Fantasy Premier League Tips: April 1, 2010

It’s the holiday of choice for chubby kids and confectionery companies all over the world. Eggs are rolling and cute bunny rabbits are running for cover. Yes that’s right, Easter is upon us!

So fix up, look sharp and waddle this way for your latest instalment of fantasy football goodness…

Find your messiah

With time running out to reel in the leaders, balance and caution can become a luxury that those in arrears can ill afford. If that applies to you, then it’s time to bite the bullet and throw some resources behind a prospective saviour. This man wont come cheap but if anybody can produce an Easter miracle it’s Fernando Torres.

Despite enduring an injury plagued season, the Spaniard has still managed a whopping 18 league goals, including five in his last three games. When he’s in that sort of form and has the added bonus of team-mates that are finally starting to produce the goods, “El Nino” borders on the unstoppable. To leave him out now would be madder than a chocolate teapot.

The chocoholics choice –

Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

Embrace the cross

They may be a dying breed but tricky wingers can still be utilised to devastating effect. Nani has had a slow start to his Manchester United career and he may never fully step out of Ronaldo’s shadow but the Portuguese international is slowly starting to impress in the Premier League and has six assists and one goal to his name this term.

Sure, he faces difficult opposition this weekend but that didn’t stop him putting on a scintillating display at the Emirates back in January, where his greatly improved distribution played a key part in a crucial 3-1 victory. Apparently, Easter’s real meaning has more to do with crosses than chocolate, so please the purists and give Nani a go.

The chocoholics choice –

Nani (Manchester United)

Never rule out a comeback

West Ham aren’t quite dead and buried but following six straight defeats they are most definitely on life support. Despite this, a comeback cannot be ruled out and teams, particularly those with attacking talent, can often hit a hot streak just when it matters most.

The Hammers have that talent in abundance and whilst players such as Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy may not be in the form of their careers, they do have the ability to change the course of a match or even a season.

Another person who had that ability was Gianfranco Zola and he will be desperate to inspire his troops to a great escape, starting with a visit to Goodison this weekend. In order to achieve this, a lot of emphasis will be placed on young starlet Allessandro Diamanti, who has provided one of the bright spots of an otherwise bleak season.

The Italian will no doubt be desperate to help his compatriot resurrect West Ham’s fortunes and you know what? Stranger things have happened.

The chocoholics choice –

Allessandro Diamanti (West Ham United)

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