Friday, 8 November 2013

Gameweek 11 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- The Uruguayan obtained his first blank since returning from injury last time out vs. Arsenal. Suarez was unlucky not to have scored; hitting the post, and shooting a great opportunity narrowly wide. Up against Fulham this weekend, I have no doubt in my mind Suarez will return to his regular goal scoring ways. Fulham have allowed 5 goals in their last 2 matches, and I don't see them keeping Liverpool out at Anfield. I see at least 3 goals for the Reds, with Suarez involved in at least 66.6% of them.

Sergio Aguero- Aguero continued his great form in the Champions League mid-week, with two goals and an assist to lead City to a 5-2 wni over CSKA Moscow, assuring City's place in the next round. He goes into the weekend on fire, and is up against relegation fodders Sunderland. Don't be fooled, the last 3 meetings City has travelled to the Stadium of Light, they have lost all 3. I can't say I see the same fate this year for Sunderland, as City look to have too much firepower up top. I reckon Aguero continues to fill his boots at the weekend, notching at least a goal.

Romelu Lukaku- Lukaku is up against last place Crystal Palace this weekend, as is coming off a nitty-gritty match vs. Tottenham, which ended in a 0-0 draw, and also saw Lukaku withdrawn early, after colliding with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The Belgian has now been cleared for the weekend, and has resumed full training. I expect Everton to have their way with Palace, as they look absolutely helpless at the moment. It won't help that they'll have Lukaku running at them all game, as I expect him to add to his goal tally this weekend. He's a great shout for the armband.

Daniel Sturridge- Wittle baby Daniel will have had enough time to recover from last weekend's tamper tantrum, which saw the England international flail his arms in disgust and aggravation  after teammate Luis Suarez did not square him the ball in front of goal. Despite his frustration last weekend, I expect SAS (Sturridge and Suarez) to make peace this weekend, setting up each other for goals as they rip Fulham to shreds. He's a decent captaincy option if you don't own any of the other three options mentioned in the article.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy quite a few teams for a clean sheet, so I'll just state them and keep it short and sweet. 

Chelsea at home to WBA

Southampton at home to Hull

City away to Sunderland

Swansea at home to Stoke

SILVA/MICHU REPLACEMENTSWith Silva and Michu both red flagged, it is clear that a replacement is in order. Two players I fancy a punt on are Coutinho and Nasri.

Phillippe Coutinho- Although Coutinho disappointed owners earlier in the season, his background stats look quite good. Here's his stats in comparion to leading midfield scorer Aaron Ramsey:

Coutinho: 
4(1) appearances. 2.8 shots per game, 1.4 key passes. 

Ramsey:
13 appearances. 2.3 shots per game, 1.3 key passes.

Of course the sample size in small in comparison, but the future looks bright for the Brazilian, especially if he features "in the hole" in behind SAS.

Samir Nasri- With David Silva out injured, we could see Nasri as the key orchestrator of City's attack. Here are his stats GW4-6 when Silva was out earlier this season:

Against Stoke : 1 shot, 1 on target, 2 key passes. 
Against United : 3 shots, 1 on target, 3 key passes. (Scored a goal) 
Against Villa : 1 shot, 0 on target, 3 key passes. (An assist and a yellow card)

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