Two derbies will be coming your way this weekend – firstly a less-talked about London derby between Chelsea and QPR, secondly the most awaited Manchester derby of the season. Taking resorts from the away fixture of the Hammers and Saints, Arsenal can climb their way up into the top four whereas Chelsea still looks to continue their unbeaten run staying at the top. We take our time to predict the top performers in near future keeping an eye on the importance of the clashes.
Goal-keepers and Defenders
Arsenal managed to keep 2 clean sheets in 9 games and despite injury woes at the back four, they seem to be the most favourable team to keep a clean sheet this Gameweek. An out-of-pace Burnley side will find it difficult to score at the Emirates.
Aston Villa’s miserable run continued and they failed to score in their past five appearances. But with three strikers upfront, they will try to get their counter attacking football working out against a shaky Spurs defence. Sunderland is another side who are finding it hard to put the ball in the back of the net. Unless things change too much, Crystal Palace can succeed to keep a clean sheet.
Chelsea and West Brom also have a slight chance of not conceding goals whereas Kompany, Coleman, Skrtel and Chambers may score this weekend. Both these four defenders have the capability to find their names in the score-sheet but have not succeeded in recent occasions.
Sanchez and Fabregas currently hold the top two positions in Fantasy points table in midfield section. They are not going to let their spots slide in easy home fixtures. Oscar and Ramsey will be the other two names from the London reds and blues, who can be a point-booster in days to come.
Manchester Derby will test who is a big match player. Di Maria will surely be on that list along with Silva and Toure. From other fixtures, Barkley hasn’t started a game for the Toffess yet after coming back from the injury. The talented creative midfielder will be important in Roberto Martinez’s plan pretty soon.
Apart from the aforementioned regulars, Lamela, Eriksen, Tadic and Sterling can hold their spot firmly in a fantasy squad. Wifried Zaha (5.3) and Ben Arfa (5.7) will be on the radar to sneak their way into budget midfielder slot.
In Diego Costa’s absence, Graziano Pelle, Aguero and Sakho are doing the job of gifting points on a regular basis. Wayne Rooney, though suffering from a little injury scare, are expected to start at the Etihad and display his brilliant form in the Manchester derbies over the years.
Lukaku, Bony, Berahino and Austin succeeded to score on recent occasions whereas Ulloa’s sensational form seemed to have disappeared. Welbeck is having an easy home match in his hand to re-open his scoring account and the odds are also in favour of Fraiser Campbell to score against the Black cats.
Costa’s best replacement will be Wayne Rooney as Falcao has become quite injury prone now. Ramsey or Sanchez can be accommodated in the middle of the pitch in stead of Struggling Toure or Mata.
Fabregas or Sanchez can be made captain this week if you have them in your squad. Ramsey is also well set to get back into 90 minutes of action and he, in all likelihood, will leave his impression if Arsenal scores heavily. Looking at the Welshman’s past heroics, he can also be trusted in the skipper role.