Quite a late preview this week but still in time for the many of you who make your change on Saturday mornings. Just 28 goals last week but also only two clean sheets meaning relatively low scores all round. Our captain picks of Fabregas, Arshavin and Dunn all produced goals or assists and bonus points but Berbatov didn’t do anything against Bolton. I was slightly hampered by injuries to both Torres and Rooney but got a decent score of 57 which considering the average was just 40 was pleasing.
Gameweek 9 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves):
The lowest Top Gun score of the season so far as James Beattie‘s two goals and three bonus were good for 13 points which was enough to beat everyone else this week. He also had one of those classic performances where he did more in one week than he had all season having had just 9 points up until then. To be fair there were very few stand out performances but loads of players got one goal and scored seven or eight points. Credit to Zamora(!), Di Santo and Dunne for scoring 11 – it really was a bit of a shoddy week.
Let’s hope for something better this time round…
Three Captain Choices:
A big game between Liverpool and Man Utd this weekend which makes me inclined to stay away in terms of captain choices. Though Liverpool have been terrible recently, I have a feeling they’ll raise their game for this one. That said, the usual potential choices of Torres, Gerrard and Rooney are at the very least doubtful which makes picking alternatives a bit risky. Let’s look elsewhere.
1. Anelka/Chelsea – As much as I think Lampard may finally be getting back into some form, I’m going to wait until he has a good goalscoring week or two before recommending him as a captain choice. With Chelsea at home to Blackburn, the choice has to be Nicolas Anelka. The Blues have won all four home games thus far while Blackburn have lost all three away. While Drogba has been scoring a plenty and is also a good choice, Anelka has 10 goals in 12 games against Blackburn and you’d have to back him to find the net again tomorrow.
2. Dunne/Aston Villa – Not someone you’d necessarily think of as a captain choice but the last two games have seen the exact same result – goal and man of the match and eleven points each time. It is a risk given he’s playing away from home but I expect them to beat Wolves and Martin O’Neill’s side have kept clean sheets in three of their four away games so far.
3. Bent/Sunderland – When a striker’s in form, you run with it and Bent is more in form than anyone. Goals in five straight games and a match against Birmingham this weekend. He’s been getting a bunch of bonus points in the last three games too. I’m not convinced Sunderland are going to win but I do think Bent will score as having watched Brum’s defence live the previous week, they are susceptible to pace and good movement.
Three Potential Transfers In:
1. Crouch/Spurs – Obvious one to begin with but now that Defoe is stupidly banned for three games, the time is right to bring in Peter Crouch as a direct replacement. He hasn’t really done that much so far but has only started two games. The next three games are Stoke (H), Arsenal (A) and Sunderland (H) which isn’t the worst but not the best either. Still, Spurs are playing pretty well and he’s worth giving a go at £7.1m.
2. Boateng/Portsmouth – Yes, Pompey still have the solitary win but as has been mentioned many times on the blog their performances have been better than the results. From the highlights I’ve see recently ex Spurs player Kevin Prince Boateng has been playing well and has a goal, two assists and five bonus from his five games. That’s a pretty good return for someone playing for a poor team and he costs just £5m.
3. Petrov/Man City – A player to keep an eye at least. After doing really well in his first season, Petrov was essentially injured and out of favour for most of last year. He appears to be re-establishing himself in the Man City team right now as the left wing becomes free due to Robinho’s injury. His last four games have seen four goals/assists and four bonus. He won’t play every game but when he does he usually does something. Worth a look at £6.7m.
Three To Avoid:
1. Defoe/Spurs – Suspended for three games. His price is falling (100K+ transferred him out this week) so you may as well get rid of him now and bring him back when he returns.
2. Everton players – Mega injury list of about eleven players, some tricky games coming up before Man Utd and Liverpool in a month’s time.
3. Zamora/Fulham and Beattie/Stoke – Don’t be tempted by one good game.
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