Thursday, 24 October 2013

Gameweek 9 Preview & Tips

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:

Olivier Giroud- The Frenchman continued to impress as he notched 2 assists last weekend against a helpless Norwich side. He is up against a manager-less Crystal Palace side, who are low on confidence after being battered 4-1 at home by Fulham, which ultimately led to the sacking of Ian Holloway. I reckon Arsenal will continue their great scoring form, as they'll be looking for some revenge after losing in the Champions League 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund. Giroud is a great option for the armband this weekend if you own him.

Luis Suarez- Having already risen 0.5 in value after only 4 weeks back from his suspension, Suarez looks like he's back to his old scoring self. Already with 3 goals and 2 assists in three games, Luis will face his toughest opponent yet; West Brom. The Baggies have been keeping it tight away from home, allowing only 2 goals in 4 games so far. Despite this statistic, they have not come up against a striker like Luis Suarez. He will jump at every opportunity to score, and always wants the ball at his feet. I reckon he's a great captaincy contender, as he's always involved in Liverpool attacks.

Wayne Rooney- Rooney showed his class midweek vs. Real Sociedad, as he danced around defenders in the opponents box before ripping a shot off the post, which eventually ended up as an own goal. Wazza looks energized as ever, and is home this weekend to Stoke City. Although Stoke have not allowed more than a goal in 3 away games, we did see them dismantled by an organized Arsenal attack, putting 3 past them. With Van Persie possibly injured, we may just see Rooney spearhead the United attack, and he's always a good bet at Old Trafford. If you're feeling a bit risky, Rooney is your man this weekend.

Roberto Soldado- Soldado finally found his shooting boots last weekend, scoring his first goal from open play this season. He's up against Hull City, who recently lost their starting goalkeeper McGregor to a thigh injury. Don't be fooled though, Harper is an experienced back up keeper. Hull have not been the greatest away from home this season, so if you fancy Soldado to continue his scoring form, he's also a valid captain option this week.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 3 teams for a clean sheet; Man. United, Southampton and Tottenham. 

Man. Utd vs. Stoke- United will try to make it two clean sheets in a row, after securing a clean sheet midweek vs Real Sociedad. With Stoke only scoring 2 goals in 4 away matches this season, I just don't see them scoring. I expect United to keep the majority of the possession in this game, and cruise to a pretty simple victory, including keeping Stoke off the score sheet.

Southampton vs. Fulham- The Saints have been absolutely outstanding this season, having obtained 3 clean sheets in their past 3 home games. Mauricio Pochettino's double training sessions are clearly working, as he has his backline in top shape to start the season. Although Fulham are coming off a 4-goal performance (2 goals being wondergoals), I can't see them penetrating this resilient Southampton back line.

Tottenham vs. Hull- Like United, Spurs are also coming off a clean sheet Thursday in the Europa League. They will try to continue their defensive form into the weekend, where they are up against Hull City. Although Hull's leading scorer Robbie Brady is back from injury, I don't see Hull scoring in this one, with Tottenham winning by a comfortable margin.

FLYING UNDER THE RADARTwo players I fancy to keep producing and who have low ownership are Morrison and Lallana.

Adam Lallana- Having scored double digit points in two straight games and 33pts in his last 4, it's beyond me how Lallana has been overlooked by many. Cheaply priced at only 6.2 and having a low ownership of 5.2%, Lallana is clearly having a great season. If you need a short term punt, Lallana has great fixtures for the next 3 gameweeks, playing both Fulham and Hull at home.

