April
04

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?

    • 2 years, 14 days 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

      • 2 years, 14 days 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.

      • 2 years, 12 days ago
  2. NEW POST

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  3. I can't wait for Ba to get that assist, should put me in the top 4k!

    :-)

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  4. 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

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  5. Who to get for pog?

    A-bendtner

    B- papiss

    Who to play
    1 Enrique

    2 verm

    ??

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  6. Is Mignolet vs. Schwarzer a coin flip?

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

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  7. Are most selling rooney for the DW?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. no, they have swansea at home the next week

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
    2. Yes. To fund dgw expensive players.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  8. Struggling with who to bench this week?

    Vorm
    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?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
  9. Dempsey > Bale this GW, yay or nay?

    • 2 years, 14 days ago
    1. I prefer Dempsey's game this week, so don't see why you would. I'm not going to be doing this.

      • 2 years, 14 days ago
  10. 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!

    • 2 years, 14 days ago

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For Gameweek 35

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  • Ivanovic
  • Skrtel
  • Salah
  • Gerrard
  • Mata
  • Eriksen
  • Suárez
  • Adebayor
  • Aguero
  • Caulker
  • Ramsey
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