Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 29 - Steve v James

Steve made it two on the bounce after seeing off Yankee Sean in GW27 and is now looking for a hatrick of wins. I must say we’re running out of challengers and it must soon be time to start back at the beginning but that’s Luke and I’m not sure I have enough time to correct his spelling and grammar (Tony would be horrified). This week’s challenger had to go away for a few days so at the last minute James agreed to stand in.

James is my 5 year old son, it was a bit difficult as yesterday he only knew 4 footballers – one is the world’s best ever defender (yes even better than Bobby Moore), alas he’s now retired GSOLK, one now plays in Spain for the second best team in white, one is his Star Player pick, and the other is a goalkeeper with more than 4% ownership, however after a bit of work he now has another hero!

A bit about James (when he’s not playing ‘Mind Craft’) – he plays golf at the Dudsbury Academy where Harry and Jamie are members and on Sundays he plays rugby for Oakmedians under 6’s. These are his favourite sports, however his favourite football team is Spurs and his favourite player is Harry Kane (and he’s been brought up to dislike everything Arsenal and Chelsea). James wants you to know his best friend is Tom and his drink of choice is lemon squash.

“I’ve gone for probably the safest bet in the whole of Fantasy Premier League – it’s 44.7% owned Alexis Sanchez. A slight hamstring strain shouldn’t stop this Chilean tearing the Villains to shreds come Sunday.”

Oh I am sorry, I just can’t stop myself!

Steve’s Star Player – David Silva

Well after back-to-back wins now the pressure is on to go for the hatrick. With that pressure firmly on, my top pick is possibly the most in form player in the FPL at the moment – David Silva. The Spanish playmaker has scored 3 goals and created 2 assists in his past 5 games and has grabbed 6 bonus points too. With City visiting Burnley at the weekend then a visit to Barca in the Champions League a few days after, there is a chance he may be rested but given his form it is hard to see him not starting the game.

James’s Star Player – Harry Kane

He’s good.

That’s all James would say however; given the amount of Kane owners the only way he can really make a difference to your score this week is if you captain him. Forget the “it’s Manchester United away” talk, this is the PL’s most in form forward playing against what is no more than a League One defence with a superhero in goal – talking of which DDG does need a mask doesn’t he? Never have we looked forward more to a game at Old Trafford than now. It is a shame that Di Maria is suspended as United will be stronger for this, however I still expect a 3 goal win with Harry grabbing yet another brace and MOTM 3BP’s. (It’s gonna be 1-0 to MU isn’t it?)

James’s Punt – Ryan Mason

He’s good.

OK he’s more than good – he’s fit, strong and a great punt! Mason has broken into the Spurs side and held his central midfield position alongside fellow Academy graduate Nabil Bentaleb. Bentaleb allows Mason to push forward and support his teammates and we’re seeing the benefits of this as he develops into a handy box-to-box player. Costing £4.8m, Mason is owned by only 0.2% of managers, and with a goal and an assist in his last 2 matches, he can not only be a differential but also could fit into our sides as the 5th midfielder. Expect him to cause problems to that static Manchester United midfield and his fitness level will more than play its part when the game reaches 80 minutes.

Steve’s Punt – Victor Moses

My punt this week is Stoke’s Victor Moses. As the season has gone on, the on-loan Chelsea player has grown in importance to Mark Hughes’s Stoke side. Since mid January he has started every game for the potters and in recent games has added goals to his impressive pace and directness. With Bojan out he is becoming the danger man of the team. With the visit of West Brom and former Stoke manager Tony Pulis to the Britannia this should make for a good game.