Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 7: Top Stars in Action on Sunday
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Week 7 of the Premier League may be drawing to a close with four matches on Sunday, but there will be no downturn in the quality on display. Struggling fantasy teams could yet be given a boost with strong turnouts from some of the game's top players.
Of course, there's always the risk that all your rivals have the same players, too, but that shouldn't dampen your enthusiasm ahead of this week's Sunday matches.
|Kick-Off (BST)||Home Team||Away Team||TV||Live Stream|
|13:30||Norwich||Chelsea||Sky Sports 1/NBC Sports Network||Sky Go/NBC Sports Live Extra|
|13:30||Southampton||Swansea City||Premier League Extra Time||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|16:00||West Bromwich Albion||Arsenal||Sky Sports 1/NBC Sports Network||Sky Go/NBC Sports Live Extra|
|16:00||Tottenham Hotspur||West Ham||Premier League Extra Time||NBC Sports Live Extra|
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Talking about Mesut Ozil's fantasy value is becoming a regular thing, but that predictability doesn't detract from his impressive performances.
After being dropped into the Arsenal side, the German midfielder promptly rejuvenated the entire team, as well as a jaded fanbase that had become mistrustful of manager Arsene Wenger.
Ozil's fantasy value projects further than just him, too. His goals and assists may be useful, but the play of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud has also been improved by the addition of the former Real Madrid man.
It's unlikely that West Brom will succeed where others failed and shut him down, despite their momentous victory at Old Trafford last week.
The vision and deftness of touch Ozil displays in the Arsenal attack are a perfect fit for Wenger's side. Arsenal were often described as a team that always tried to score the perfect goal rather than the easy one, but Ozil makes them look like the same thing.
While that may be a slight overstatement, the emergence of Arsenal this year has been remarkable. Only time will tell if Ozil can sustain his current form, but his incredible consistency at the Bernabeu suggests that it would be foolish to doubt him.
Juan Mata, Chelsea
Much has been made of manager Jose Mourinho's decision to limit Juan Mata's involvement in Chelsea's season so far, but there's no denying the impact of the Spaniard during last week's trip to Tottenham.
John Obi Mikel was getting killed in the midfield, and the Blues were overrun. Mourinho spared Mikel further humiliation and brought him out of the game. Mata was his replacement, along with bringing in Ramires to bolster the centre of midfield.
The game was suddenly transformed, and Chelsea could hold their shape again, coordinating the match at a pace to suit them while searching for the equaliser.
Mata provided it via a free kick that found John Terry, and Chelsea were back in it again.
Juan Mata creates more chances than the whole Steaua side - http://t.co/K3pNsJzsBG— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 3, 2013
At Norwich this week, Mourinho could revert back to type and leave Mata out. He remains a risky fantasy pick, and it's unlikely there are many who have taken a chance on him.
However, for those who like to live a little bit closer to the edge, Mata could repay you handsomely.
Norwich have a history of struggling to contain creative midfielders, conceding hat-tricks to Luis Suarez and Shinji Kagawa in the past, as well as being tormented by Christian Eriksen this year.
Mourinho would be wise to award Mata the start. Although a different type of player to the midfielders above, Chelsea's reigning Player of the Season will cause problems all day with his vision, passing and ability to pick the right ball every time.
Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur
Eriksen has been integral to the continued rise of Tottenham this season. Gareth Bale may be gone, but Eriksen has ensured that Spurs haven't missed a beat.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas hasn't been shy in showering the Dane with lofty comparisons, telling Darren Lewis of the Mirror that his new signing could be as good as Wesley Sneijder. The Daily Mail got in on the action by comparing him to Ozil, but Eriksen remains his own player.
I have to say, I like this Spurs lineup sans Bale. Lots of talent in lots of places, and Christian Eriksen is a burgeoning star.— Sam Westmoreland (@westmorelandsam) September 28, 2013
The £11.5 million that Spurs paid for him seems like a bargain when he is marauding through the midfield of Premier League sides each week. At the age of 21, there's no telling what he could achieve.
Along with his own individual performances, Eriksen has shown a good understanding with his new teammates, particularly Roberto Soldado. He has a good record of assists at the highest level, having performed well in the Champions League for Ajax.
Against a depleted West Ham side, Eriksen should deliver on all the superlatives. The Hammers have struggled mightily in recent weeks, and this matchup is not one they would have wanted right now.
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