'Squeaky bum time' may not have materialised in the title race but that's not the case in the fight to win Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:53am
'Squeaky bum time' may not have materialised in this season's title race but that's not the case in the fight to be Sky Sports Fantasy Football's manager of the year.
Any manager who hasn't transferred the suspended Luis Suarez out of their team this week is likely to lose ground as we head into the last four rounds of the season.
The Liverpool striker's latest act of obscenity, of which managers will need no reminder, has ended his season prematurely, with his club having decided not to appeal against his 10-game ban.
As a result of the biting incident, Suarez has been by far the player most transferred out this week, leaving many rubbing their hands together at the £9.6m to play with.
So, who to draft in? Gareth Bale and top goalscorer Robin van Persie are the most signed players of the week, but if you've already got them in your side and are on the lookout for a Suarez-shaped hole to fill, look closely at Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.
The Argentinian duo are Sky Bet's joint-favourites to score first when Manchester City host West Ham on Saturday afternoon, with the home side looking to make it eight wins in their last 12 Premier League games against the Hammers.
Tevez grabbed the winner in City's last win at home to Wigan, while Aguero was on target in their recent win at Manchester United. At £9.9m, Aguero is £0.5m more expensive than his compatriot, but pick the former Atletico Madrid striker if you can afford him as he is in marginally better form.
If you're after a value buy up front, cast your eyes on Rickie Lambert, who is the game's fourth best striker in terms of points collected and is the league's top scoring Englishman with 14 goals.
He's a steal at £6.8m and the case for snapping him up for the remaining games of the campaign is only enhanced by Southampton's unbeaten run of six, which they're odds-on to continue against West Brom on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard has been largely overlooked this week, so if you're looking to add a new dimension to your midfield without being cancelled out, slot the Liverpool captain into your side for a reasonable £7.8m as he just loves to perform against Newcastle.
The England captain has only scored more goals against Aston Villa than he has done against the Magpies, and Alan Pardew's side have conceded more goals at this stage of a Premier League season than they have ever done, even in the relegation campaign of 2008-09.
At the back, Stoke at home to Norwich has the potential to produce at least one clean sheet if not two, with Geoff Cameron (Stoke) the best value with 83 points at £3.8m. Robert Huth (£5.5m) is also decent value and can provide the odd goal.