Ravel Morrison- Morrison is proving to be the greatest value for a 4.5 mid at the moment. With already two goals and an assist, Ravel is becoming an excellent bench fodder, or even rotating midfielder (for those choosing to rotate two cheap mids). If you're looking for a cheap mid to fill a vacant hole in your lineup, Morrison is your guy.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Cheap Midfield Rotation (GW9-GW16)



Townsend and Amalfitano:

GW9      HUL(H)           GW13    NEW(A)
GW10   CPL(H)            GW14    FUL(A)
GW11    NEW(H)         GW15    NOR(H)
GW12   AVL(H)          GW16    CAR(A)

Brady and Morrison:

GW9      SWA(A)          GW13    FUL(H)
GW10   SUN(H)           GW14    CPL(A)
GW11    NOR(A)          GW15    SWA(A)
GW12   CPL(H)            GW16    SUN(H)

Barkley and Januzaj

GW9      STO(H)           GW13    STO(H)
GW10   FUL(A)          GW14    EVE(H)
GW11    CPL(A)          GW15    NEW(H)
GW12   CAR(A)          GW16    FUL(H)

Townsend and Brady

GW9      HUL(H)         GW13    LIV(H)
GW10   SUN(H)         GW14    FUL(A)
GW11    NEW(H)       GW15    SUN(A)
GW12   CPL(H)          GW16    STO(H)

Whittingham and Amalfitano

GW9      NOR(A)        GW13    NEW(A)
GW10   CPL(H)          GW14    STO(A)
GW11    AVL(A)        GW15    NOR(H)
GW12   AVL(H)         GW16   WBA(H)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Gameweek 8 Preview & Tips

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:

Romelu Lukaku- The Big Belgian is absolutely ON FIRE at the moment. Having scored 4 times and assisted once in his first three games for Everton, Lukaku once again showed his massive fantasy potential. Coming off the international break, Lukaku also notched two goals for Belgium, helping them qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. Nicely priced at 8.0, Lukaku is of course a bargain price, and should be in every fantasy manager's team. This weekend he is set to play Hull City at home, who have conceded 2+ goals in all three of their away appearances thus far. Lukaku will definitely cause problems for the Hull back line, and will likely be involved in the fantasy points.

Luis Suarez- Despite once again being outscored by Sturridge last week due to bonus points, I give my number two spot to the Uruguayan, Luis. This is because Suarez has this extra flare about him, and takes lots of shots each game. I fancy Luis to cause havoc this weekend, as the Toon are missing key players Coloccini and are still without Steven Taylor. This means Pardew will likely field Yanga-Mbiwa, who was hauled off early in the Everton match after a sloppy performance. Newcastle have seen over 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions. This is of course good news for Suarez captainers, as he has a strong chance of a big haul.

Olivier Giroud- Giroud is home to Norwich this weekend, and with Arsenal in great form, I expect Giroud to do well. He will be supplied by a rejuvenated Gunners midfield, which may well include a fit Santi Cazorla this weekend. Arsenal are averaging 2 goals per game thus far, and I expect that this weekend as they cruise to victory over Norwich, with the Frenchman being involved in the goals.

Wayne Rooney- Rooney continued his good form into the International break, scoring twice in two matches for England, helping them qualify for the World Cup. This weekend Rooney is up against a stubborn Saints defence, who have only allowed 2 goals through 7 games. They will face a tough test at Old Trafford this weekend, and I expect Rooney to be involved in most of United's attacking buildups.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 2 teams for a clean sheet; Arsenal and Chelsea.

Arsenal vs. NorwichNorwich are struggling for goals this season, averaging 0.5 goals per game over their past 6 games. Away at Arsenal this weekend will be no easier for the struggling Canaries, and it's unlikely that they will penetrate Arsenal's back line. I expect Arsenal to keep possession throughout the game, allowing very few opportunities to the Norwich attack.

Chelsea vs. Cardiff- Although Cardiff defeated Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling Gameweek 2 matchup, I can't see lightning striking twice vs. Chelsea. In fact, I don't even see Cardiff scoring this weekend, which is why I selected Chelsea as my second team to get a Clean Sheet this weekend. Similar to Arsenal, I expect the Blues to dominate possession, and allow next to nothing in terms of Cardiff chances.

FLYING UNDER THE RADARTwo players I fancy to keep producing and who have low ownership are Amalfitano and Morrison

Ravel Morrison- Having scored 2 goals in his last three 90-minute appearances for the Hammers, Morrison is proving his worth to Big Sam. Also coming off two International goals for the England U21's, Morrison has only 3.1% ownership in Fantasy Premier League and costs a mere 4.4! With his price likely to rise to 4.5 tonight, Morrison is a great pick up if you're looking to free up some cash in your team.

