Friday, 19 September 2014

Gameweek 5 Previews & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Diego Costa- With Chelsea's main man leading the Golden Boot race, he is essential in every fantasy football team. Having scored 7 goals in his first 4 games and averaging 10.25 points per game, he is nearing Suarez numbers of the 2013-14 season. Despite a difficult fixture coming up at the weekend against Champions Manchester City, I still back Costa to do well, as Chelsea look to be playing a lot better football than City at the moment. Many are doubtful with this one, as they feel Mourinho will go to the Etihad to park the bus. This of course was the case many times last year, but I just feel that Chelsea have a different vibe to them this season. I feel this game will be very open, and if Chelsea score Costa's surely to be involved.

Wayne Rooney- Rooney came good last week scoring a goal and an assist, for a total of 10 points. He has another good fixture this weekend when he's up against newly promoted Leicester City. Despite only 5 points in their first 4 games, Leicester have shown they can contest with the best, having picked up a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal. Rooney looks rejuvenated after last weekend, and I think will continue with his good form through September, as the fixtures are plump for Manchester United.

Emmanuel Adebayor- After being rested from Tottenham's mid-week Europa match, the Togolese striker goes into this weekend's match against West Brom fresh.  WBA look very poor, as they've been shut out in 3 of their first 4 games. I expect Spurs to dominate this game and Adebayor to be involved in the goals. He is a good captaincy choice this week.

Kun Aguero- City are coming off a Champions League 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Albeit them losing, the positive thing is that Aguero was rested for the majority of that game, in preparation for the big match against Chelsea this weekend. Aguero has a great scoring record against the top clubs in the Premier League, and I back him to do well again against a shaky Chelsea back line. He's a great captaincy differential this week.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

QPR at home to Stoke City

Tottenham at home to West Brom

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

GW5 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW5:

Thursday, 11 September 2014

GW4: May The 4th Be With You

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Wayne Rooney- Albeit United struggling over the opening three weeks, a favorable fixture sees Rooney slot in as one of this week's top captaincy options. Playing at home against a leaky QPR side this weekend, Rooney will try to lead his team to their first league victory of the new season. Being named Manchester United's new captain not too long ago, Rooney will want to prove to his manager correct in his decision. I predict a strong run out for Wayne this weekend, with a strong potential for goals and assists.

Raheem Sterling- The 19-year old has had an absolutely brilliant opening three games, scored twice to go along with his assist. With Sturridge injured, it will give Sterling the license to push higher up the pitch. Sterling is the most likely of the Liverpool players to hit Aston Villa on the counter-attack, which is why I think he's a great captaincy option this weekend.

Diego Costa- The Brazilian Spaniard has certainly silenced all his critics his first three weeks at Chelsea, leading the league with 4 goals in his opening 3 league matches. Bothered by injury or not, Costa has showed time and time again he can score goals for fun, and I expect Chelsea to continue their great form into their weekend match against Swansea. If confirmed fit by Mourinho, I think Costa is as good a captaincy option as any this weekend. (Be sure to check in on the Chelsea press conference before captaining him).

Mario Balotelli- With Daniel Sturridge ruled out for up to three weeks, it's Balotelli's turn to lead the attack. With the Italian striker having missed two glorious opportunities last gameweek against Tottenham, he still looked a huge goal threat. Playing up top at home to Aston Villa, I reckon he'll be among the points for Liverpool, and will most likely score his first goal for the Reds at Anfield. 

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

Chelsea at home to Swansea

Southampton at home to Newcastle

Manchester United at home to QPR

GW4 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW4: