After just six matches in gameweek two, we’re back to a full program for this weekend’s action. Arsenal and Man City will be looking to score heavily in easy looking home games against Portsmouth and Wolves respectively, while Liverpool will be looking to repeat last year’s 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at Anfield.
It’s unlikely they’ll quite manage five but they’re a decent bet to continue their good recent home record against Martin O’Neill’s men having scored 15 against them in the last five Anfield meetings. Chelsea and Man Utd have away games against Fulham and Wigan which could both be low scoring affairs while West Ham vs Tottenham could offer potential for random points scoring. Last week our main captain choice did well with Gerrard scoring 11, but Burnley screwed any Man Utd clean sheet we may have been expecting.
A quick word for Amer who is one of the people in our private league. After picking Fabregas as captain in week one and Johnson as captain in week two, as well as good scoring from the rest of his team, he finds himself 23rd overall in the whole game. That’s out of nearly 1.8 million players. Mental. Congratulations are due but I have one thing to say to you though Amer and that is the only way from here is down!
Gameweek 2 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves) – Glen Johnson
The Liverpool right back scored a mighty 18 points from defence this week (or 36 for Amer…) through a combo of goal, assist, clean sheet and three bonus points. He’s expensive at £7.5m but doing well so far. He just pipped Jermaine Defoe’s 17 point haul (hat-trick and three BP) . Credit must go to Brian Jensen of Burnley too, he got 14 points after keeping Man Utd at bay and saving Carrick’s penalty. Well played sir. On to the picks.
Three Captain Picks:
1. Ireland or Adebayor/Man City – With a home game against Wolves, Man City will look to build on their opening win at Blackburn. Last season Man City were useless away but scored 40 goals at home which was bettered by only Chelsea and Man Utd. I expect similar levels of goals this year and Wolves are a good game with which to start. They were pretty good in their away win against Wigan but I don’t think they’ll hold out against City. I think it makes sense to go for Ireland or Adebayor, the latter in particular could terrorise Wolves’ centre backs.
2. Arshavin/Arsenal – It’s been a bit of a slow start for the Russian this season, he hasn’t been especially involved in Arsenal’s two victories this season. He only assisted one of Arsenal’s six goals against Everton and wasn’t up to much against Celtic. Portsmouth however, are a team stripped of most of their assets so he should get off the mark goalscoring wise on Saturday.
3. Bent/Sunderland – Supreme tweeter Bent has opened his Sunderland account nicely with two goals in two games. You could do worse then pick a striker in form against Blackburn at home.
Three Potential Transfers In:
1. Defoe/Tottenham – A few days after saying avoid Spurs strikers in my gameweek 2 preview, Defoe’s hat-trick against Hull has made me think otherwise. It’s beginning to look as if it will be him and one of Crouch or Keane as the regular partnership so it’s safe to bring the man the police like to stop into your team. £8.5m is a fair price I believe and he should be among the top scorers this season.
2. Johnson/Liverpool – He’s very expensive at £7.5m but already has been making a big impact in his two games with a goal and two assists. He’s guaranteed to get lots of clean sheets but with Liverpool set to attack more via the full backs this season, the attacking points should continue to come in too.
3. Birmingham defenders – Cheap as chips and have showed in their two games that they shouldn’t concede too many goals this season. A few of them are injured at the moment so perhaps wait to see who the settle back four are but safe to say that for £4m you’ll be getting pretty good value whoever you pick.
Three To Avoid:
1. Terry/Chelsea – Selected in 21% of teams. I don’t see it myself. I’d much sooner have Ashley Cole, Bosingwa or Zhirkov once he’s fit if you’re insistent on spending £7.5m on a Chelsea defender. They have much more scope for attacking points. I think people remember the two seasons where Chelsea won the title and he scored a few goals. Since then he has scored one league goal a season. One!
2. Expensive goalkeepers – It’s early days yet but the top four scoring goalkeepers so far all cost £4m and the fifth is £4.5. Now of course the weaker sides aren’t as solid defensively so clean sheets will be at a premium, but the number of saves the keepers have to make more then make up the points difference.
3. Man Utd midfielders – Looking rather pedestrian at the moment. I think it’s fair to say most of the creativity will be coming from Rooney and Berbatov this season. Players like Valencia will have their good days but for the price most Utd midfielders are , you’d be far better off investing that money elsewhere.