Morgan Amalfitano- Amalfitano continued to impress Gameweek 7, notching yet another assist to his already impressive tally. With his ownership still sitting under 5%, he is a great pick up as a budget midfielder. Despite West Brom's tough fixture schedule, the Frenchman has proven he can get haul's against the league's best (i.e. United).

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Gameweek 7 Preview & Tips

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:

Luis Suarez- After coming off his arm-munching suspension, Suarez showed once again his goalscoring touch, scoring 2 goals in his season debut for the Reds. Last season, Luis finished second overall in the hunt for the golden boot, only 3 short of Robin Van Persie. At home to Crystal Palace this weekend, Suarez looks like a pretty good bet to be among the goals.

Daniel Sturridge- Leading the line for Liverpool this season, Daniel Sturridge showed no signs of slowing up in his ppg production with Suarez on the pitch, outscoring the Uruguayan 14-13 last gameweek. The reason I rate Sturridge behind Suarez this week in terms of captaincy is that Suarez had more shots vs. Sunderland, and looks hungry to be back playing. However, if you don't own Suarez this week, Sturridge is also a great contender for the armband, as he'll surely link up once again with Luis.

Wayne Rooney- As we all know by now, Rooney is a form player. He is either hot or cold in terms of fantasy points. At the moment, Wazza is hot! Having notched 3 goals in his last 3 games for United in league play, Rooney looks to continue his great form vs. struggling Sunderland. The Black Cats are recently coming off a 3-1 loss to Liverpool, and are really in dire form. I expect Man United to come out with a bang, after coming off back-to-back losses vs. City and West Brom. Rooney is likely to be involved in lots of United attacks, and I expect some attacking returns for him.

Olivier Giroud- The frenchman is in the form of his life, and being supplied by by one of the world's best in Mesut Ozil, I back Giroud vs. WBA. Coming off a mid-week goal vs. Napoli, Giroud looks to carry his goal-scoring touch to the Hawthorns, where WBA will host Arsenal. Despite many thinking this will be a close match, I believe Arsenal's form is just too great to pass up at the moment. Giroud is also a strong contender for the armband if you don't own any of the above players.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 3 teams for a clean sheet; Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- Palace have now been shutout 4 of their first 6 matches in the Premier League. I expect a 7th blank from the newly promoted team, coming up against a strong Liverpool side. In my opinion, Liverpool will dominate this game and cruise to an easy three points.

Tottenham vs. West Ham- The Hammers have been absolutely awful away from home this season, held scoreless in all 3 of their away appearances. With Hugo Lloris and Tottenham's back line only conceding twice all season (mind you, that was against Arsenal and Chelsea), I expect Spurs to keep Sam Allardyce's men out.

Norwich vs. Chelsea- Norwich are struggling for goals this season, only finding the net twice in their past 5 games. Hosting Chelsea this weekend, it's unlikely that they will penetrate Chelsea's back line and get many opportunities going forward. I expect John Terry and the Blues to pick up maximum points, while also keeping a clean sheet.

FLYING UNDER THE RADAR- These two players that may seem like boring picks, but are turning out to be FPL bargains for their price. 

Nathaniel Clyne- Clyne has now picked up 3 clean sheets in his last 3 games, and is definitely being overlooked by most. Priced at only 4.4, Clyne is 0.3 cheaper than any other Southampton defender. With Southampton being one of the league's most solid teams defensively thus far, he is a bargain pickup as a 4th or 5th defender.

Morgan Amalfitano- This guy has been unreal in his first three appearances in the Premier League. Having notched 2 goals and an assist already, Amalfitano  s only priced at 5.0, and only holds an ownership of 1.4%. If you are looking at a differential or replacement for Brady (who is now out for 4 weeks for a hernia operation), Amalfitano could be your man. Monitor him over the next couple of weeks to see if he can keep up his crazy 8 ppg.