Friday, 23 August 2013

Gameweek 2 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 6 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them having an opportunity to shine. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week, leaving out Walcott and Sturridge as numbers 5 and 6th on my list.

Let's start from the top:

Robin Van Persie- Notching 26 goals and 15 assists last season, RVP lead Manchester United back to their winning ways, and to their 20th Barclay's Premier League trophy. There is no doubt in my mind that if Manchester United score, RVP is going to be heavily involved. On set free kicks, corners and PKs, RVP gives you that "invaluable" captain choice that we so desire, which is why he was handed a hefty price tag of 14.0 this season in FPL. Last season against the likes of City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, RVP notched 7 goals and 2 assists in 10 matches. So with United up against Chelsea, RVP may be your go-to-guy for the armband.

Roberto Soldado- This guy is pure class. Having scored 24 goals in 35 games for Valencia last season, Soldado was one of Spain's most prolific goal scorers, only falling short to big name players Messi, Ronaldo, Falcao, and fellow countryman Negredo. Soldado is in red hot form, notching 4 goals in his first 3 matches for Tottenham, which includes his first brace for the English side yesterday in their 5-0 victory in Europa. Soldado is likely to be involved in many, if not all Tottenham's attacking play, and he is a good shout for the armband this week as he makes his home debut vs. Swansea.

Sergio Aguero- Just coming back from injury, Aguero gave City the spark they needed to get off to a perfect start to the season, running riot against Newcastle in a 4-0 battering. With a goal, assist and maximum bonus points, Aguero looks to be returning to his old self. If he can stay injury free, I can see him notching 20+ goals this season, and away to a newly promoted Cardiff isn't the worst place to try to increase his tally.

Christian Benteke- Currently the league's leading goalscorer, Benteke got off to a red-hot start scoring 3 goals in 2 games in the opening gameweek of the season. Already having Premier League experience last season, and being familiar with scoring, Benteke should easily replicate his 19 goal tally of last season. He is a great shout this week making his home debut at Villa Park, against Liverpool, who conceded a penalty late on to Stoke and were lucky to get the 3 points. I think Benteke will cause them problems, and he's always got the nose for goal.

Here are Anytime Goalscorer Odds this week from PaddyPower:

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 3 teams for a clean sheet; Everton, Southampton and Stoke.

Everton vs WBA- Having a shocking home opener and losing to Pochettino's side at the death, West Brom looked toothless in attack. They created very few scoring opportunities, and I just don't see them scoring on a disciplined and experienced Everton side.

Southampton vs. Sunderland- Pochettino has implemented a great defensive mindset in the Southampton squad, and they looked really comfortable on the ball in their opening day fixture vs. WBA. I think Sunderland will find it tough to break down the Southampton midfield, with Wanyama and Schneiderlin making it difficult to penetrate the centre of the pitch.

Stoke vs. Crystal Palace- Although Stoke don't play the most appealing form of football, they are hard-nose tacklers and very disciplined in defence. Although many were writing off Stoke defensively under Mark Hughes, they showed their resilience last week only losing to Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield, and perhaps should of got a draw, with  Walters missing yet another PK. I just don't see any creativity in this Crystal Palace side, and with Super-Shotstopper Begovic in net, and Shawcross and Huth in CB, it will be very difficult for Palace to score.

FLYING UNDER THE RADAR- Two players I fancy this week that did not produce last week are Phillippe Coutinho and Kevin Mirallas. Let's find out why:

Phiilippe Coutinho- The dazzling Brazilian was a spark in midfield for Liverpool in their opening match vs. Stoke, and was unlucky not to notch a few assists. Despite stringing through some magical pinpoint passes, Coutinho's teammates were unable to find the net, leaving him on a total of 3 points. This week vs. Aston Villa has the potential of being a very open game, and I think that will benefit Coutinho, so he's one to watch out for.

Kevin Mirallas- Despite having a fantastic scoring record in pre-season, fantasy managers were disappointed when Mirallas was taken off in just the 70th minute, returning a measly 2 points. This week Mirallas is home to WBA, and I fancy him to open his account with a goal. Keep and eye out for this pacey customer!

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