Friday, 25 April 2014

Gameweek 36 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:

Wayne Rooney- After the sacking of David Moyes, United will look to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. Rooney will play a central part in this, as he will be on most set pieces as well as PK duty, with RVP ruled out of the Norwich match. With Giggs being instilled as interim United manager, we might see a rejuvenated United side that get back to their winning ways. Their home form this season has been well under par, and I bet everyone will be willing to work for new manager and former teammate Ryan Giggs. There should be a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford this weekend, and Rooney will be central to United's attacks. Good option for the armband.

Aaron Ramsey- Ramsey has not gone quietly this season. In just his second game back from injury, he punished the doubters once again, grabbing a goal and 2 assists in a 16-point haul. That means he has played a part in 66.6% of all Arsenal's goals since returning from injury. He has a great fixture against Newcastle on Monday, and he will be lively as ever, trying to add to his career-high 9 league goals this season. Arsenal must keep winning to stay 1 point ahead of Everton for the final Champions League spot, so they will continue their attacking football vs. Newcastle.

Sergio Aguero- The Argentine showed his class with a lethal strike from outside the box last game. Aguero can score from virtually anywhere on the pitch, and leading the line for Manchester City certainly doesn't hurt. City are the second highest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 91 goals (trailing Liverpool's 96). With an away game against a stubborn Palace side this weekend, we will see what City are made of, as they will be missing their midfield maestro David Silva. I fancy Aguero to be lively as ever, and continue his good form. He's a good captain differential this week.

Wilfried Bony- Showing glimpses of brilliance this season, Bony still hasn't reached his full potential in the Premier League. Although troubled with Europa League and injury early in the season, Bony has managed to adapt well to the Premier League. He has managed to score 14 goals in roughly 2200 minutes played (24 full matches). He is starting to find his feet late on in the season, but is not scoring consistently. After his brace last weekend, I fancy him to do well against a struggling Villa side, who have only picked up 1 point in their last 5 games.

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

Sunderland at home to Cardiff

Arsenal at home to Newcastle

GW36 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW36:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Gameweek 34 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSWe keep on rolling the articles with weekly guests, as Rooneykush takes the stage this week, giving us his thoughts and opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his ideal XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Sergio Aguero"Go big or go home. That’s the mantra many managers follow during the latter stages of the season when there is little to lose. There are question marks surrounding his game time but the Sunday showdown against Liverpool is one where his manager needs him more than most games and he could just be the difference to setup City on their way to title. With 29 goals and 7 assists in all competitions from 29 appearances there is little doubting Argentine’s pedigree. This is the pick which comes with a risk but could pay off handsomely." This weekend's game vs Liverpool is a crucial one for both sides pushing for the title, and Aguero usually turns up in big games.

Romelu Lukaku"Everton are poised to do well in their two games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace and really test Arsenal for a 4th place finish. The big Belgian has been a nailed on option under Roberto Martinez. Deployed on the right side vs Arsenal in the last game, he still returned a goal, assist and maximum bonus points. He’s a strong and safe contender for armband this week." Rooneykush emphasizes Lukaku's ability to pick up goals and assists from anywhere on the pitch, and the big Belgian seems to be in form.

Yaya Toure"Who would've tipped the Ivorian to be such a crucial part in our FPL seasons. He’s added another part to his game with his incredible shot conversion. This consistency has lead to 18 goals from midfield in the PL, four of which came in his last double gameweek demonstrating his potential. The only downside to this is possible loss of penalty duties with first choice penalty taker Sergio Aguero back in contention. Nevertheless he has defied the odds to produce goods from midfield time and and time again and could do that again this week." 

Leighton Baines- "Never bench him, never captain him. This is one of the unspoken FPL rules when it comes to Leighton Baines. Everton have strong clean sheet potential with games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Both sides have struggled for goals all seasons. The England international has been outshone by his opposite fullback Coleman this season but there is no doubting his potential. With penalty, free-kicks and corner duties and strong bonus points potential he could turn out to be an astute pick this double." Rooneykush explains the upside of Leighton Baines, with the unpoken rule perhaps being shattered this week due to him having 2 chances to pick up points.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Rooneykush fancies four home clean sheets:

Stoke at home to Newcastle

Southampton at home to Cardiff

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

Manchester City at home to Sunderland

GW34 PICKSHere are Rooneykush's picks for DGW34:

Friday, 4 April 2014

Gameweek 33 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSThis week we have another guest, as experienced FPL manager Philman71 gives his opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- "Suarez has finally ended the Suarez or Sturridge debate, with a long series of great points hauls. The rule "if in doubt, captain Suarez" firmly applies and he never really lets you down. Suarez is fixture proof and involved in everything 'Pool do. The option where you really can't go wrong, and the best choice if defending a mini-league lead." Some wise words from Philman backing Mr. Consistency as Suarez will try to add to his goal tally against West Ham this weekend.

Wayne Rooney- "With RVP out, Rooney continues to be a great captain choice, with pens and free kicks in his locker, and the central striker role. He is a decent alternative to Suarez given the opposition. Newcastle have shipped 7 goals without reply in their last two games." Philman backs Rooney to continue his good form as of late against a struggling Newcastle. 

Eden Hazard- "Still the main threat for the virtual striker-less Chelsea, with pens also in his locker. Hazard is still showing the form he has all season, and will fancy his chances against a Stoke side that tend to concede regularly on the road." Hazard put on a great display against PSG and calmly tucked away a PK. Up against Stoke this weekend will put to the test if Hazard is in fact a "flat track bully".

Edin Dzeko- "Dzeko is the number 1 choice for an Aguero-less City side playing a 4-5-1 formation. Sometimes wasteful in front of goal, he still gets plenty of chances and could well score big against any opposition. A bit more of a punt, but one that could well reap rewards." Philman explains the risk of owning/ captaining Dzeko, and how on a good day Dzeko could grab a great score. He showed his potential in the Manchester derby, and is likely to lead the line once again this weekend, with Aguero ruled out.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Philman71 only fancies two clean sheets:

Norwich at home to WBA

Tottenham at home to Sunderland

GW33 PICKSHere are Philman71's picks for GW33: