Last time out our selections went wide of the post and left us contemplating a hat-trick of narrow misses. That leaves us delving back into the piggy bank to fumble around for another ten-sheet to stake this week’s Fantasy Flutter.
Fulham and Liverpool both held up their end of the bargain by keeping a cleanie, but their hitmen Luis Suarez and Dimitar Berbatov failed to make their mark at the other end. Kevin Nolan poached the goal we needed, but 15 minutes later, Adam Lallana struck a belter into the roof of the net to send us home out of pocket.
To stay in the black, and keep the Flutter positive, we’ll need a winner this outing, and we’ve some fine Scout Picks to choose from.
Santi Cazorla failed to make an impact with his sharp movement and quick feet as Norwich edged to a 1-0 win over the Gunners last weekend. With a midweek Champions League defeat adding to the suffering, surely Arsene Wenger’s men can’t slip to a third setback when bottom club QPR visit the Emirates on Saturday? Paddy are tempting us with odds of 4/1 on a Santi goal with a Gunners clean sheet and we’ll go with that for £2 of our money.
Stoke have been grinding out the draws this season, with five in eight games, preventing them from making an impression on the top half of the table. They’ll be glad of the points on the board with matches against the likes of Chelsea, United and City now behind them, and they’ll surely be confident ahead of a kinder run of fixtures given that their point man Peter Crouch is in bloom. Stoke take on visiting Sunderland, who under Martin O’Neill are always a tough prospect, but Paddy’s 11/2 on Crouch to score and Stoke to make their fourth cleanie of the season is decent value for £4.
Our final market rests on a team on the brink of mutiny, if you believe the some of the recent press. Roberto Mancini might be seeing the dressing room slip away after a scathing Champions League defeat to Ajax in midweek, but that doesn’t change the fact that City remain a strong prospect this weekend at home to Swansea. Aleksandar Kolarov seems likely to earn another start having been rested to the bench in the Dutch defeat and his goal and two assists against Sunderland are still fresh in our minds. Installed in the Scout Picks, the Serbian is worth a quid to score and help the City back line keep it clean as Paddy dangle odds of 6/1.
With £3 left from our tenner, we turn to the high-risk big-reward treble to see if we can’t bag a decent return. Paddy are offering 13/1 on Newcastle’s in-form striker Demba Ba to score, Chelsea’s man of the moment Juan Mata to add to his impressive assist tally and Man City to stop the likes of Michu and Wyane Routledge from making a mark and keep a clean-sheet. We’ll back Mancini to get the dressing back onside and earn a solid home win and, with Ba and Mata on fire – this one looks favourable enough.
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“I love to attack and I love to go up front...It is a little more difficult than when you are playing centre-back. If you play the way that I want to play, I think my influence is better as a left-back. For the team, it is best that I play as a centre-back. I like to bring the ball out. You need to move the game quickly, and that is one of my qualities as well.”Jan Vertonghen outlines what he feels is his best position for Andre Villas-Boas