The Watchlist – Martin Petrov

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: stilicho

Last week’s torrent of rescheduling wrought merry havoc on the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) landscape and, as we emerge bleary-eyed to survey our newfound surroundings, the prospect of bumper double Gameweek harvests and blank Gameweek droughts dominate our horizons. Sewing your hopes where long term goals are married with short term gain is not easy when few fields are sheltered from the inconstant temper of the resculpted fixture list, but Bolton Wanderers have surfaced from the maelstrom well placed to offer Fantasy managers that elusive opportunity.

Back-to-back doubles in Gameweeks 35 (SWA, avl) and 36 (sun, TOT) dangle a juicy carrot for those long term investors willing to brave the stick of a Gameweek 34 blank. In the short term, a visit from a Fulham outfit with just two away wins all season, and a cruise up to Tyneside to probe Alan Pardew’s patchwork rearguard could prove fertile furrows for a Trotters side with three wins and seven goals in their last three Premier League encounters.

Central to the late upturn in Bolton’s fortunes has been the resurgence of Martin Petrov. Recently re-installed on the left by Owen Coyle, the Bulgarian international has broken into a canter after a somewhat pedestrian season thus far. A goal, an assist and three bonus points over his last two outings bear testimony to the reinvigorated threat of a player boasting more shots than the rest of the Bolton midfield combined between Gameweeks 30-31.

Petrov’s cultivated left foot has long ensured him a decent slice of the set-piece pie. An indirect free kick specialist, he currently shares corner kicks with recent Watchlistee Ryo Miyaichi, and with the faltering form of Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies regularly consigning both to the bench, Petrov has grabbed the chance to add spot-kick duties to his extensive repertoire.

With injuries rife at the Reebok, Petrov’s fine form should secure a berth wide left for the foreseeable future and with transfer targets stacking up for Fantasy managers in preparation for the Gameweek 36 bonanza, cheap differentials with strong form and consistent fixtures are more sought after now than ever.

Currently priced at 5.1 and owned by a mere 4%, Petrov costs marginally more than his immediate competitors in the Bolton midfield Ryo Myaichi (4.9) and Mark Davies (4.8). Considering his set-piece potential and recent domination of the Bolton midfield from open play, however, an additional outlay of 0.3 is unlikely to constitute a prohibitive premium, with the Bulgarian looking set to play a pivotal part in Coyle’s quest for top-flight safety.

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  1. What's Stamford Bridge like to be at pre match? Is there much to see?

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
    1. Club shop is all really. I've only been once and that was 6 years ago so a lot might have changed since then. Shop is very good tho

      • 3 years, 7 months ago
    2. Well theres the whole of the Fulham broadway just up the road...but if you can't be bothered to walk, not much.

      • 3 years, 7 months ago
    • 3 years, 7 months ago
  2. I can't wait for Ba to get that assist, should put me in the top 4k!


    • 3 years, 7 months ago
  3. So guys, what do you think the prices of these players will be next season???

    RVP(??) 13
    Rooney 12.5
    Aguero 11.5/12
    Valencia 8.5/9.0
    Nani 9.5
    Silva 11.0
    VDV 9.0/9.5
    Bale 9.5/10
    Vorm 5/5.5

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
  4. Who to get for pog?


    B- papiss

    Who to play
    1 Enrique

    2 verm


    • 3 years, 7 months ago
      • 3 years, 7 months ago
  5. Is Mignolet vs. Schwarzer a coin flip?

    (11/4) & (12/5) clean sheet odd respectively.

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
  6. Are most selling rooney for the DW?

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
    1. no, they have swansea at home the next week

      • 3 years, 7 months ago
    2. Yes. To fund dgw expensive players.

      • 3 years, 7 months ago
  7. Struggling with who to bench this week?

    Walker - Evans - Enrique
    Val (C) - BArfa - Bale - Mclean
    Roon - RVP - Cisse

    (Given - Sinclair, Caulker, Gibbs)

    Toss up between Mclean and Caulker at the moment... What do you think? And are they the right order?

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
  8. Dempsey > Bale this GW, yay or nay?

    • 3 years, 7 months ago
    1. I prefer Dempsey's game this week, so don't see why you would. I'm not going to be doing this.

      • 3 years, 7 months ago
  9. Just seen that the Swansea vs Newcastle game is on Sky on Friday.

    3 Swansea players and no Newcastle players, going back to playing risky stuff!

    • 3 years, 7 months ago

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Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:59pm
Player Club Factors
No Change De Gea MUN A
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Butland STO A, VsX
No Change Hennessey CPL B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Gomes WAT B
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Pantilimon SUN C, VsX
Up Adrián WHM C, Vs
No Change Cech ARS B
Down Begovic CHE C, Rest
No Change Myhill WBA B
No Change Stekelenburg SOT B
No Change Howard EVE C
No Change Hart MCI B


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:55pm
Player Club Factors
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
Up Dier TOT B, Vs, OoP
Down Bellerín ARS B, Vs
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
No Change Smalling MUN A
Down Otamendi MCI B, Rest
Up Zouma CHE B, Vs
Down Dann CPL B
Down van Dijk SOT B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM C, Vs
No Change Janmaat NEW C
Up Simpson LEI B, £
Up Wollscheid STO A, VsX
No Change Dawson WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 25 Nov, 2015 8:42pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ozil ARS A, Vs
Up Coutinho LIV A, Vs
Down De Bruyne MCI B
Down Sánchez ARS C, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI A, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT B, Vs
Up Barkley EVE A, Vs
Down Mane SOT B, VsX
No Change André Ayew SWA B
Up Deulofeu EVE A, Vs
Down Wijnaldum NEW A
No Change Lanzini WHM B, £
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Willian CHE B
No Change Tadic SOT B, VsX


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
Up Lukaku EVE A, Vs
Up Kane TOT A, Vs
Up Aguero MCI C, Inj
No Change Vardy LEI A, VsX
Up Ighalo WAT A
Up Diego Costa CHE C, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, VsX, Sus
No Change Giroud ARS A, Rest
No Change Martial MUN C, Inj
Down Benteke LIV B, Rest

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
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Clark AVL 4
Ritchie BOU 4
Cabaye CPL 4
Zaha CPL 4
McCarthy EVE 4
Huth LEI 4
Can LIV 4
Clyne LIV 4
Mangala MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Bassong NOR 4
Romeu SOT 4
Whelan STO 4
Williams SWA 4
Nyom WAT 4
Yacob WBA 4

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