A-League Fantasy preview: Melbourne City FC

Following the launch of the new Fantasy A-League competition we put the teams under the microscope, with our resident tipster The Scout making some managerial suggestions for the season ahead.

Melbourne City FC:

Team overview

With a new name, huge cash injection and some high-profile signings, City are set to be the big improvers this season. A slow start last campaign saw the club – Melbourne Heart – finish with the wooden spoon but with the likes of David Villa (for 10 games), Rob Koren, Damien Duff, Erik Paartalu and Aaron Mooy on board a finals finish seems a formality. The only question is can they live up to the expectation?

Player price list:

Villa

F

$376,000

Koren

M

$344,000

Duff

M

$321,000

Williams

F

$321,000

Redmayne

G

$277,000

Dugandzic

F

$270,000

Hoffman

D

$224,000

Kisnorbo

D

$217,000

Mooy

M

$208,000

Germano

M

$203,000

Chapman

D

$191,000

Ramsay

M

$176,000

Paartalu

M

$175,000

Wielaert

D

$170,000

Murdocca

M

$166,000

Velaphi

G

$153,000

Kalmar

M

$127,000

Garuccio

M

$97,000

Archibald

M

$91,000

Brown

M

$91,000

Marino

F

$91,000

Mauk

M

$91,000

Melling

M

$91,000

Retre

M

$91,000

David Villa stats

Star Man:

David Williams ($321,000)

We’ve seen glimpses of Williams best over the last few seasons but this could well be the pacy attackers breakout Hyundai A-League season. In a side that also includes David Villa, Damien Duff and Rob Koren, Williams should get quality service while he could find a bit more space as well with a little less burden on his shoulders to make things happen.

Bargain Buy:

Erik Paartalu ($175,000)

He might have been the last of coach John van ‘t Schip’s signings but Paartalu could be the most important. A renowned ball-winner in the middle of the park and adept at getting attacks started, Paartalu looms as a key cog in City’s midfield and has experience helping Brisbane Roar to back-to-back championships in 2011 and ’12. Has an eye for goal as well which makes him a gem for a fantasy side.

Likely starting XI: (4-3-3) – Andrew Redmayne (GK), Jason Hoffman, Patrick Kisnorbo, Rob Wielaert, Iain Ramsay, Erik Paartalu, Aaron Mooy, Robert Koren, Damien Duff, David Villa, David Williams

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