Friday, 29 November 2013

Gameweek 13 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:

Sergio Aguero- Aguero is proving to be one of the hardest forwards to mark, with his great movement and pace. He added yet another goal mid-week vs CSKA, which brings his total to 16 in 16 on the year, averaging 1 goal a game. This weekend he is at home vs. Swansea. At home this year, Aguero is averaging 11.2 ppg, which is massive. I would ramble on more but I think the stats do the talking here. If you own Aguero, hand him the armband this weekend and don't look back.

Luis Suarez- Suarez has scored or assisted in almost every game since returning from injury, Arsenal being the exception. This stat shows how vital he is to Liverpool's success, and the great form he's in. This weekend he travels to KC Stadium, where he's up against Hull City. Despite's Hull's great home record, I expect Liverpool to turn them over, with Suarez causing the most damage. If you don't own Aguero, Suarez is equally capable of delivering a double-digit haul, and is also a great candidate for the armband.

Christian Benteke- Benteke's recent struggles in front of goal may have you wondering why I have him in my top 4 captain options for this week. When starting without Agbonlahor or Weimann, Benteke has only scored 7 goals in 25 games. However, when he starts alongside his strike partners, he has scored 27 goals in 28 games. With Agbonlahor and Weimann returning to the lineup this weekend, along with the fact that Benteke scored his last hattrick at home to Sunderland, I think he's a great captain differential this weekend.

Alvaro Negredo- From a fantasy perspective, Negredo has surely been in Aguero's shadow this season. Despite his reduced minutes, the Spaniard has quietly gone about his business. He's scored 5 goals and assisted 3 so far, averaging about a goal or assist per 90 mins played. Despite being second fiddle to Aguero, of course not everyone can afford the Argentine. Having outscored their opponents 26-2 at home this season and winning their last two matches 7-0 and 6-0 at home, Man. City are in great form. If you don't own Aguero, giving the armband to his strike partner this weekend could be a good call.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy three of the big clubs for a clean sheet, so I'll just state them because they seem quite likely.

Liverpool away to Hull

Chelsea at home to Southampton

City at home to Swansea

DEFENDER DIFFERENTIALSWith some injuries at the back such as Baines and Nastasic, many are looking for some differential replacements. Here's a couple you can consider, though they might not be 100% nailed on.

Jonny Evans (5.0)- Although Evans did not start the season, he has started 5 of the past 7 league games. At a reduced price at 5.0, he could well be worth investing in. Although United haven't been solid at the back recently, they have some favorable fixtures coming up, and Evans has played a big part of their recent success.

Daniel Agger (5.7)- Recently returning from injury, Agger has reclaimed his starting role in Liverpool's back line. Although many are jumping to hop on Glen Johnson, Agger may be a great differential to him, getting forward during corners. Also, Agger played a great part in Liverpool's early success, and can hopefully help stabilize the back line at Anfield. 

Vlad Chiriches (5.2)- Chiriches has obtained 3 clean sheets in 3 starts this season for Spurs. His experience in the back may make AVB think twice about leaving him out of the lineup, after being humiliated 6-0 away to Manchester City. If he can cement his spot in the starting XI over Dawson, he can prove great value at 5.2, with decent fixtures coming up after Manchester United at home this weekend.

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