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Bale delights fantasy coaches everywhere>It was a weekend of few goals in the English Premier League, which means it was a defender’s weekend in the Fantasy world, while it didn’t work out so well for those piling up their stocks up forward.

Star Players

Gareth BaleTottenham – defender – 7.1m; 18 points (past two matchdays, includes midweek points) Tottenham’s menacing Welsh left-back Bale is becoming unstoppable in the Premiership and caused all sorts of grief for the Blackburn defence on Saturday, grabbing two goals and an assist. The 26 per cent of coaches who own him, will be smiling right now.

Marouane Chamakh – [[Arsenal]]> – striker – 20m; 18 points The Moroccan’s double against Wolves midweek was coupled with an assist in Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday to complete a high-scoring week for the effective striker. He is a bit expensive, but he is proving reliable.

Asamoah GyanSunderland> – striker – 17m; 14 points If Chamakh is too expensive for you then look no further than Sunderland’s Ghanaian star Gyan who scored twice this week in impressive away results for the Black Cats. Gyan has scored four goals in the past three matchdays and looks a quality acquisition.

Stuart HoldenBolton – midfielder – 8.7m; 15 points Bolton’s American midfielder must be one of the best value players going around in the Fantasy world at the moment. Holden grabbed a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win over Wolves to cap a big week.


Not Cole or Chelsea's best game>

Ashley ColeChelsea – defender – 7.5m; 3 points The England left-back is owned by 20 per cent of SPFPL coaches but all would have been disappointed by his performance as Chelsea lost 3-0 to Sunderland on Sunday. To cap it off, Cole handed Sunderland their third goal on a platter with a horrendous backpass.

Petr CechChelsea – goalkeepers – 11m; 3 points Another Chelsea star owned by many Fantasy coaches who let them down. Cech, owned by 11 per cent of coaches, scored a -4 for Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Sunderland. It might have been a lot worse had it not been for his clean sheet in midweek in the 1-0 win over Fulham.

Fernando TorresLiverpool – striker – 21.8m; 6 points Just when SPFPL coaches thought the Reds were back and Torres had returned to form, he failed to fire as Liverpool lost 2-0 at Stoke City. Four goals in four games was followed by a blank and a yellow card to top it off.

Special mentions

Goalkeepers Joe Hart’ – Manchester City – 9.5m; 10 points (still good value)**Lukasz Fabianski’’’ – [[Arsenal]] – 8.3m; 10 points (cheap, but unconvincing)DefendersBacary Sagna’’’ – [[Arsenal]] – 7.1m; 15 points (rare goal boosted score)**Robert HuthStoke City – 6m; 14 points (represents decent value)

Fuller; two goals in two games> Midfielders Dean Whitehead’ – Sunderland – 13.3m; 14 points (big score but quite expensive)**Aston Villa|Marc Albrighton**– Aston Villa – 11.9m; 12 points (superb against Man Utd and well-priced)**Charles N’Zogbia’’’ – Wigan – 11m; 11 points (becoming a must-have at his value)StrikersRicardo Fuller’’’ – Stoke City – 16.2m; 14 points (probably worthy of being a star player)Johan Elmander’’’ – Bolton – 14.5m; 10 points (full of confidence)*CoachesArsenal|Arsene Wenger’’’ – [[Arsenal]] – 10.6m; 10 points (two wins out of two)*Tony PulisStoke City> – 8m; 10 points (yep, two wins makes a good week)

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