In the changed scenario of Premier League, Chelsea looks as clear favourites to claim the title but Jose Mourinho’s men are not in a form they would like to be in. Manchester City also have seen their form dipped low and they are slowly falling behind the title defence. Now if a slip-up happens from the Blues, Arsenal and Manchester United will have a shot at glory.
This gameweek, the League leaders prepare themselves for a London derby at Loftus Road and Arsenal face a tricky away challenge from Burnley, who are fighting hard to survive in the top tier. But the second Manchester derby of the season is the most fascinating tie of this weekend. It’s not only for the intensity of the clash, but also for the huge impression it will leave on the Points table. To summarize, none of the top four are expected to have an easy outing at all and here, we sit back to pick out the probable stars of the next few days.
Goalkeepers and Defenders
This week, there have not been much space for us to predict the teams who will leave the field without conceding. De Gea and Ospina will be the goalkeepers to have in your squad. Liverpool looked a likely candidate but with back-to-back losses and without Skrtel, they now look less capable to keep Newcastle at bay. Burnley haven’t found the back of the net since the shocker against City, so, Arsenal backliners may have a chance to pick the crucial clean sheet points.
Apart from defending, let’s look at some players who can make themselves count at the other end of the pitch. We have seen a bright Spanish youngster Bellerin who takes those eye-catching runs through the right flank. Ivanovic has been quite for a few matches and he really likes his name to be on the score-sheet. The other names in this list go on to include Baines, Trippier, Schlupp and Danny Rose.
Significantly, Leighton Baines have registered 18 points in last three matches after missing two games. Zabaleta got dropped in his side’s defeat against Crystal Palace as a part of Pellegrini’s sideback rotation policy. The Argentine has quite not fired in this season. He is expected to return in the derby and will like to prove himself badly.
The big names Sanchez, Hazard and Silva- all are in good shape. David Silva managed to earn a bonus point despite losing and not being in the scoring or assist list. Sanchez and Hazard have kept their good run alive. Two of these three should be in your team at this moment.
Cazorla and Eriksen are also good options to have but they have slowly been turned into the 5 or 6 pointers rather than the big ones. Yaya Toure has to be the main man if City is going to get a glimpse of that trophy once again. He scored last time and looks determined to be back into his last season’s form.
Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has been placed up front by Brendan Rodgers, which increases his goalscoring chances. The teenager also needs to showcase a bit to get big fishes attracted towards him in the coming transfer window.
The options of cheap midfielders have gone from the likes of Downing, Chadli to Ki, Puncheon. Since Alan Pardew’s take over, the Eagles have put on a brilliant run. It will not be unwise to get a midfielder from this side and the battling sides from the lower pile. Aston Villa, Leicester, QPR and Burnley are facing a tough task ahead and they need their attackers to lift their spirits. So, Phillips, Mahrez, Boyd, Cambiasso and Delph are some nice options to consider.
Diego Costa’s injury and Aguero’s sloppy form have made the task different this week. Kane was also unable to register a shot on target at Turf Moor. The fantasy managers will have to go for in form Giroud, Rooney and Austin. Remy, Berahino and Ings are good for the cheap options.
Transfer and Captain Tips
Downing and Fabregas needs to be dropped from the squad. Puncheon, Ki, Sigurdsson, Mata or Silva needs to be brought in.
Rooney and Aguero both are big match players. They have done it in the derby earlier and it can be a stunning show from either of them. There’s a quiet bit of risk in making Aguero captain considering his form but the diminutive striker will not get a better opportunity to settle things back. Rooney, on the other hand, looks confident to rattle away the Citizens on home turf.
To play safe, Giroud, Sanchez or Hazard are reasonable choices to be handed the captaincy.