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Euro Update: Brilliant Bale

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Matchday four is with us and it is time for an update on Fantasy Europe Cup.

Wayne Rooney's stop-start season was well and truly stopped when he was ruled out for five weeks with an ankle injury.

He should be unceremoniously dumped as he will probably not feature in this group stage and, at 30 million euros, is overpriced given his poor form: he has only gathered six Fantasy Europe Cup points so far.

Ivica Olic of Bayern Munich, a stand-out player in last season's run to the final, is also no good after he was ruled out for six months.

A good striking bet is Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez, whose predatory instincts should come into play against Bursaspor, or Nicolas Anelka who is rated at 19 million but has amassed 56 points so far.

Basel's Alexander Frei is only valued at 5.5 million euros and is just outside the top 10 overall, with 39.5 points - there is a fair chance he will score against the very inconsistent Roma in Switzerland.

Spartak Moscow's players have been somewhat undervalued given how well they stand in a moderate group, Chelsea aside.

Striker Ari (33.5 points) has been their main man and is available at a cool 5 million, while midfielder Dmitry Kombarov (also 33.5) takes the set-pieces and costs the same and keeper Andrej Dykan has been miserly enough to gain 34 points.

Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Theo Janssen appears excellent value at only 3.5 million euros - with 47.5 points so far, he is in the top 10 overall, ahead of the likes of Wesley Schneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

His Twente side are, as ever, over achieving, although the smart money would be on the returning Rafael van der Vaart. The Spurs playmaker is only down the rankings after a ban for a sending off and will surely be a key player against Internazionale.

Listed as a defender - he was, after all, a left-back before this season - Tottenham's Gareth Bale is excellent value at only 16 million euros, and he should be expected to add to his hat-trick against Inter in the coming matches.

Don't be fooled by the apparent good value of Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland - Barcelona should see to that - with Allan McGregor still the man and unlikely to concede more than one goal in any game.

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