Rafa to rack up points
Rafael van der Vaart looks a safe bet to bag big in Sky Sports Fantasy Football this weekend.
By Tim Clement - @SkyFantasyFooty
Last Updated: 28/10/11 3:23pm
While Manchester City look destined to score plenty again this weekend, Rafael van der Vaart is the safe bet to bag big in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
City host struggling Wolves on the back of putting five past them in the Carling Cup, despite fielding a weakened team, having shared 36 points between their goalscorers in their 6-1 thumping of Manchester United last weekend.
But with Roberto Mancini likely to rotate again with a vital UEFA Champions League game in midweek, it looks somewhat of a gamble handing the armband to one of City's frontmen.
Mario Balotelli (£8.3m) is the one City player who should attract an increase on the mere 0.9% of Fantasy bosses to have selected him following four goals in three league games.
But Van der Vaart (£8.7m), who should be the first name on Tottenham's team-sheet for the visit of QPR, is the man most worth backing to continue his impressive goalscoring run.
The Dutchman has broken the deadlock in Spurs' last four Premier League games, including a brace at Blackburn last weekend, and is now the second-highest scoring midfielder behind David Silva.
Van der Vaart, a midfielder in Fantasy football terms, is joint favourite at evens with Sky Bet to score against the Hoops, in a game Spurs are 4/11 to win, having lost none of their last 16 London derbies at White Hart Lane.
His international team-mate, Robin van Perise, was one of the other big scorers last weekend, with 16 points for his third brace in four games for Arsenal.
The Gunners face a testing trip to Chelsea on Saturday, but Van Persie did the business last time his side won at Stamford Bridge in netting twice in a 2-1 win in 2008.
The Blues' backline is hardly water-tight either, having kept just just one clean sheet in their last eight home Premier League games, while Arsenal's following fixtures read; West Brom (H), Norwich (A), Fulham (H) and Wigan (A).
In terms of Chelsea's attacking options, Andre Villas-Boas has lacked a consistent scorer and will be without the man who has netted 13 goals in 14 appearances against Arsenal - Didier Drogba.
The Blues, however, welcome back Fernando Torres following his three-match ban, with the Spaniard in goals of late, having netted before seeing red against Swansea and then bagging a brace against Genk in the Champions League.
Elsewhere, nearly half of all Fantasy bosses will be hoping Wayne Rooney can lead United's response to their derby-day humiliation when they visit Everton.
Rooney's record against his former club is hardly encouraging however, having failed to score against the Toffees since a 4-2 win in 2007.
Failing to score at Goodison would leave Rooney without a goal in four, having started then season with nine goals in his first five games.
The game's second-most popular player was also frustrated last weekend, with Luis Suarez denied on countless occasions by Norwich's John Ruddy in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
But the Uruguay striker was back among the goals in midweek with a brace at Stoke and should have chances when Liverpool face West Brom, a fixture which the Reds have prevailed victorious in nine of their last 10 meetings.
For those looking for cheaper options, Danny Graham (£5.7m) has scored in his last three Premier League games, while Newcastle's backline have provided the best value this season in conceding just six goals to date.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that the Magpies face a tough run of fixtures with Man City (A), Man United (A) and Chelsea (H) following a trip to Stoke and the visit of Everton.