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Aston Villa players look a good bet for this week's Fantasy game - games against Stoke and Wigan mean Martin O'Neill's men have double the occasion to score points.

Less of a good bet are Fulham, West Ham and Hull City players with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively coming up.


Choose 'em: Look no further than Ross Turnbull (6.18) as your keeper this week -Chelsea's third string keeper will get a rare start thanks to injuries to Petr Cech and Hilario as the Blues welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge. If you've got a bit of extra cash lying about, Liverpool's Jose Reina (10.42) maybe a decent buy with bottom club Portsmouth visiting Anfield, or for the paupers among you, Burnley's Brian Jensen (4.92) looks value considering Wolves may be too scared of losing to commit themselves forward.

Lose 'em: Fernando Torres looked sharp for Liverpool in midweek and despite not gettingon the scoresheet in Lille, it can't be too long before he does - better offload Pompey's David James (2.01) now. And Edwin van der Sar (14.00) might be too expensive a risk this week since the Fantasist has a funny feeling the Manchester United keeper may be given a rest against Fulham.


Choose 'em: Veteran Arsenal defender Sol Campbell (6.78) looks like he's going to face Hull City and is the cheapest of the Arsenal options while Manchester United's Rafael Da Silva (6.68) is another non-expensive alternative, assuming Gary Neville's legs cannot sustain two games in a week anymore.

Lose 'em: Fulham's Nicky Shorey (11.39) is far too expensive to keep with a game at Old Trafford on the cards, ditto Matthew Upson (10.13) ahead of Chelsea's visit to Upton Park.


Choose 'em: Aston Villa have two outings this gameweek, so it's time to jump all over their midfielders - James Milner (15.45), Ashley Young (15.59), Stewart Downing (14.32), Stiliyan Petrov (8.05), take your pick. They may be pricey, but they'll be worth the outlay with games against Stoke and Wigan to glean points from. The mercurial Andrei Arshavin (14.48) could have a field day at Hull while Birmingham's Sebastian Larsson (10.07) is always a solid pick.

Lose 'em: Danny Murphy (8.75) is doubtful for Fulham - our very own blogger is best left alone this week while the West Ham's Julien Faubert (6.30) should also be jettisoned - he won't feature at the Bridge.


Choose 'em: Along with Villa, Wigan have two matches this time out, so why not plump for Hugo Rodallega (14.13), who is on form after downing Liverpool on Monday? It's your last chance to pick Landon Donovan (11.67) before he heads back to LA Galaxy from Everton while James McFadden (10.01) returns to face the Toffees for Birmingham. Elsewhere, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres (16.63) may be worth a punt. Oh, and that Wayne Rooney (22.39) is still quite good.

Lose 'em: Less good is Nicklas Bendtner (10.76), who will surely revert to type at Hull this weekend after his hat-trick heroics last time out had everyone thinking he is actually a decent player. Fulham and future England hitman Bobby Zamora (11.17) has gone a bit cold of late and Alessandro Diamanti (16.80) is way too expensive to hold on to for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

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