Fantasy Premier League 2014 Week 27: Attackers Sure to Bag Points This Weekend

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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After a week of FA Cup and European action, Premier League fans are preparing for English football to come back around their way in time for this weekend.

And of course, fantasy managers across the world will attempt to find the best value-for-money deals as the English top flight makes its return to our lives, each line-up searching for that next helping hand toward success.

Going into Week 27, we've taken a look at a sample of attackers who promise to pay dividends but won't break the bank doing so.


Edin Dzeko, Manchester City

Value: £7.2 million

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With Sergio Aguero still struggling with injury, Edin Dzeko should be allowed to stage another surge on first-team football under Manuel Pellegrini, although a fit-again Stevan Jovetic may have something to say about that.

That being said, the Bosnian international holds far more experience in the team's ranks, with this weekend's visit of Stoke City likely to see him given the starting place.

Dzeko's last outing against the Potters came on Jan. 1, 2013, and it happened to be the first time the striker netted against the club.

Mark Hughes' men haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches, and City have the potential to net in the double figures on their day, especially if it's in Etihad Stadium territory.


Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham

Value: £8.1 million

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Emmanuel Adebayor's replacing of Roberto Soldado as the leading man in Tim Sherwood's attack has continued over recent weeks, with the latter enduring a mini-exodus from the line-up of late.

That pursuit was done a massive service in Week 26, when Adebayor scored two and assisted another in the 4-0 win over Newcastle United.

Opta content director Orbinho showed on Twitter just how clinical the forward has been:

With five goals in his last five appearances, the Togolese international is a rising stock in need of investment before his price rockets, and a trip to relegation-threatened Norwich City is another opportunity to break the deadlock.


Shane Long, Hull City

Value: £5.7 million

Since moving to the KC Stadium, Shane Long has taken little time to adapt, scoring twice in his first four games as a Hull City player.

As BBC Sport note, a third goal in league succession would be of major significance to the player:

The Republic of Ireland international travels to Cardiff City in Week 27, the Bluebirds having just been shown up at home by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's defence exposed slightly too easily for the Premier League standard.

If there are chances to be had for Steve Bruce's side, one can bet it will be poacher Long looking to get in on the action, with fellow January arrival Nikica Jelavic looking to provide support.