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Premier League 2013/14: Fantasy Football must haves

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Many a football fan has indulged in the delights that come with fantasy football. Lots of fans fancy themselves as a bit of a football guru, so here are some tips to help you push your points tally to the max.

These tips are based on the official Premier League fantasy football website.

Robin van Persie | Value: 14.0

Of course, one of the main men from last season is Robin van Persie, with a golden boot-winning performance of 26 league goals and also an impressive 15 assists.

This earned RvP the highest points tally last season of 262 points, and with Van Persie being a consistent performer, already having scored two goals in the season opener against Swansea - making it nine goals in his last eight league appearances - RvP is a reliable performer who you can bank on as a captain for most game-weeks.

The only issue with buying Van Persie is the very expensive price, you would have to shed a fair amount of quality in other areas of the field to accommodate the Dutchman.

Gareth Bale | Value: 12.0

The PFA Player and Young Player of the Year last season has only been selected by 7% of people, partly due to his foot injury and partly due to speculation over his future.

But if the Welsh wizard stays at Spurs this season, then he is a must have. Twenty-one league goals last season and nine assists earned Bale 249 points, a shade under RvP for a significantly lower price.

Bale's form only picked up after the turn of the year, and if the No. 11 can replicate his 2013 form throughout the season, then don't be surprised if he scores over 25 league goals with a fair few assists too. 

Juan Mata | Value: 10.5

Chelsea's star man from last season is a slightly cheaper midfield alternative to Bale but is likely to be at the forefront of Chelsea's push for the title.

The creative Spaniard bagged 11 league goals and 18 assists last season, earning him 212 points.

One doubt over this acquisition for any fantasy footballer is his game time. Mata has already been left out of the starting line-up for Chelsea's opener against Hull and with the likes of Oscar, Hazard De Bruyne, Schürrle and Moses all competing for those three attacking positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation, then Mata may struggle to play more than thirty 90-minute games.

Roberto Soldado | Value: 9.5

Tottenham's record signing of £25.8m is likely to have a big impact on the 2013/14 season.

Having scored 59 times in 101 appearances for Valencia at an average of 0.58 goals per game, Soldado is a proven goalscorer with a "fox in the box" style of play, as 58 of his 59 goals have come inside the box.

He is instinctive and clever with his movement, and likes to score a lot of first touch goals to catch the keeper by surprise. His first showing against Crystal Palace produced a goal, even though it was a fairly quiet performance, Soldado showed he is lively in and around the box and he will be Tottenham's designated penalty taker having netted two in two attempts already.

He will also be the main man for Spurs with a lot of the creativity around Soldado being fed into his feet or head.

Victor Wanyama | Value: 5.0

Of course, no one can afford to have all of the best, expensive players, so those bought to save money also need to contribute a fair amount of points.

Victor Wanyama is arguably one of the most under-valued players on the market, with no other player of his 5.0 value being of such a high real value of £12m. Although he is a defensive midfielder, he scored one in six games for Celtic and for his price, he is a bargain.

Glen Johnson | Value: 6.0

It's not all about attack, you need to have five defenders in your squad too, and at 6.0, Glen Johnson is good value for money.

Liverpool had an extremely good defensive record last season with Johnson achieving 16 clean sheets, as well as a goal and five assists.

With Glen being an adventurous right-back, he is likely to bag a few assists, as well as the odd goal or two with his ferocious left foot as he has shown in the past.

David De Gea | Value: 6.0

For the goalkeeping position, I've gone with David De Gea. He has improved leaps and bounds since his first season at United and is firmly the first-choice 'keeper.

He pulls off show stopping saves as well as helping United to 13 clean sheets last season. With a defence of Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra in front of him, Man United are unlikely to let the flood gates open in defence too often.

Other notable additions you may want to look into are the likes of Per Mertesacker, Stewart Downing, Philippe Coutinho, David Silva and Ricky Lambert.


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