Its Bushey here for my first post and today I’m writing about the free kick and penalty takers of each premier league side. As we all know well, the guys that take the penalties generally score, and the guys that take the free kicks have a solid chance of scoring or even assisting. Its these guys that we, as fantasy coaches look for to get those easy points.
Arsenal: Penalties – Van Persie WAS the taker of the penalties but it looks as if he will be leaving. So the penalty taking duties could go to a few candidates: Giroud, Podolski or Arteta. Because Podolski has a keen eye for goal and they jumped on him ASAP I will initially say him, but look throughout the pre season to see what occurs.
Free Kicks – Arteta will be the main man for the job here, but Vermalen has previously stepped up to drive one home.
Aston Villa: Penalties – Darren Bent for sure
Free Kicks – Ireland or N’Zogbia
Chelsea: Penalties – Lampard when he is playing, then Mata or Torres
Free Kicks – Lampard when he’s playing, and the duties will go to Hazard or Mata when Lampard is not there.
Everton: Penalties – Jelavic, possibly Baines.
Free Kicks – Baines
Fulham: Penalties – Dempsey, and Rodellaga if Dempsey goes to Liverpool
Free Kicks – Riise
Liverpool: Penalties – Gerrard and Suarez if Gerrard isn’t there
Free Kicks – Gerrard
Man City: Penalties – Ballotelli if he starts, then Aguero
Free Kicks – Kolorov, Nasri or Silva in that order as Kolorov and Nasri aren’t walk up starters
Man Utd:Penalties – Rooney
Free Kicks – Nani, Rooney, Young
Newcastle: Penalties – Ba
Free Kicks – Ryan Taylor, then Cabaye
Norwich: Penaties – Holt
Free Kicks – Pilkington
QPR: Penalties – Cisse, Tarrabt when Cisse is suspended (often hehe)
Free Kicks – Tarrabt
Reading: Penalties – Pogrebnyak
Free Kicks – Harte
Southampton: Penalties – Lambert
Free Kick – Lambert
Stoke: Penalties – Walters
Free Kick – Etherington
Sunderland: Penalties – Larsson, then Sessegnon
Free Kicks – Same as above
Swansea: Penalties – Sinclair
Free Kicks – Sinclair
Spurs: Penalties – Van der Vaart (at the moment, look to see who the new striker is)
Free Kicks – Spurs have so many free kick takers, but sigurdsson and VDV will be the two main takers.
West Brom: Penalties – Odemwingie, then Long, then Brunt
Free Kicks – Brunt
West Ham: Penalties – Noble
Free Kicks – Nolan
Wigan: Penalties – Watson, then Gomez if Watson is still warming the bench
Free Kicks – Gomez or Moses
So I hope that helped, these players rack in easy points especially the penalty takers, so remember to keep this in mind when finalising your squad in August. If you want to ask me any-more questions on Fantasy or just have a general chat about fantasy matters hit me up on Twitter @daverto_bushtos
Cheers Guys, Bushey