Monday, 27 January 2014

Gameweek 23 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- Suarez once again remains top prospect for the armband this week. He will partake in the Merseyside Derby mid-week, which will have Liverpool and Everton players fired up. Earlier this season this match ended in a 3-3 draw, which included end-to-end action for most of the match. Suarez will assuredly be excited for this match in front of his home crowd, and is always a good bet for a goal or two. He is once again the "safe" choice this week for captaincy.

Sergio Aguero- Aguero got a run-out again in a meaningless cup tie against West Ham, where the aggregate ended in a 9-0 routing of the Hammers over two legs. Aguero once again found the score sheet, proving to fantasy managers that he has regained his early season form. He will be away to a Spurs side who has looked quite good under Tim Sherwood. They will be put to the ultimate test when the come up against Man. City Wednesday, the team who easily put 6 past them earlier this season. I don't see Tottenham keeping City scoreless, and Aguero will certainly be one to keep a close eye on. He is a great differential for those willing to take the risk this week.

Robin Van Persie- Don't hold your breath, but RVP may be back in action this gameweek. Moyes has indicated that RVP and Rooney have returned to full training, but did not specify if either of them will start vs. Cardiff. On a positive note, fantasy managers will have the privilege to see starting lineups before the deadline. If RVP starts, he could be the ultimate differential of them all. With 15% ownership (and realistically nobody from the top 10k owning him), if you're on Wildcard and can squeeze in Van the Man, he could potentially rip Cardiff apart. Take into consideration Van Persie has been injured for quite some time, so it may be taken off early if he does start. This is an all in captain punt, so if you're leading your mini-league, steer clear.

Daniel Sturridge- Sturridge has obtained 18pts from just 2 games coming back from injury. Similar to Aguero, he looks to have picked up where he left off before injury, and is also a decent captain option this weekend. Sturridge is not #1 on my list of options this week, but I do expect him to get something from this game. Although most will be captaining his strike partner Luis, if Sturridge can outscore him for the second week running, it could reap massive rewards. 

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

Crystal Palace at home to Hull City

Chelsea at home to West Ham

Sunderland at home to Stoke

THE DIFFERENTIAL WATCHLIST- For those on WC, here are some nice differentials to consider.

Juan Mata(9.5)- With 7.1% ownership and rising quickly, Mata is becoming a hot commodity in FPL. Without even playing a minute for Manchester United, many are selecting him based on his performance last year for Chelsea. Mata produced 212 points last season, and was among the top midfielders in FPL. Hopefully he can continue that form, setting up teammates Rooney and RVP in the coming weeks.

Adam Johnson(6.6)- The speedy winger is making a claim to be a serious FPL prospect. Having scored 22 and 13 over his last 2 fixtures, Johnson has some tasty fixtures coming up. He may be a nice cheeky 3-week punt for anyone on wildcard, as he has home games against Stoke and Hull, with an away game to Newcastle sandwiched in between. At only 5.2% ownership, he could possibly propel you up the ranks if he continues his surging form. 

Branislav Ivanovic(6.0)- The beastly Serbian has recently returned from injury, and Mourinho took no time at all to re-instill him into his back 4, with Cole dropping to the bench. Having scored an average of 4 goals per season in his last 3 seasons with Chelsea, Ivanovic is a good bet going forward for the rest of the season. He is 0.6 cheaper than captain John Terry, and is also nailed on for the foreseeable future.

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