The Watchlist – Christian Benteke

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Big Dunc

As a result of Alex McLeish’s horrendously negative tactics last season, very few Villa players were taken seriously by Fantasy managers when crafting initial lineups this time round. Prices were subsequently downgraded and with the arrival of a more attack minded manager in Paul Lambert, plus the emergence of several young (and cheap) players, the Villains appeared to offer a rich seam of differential talent waiting to be mined. It’s taken a while for Lambert’s young lions to establish themselves this season, however, and as it stands that talent remains largely untapped; the acrobatic Brad Guzan in goal and the muscular Christian Benteke up front are the only players to accumulate more than a 3% FPL ownership to this point.

Four goals at Carrow Road in the Capital One cup and another three at Anfield has given us plenty of reason to take another look, and summer signing Benteke has been central to Villa’s resurgent run of form. In many ways, the Belgian is a symbol of the changes taking place at Villa Park – young, energetic and strong, the comparison with forlorn and fallen team-mate Darren Bent is striking. Benteke’s performance at Anfield displayed many of the qualities missing in the England international; he won aerial duels all over the pitch, scored a powerful goal from distance, set up another with a cheeky bit of skill and capped it off by barging his way into the box to execute a cool finish. If he was English, the media would have eaten it up.

We’ve already covered Benteke once this season, back in November he made significant strides: enough to promote him in our thoughts. He duly delivered three goals an assist and six bonus points since that article but, with a forthcoming schedule that screams further returns, Benteke warrants renewed attention.

Three home games in the next four against Tottenham, Wigan and Southampton should provide plenty of chances for Benteke to boost his burgeoning reputation further. While Villa’s form could now be fragile having just taken a pounding at Chelsea, Lambert is backing his side to show their spirit and bounce back in the Boxing Day meeting with Spurs. Considering that he has scored or assisted eight of Villa’s 13 league goals so far this term, Benteke will surely be the key figure on show against Andre Villas-Boas’ side and, with a price tag of 6.7 in the FPL and just 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, there are few obstacles to investment.

An ownership of just over 3%, with the ability to free up funds for heavy midfield acquisitions, promotes the appeal and could mean that Poirot isn’t the only Belgian that comforts us over Christmas; it’s not certain that Benteke will be murdering defences but he’s surely a prime suspect.

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  1. Evening all and merry Xmas.

    With 4 players from arsenal and west ham it's an going to be an Interesting game week especially with Gorkss likely to be on the bench

    Bego (jussi)
    Gorkss, cuellar, riise (mertes, o'brien)
    Sterling, Michu, pienaar, sess (Carloza)
    RVP, Suarez, Defoe

    Have already brought in pienaar but wondering whether to:

    1. Gorkss----> Cameron
    2. Defoe -----> benteke

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Would leave Defoe as good to have some Spurs coverage. Next 4 fixtures look good. Would get rid of Gorks for Cameron, sounds good

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  2. Hi guys, this is my first comment on here, just wondering how you think my team is looking for this week?

    Baines, Cole, Cameron
    Michu(C), Dembele, Toure, Mata
    Long, Defoe, Tevez
    Subs: Davies, Sterling, Santon

    Not sure whether to swap Davies in for Long or not, what do you all think? Also do you think Michu as a captain is a good choice or do you think someone else would be better? Any other advice would be great!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Would not sub in for Long, as they have 3 away games out of next 4. One being away to MANU. Yep Michu is very good. Wuld not be to keen on Dembele.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Hello and welcome. Firstly i'd recommend reading the FAQ:

      Secondly, getting a gravatar, it gives you some sort of personality 😉 : http://

      And finally, i'd keep that team for this week, reassess next week.

      Cole, Dembele, Long, Santon & Sterling should go next week, i'd bring in some United cover next week.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  3. How do you get a grav? Do you have to be a member? I'm a newb!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. gravatar .com

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  4. who would prefer for the next 2 , benteke or defoe ?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Benteke, imho

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Benteke

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  5. Gentlemen.

    Transfer out Aguero OR Suarez for Berbatov this week?

    or save the transfer?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. sy

      Save the transfer

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. aguero, relieve yourself of all that rotation stress :-)

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Save

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Defo get Berba, no rotation and great fixtures

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  6. *Cheeky xmas repost

    2 seasons ago, I was in the pub watching the 17.30 kick off, Villa vs. Spurs at Villa Park. I had VDV (c), he scored 2 goals (1 assisted by Bale)

    Tomorrow I will be in the pub watching the 17.30 kick off, Villa vs. Spurs at Villa Park.

    This is making me want to bring in Bale now (For Santi) :)

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Bale is no VDV 😀

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Indeed

        I captained VdV 3 times least season, he delivered

        30, 16 and 44. 😀

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. Ah, was 44 the DGW?

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. yup, best GW of the season, I pissed all over my rival that week

            if another one comes along and I'm still sitting on the wc then 😀 😀 😀

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
      2. Maybe Sneijder will be if he goes there though

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. Could be, but im afraid he could be a bit overpriced.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Defoe replacing VDV, defo.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. *Cheeky

        Pissed. 😕

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  7. Evening chaps,

    Hope you've all had a good day. But I hope Boxing Day will be better, 10 matches plus racing at Kempton makes this one of my favourite days of the year!

