A new week brings a new footballing spectacle. From France’s Ligue 1 to Italy’s Serie A, the action resumes after a break, and England’s Premier League is never one to be left behind. To add to it, the Indian Super League will enter its matchday 12, with some of the best fixtures lined up for the fans.
Back in the Premier League, Tottenham playing host to Liverpool catches the limelight, while Roma taking on Juventus brightens up the Italian shores. With these many games to take note of, the Nostragamus fantasy managers are bound to have a hard time in selecting their respective teams. Say no more, add these names in your squad and you’ll be roaring for the rest of the week.
Club: Bengaluru FC
Match: Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC
It took him time, but it is safe to say the good old Sunil Chhetri is back to his usual best. Bengaluru, who got off to a slow start this season, play host to Jamshedpur FC on Thursday and given the form he is in at the moment, adding him into the team would be a wise move.
Having scored four goals in his last four appearances, the Indian captain has taken his tally to seven goals this season, just two short of his tally last year. Ageing like a fine wine, the 35-year-old has answered his critics in absolute style and the only way from here is up.
Club: Odisha FC
Match: Odisha FC vs Mumbai City FC
Coming on the back of a brace against Jamshedpur FC, Aridane Santana has been an absolute revelation for Odisha FC this season. The 32-year-old towering striker does not just love scoring goals, but his ability of laying his teammates is bound to give you added bonus when his team take on Mumbai City FC at home on Saturday.
The teams have already squared off against each other in the league, and it was Santana’s brace which guided Odisha to a thumping 4-2 win away from home back in October. Given the red-hot form the Spaniard is in right now, it is a no-brainer to add him to your team.
Match: ATK vs Kerala Blasters
David Williams has been an unassailable figure for ATK this season. Five goals in 11 ISL outings may not look like a flashy figure for a striker, but his contribution in the team has been way above that. Back during ATK’s 2-0 win over Mumbai, it was Williams who laid a simple tap-in for Pronay Haldar during the opening minutes. And it was his goal which gave ATK all three points against Bengaluru last month.
The 31-year-old Australian has been involved in eight goals in 11 games this season and expect it to remain the same when his team face Kerala Blasters at home on Sunday.
Club: Leicester City
Match: Leicester City vs Southampton
The replay of that 9-0 spectacle against Southampton is set to be played at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, and stay wise enough to add Jamie Vardy, who scored a hat-trick on the day, in your team. Having scored 17 goals in 21 Premier League outings, Vardy is tipped to shine against the Saints who are on a five-game unbeaten run.
Expect him to add more goals to an already illustrious tally, which has set him four clear of second-placed Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Danny Ings (13 goals).
Club: Manchester United
Match: Manchester United vs Norwich City
Manchester United aren’t really enjoying a great a run of form this season, but a certain Marcus Rashford has managed to run riot. The England international, who has scored 12 Premier League goals so far, scored one and assisted another the last time United met Norwich in the league, and look forward to a similar story altogether when these teams square off at Old Trafford on Saturday.
On his day, Rashford is simply unstoppable given the pace and width he provides, and judging by his recent run of form, he is bound to give you points.
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