Fantasy Football: Fast-track revived Palace striker into your side



Benteke to be Premier League top scorer

If any further proof was needed that Christian Benteke is firing on all cylinders at the moment, the start he made to his latest Belgium outing was conclusive.

The former Liverpool striker notched the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal by netting after just 8.1 seconds against Gibraltar, before going on to nab himself a hat-trick as the Red Devils cantered to a 6-0 victory.

Although the level of opposition is easily scoffed at, there can be no denying that moving to Crystal Palace this summer has rejuvenated Benteke, who now has five goals in four games for club and country.

Despite that run of form, the 25-year-old does not seem to have impressed fantasy football managers enough for him to be a popular pick when the Premier League returns to action.

Benteke is just the sixth-most transferred-in striker in the game at the time of writing, with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Troy Deeney and countryman Romelu Lukaku ahead of the Eagles man in that particular chart.

Shrewd fantasy bosses should certainly be making moves to accommodate the 28-cap international, with the leaky defence of West Ham travelling to Selhurst Park for a Saturday evening clash this week.

After a quick trip to Leicester, Benteke will then get the chance to show Jurgen Klopp exactly what he’s missing in a home game against Liverpool.

Before joining the Reds, the Zaire-born striker scored five times in six games against the Anfield club, so the omens certainly look good for a profitable few weeks for any Benteke owner.

The Belgian is currently rated at 33/1 by us to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season.

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


Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.