    Can anyone give me any reason to hope Gorkks will be back in the squad or Reading tomorrow please?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Is Fontwell on?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Maybe, Racing Post says there's an 8am inspection.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. Probably too wet for the horse I was thinking of anyway, Cheers.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Sorry mate cant't give you any good news on Gorkks. But i agree that tomorrow is a great day of sport

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Nope, sorry. Seems to have offpissed the gaffer.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Didn't he make the bench last game? It's Christmas, time to kiss and make up.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Cheers for info. Leaves me with just the 11 to play. Tempting to use it as an excuse to start tinkering but I don't think it's worth the risk.

      Looks like plenty of people are taking hits this week. I'm not wild about my team but if I get 11 out without a hit I'll feel ahead of the game to start with.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. That's my plan. I now have Pienaar.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
      2. That's my worry for tomorrow, that I bring 1 or 2 in, only for them to be rotated anyway.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  8. Begovic
    B:Davies, Cameron, J.Enrique
    Mata, Bale, Michu(c) Taarabt
    Tevez, Suarez, RVP
    Jaask, Snodgrass, Shorey, Sagna
    1FT 0,3M

    so what do you think i’m considering saving the FT for next week, do you see any reason not to??

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. i like that, tevez rotation your only worry really

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. i know, the tought of benching him over Snoddy crossed my mind but over 9M on the bench just doesn't seems right..

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Save it mate. Excellent squad. Will u keep captaincy onMichu?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Thanks, most definately

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. I have Van P and Michu too, don't have the Ballls to do Michu. Fair play mate!!

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
  9. @Doora

    You're against every move this week! :)

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. He is against every move every week unless you buying someone he owns, or features in his tables

      But we love him anyway 😛

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. He's not. He told me to move, to another country. 😉

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. How very unkind of me. 😥

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
          • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Just get Bale mate, and leave Berba imo. You sound more sold on that route and it makes more sense. If Berba starts banging them in and Ruiz returns then bring him in next week, still got good fixtures.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Yeah, Bale could easily out score Cazorla before the dgwk, do the reverse swap then!

        I'll give Berba this week to hit form!


        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. I am doing my best to protect you - against yourself! 😀

      Get Pienaar. Get Carter. But don't get that shite you are doting on!!! 😉

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Ah cheers Doos, you're very good. But I gotta spread my wings eventually :)

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    5. Oh! And KEEP Cazorla!!! Please.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  10. so, a quick opinion
    Which one to do first.
    Migno ➡ begovic.
    Fletcher ➡ berba
    Or both for a hit

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Fletch > Berbs only.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. No hit needed, would do the second one if i had too. But do not see any great urgency to do either mate

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Fletcher will score more goals and more points than Berba...........

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. How do you make those arrows?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  11. Yep, i would as not sure tevez will start

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  12. I have got Tevez and I think I want to get rid (I think) Fed in goal alongside jussi - havent made any changes this week yet and am reasonably happy with my team..
    always one for a bit of excitement at Christmas shall I.........

    a) save transfer
    b) Tevez ------->Benteke (not Beba! not convinced!)
    c) Fed--------->Guzan
    d) Tev + Sterling------->Benteke + Pienaar (for a 4 pointer)

    what do you think peeps?!?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Save it mate

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  13. IF Sneijder joins Spurs, will he be a better FPL prospect that Bale? And will he have a negative effect on Bale's returns?

    Big IF mind 😉

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. NO negative effect, and probably overpriced

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Where's this story come from and is it legit? It seems to have slipped by me, I only noticed it at all because there was money or it on oddschecker!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Sneijder will get all set pieces imo, compare him with VDV but less injury prone

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  14. any more news on the chelsea southampton dgw. for some reason i have got it in my head as the same gw as arsenal wham dgw.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  15. Begovic
    Baines – Cuellar – Nelsen
    Bale – Mata – Michu (c) – Puncheon
    Suarez – Tevez – Berbatov (vc)

    Foster - Simpson - Gibbs - Cazorla

    Good to go ? captain Michu over Berba ?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. michu!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  16. Luiz, yaya, taarabt > Gibbs, bale/sant, punch?

    Do have Nolan who's been a bit quiet of late though. Also have Holt upfront with RVP, Tevez so a bit weak?

    I'm thinking Transfers in new year...

    Would make, Gibbs, shawX, Enrique (clyne, McCartney)
    Mata, bale/santi, Nolan, michu, (punch)
    RVP, Tevez, Holt

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  17. Team this week, thinking of saving the transfer, any feedback welcome :)

    Foster (Jussi)

    Nasty, Vertonghen, Enrique (Gorkss, Morrison)

    Bale, Michu, Puncheon, Silva (Sterling)

    RVP, Torres, Berb

    Captain choice not decided yet!!!!!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Berba captain

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  18. Here is my team for tomorrow,

    Ridgewell Cameron Cuellar
    Pienaar Michu Silva Mc Anuff
    Suarez RVP Defoe

    Rudd, Santi, Mc Cartney, Sagna

    Any changes to be made? 0.9 million in the bank

    Slightly wary that my defence is quite weak

    • 2 years, 8 months ago

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