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Mourinho’s Mata leads the way in Fantasy Premier League week one

| 16.08.2013

Chelsea wizard Juan Mata heads the betting ahead of the new Fantasy Premier League season following a storming season last year with the Spaniard amassing a total of 212 points to leave him joint-third in the overall standing and the second highest scoring midfielder behind Gareth Bale.

With an incredible record of contributing either a goal or an assist in 21 of his 31 starts last term, with 11 goals and 18 assists, he amassed 27 bonus points. His one and only 10+ points haul in front of his home fans came on the final day of the season against Everton.

With Jose Mourinho back in charge at the Bridge and with two home fixtures against Hull and Aston Villa to tackle this game week, an attacking mentality for his team makes odds of 6/1 for Mata to finish gameweek one as highest points scorer look an attractive proposition.

In fact, seven of the top eight in the betting for game week one all wear Chelsea colours, with returning prolific striker Romelu Lukaku currently 10/1 joint third favourite to wrack up a league leading points haul. Arsenal’s Theo Walcott at 18/1 remains the only player away from the King’s Road to challenge the dominance of the Blues at the head of the betting.

For fans looking further down the list, then Fulham’s temperamental Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov looks to be good value at 66/1. The forward opened the scoring in nine games last year – more than any other player in the Premier League – on his way to a total haul of 163 points, ranking him as the fifth best striker in Fantasy Premier League last year.

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

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Natalia Bradford