.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Norwich’s new £8.5m signing is a bargain at £1.5m less in Fantasy Premier League and Canaries’ fans can expect Van Wolfswinkel’s debut strike against Everton to be the first of many, if the Dutch forward’s record of 28 league goals in 55 games for Sporting Lisbon is anything to go by.
Chris Hughton’s side travel to Hull this weekend and with the Tigers’ still finding their feet on their return to the top-flight, ‘HatRicky’ – as they dubbed him in Holland – will fancy his chances of bettering the six points he managed against the Toffees.