FANTASY FOOTBALL: Cooke well clear of rivals despite poor haul

Fantasy Football League
Fantasy Football League

The Scarborough News Fantasy Football League leader is still Simon Cooke, despite his meagre haul of 34 points from the midweek Premier League matches.

Cooke's seadoggeees team was boosted by a star performance from Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino who earned 12 points in the 3-0 home defeat of Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

Second-placed Carl Sample cut Cooke's lead to 41 thanks to his #uptheburn side earning 45 points, mainly thanks to 10 points from Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, nine from Stoke City defender Philipp Wollscheid and eight from Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

Ones to watch

Branislav Ivanovic – a home clash with Stoke affords the Chelsea defender the chance to maintain his recent renaissance. Ivanovic has profited at both ends of the pitch since the departure of Jose Mourinho, racking up two goals, three assists and four clean sheets in 11 appearances, and faces a Potters attack that has failed to score in two of their last three on the road.

Andre Ayew – after clinching a crucial away win at Arsenal, Swansea welcome Norwich to the Liberty Stadium filled with confidence this weekend. Given that the Canaries have conceded at least twice in all but one of the last eight Gameweeks, Ayew could well add to his eight strikes and four assists thus far.

David Silva – a home encounter with Aston Villa could barely be more favourable for the Manchester City playmaker. Silva hasn’t been at his best of late but with a mere 4% ownership, could provide Fantasy managers with a handy “differential” option against the relegation candidates.

Matt Ritchie – after a slow start to life in the top-flight, the Bournemouth playmaker is finally showing his class. Ritchie has played a part in four of his side’s previous five goals, courtesy of one strike and three assists, and, having beaten Southampton in midweek, the in-form Cherries will look to maintain momentum away to struggling Newcastle.

Connor Wickham – the Crystal Palace striker seems to have edged ahead of new boy Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order after firing back-to-back braces against West Brom and Sunderland. Available for 5.5, Wickham now welcomes Liverpool to Selhurst Park as Alan Pardew’s side look to repeat the displays that’s seen them score three times at home to the Merseysiders in each of the previous two seasons.