EPL Fantasy Forecast

14 11 2008

Well, in typical form, I started this idea of a friday fantasy column two weeks ago and then proceeded to head on vacation for a week.  But I’m back and so are my fearless predictions.   I was off to a good start two weeks ago, nailing my first few selections.  It won’t always be that easy, but here goes:

Darren Bent: it’s probably already too late to mention him, as the Spurs have quickly become the hottest team in the Prem.  With three wins and a draw in their last four, they are now out of the relegation soon and starting to play like thier payroll suggests.  Heading up the resurgence is a resurging player himself.  Bent never seemed comfortable when he arrived at Spurs, but lately has seen the form that garnered so much attention at Charlton.  With five goals in his last five league matches, Bent is now the unquestioned star up front for Spurs.  Newcomers like Modric and Pavluychenko are the sexier names but go with Bent for now.

Ross Turnbull: quietly, Middlesbrough have gone from constant relegation threats to respectable mid-table team that nobody really fancies playing much.  Their surprisingly low goals conceded mark can be much attributed to goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.  At age 23, he seems to young to excel at this level, but all signs point to a calm and mature keeper.  He leads the league in saves with 51 and has allowed only three goals in his last four matches – wins against Villa and Man City and draws agains West Ham and Blackburn.

Louis Saha: three goals in his last two games Saha faces a tough schedule coming up but has seen his most consistent share of minutes of late (292 minutes in his previous four matches).

Bolton Defenders: guess who are the top four teams in the Prem in goals conceded?  Alright, never mind, it’s the big four.  But guess who’s fifth?  That’s right, it’s Bolton Wanderers!  And upcoming foes Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Sunderland don’t score a ton of goals themselves, so this is a prime time to grab a Bolton defender or two on the cheap.  Just be sure to drop them in December when mighty Chelsea and their league leading 29 goals pay a visit.  Of the bunch, I like Gary Cahill and Gretar Steinsson the most, two players scooped up last January and now displaying fine leadership in the centre back positions.

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