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).

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