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.

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