The team to win?

  • By: Sam Pollock
  • Last Updated: July 24 2014, 12:48 BST

Sky Sports Fantasy Football is back for the 2014/15 season and our Sam Pollock has selected his team.

Adam Lallana: Can impress for Liverpool
Adam Lallana: Can impress for Liverpool

The popular competition is back for the new campaign and you can sign up right now!

You can enter the Sporting Life League to join in the fun!

There are prizes to be won with Sky Bet offering a £150 free bet to the winner of the Sporting Life League and a £20 free bet is the reward for the top manager during every month of the season!

The boss finishing in second at the end of the campaign will get a £100 free bet, third receives a £75 free bet, fourth walks away with a £50 free bet and fifth takes home a £25 free bet.

Sam Pollock is looking for his team to get to the top. Do you agree with his selection?

GOALKEEPER

Petr Cech, Chelsea, £5.3million

Over the past three or four seasons it’s hard to argue for a more consistent goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Chelsea stopper may be 32-years-old now, and with Thibaut Courtois waiting in the wings, the increased competition could bring the best out of him. Cech still has a few more years left in the tank yet and with John Terry and Gary Cahill in front of him I can see a lot of clean sheets in the coming season.

DEFENDERS

Mathieu Debuchy, Arsenal, £6.1m

Ben Davies, Tottenham, £5.5m

Joel Ward, Crystal Palace, £5.5m

John Stones, Everton, £5.3m

The view I’ve taken for my defenders very much depends on proposed transfers. Mathieu Debuchy has recently joined Arsenal to replace Bacary Sagna as their number one right-back. As a solid Premier League defender, Debuchy can only get better with more accomplished players around him and the experience of Champions League football.

Ben Davies has moved to Tottenham, which could propel him on to the next level. At just 21-years-old, the left-back boasted better stats than Luke Shaw and Jon Flanagan in the Premier League last season.

Joel Ward and John Stones are young, talented and ready to cement their places in their respective first teams. Ward scored 112 points in Sky Sports Fantasy Football League last season and I’m backing him to have another solid season. Stones on the other hand might struggle to play every week but showed glimpses of what he can do, therefore is my value pick at the back.

MIDFIELDERS

Oscar, Chelsea, £8.2m

Adam Lallana, Liverpool, £7.5m

Ross Barkley, Everton, £7.0m

Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton, £6.6m

Midfield is one of the toughest areas to buy for with so much talent but so little money to spend. Oscar, at £8.2m, is a cheaper option to Eden Hazard and is preferred by both Jose Mourinho and myself. With the addition of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea look the team to beat in the Premier League and have to potential to score goals at will.

Adam Lallana scored nine goals and created four assists in the Premier League last season, accumulating 178 points. The ex-Southampton captain will now play alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, who can only have a positive impact on his performances and gain him more points.

Ross Barkely and Morgan Schneiderlin are the two focal points of their respective midfields so represent good value at combined fee of £13.6m.

Next season will be crucial for Barkley’s development and I expect Roberto Martinez to give him enough playing time to flourish. Similarly, Schneiderlin is very much the key figure at Southampton now that Shaw, Lallana and Lambert have left. However with Arsenal and Tottenham rumoured to be interested, he could yet move on to bigger and better things.

STRIKERS

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool, £9.8m

Wilfried Bony, Swansea, £8.2m

With Luis Suarez completing his £75m move to Barcelona, Daniel Sturridge will now be the main man to fire Liverpool towards Premier League glory. He is in the form of his life and I’m sure that he’ll strive under the pressure.

Wilfried Bony also impressed last season. The Ivory Coast international scored 64 goals in 47 games in all competitions over the past two seasons and proves great value at just £8.2m. The attacking brand of football adopted by Swansea guarantees that there will be plenty of chances created for Bony and his stats prove that he has the quality to finish them off.