Monday, 2 December 2013

Gameweek 14 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 2 solid captaincy options this week, with the rest of the "big hitters" having tricky fixtures. In the table above, I have listed my top 2 captain options this week, along with their fixtures.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Suarez experienced just his second blank of the season Sunday, as Liverpool dropped points away to Hull City, losing 3-1. On the upside, Suarez plays his favorite team Wednesday. Suarez has scored a hattrick in his past 2 appearances vs. Norwich, and can make history by netting another 3 mid week. As funny as it sounds, it's not unlikely that Suarez runs riot once again vs. the Canaries, as his past performances against them will surely haunt the Norwich defence. If you have him, I suggest you back the Uruguayan and hand him the armband.

Wayne Rooney- If you're looking for that Mr. Differential this week, Rooney has been nothing short of spectacular in recent weeks. In the past 5 gameweeks, Rooney has accumulated scores of: 12, 12, 4, 11, 13. As most of us know, Rooney is a form player. When he's hot, he's on fire; and at the moment he is in the form of his life. Over 80% of United's goals in the past 5 gameweeks have either been scored or assisted by Rooney. That is a ridiculous stat. He's coming up against his former club Everton, who he usually struggles against. Although this time, he has Moyes on his side, and I fancy Moyes to perhaps tell Rooney the weak spots to attack in the Everton back line. If you don't have Suarez, Rooney is surely your man.

If you don't have either of these players, I suggest perhaps punting on an Arsenal mid such as Walcott or Ramsey. Might be worth a shot with the lack of captaincy options this week. I fancy Walcott to be handed his first start since returning from injury, and Ramsey has been in outstanding form this whole season.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I once again fancy three of the big clubs for a clean sheet.

Arsenal at home to Hull

Liverpool home to Norwich

Spurs away to Fulham

BORUC REPLACEMENTSWith Boruc out for up to 6 weeks, he is owned by 21.4% of players, and is dropping in price quite rapidly. If you are in need of a Goalkeeper replacement up until the January Wildcard, here are some direct swap options:

Costel Pantillimon (4.9)- Pantillimon replaced Joe Hart in net as City's starting goalkeeper, after they suffered defeat to Chelsea in gameweek 9. Having secured 3 clean sheets in 4 attempts, and only conceding 1 goal, Pantillimon has certainly made a claim to retain the #1 position long-term; or at least until January. With Kompany returning from injury soon, it could be a huge boost for City's back line. At 4.9m and only 1.2% ownership, Panti might be worth grabbing until January.

David Marshall (4.5)- Marshall has certainly been peppered with a lot of shots this season, already accumulating 56 saves. Although Cardiff have only kept 3 clean sheets this season, Marshall maybe worth looking at, with some decent fixtures coming up. Cardiff have 3 home games as well as an away trip to Palace, which may boost the likelihood of Marshall's clean sheet potential.

Julian Speroni (4.5)- Although Palace were terrible early on in the season, they have found a new source of hope in coach Tony Pulis. Pulis is well known for his defensive stronghold at Stoke, obtaining 12 clean sheets last season. With Crystal Palace's favorable fixtures, and Pulis in charge, we may see an increase in defensive returns. If you're willing to bank on a Palace turnaround with Pulis, Speroni looks nailed on as the #1 keeper, and may be worth a look at only 4.5m.

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