After a glorious Ballon d’ Or evening in the Swiss capital midweek, we turn our focus onto English territories for an exciting football weekend. Three of the top four teams will be on trips and second placed Man City will face a nervy home test from the gunners. The points table may shuffle quite a bit on the up as we commence our search to work out the top performers of the coming Gameweek.
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Goal-keepers and Defenders
Aston Villa have not yet found their answer to score goals. If things don’t change, Liverpool back-line may succeed in earning the precious clean sheet. From the rest of the ties, only Spurs and Everton look favourites to join Liverpool in that list. The Black cats looked never convinced away from home and Spurs may continue their terrific home run without conceding goals. Same words apply for the toffees but they will have more difficulty tin keeping the Baggies’ at bay.
Skrtel, Rose, Vertonghen, Baines and Coleman are expected to gather more points in this regard. Ivanovic (7.2) looked brilliant in the last gameweek and he may add up to his tally even more this time around. Bertrand, Creswell and Zabaleta can be poised as the other candidates to contribute towards points as defenders.
Arguably Sanchez has established himself as the best player in this year’s Premier League. To clinch a suprise win at the Etihad, Wenger will have to rely on the Chilean’s skill and ability.
City’s David Silva displayed some fascinating football from the number 10 position and Aguero’s comeback can catalyse his effectiveness in to play even more. Barring the big game, we can keep an eye on Di Maria who will be looking to get back into form after the long pause.
In-form players like Oscar, Hazard, Chadli and Cazorla are patiently a permanent place in fantasy teams. Downing (6.5) has been in the form of his life and his inclusion would be a must to consider. Sigurdsson on the other hand, remained flamboyant but unpredictable at times. A tough encounter with Chelsea may result in a dry outing for him.
Aguero has returned to first team action last week and he may well also deserve a return to a bulk of the fantasy teams. Diego Costa has proved his consistency over the course of the season and can very well retain his spot as the top-notch striking option.
Pelle and Rooney still remains as the second choice striking option to the owners, whereas, cheap options like Austin (6.5), Berahino (5.5), Ings (5.7), Kane (5.8) are tempting the managers for a tough call. Most of the teams opted for two cheap, one heavyweight combination rather than the alternative with mediocre choices. This is also quite justified in present scenario as the numbers of Austin, Kane and Berahino surpasses the total tally of Lukaku, Rooney and Pelle by 8 goals.
It’s never too late but Harry Kane should be bought soon as the third choice striking option. Van Persie’s injury may prompt people to turn back to Pelle or Austin to fill the gap.
Alexis Sanchez has a tough clash in the city of Manchester but he is capable of overcoming it with a sensational performance. To be safer, Eden Hazard will be a nice option to consider. Last week he failed to produce moments of brilliance and hence he will be looking forward to destroy the Swans with his genius.
Now to gamble a bit, Eriksen can be a good bet in the skippers role as Spurs welcome a weary Sunderland side at White Hart lane, who sits at just four places up from the bottom.