Interesting gameweek this weekend. Plenty of new players to choose from and plenty of old players moving to new clubs for a fresh lease of life. Well that and old Spurs players moving back to Spurs. Four teams play twice this week – Man Utd, Fulham, Portsmouth and Man City. Portsmouth are at home twice while Fulham are away twice. I’d *probably* avoid those two and focus more on the two Manchester clubs. Schwarzer may be good for points from saves though. Anyway, on to the picks.
Top 3 alternatives to Ronaldo as Captain:
1. Berbatov or Vidic or Ferdinand/Man Utd – Of the teams playing twice, United look most likely to provide you players with good points. To be honest you could go with pretty much anyone you have from United as captain but you’d look to Berbatov for the goals or Vidic for the clean sheet.
2. Robinho or Ireland or Bellamy/Man City – Games against Boro and Portsmouth should provide at least a goal or assist. As inconsistent as Man City are, I can’t imagine them not scoring in both games. Robinho hasn’t scored for a few games but is always a good bet to be involved in any wins. Ireland and Bellamy are good alternatives.
3. Crouch/Portsmouth – Pompey are struggling but play twice and if they’re going score, Crouch is your man. Liverpool and Man City are not easy games but they are at home and Adams has to win sometime.
Suggested transfers in:
1. Arshavin/Arsenal – Our transfer suggestions will all be Premier League new boys this week. We’ll start with new Arsenal signing Arshavin. Even though he’s annoyingly listed as a striker when he’ll probably play in midfield, he’s definitely worth a look even at £9.5m. The Spurs game may come a bit too soon but once playing he should hopefully be involved in quite a few goals and assists.
2. Quaresma/Chelsea – Scolari’s side have struggled to offer any real width recently, what with Joe Cole being injured and Malouda being rubbish. Quaresma will definitely be a inconsistent player but I reckon Big Phil will get some big games out of him. He should go straight in the team and an opening home game against Hull is a good place to start.
3. Beattie/Stoke – Not strictly a new boy in the sense he has Premier League experience but his impact at Stoke has already started with two goals and an assist in his first three games. His style of play suits Stoke’s perfectly and he’s certianly worth a go as a cheap third striker.
Players to avoid:
1. Defoe/Spurs – Injured for ten weeks, and with the resigning of Keane it will be interesting to see what happens with the Spurs strikeforce when everyone is fit.
2. Anichibe/Everton – Even though he’s just about Everton’s only fit striker right now (well there’s Jo I guess), I think Moyes is the kind of guy who bears grudges. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s played his last game of the season.
3. Newcastle & Portsmouth players – Sinking faster than a lead balloon. I know I suggested Crouch as a captain but that’s only if you somehow have no Man Utd & Man City players.