Befriending Berbatov

Our Sky Sports Fantasy Football guru looks at who will pick up points in the Premier League this weekend

Dimitar Berbatov: Unpopular pick in Sky Sports Fantasy Football despite fine form

Dimitar Berbatov remains an underappreciated resource in Sky Sports Fantasy Football despite his fine form.

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The Bulgarian frontman has scored five in four for in-form Fulham to take his points tally up to 154 this season, more than popular picks such as Eden Hazard, Carlos Tevez and Demba Ba.

He is also relatively cheap at £7.5m but remains in a meagre three per cent of Sky Sports Fantasy Football sides.

A trip to Newcastle provides a real chance for Berbatov to continue his goal glut, with the struggling Magpies returning from a disheartening 3-1 defeat to Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Liverpool look another good source of points this weekend, with Luis Suarez the obvious pick while Steven Gerrard is also in fine form.

The England captain has netted eight goals in his last 15 Premier League games and racked up 28 points from his last five appearances, more than any other midfielder.

At £7.8m he is also good value for money, while upcoming fixtures with West Ham (H) and Reading (A) add to the appeal.

Fantasy bosses might be considered turning their back on the game's most popular pick, Robin van Persie, as he heads into the Manchester derby without a goal for his club in nine matches in all competitions.

However, confidence is unlikely to be low given it was his deflected shot which gave United victory against Sunderland last Saturday, while the Dutchman also bagged in back-to-back appearances for his country during the international break.

Wayne Rooney looks the man to back on Monday though, having found the net in six of United's last seven wins over their rivals.

Backlines certainly look worth avoiding in this fixture, with both sides scoring in four of the last five meetings, with the exception a 1-0 win for City last season.

Elsewhere, Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) is a fine alternative for less money as he looks to net for a third successive time when Southampton travel to lowly Reading.

Rickie Lambert (£6.8m) has also netted in his last two for the Saints and has a habit of delivering the goods on the road, having scored eight of his 14 goals away from St Mary's.

On the injury front, Tottenham trio Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon have all been sidelined ahead of visit of Everton, who remain without suspended duo Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar.

Ashley Cole is also out for Chelsea's clash with Sunderland on Sunday, while Tim Krul is back between the sticks for Newcastle.