9th March 2016
With many English Premier League teams in FA Cup action this weekend, you will need all your cunning and guile to achieve the edge over your fantasy soccer betting opponents. Just three league games take place on Saturday, so the pool of players is tight and you must closely study the sides involved to discover where the value lies. Here is a guide to the men who could help you to glory on Saturday March 12th.
Norwich City haven’t won since January 2nd and have lost nine of the subsequent ten games, including going down 3-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup. The Blues make another trip to Carrow Road Saturday and arrive on a high after destroying the Canaries’ fellow strugglers Aston Villa 4-0 last time out. Manchester City’s 21-goal man Sergio Agüero will take up £15.6 million of your £100 million budget at Mondogoal, but the Argentine is liable to have a field day when let loose on a hapless Norwich defence.
Of course Agüero will be the first name down on many fantasy soccer players’ squad lists, so you need to make savings elsewhere and, although Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is liable to be equal to anything Norwich throw at him, a cheaper option than the England stopper is AFC Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc. The Polish goalie has been beaten just once in the last three games and faces a goal shy Swansea side on Saturday. The Swans have enjoyed an extraordinary March so far, with wins over lowly Norwich and third-placed Arsenal, but those results have been the exception rather than the rule this season and Bournemouth should see them off without too much effort. Boruc will take up just $3,600 of your salary budget at DraftKings.
In midfield, Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has racked up an impressive 13.7 fantasy points per game at DraftKings, but will set you back $6,600. A cheaper option is Southampton’s Steven Davies, who will always bring in a good return of points, at just $3,400 in time for his side’s visit to Stoke.
Stoke vs. Southampton pitches two evenly-matched teams against each other, neither of which will break any goalscoring records during this campaign. It seems destined to finish 0-0 and so it might be worth looking at if you want to pick up some cheap defenders who will bag you a decent points tally. The Saints’ Portuguese star Cedric Soares has returned an average of 10.1 points per game for a modest $4,500 outlay at DraftKings, whereas £8 million for the Potters’ Erik Pieters with Mondogoal seems a fair price.
This weekend is the time for some of the less fashionable players of the Premier League to take center stage and pocket you the fantasy soccer points you need to take your contests by storm. Good luck!