Friday, 17 January 2014

Gameweek 22 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- Mr. Default Captain for the 2013-14 season retains the top spot for my captaincy selection, and for obvious reason. Suarez just can't stop scoring at the moment, completely annihilating his golden boot competition. This weekend he is at home to a Villa side low on confidence, only having won once in their past seven league games. It's quite obvious that Liverpool is the favorite here, and this weekend we will see Suarez be reunited with his strike partner Daniel Sturridge, also known as SAS. It's likely Liverpool bang in 2 or 3 goals, which Suarez will play part in most; if not all! For those at the top of their mini-leagues or looking to maintain their rank, Suarez is the obvious captain choice this week.

Sergio Aguero- After being subbed on in the 73rd minute for Alvaro Negredo in the Cup vs Blackburn, Aguero took no time at all to remind fantasy managers why he was such a popular choice before his injury. Aguero scored less than 1 minute into his substitute appearance, making him a very popular choice for this weekend. He has a tasty matchup vs Cardiff at the Etihad, where Man. City have been banging them in all year. Let me briefly remind you all of Aguero's home record this season. In 8 league games at the Etihad, Aguero has managed to score 8 goals and assist 6 times, and has an average of 9 ppg. Although Aguero is not a certain starter for the weekend, those who dare take a risk may be in for a goal fest if Aguero hits the ground running.

Alvaro Negredo- The Spaniard took no time at all to fill Aguero's boots, having passed his fellow strike partner for most goals for Man. City this season. Some may argue that Negredo appeal diminishes with Aguero on the pitch, which may be true to some extent. Negredo has 5 goals in his last 10 league matches. Despite lighting it up in other competitions, Negredo has failed to match his returns in Cup play, something that fantasy managers might want to consider. With Negredo expected to start this weekend against Cardiff, he is obviously a great shout for the armband because as I stated before, Man. City are banging in goals for fun at home.

Olivier Giroud- Many fantasy managers have written off Giroud, but the Frenchman continues to impress as Arsenal's main striker. Although the fantasy points dried up for quite some time, Giroud looks to be finding his feet once again, having scored in his last two appearances for the Gunners. He also has a tasty fixture this weekend, at home to Fulham. Although people are writing off Fulham, keep in mind that they are coming off a 3-0 routing of Norwich, and may be full of confidence for this one. The Cottagers have also recently reacquired captain Brede Hangeland from injury, which definitely boosts their morale. Despite all this, Arsenal must pick up three points to retain their 1st place status in the league, and will look to come out guns blazing. If you don't have Suarez or a Man. City striker, Giroud could be an outstanding differential this week if Arsenal slot 2 or 3 past Fulham.

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

Arsenal at home to Fulham

Man. City at home to Cardiff

Chelsea at home to Man. Utd

PUNTY McPUNTERSON- As some are Wildcarding next week, two players I fancy as one week punts this week are Kolarov and Puncheon.

Aleksandar Kolarov(5.4)- Kolarov has proved to make all our fantasy dreams come true. Under Pellegrini, the attack-minded fullback has seen a lot more pitch time, and has already scored and assisted 5 times. Seeing how Clichy played 90mins vs Blackburn in the Cup, he should start this weekend at home to Cardiff, and may be in for a clean sheet, as well as some attacking returns. Definitely worth a look if you have a transfer to spare and are wildcarding in the near future.

Jason Puncheon(4.9)- Having taken perhaps one of the worst penalties in the history of the sport, Puncheon will definitely be looking to redeem himself in front of his home fans. Tony Pulis has shown he is backing his midfielder, stating he is still the first choice penalty-taker. Puncheon has a home match against a leaky Stoke, who just conceded 5 goals to Liverpool. With 3rd string GK Jack Butland being given the nod once again, Puncheon may be a good shout for a goal or an assist.

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