Fantasy Football round thirteen preview

After another depressing round of internationals for Ireland where Martin O'Neill's men played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland on Thursday night followed by another 0-0 snoozefest against Denmark in Aarhus on Monday evening, the good news for Ireland fans is that there are no more international rounds until March and it is back to the Premier League.

With international matches always a worry for Fantasy managers, due to injuries and long haul flights, who should you select to get your charges moving up the Advertiser Tribal League in association with St Anthony's and Claddagh Credit Union?

Sergio Aguero (Man City ) v West Ham United

The Argentine hitman last seven league outings read five goals and two assists. What makes the record more impressive is that Aguero has only completed one match in that period which means when he is on the pitch he is causing havoc in opposition defences. On Saturday afternoon the Citizens head to east London to take West Ham who are undefeated in three matches. Although Manuel Pellegrini's men seemed to have turned a corner with regards their form, the Hammers' defence remains porous conceding 18 goals and managing only one clean sheet. I can only see one result at the London Stadium with Sergio Aguero finding the back of the net. Make him your captain.

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United ) v Burnley

The Magpies have won two games in-a-row after nine games without a victory and a big part of this drastic change in form is striker, Salomón Rondón. Prior to the last outing against Bournemouth, the Venezuelan international's record in front of goal was as dire as his country's economy. But two goals and one assist in those two Newcastle wins sees Rondón as flavour of the month in the 'toon'. On Monday night, Newcastle head to Turf Moor to face a Burnley side who are in awful form. Five games without a win and a number of hammerings during that run sees Sean Dyche's men sliding down the table. Burnley's superb performances last season were built on a strong defence which was difficult to break down but this season has seen the Clarets struggle to keep the ball out of the back of their net. Newcastle and Rondón are on form so I am going with an away win and the Venezuelan to be on the score sheet.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolves ) v Huddersfield Town

If Raúl Jiménez does not score, then he is setting up goals for teammates. The Mexican has three goals and five assists so far this season for league newboys Wolves and has contributed to his side's comfortable mid-table position. On Sunday Wolves host Huddersfield at Molineux, and to say the Terriers have been poor this season would be an understatement. The West Yorkshire side are second bottom with only seven points and have only secured one win this season and that was against bottom of the pile Fulham. I expect Wolves to tear them apart in the Black Country and Jiménez to have a big say on the outcome. Get him in your team.


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