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Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses are advised to get Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney into their teams.

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Christian Benteke: Worth recalling in Sky Sports Fantasy Football

Christian Benteke: Worth recalling in Sky Sports Fantasy Football

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Recalling Benteke in Sky Sports Fantasy Football looks a shrewd move ahead of the weekend as Aston Villa prepare for a favourable run of fixtures.

Saturday's visit of Everton is arguably Villa's toughest game of their next seven and there are few reasons to suggest chances will not be plentiful for the Belgium striker, with 20 goals shared between the two sides in their last five meetings.

The powerful forward returned from injury as a substitute against Tottenham and looked a constant threat before Spurs killed off the game with their second, indicating that he is ready to pick up with the form that saw him score four in five before his lay off.

Including those five, Benteke has 19 goals in 2013, more than justifying his price tag of £9million.

For those looking cheaper options, Andros Townsend seems a no-brainer at £4.6million having brought his fine international form back to the Premier League, with 12 points landed in his man-of-the-match display against Villa.

From periphery figure, the flying winger's importance to Spurs is such that he was spared the trip to Moldova for Europa League action, meaning he should be fresh for the visit of Hull on Sunday.

Artur Boruc (£4.5m) has actually been the most transferred in player ahead of the weekend, with the Southampton goalkeeper backed to build on his impressive haul of clean sheets.

The Pole has conceded just three goals this season, seeing him rack up more points than any other stopper with 47 to his name.

The Saints also boast the highest scoring defender in Dejan Lovren (£5.2m), who was unfortunate to not be credited with his second goal of the campaign as his effort against Manchester United last weekend deflected in off team-mate Adam Lallana.

With the Saints odds-on to beat Fulham on Saturday Night Football there are few reasons to suggest they cannot add to their impressive defensive record.

The Cottagers may have notched four times against Crystal Palace on Monday night but they had previously found the net just once on the road this season.

The shortest-priced favourites with Sky Bet this weekend are actually David Moyes' men as they look to bounce back from their latest slip up.

It remains to be seen whether Robin van Persie will be fit enough to face Stoke, so Wayne Rooney looks the safer option for those expecting a sixth successive victory for United against the Potters at Old Trafford.

Adnan Januzaj (£4.2m) impressed again last weekend but was an unused substitute in the Champions League on Wednesday night so, like Van Persie, is not a guaranteed starter on Saturday.

Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero were the highest points scorers last weekend with 20 apiece, but it is perhaps not the ideal time to transfer in either as Chelsea host Manchester City on Super Sunday, with the fixture offering up just two goals last season.

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