Thursday, 21 November 2013

Gameweek 12 Preview & Tips






CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- This week is an odd one. Coming back from the international break, there is no standout option for the armband this week. Due to the tricky fixtures, this week's captaincy contenders will be split into 2 categories: the heavy hitters, and the 'maverick' picks. A 'maverick' pick is usually a pick that will separate you from the masses, and this week might not be a bad time for a differential captain.

The Heavy Hitters

Sergio Aguero- Despite City losing it's 4th straight match at the Stadium of Light last gameweek, Aguero has been absolutely outstanding at home. In the 5 league games he has played at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero has scored 5 goals and assisted 4 times. Despite Tottenham's resilient defending away from home this season, I think they will be overwhelmed by the City attack. I don't see them keeping Aguero out, therefore making him a great captaincy choice for this weekend.

Luis Suarez- At the moment, Luis Suarez is the closest a player can possibly get to "essential" status, averaging 10.7 points per game. Suarez means so much to the Reds, that they sent a private jet to escort the Uruguayan back from his playoff fixture vs Jordan Wednesday evening, to allow him more rest. Suarez will take part in the Meyerside derby vs. Everton at the weekend, and we all know how involved he is in Liverpool's attack. I don't see Everton keeping a clean sheet, and of course Suarez will be pestering the Everton back line. With Suarez's willingness to score and grab the full 3 points for his team, I think he's a great shout for the armband.

Robin Van Persie- Due to his high price tag, the flying Dutchman has been overlooked by many. Having recently strung together scores of: 8, 11, 12 and 9 the past 4 weeks, RVP is starting to regain his golden scoring touch. Away to Cardiff this weekend, Van Persie is up against a team that allows the most chances per game, which will have RVP licking his lips. I know many can't afford him, but if you have him in your team currently, there's no doubt who you should hand the armband to this weekend.


The 'Maverick' Picks

Loic Remy- Remy has slowly and steadily been doing the business for Newcastle up front this season, already having grabbed 7 goals and an assist. Remy has been involved in 57% of all Newcastle's goals this season, and is up against a Norwich side who are not exactly rock solid at the back. If you feel like taking a risk, this is the perfect week to do it. With no standout captaincy option, Remy may turn out to be the perfect choice.

Eden Hazard- Mourinho must have been exstatic last gameweek, with the Begian grabbing the game tying goal at the death, to preserve Mourinho's unbeaten streak at home at Stamford Bridge. This weekend Chelsea have a tricky fixture away to West Ham, which have proved to be a thorn in Chelsea's side in the past. This year though, West Ham is ridden with injuries, having 3 of their starting 4 defenders out. This may well be a blessing in disguise for Hazard owners, as he is lethal on the counter-attack, and will also be on PKs with Lampard off the pitch. Once again, if you want to take a risk with the armband, Hazard is a decent option.

Christian Benteke- Benteke owners must be kicking themselves at the moment, having rushed him into their teams after his return from injury. As we all witnessed early this season, Benteke has the power and technical ability to punish teams, both in the air and on the counter attack. But without his "buddies" Agbonlahor and Weimann, Benteke has struggled to find the net. Although he hasn't scored since being back from injury, he has been rather unlucky. Benteke has hit the post and crossbar quite a few times in the past 2 gameweeks. Away to WBA isn't an easy fixture, but if you want to have that last minute Monday night captain, Benteke is a punt that may just come good.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week I fancy most games to be quite tight, so here's the teams that I believe will keep a cleanie:

Hull at home to Crystal Palace

Newcastle at home to Norwich

Man. City at home to Tottenham

THEO WALCOTT UPDATEWith many wanting to bring in the Arsenal man, here's the latest news on him:

Arsène Wenger believes the return of Theo Walcott will provide his team with a different option when they go forward.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-it-s-great-to-have-theo-back

Arsène Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of the Southampton game:
on Theo Walcott....
Theo will be back for Saturday in the squad. He's completely fit again. He has not played for a long time, of course, he has not played even a reserve team game, but I will put him in the squad on Saturday. Yes [I will use him cautiously].

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