Only a few days since the last gameweek so we jump straight into the weekend’s action. Kalou was the top performer midweek but he has a strange irrelevance apart from a few games each season where he decides to score a couple of goals out of the blue. He’s a good player but has never quite done it at Chelsea. At £8.3million he’s well overpriced.
The transfer window will finally shut on Monday and we can analyse which players will gain new fantasy relevance. Kevin Nolan will not be one of them (see below) but I’m sure many will. I for one am hoping the Arshavin deal finally gets completed, though I suspect he will cost around the £8.5million range which may not be that good value as he’ll have to adapt. On to the picks…
Top 3 alternatives to Ronaldo as Captain.
1. Van Persie/Arsenal – The Dutch hitman has been involved in every single Arsenal goal this month and with the rest of the side playing quite poorly, he is largely responsible for the eight game unbeaten run they have put together. West Ham have improved markedly in recent games but I’m not sure they have enough to win at the Emirates (not this season at least). Back him to be involved in a goal or two again.
2. Vidic/Man Utd – Another man in form is Nemanja Vidic with two goals in his last four games (oh and just the eleven straight clean sheets). Everton will once again be difficult to break down and if Utd win I imagine it will only be 1-0. The odds on Vidic getting that goal are fair to middling hence he’s worth a punt as captain.
3. Robinho/Man City – City have gone a mighty four games unbeaten and Robinho hasn’t seemed to have let his legal issues affect him. Stoke have been good defensively in recent games but City firepower should be able to breach them.
Suggested transfers in:
1. Bullard/Hull – Like last season Geovanni has once again faded after a bright start, meaning Hull have struggled to create much recently. To be fair everyone in the Hull team has stunk for a couple of months so Phil Brown has attempted to remedy this by signing Bullard from Fulham. He will hopefully provide a spark as Hull have winnable games against West Brom, Spurs and Blackburn coming up.
2. Knight/Aston Villa – Many people have been hit by Martin Laursen’s injury but his goal scoing hasn’t been up to last season’s standards anyway. He has the second most bonus point from a defender but Villa haven’t been solid enough to warrant his price. His replacement for the next two months is only £4.4m. Bargain.
3. Barry/Aston Villa – Ashley Young has been pretty quiet recently and is now suspended and during all of this Barry has quietly stepped up with some goals and bonus points. He’s still the penalty taker at Villa and they don’t face another Big 4 side for a while so he’s a good medium term investment I reckon.
Players to avoid:
1. Nolan/Newcastle – He’s been poor at Bolton this year and I see no reason why that will change at Newcastle.
2. Palacios/Spurs – We mentioned him last week but that was before I realised he has been booked nine time this season. Harry Redknapp has also been talking about tactical changes to accommodate him. This can only spell trouble.
3. Dunne/Man City & Assou Ekotto/Spurs – Both play for teams with rubbish defences and both have been sent off twice this season.