Analysis

Form out of nowhere…

Written by Sam Hopkinson

With Game Week 5 on the horizon and with a run of results in the bag to start laying down some predictions, we take a look at those players that could definitely, definitely (possibly) be on the cusp of a dizzying run of form. Ignore them at your peril when selecting your FLIP Sports fantasy teams.

MARC ALBRIGHTON (LEICESTER) – FLIP Sports Fantasy Points: 121

First up is the former Aston Villa winger, Marc Albrighton—now plying his trade at in-form Leicester. He’s a big part of why they’re enjoying so much success at the moment. He has a goal and three assists to his name and the league is only 4 games old. Considering he needed 18 appearances last season to earn 3 assists, this kind of improvement could earn him an England call-up if he can sustain it. The young Englishman is also vying to make himself invaluable by contributing elsewhere, making 2 key passes per game so far. Villa fans might wonder where this player has been hiding, considering in his best season for them he only managed 4 assists.

Could this be the year of Marc Albrighton? FLIP Sports is certain already.

JACK BUTLAND – FLIP Sports Fantasy Points: 239

England’s Future Number One© has made the step up to first XI goalkeeper for Mark Hughes’ Stoke this season. With that pesky Begovic out of the way and warming the bench at Stamford Bridge, Jack Butland can show the league why the Potters paid £3.5 million for a 20 year old keeper. Butland has already put in a Man of the Match performance against Norwich, and unless Stoke’s defence improves he will be called on to save their bacon a little more than he’d like. Using the divining techniques granted to us by ancient monks, we can confirm that Stoke will not concede again this season if Butland is in goal*.

(*Results may vary)

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE – FLIP Sports Fantasy Points: 162

The papers have been waxing lyrical about Diego Payet, West Ham’s new creative midfield addition. Following exceptional away performances against Liverpool and Arsenal, it’s hard to disagree. Now that he’s got some buzz surrounding him he will be expensive for fantasy teams though. If you’re looking for value, look to Cheikhou Kouyaté. He’s a central midfielder, so probably won’t get the kind of salivating press coverage forwards get—but FLIP Sports is pretty sure he’s going to build on his success last season. With two goals and an assist already, he’s mathematically on course to score at least 15 times in the league before May. And you can’t argue with maths.

CURTAIN CLOSER: CALLUM WILSON – FLIP Sports Fantasy Points: 96

Get your bets in now—young Callum Wilson is a shoo-in to win the Golden Boot at odds of just 16/1. That means the bookies think he is more likely than Harry Kane (30/1), Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez (both 20/1) to claim the prize. He’s a fantasy player some people may hesitate to pick because he plays for minnows Bournemouth… but we’d suggest picking him and reaping the points rewards!

About the author

Sam Hopkinson

Sam has attended matches everywhere from Cambodia to Canada, and is a persistent Spurs fan. If he didn’t have football, he’d probably turn to a life of crime just to get that exhilarating fix. Superstitious enough to believe that picking a player for his fantasy team spells doom for the poor sod.