Fantasy review reflects on which players shone in the latest round of Premier League fixtures

Last updated: 14th February 2011  

Fantasy review

Ba: Tops this week's chart

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One out of three is fast becoming a nailed on success rate for our Fantasy Football predictions, with such a result achieved again over the weekend.

While that unquestionably leaves us with room for improvement, we have come to accept that a 33 per cent strike rate is not to be sniffed at and we will take that for the remainder of the campaign.

The man to hit the mark for us in the latest round of Premier League fixtures was Liverpool's Raul Meireles, who was among the goals again.

The Portuguese playmaker has been in sparkling form of late, bagging five goals in his last six outings for the Reds.

Wigan were the latest side to find themselves on the receiving end of his shooting boots, with only a bout of sickness preventing Meireles from causing further damage at Anfield on Saturday.

Unfortunately, our other two picks - Carlos Tevez and Robert Huth - were unable to produce the goods and offered little to those who took a punt on their services pre-weekend.

Manchester City talisman Tevez was kept quiet by former employers Manchester United on derby day, with his latest return to Old Trafford seeing him unable to break the Red Devils' resistance.

Huth looked to be on course for a clean sheet bonus as Stoke edged towards a goalless draw with Birmingham.

Nikola Zigic bundled home deep into stoppage-time, though, to hand the Blues all three points and leave the Potters empty-handed.

Double figures

However, it was not an easy task picking out the best of the bunch this weekend, with the top flight lacking in the kind of show-stopping performances which have become the norm of late.

That means West Ham striker Demba Ba holds the honour of being this week's top dog, with the January recruit helping to steer the Hammers off the foot of the table on Saturday.

His two goals in a man of the match display helped Avram Grant's side claim the most unlikely of draws at West Brom, having trailed 3-0 at the interval, and allowed him to bag 12 fantasy points.

In fact, Ba was the only man to break into double figures, with Robin van Persie next on our roll of honour.

Arsenal's deadly Dutchman notched a double in a 2-0 win over Wolves but could only end the day with a nine-point haul.

Gary Cahill matched that total on Sunday as Bolton overcame Everton at the Reebok Stadium, with the defender able to find the target and keep the Toffees out in a 2-0 victory for Owen Coyle's side.

Daniel Sturridge was another to star in that contest, with the Trotters' on-loan frontman netting a goal, a star man rating and eight points at the Reebok Stadium.

Manchester United's Nani also accumulated eight points, with the Portuguese winger opening the scoring in a 2-1 derby success over City and providing the cross for Wayne Rooney to volley home the most spectacular of winners.

Of those you should have been looking to avoid, Jean Makoun was sent off on just his fourth appearance for Aston Villa and will have incurred a two-point penalty as a result.

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