CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul at the weekend. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.
Let's start from the top:
Robin Van Persie- RVP retains the number 1 captaincy spot for the week, despite blanking against Chelsea. With Liverpool having played a full 120 minutes Tuesday in the Captital One Cup vs. Notts County, RVP looks a good bet this weekend for the armband. What makes him even more appealing is that Kolo Toure, Joe Allen and new boy Aly Cissokho all obtained injuries. This means that RVP will be up against a second-string CB, and will likely be highly involved.
Sergio Aguero- Despite only picking up an assist last week vs. Cardiff, Aguero always has the potential to explode. He is my number 2 pick this week, as City look to bounce back from their shocking 3-2 defeat to newly promoted Cardiff. With Aguero on PKs and always full of energy, he should cause Hull City Tigers lots of problems this weekend, looking to make runs in behind the defence.
Theo Walcott- Also coming off an assist-only performance away to Fulham, Walcott will feature on Arsenal's right wing in the North London Derby. For those who don't know, the NLD is between Arsenal Gunners and Tottenham Hotspurs. This fixture is always known for its high scoreline, with end to end action. Walcott will likely be a nuisance as always, looking to make his tedious darting runs in behind the Spurs backline, while also swinging in crosses to the target Frenchman, Olivier Giroud. With Walcott also on some corners and set pieces, he is a great shout for the armband this weekend.
David Silva- With already a goal and an assist to his name in the first 2 gameweeks, David Silva seems to be showing signs of his 2011-12 season, which saw him notch 6 goals and 17 assists. Likewise to Aguero, Silva will have a burning fire in his belly after their loss to Cardiff. With Silva's set piece delivery and silky smooth dribbling, he should be a great threat to Hull, looking for target men Dzeko or Negredo, as well as slipping balls through to the pacey Aguero. If you feel that City will take the game to Hull, Silva could well be the maestro pulling the strings.
Here are Anytime Goalscorer Odds this week from PaddyPower:
CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 2 teams for a clean sheet; Manchester City and West Ham.
Manchester City vs. Hull- After being shellshocked GW2 by Cardiff City, Manchester City will look to keep it tight at the back. Hull will look to absorb the pressure as they did at Stamford Bridge, and I just don't see them getting many opportunities to attack. I expect this game to be heavily dominated by Man.City, with little of the possession going to Hull, therefore I believe City will keep the cleanie.
West Ham vs. Stoke- The Hammers are now 2 for 2 without a goal conceded, and look to continue that into this weekend's clash with Stoke. With the home fans behind them, I expect Sam Allardyce's men to play a defense-first minded match, as they always look to do. If Collins and Reid can deal with Peter Crouch's presence in the box, I think there's a likely chance that the Hammers can keep the 0 in the Goals Against department.
FLYING UNDER THE RADAR- Two players I fancy this week that have not yet flourished this season are Hatem Ben Arfa and Robert Snodgrass.
Hatem Ben Arfa- It seems that every time this young man's name is mentioned, an injury report is looming over him. Despite his injury-ridden career, Ben Arfa has proved that he is one of Newcastle's most vital players on the pitch. As their set piece and PK taker, I expect HBA to take control in attack for the Toon. With 3 home matches in the next 4, Ben Arfa is surely one to watch, and may yet prove to be a wonderful differential for those who dare.
Robert Snodgrass- Returning from a pre-season knock in the Capital One Cup Tuesday, Snodgrass proved to be a vital component in Norwich's 6-3 victory over Bury. Snodgrass notched 2 assists, and has a home match vs. Southampton at the weekend. Things look good for Snodgrass owners, as he looks to pick out target strikers Elmander and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel off his deadly set pieces, as well as his corners. He's definitely one to keep an eye on in the near future.