Our Fantasy Picks for GW1


Ivanovic Mertesacker Cedric

Walcott Lallana Hazard Barkley

Costa van-Wolfswinkel Rooney

Leicester are a good shout to keep a clean sheet against Sunderland.
Chelsea are the big guns and can't / shouldn't be overlooked.
Lallana & Walcott are fantasticly good pre-season.
S'hampton play the dreadful Newcastle, who will be booed off their home park in GW1.
Everton are likely to put a few past Watford & Barkley is good value.
van Wolfswinkel put a few away in preseason & knows where goal is.
Man Utd have epic mids now, and Rooney is the sole forward.

Get Going with Tamir Cohen

If you are looking for a cheaper midfielder for the next month or so, Tamir Cohen is a central midfielder with Bolton who may be worth considering. He is involved in the double gameweek in GW20, and compared to cheapie favorite Bowyer, has a more favourable run. Boltons forthcoming fixture list reads:

- Man City (h)
- West Ham (h)
- Wigan (a)
- Burnley (a)
- Hull City (h) Arsenal (a)
- Sunderland (a)
- Arsenal (h)
- Burnley (h)

Some of these teams present rather leaky defenses, and (at time of writing) at £4.7 Cohen seems excellent value. Even if he wasn't a 10/10 starter he might offer a nice differential to Bowyer and Eagles. He has tapped away 3 goals and 2 assists so far this season at 3.6 points per game, certainly a nice return for his price.

At the start of November he suffered an injury which saw many managers transfer him out, a trend that is somewhat inexplicably continuing. This is good news for us, as Cohen's price looks set to fall again which should bring the cost of transferring him into your squad to £4.6m. He is fully recovered now though, playing 77 minutes two weeks ago and a full 90 minutes in their 1-2 loss to Wolves last week - including earning the assist for setting up Bolton's only goal. Expect to see Cohen's price to rise by the end of January.

In the sub £5.0m range, Bowyer is current favorite, and with the game time, recent points scoring form and fantastic discipline, this is not surprising. However Birminghams fixture list is a lot trickier than Boltons - compared to Boltons fixtures above, Birmingham face Everton, Man Utd, and Chelsea twice. They also do not have a double gameweek. So all things being equal, from now until February, Cohen should perform better than Bowyer, and at a cheaper price.

Cohen scored against Liverpool and looked dangerous against Chelsea, and in his match against Wolves the majority of his passes were played in the attacking third.

He could be a real prospect for the next couple of months, particularly if Bolton get their act together and string a few wins together. Certainly they are facing opponents against which it is possible. With his low price and good looking fixtures, Cohen may make an excellent choice as a Value For Money midfielder, to free up some dosh for players from the Big Four.


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