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Hazard a better bet than Mata to top Fantasy Football chart

| 06.04.2013

The midweek Europa League commitments of Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle make it slightly tougher to predict their starting line-ups for their next Premier League fixtures, but Eden Hazard certainly looks a better bet than teammate Juan Mata to be the gameweek 32 top Fantasy Football point scorer.

Sunderland may have a new manager in charge in Paolo Di Canio, but it is hard to anticipate an immediate change of fortunes at Stamford Bridge for a team that has taken just two points from their last seven Premier League games and lost four on the bounce against Chelsea.

This will be Chelsea’s third game in less than a week and Mata has started each of the previous two, which could mean that this will be the game in which he is rested.

Mata is 14/1 to accrue the most Fantasy Football points this week, but preference is for Hazard at 18/1, given that he only featured as a second-half substitute in the victory over Rubin Kazan.

Oscar hasn’t played 90 minutes in any of Chelsea’s last four games and only played 12 minutes against Rubin.

He is another that may get a full run out here and has plenty of appeal at a bigger price of 50/1.

Luis Suarez is regularly among the favourites to top the Fantasy Football scorer and this is with good reason as he has contributed double-figure hauls in three of the last five weeks.

Suarez is 10/1 this time with Liverpool hosting West Ham, but it should be mentioned that the striker has never scored against the Hammers, although there is always a first time.

Christian Benteke has scored in Aston Villa’s last three games and is another to consider at 28/1 with a trip to out-of-form Stoke on the horizon, while Reading have conceded the most goals across the last six games which heightens interest in Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez at 40/1, given he has registered nine points in each of the last two gameweeks.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.