Thursday, 9 January 2014

Gameweek 21 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. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- The Uruguayan has not dazzled us with his outstanding fantasy output in 2 of the last 3 weeks, due to tough matches against Chelsea and Man. City. This weekend will be different, as he is up against Stoke. Although Stoke is considered a fortress at the Britannia, they will be without starting goalkeeper and center half Asmir Begovic and Robert Huth, who are both out injured. This will open the door for Luis to add to his already outstanding goal tally, and continue 2014 en route to his golden boot award at the end of the season. He is always the "safe" choice when it comes to captaincy this year, so if you don't want to take any risks, hand him the armband.

Wayne Rooney- Although he is a doubt for this weekend's clash vs. Swansea, Rooney is a great option for the armband if he does indeed feature. In my opinion, he will either play 90 or 0 mins (due to injury). As United look to bounce back from their mid-week loss to Swansea in the cup, I think Rooney will be itching to play. He has been United's most prolific attacker this season, as everything flows through him. Being on set plays also increases his appeal, as he will be on indirect/direct FKs, corners and even PKs if RVP is still out. The one worry with Rooney is that he has been dropping deep into midfield to collect the ball, as he makes United tick. If you're willing to take a risk this week, punting on Rooney may pay off handsomely. 

Emmanuel Adebayor- Tim Sherwood has seemed to have brought the best out of the old Adebayor, with the Togo international having scored 3 goals and assisted 2 times in his past 4 league appearances. I fancy him to continue his great form this weekend at home to Crystal Palace. With his strike partner Soldado doubtful, Adebayor may be next in line for PK duty. Palace showed some resilience against Man. City 2 weeks ago, but if Spurs can score one early, I think this could end up being a 2 or 3-0 game.

Romelu Lukaku- Lukaku has been very hot and cold, only having scored once in his past 7 league games. With the Belgian international pushing for a starting role in the 2014 world cup, a home match against Norwich is just what the doctor ordered. I fancy Everton to score some goals in this one, despite their poor history vs. Norwich. In their past 4 encounters vs the Canaries, they have yet to register a win. I fancy that to change with Lukaku up top, giving them some extra firepower that they have lacked in previous seasons. Once again Lukaku is a risky option, but may pay off this week as a nice differential.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy three clean sheets:

Everton at home to Norwich

Tottenham at home to Palace

Man. City away to Newcastle

WILDCARD DIFFERENTIALSFor those who wildcarded this week, here are some tasty differentials who may give you a head start to the 2nd half of your season. 

All these players have a current ownership of 5.5% or lower:

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc, Ben Foster

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Matija Nastasic, Jonny Evans, Wes Brown, Ron Vlaar

Midfielders: David Silva, 
Steven Gerrard, Christian Eriksen

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor, Wilfried Bony, Gary Hooper

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