Petr Cech, Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie - Totel Football picks

After going close to a cash prize with several of his Totel Football picks in recent weeks, Jim Knight has named his Premier League dream team ahead of this weekend's action
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Petr Cech

The arrival of Rafa Benitez means I'm much more inclined to include Chelsea players in the defence. Consecutive 0-0 draws against Fulham and Manchester City is enough to convince me that the Blues back line won't be as suspect as it was under Roberto Di Matteo.

A clash with West Ham who haven’t been as sharp in front of goal recently, should mean Cech has a decent chance of keeping another clean sheet on Saturday.

Thomas Vermaelen

In a week where it's difficult to see too many clean sheets, I'll opt for Vermaelen as he'll pose a significant threat at the other end of the pitch. Kieran Gibbs' return to fitness combined with Laurent Koscielny's injury should see the Belgium international moved back to his natural position. One booking so far this season means he's also unlikely to lose many points.

Vincent Kompany

I'm picking Kompany to play alongside his Belgian counterpart as he's got three clean sheets in his last four games. Manchester City are starting to see off teams at home without conceding and much like Vermaelen, Kompany poses a significant threat from set pieces.

Ashley Cole

Much like Petr Cech, Ashley Cole is a much more tempting inclusion thanks to Benitez's arrival. He's scored nine points in consecutive games and, against West Ham, he has a good chance of extending that run in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Jose Enrique

The Liverpool full-back has been playing in a more advanced role in recent weeks with Stewart Downing being played in defence.

This means he has an increased chance of assists and also of scoring, although any goals would mean more points because he's still classed as a defender. I don't expect Brendan Rodgers' side to keep a clean sheet this week but Enrique is definitely worth including given his new attacking role.

James Morrison

West Brom should bounce back from their defeat against Swansea in the week as they host Stoke this weekend. Three goals and two assists so far this season is a modest return for the Scotland international and hopefully he can contribute double figures again this weekend.

Marouane Fellaini

Despite only being rated as two and a half stars on the site, Fellaini has been superb when he's played for Everton.

The only downside to his performances is his tendency to get booked but, with seven goals and four assists so far and another 10 point haul against Arsenal in midweek, he looks a good choice ahead of Everton's trip to Etihad Stadium.

Gaston Ramirez

I included Ramirez in my last two teams and now he's back to full fitness he'll keep his place. The summer signing plays a very creative role in the Saints team, he's dangerous from outside the box, free-kicks, averages 6.6 points a game and, against a Liverpool team who can't seem to keep a clean sheet, he stands a good chance of contributing more than that to this week's total.

Gareth Bale

Were it not for the unfortunate own goal against Liverpool in the week, Gareth Bale would have notched double figures in Totel Football for the third consecutive game.

A goal and an assist in that match and an average of over seven points per game is more than enough for him to continue in my Premier League side this weekend.

Dimitar Berbatov

On Saturday, the former Spurs man will come face-to-face with his old team-mates for the first time since his deadline day move across London. He's impressed for Fulham and in a game that looks to be a high scoring affair, he's definitely worth including in one of the two available striking positions.

Robin van Persie

Although his early goal against West Ham was somewhat fortuitous, a match against Reading should offer Robin van Persie ample opportunity to increase his goal tally from eight for the season.

He's clearly the No.1 choice for Sir Alex Ferguson - given Wayne Rooney's different role since the start of the season - and he should provide at least another nine points as he did in midweek.

Jim's starting XI

Petr Cech, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Ashley Cole, Jose Enrqiue, James Morrison, Gareth Bale, Gaston Ramirez, Marouane Fellaini, Dimitar Berbatov, Robin van Persie


Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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