Fantasy Football Preview: Gameweek 12

Berbatov Fulham

Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez owners cleaned up last week, and with another set of enticing fixtures to look forward to, there could be big points on offer again this weekend.

Fixtures Analysis: The first game of the weekend sees Tottenham Hotspur travel to Arsenal in a match where both attacks could profit, though you'd be wise to lean towards Arsenal players first. Liverpool have a decent looking home match against Wigan, and Sunderland's trip to Fulham could see good returns for the London club's players. Everton are at Reading, with Manchester United heading to Norwich in another match where they could score plenty of goals. Manchester City host Aston Villa who are improving, but still look likely to concede at the Etihad. Finally Monday night could see West Ham's defence keep another clean sheet as they host Stoke.

Transfers In: Theo Walcott's (8.7) stock is rising with the England man back in the starting eleven, and also taking some corners. If he's fit for the match he could be in the points, as he certainly enjoyed Spurs' visit last year, and could stretch a makeshift back line on Saturday. From Spurs, Bale (9.7) and Lennon (7.1) (if fit) could be decent options, with Arsenal's advanced forward line sometimes leaving their defence isolated. From Liverpool, one name stands out as always, Luis Suarez (10.0) is in scintillating form. Raheem Sterling (5.3) offers an attractive budget option in midfield.

Dimitar Berbatov (7.4) is in high demand this week, and rightly so ahead of Sunderland's trip to Fulham. Kacaniklic (4.7) and Ruiz (5.8) offer cheaper attacking options for Fulham, though the former is always a risk in terms of starts. Aaron Huges (4.5) is a good man to have with Sunderland's attack still looking blunt. Everton's Marouane Fellaini (7.6) is once again a good looking option with his club heading to Reading. Pienaar (6.9) offers a cheaper way into the Everton midfield, and Jelavic (8.5) is still decently priced upfront.

Manchester United's trip to Norwich could well yield goals, and Ferguson's indication Hernandez (7.6) will start has meant plenty of owners have brought him in. Van Persie (13.7) will likely be fit and is always a great man to have in your side. From their rivals City, Aguero (11.0), Tevez (9.5) and Dzeko (7.5) are all viable options, with the Bosnian striker showing he can find the net no matter how few minutes he is given on the pitch. David Silva's (9.3) stock could also start to rise now he's back from injury as well. For the Monday night match, Jaaskelainen (5.1) is keeping clean sheets every week at the moment, and Nolan (6.8) is still a bargain as a goal scoring midfielder.

Selection Doubts: Spurs have a host of doubts, with Lennon, Walker and Defoe the most prominent. Dembele is still out. Walcott could be out for Arsenal. Cabaye and Cisse are doubts for Newcastle. Rooney and van Persie both missed international duty, but should be back for the weekend. Ben Foster remains out for West Brom.

Captain Choice: Both Manchester City and Manchester United give options due to good matches, but rotation and injuries make the choice risky from either side. Make sure you have a good vice-captain whoever you pick, but Robin van Persie still gets the nod for me.

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