Monday, 10 February 2014

Gameweek 26 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- This week, there is a potential cancellation of the Fulham vs. Liverpool game on Wednesday, so I have listed my top 4 picks contingent on whether the strike is confirmed or not. 

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Despite not finding the back of the net in his last 2 games, I am backing Luis Suarez to break his scoring drought midweek against Fulham. Although Fulham made it tough for Manchester United at the weekend, I don't see the same happening against a free flowing Liverpool attack. The Reds are coming off a huge victory, blowing out Arsenal 5-1. Liverpool seems to be scoring at will with SAS leading the attack, and I see them ripping the Fulham defence to shreds this game. So as per usual, Suarez is my #1 captaincy option this gameweek.

David Silva- Although Silva has been the creator for City in every game when fit, he has disappointed his fantasy managers in recent weeks. Silva has come close to scoring big points recently, but City haven't scored in their last 2. Back at the Etihad mid-week against Sunderland, I see the Black Cats playing scapegoat to City's frustration and taking a thrashing. City have been the highest scoring team in the league this season, and I see that continuing. With Silva pulling the strings, he is bound to be in the attacking points soon, and has been really unlucky. He's a good captain option for this gameweek, due to the fact I see City having 70-75% possession, and he should be involved in lots of City attacks going forward.

Alvaro Negredo- Negredo has been really hot and cold this season, and is just returning to fitness from an injury. I back City to annihilate Sunderland this week for two reasons: 1) City lost 1-0 to Sunderland earlier this season 2) City haven't scored in their past 2 games. When combining these two fuels into the City fire, I expect at least three goals for City this gameweek. With Negredo leading the line with Aguero out injured, he's a great captaincy option for this week, and should get loads of opportunities to add to his goal tally.  

Daniel Sturridge- Sturridge has been in outstanding form lately, and has not returned a blank since returning from injury, scoring 9, 9, 11, 9, 6 over his past 5 games. Playing in the spearhead role of the Liverpool front 3, Sturridge is a great captaincy option against Fulham. Many will captain Suarez over the Englishman, but if you need to make up ground and believe he will outscore his teammate, it might be worth the risk.

Emmanuel Adebayor- The big man finally scored his first goal in front of his home crowd at White Hart Lane this weekend, leading Tottenham to a 1-0 victory over Everton. Having scored 5 of his 6 goals away from home, he is a decent captaincy option this weekend away to a injured-ridden Newcastle. The Toon are without a number of their key starters, and it will likely benefit Adebayor. Last game the Spurs lineup up with Adebayor as their lone striker, with Soldado on the bench. If they replicate this mid-week against Newcastle, Adebayor will likely be on PK duty, which also increases his appeal for the armband.

Kevin Mirallas- With his fellow countryman Lukaku injured and newcomer Lacina Traore not yet fit, Mirallas has been playing as a the lone striker for Everton as of late. This gameweek he's home to Crystal Palace, which is a favorable fixture for Mirallas. If he once features up top again, he has the explosive potential for a nice haul. As we saw on the weekend, Mirallas can be greedy at times, which can be beneficial from a fantasy point of view. If you're feeling risky Mirallas is a great punt, but be aware that Palace can be stubborn and hard to break down at times.

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

West Ham at home to Norwich

Chelsea away to West Brom

Man City at home to Sunderland

HOT PICKUPS- Here are a couple of players who have performed well the past couple of weeks, and could be worth your investment.

Branislav Ivanovic(6.1)- Big Branislav is starting to show more his attacking side, surging forward for many of Chelsea attacks. Over the last 3 gameweeks, he has tallied scores of 7, 14 and 11, scoring a goal and notching an assist. With Chelsea having only conceded 2 goals in their last 9 fixtures, Ivanovic looks a solid investment. Many will argue that Azpilicueta is better value at 5.4, but he just doesn't offer the same attacking threat as Ivanovic. He proved that over the past 3, outscoring his Spanish teammate by 12pts. If you are looking at investing in the Chelsea back line (which I strongly suggest), Ivanovic is your man. 

Kevin Nolan(6.6)- Nolan has impressed recently with 4 goals in his last 2 appearances. Lots of fantasy managers thought his fantasy output would be hindered by the fact that he would be without striker Andy Carroll for the next 3, but he proved many wrong by banging in his second brace in a row. In his next 4 his fixture schedule reads: NOR(H), SOU(H), EVE(A), HUL(H). Knowing Nolan usually scores the majority of his goals at home, he could be a handy differential over the next 4, with only 7.9% ownership.

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