Barry hitting Fantasy form

Ruining Football continue to creep up the Fantasy Football ladder after another good week of points scoring, with Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry starting to hit form.


Many Mancheser City fans see Gareth Barry as their most important signing of the summer, and the England international is starting to prove his worth with two goals in his last two starts, although one of those was in the Carling Cup. His strike against Manchester United last Sunday followed a three game streak of  bonus points scoring.

Barry rarely has a bad game, and is heavily involved in all of City’s set pieces, whether it be taking free kicks or getting on the end of corners. He has outshone last season’s star, Stephen Ireland, so far and looks a good option with a nice run of fixtures coming up.

Chelsea were again the team to back last weekend, and Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard bagged a total of 31 points between them. They are away to Wigan next and there is no reason why they can’t pick up more of the same.

Darren Bent justified his selection as captain again as he was on the scoresheet for Sunderland in their defeat to Burnley. Assists from Mark Noble, Emiliano Insua and Patrice Evra contributed nicely to the overall points haul of 69. The only downsides were the shocking display from Kamel Ghilas and the decision to play Jussi Jasskelainen ahead of Joe Hart, who kept a clean sheet and scored eight points. After Gameweek 7, the team is currently in 13,672th position out of a total of 2,016,457 players (well inside the top 1%).


For this weekend, Ghilas has been benched in favour of Ryan Shawcross. Stoke always cause problems at home and he’s the sort of player who could bag a goal against Manchester United. I also want to carry this week’s transfer over to the next gameweek.

In goal I’ve gone for Joe Hart. His Birmingham side are at home to Jussi Jasskelainen’s Bolton Wanderers so I think he is the better option given his form (four clean sheets already this season).

A lot of my players are facing so-called ‘weaker teams’ so there is potential for a high scoring week. The only downside is that the captaincy has been very difficult to give out. Darren Bent has performed well in the role over the last two weeks, and could score well again at home to Wolves. However, Sunderland’s dismal result against Burnley has me sceptical.

Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon were also strongly considered, but in the end I’ve gone for Didier Drogba in the hope that he can continue his rich vein of form. The Ivorian looks clinical and is getting great service from an on-form Chelsea midfield. A hattrick would be nice!

Team for Gameweek 7 –


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Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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