Friday, 21 February 2014

Gameweek 27 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn 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:

Daniel Sturridge & Luis Suarez- Sturridge and Suarez, also known as SAS, are Liverpool's dynamic duo up front. Scoring 38 of Liverpool's 66 goals this season, they have the Reds in contention for a Champion's League spot and dare I say it, even a Premier League title. This weekend they are at home to Swansea, who are just coming off a 0-0 draw with Italian club Napoli. This gameweek I just can't seem to separate the two for captaincy. Recently Sturridge has outscored Suarez 50-27 over the last 5 gameweeks, but it isn't that simple when it comes to captaincy. Suarez's stats tell a completely different story, having more opportunities at goal, as well as a higher assist potential. Although Sturridge is on fire at the moment, we can't dismiss Suarez's explosiveness. Captaincy between the two is a complete toss up this gameweek, but I reckon both will do well at the weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor- The Togolese striker made a strong claim to be transferred in this week, scoring a brace and notching an assist in his last game against Newcastle. He goes into this weekend's tie with Norwich having scored 5 goals in his last 5, showing some great form. With Soldado missing a shocking sitter in Tottenham's 1-0 defeat to Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday, I highly doubt he will see the field this weekend. This means that Adebayor will likely be on penalties, which is beneficial for his owners. He's a decent shout for the armband if you feel like going a different route than one of the obvious SAS picks.

Edin Dzeko- Manchester City is coming off a dismal 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, which saw CB Martin Demichelis sent off for a sliding tackle on Leonel Messi. Dzeko played a brief part in that match and looked lively, but could not trouble keeper Victor Valdes. This weekend they look to rebound at home to Stoke City. I back city to rediscover their scoring form, making Dzeko a good captaincy pick. Again, he is not one of my top picks for the armband, but is very capable of obtaining a nice haul at the Etihad this weekend.

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

Chelsea at home to Everton

Arsenal at home to Sunderland

MANAGING THE BLANKS- As there are plenty of blank gameweeks coming up in GW28 and GW29, here are some differentials without blanks you may want to consider as short term punts.

Robert Snodgrass(5.9)- Despite Norwich's scoring woes this season, Robert Snodgrass is always one to look out for. When fit, Snodgrass is on almost all set pieces for Norwich, and has a huge assist potential. He's a decent short term punt with a home fixture against Stoke in GW29, but I wouldn't want him as a long-term option. Although Snodgrass always has great attacking stats they can sometimes be fool's gold. That's because like I said, Norwich aren't the most free-flowing attacking side.

Thomas Ince(5.5)- Ince had an instant impact after joining Palace on loan from Blackpool, scoring and assisting in his first start. For those looking for a budget option in order to free up funds for Aguero in GW31, Ince could be a great option, as he will also have a DGW in the future. I know it's a very small sample size to judge him on, but it's a risk worth taking, as there aren't many budget options with no blanks to get excited about.

Craig Noone(4.3)- Another budget option without blanks is Cardiff winger Craig Noone, who holds an ownership of under 1%. With a GW29 game at home to Fulham, he is an appealing budget 5th midfielder to own. Noone gives you a decent fixture in GW29 and allows you to bench your players with blanks. Also, fantasy managers will have no benching headaches in the future, as Noone makes it very simple.

Martin Olsson(4.3)- With lots of highly owned players such as Coleman and Mertesacker having blanks in GW29, many will look to replacements. With only 1.8% ownership, Norwich's Martin Olsson looks a steal costing only 4.3. With Norwich having kept 3 home clean sheets in their last 3, their defense looks like a good investment, with some favorable fixtures coming up.

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