Gameweek 15 comes around and if it goes half as well as gameweek 14 did I’ll be most pleased. It was one of those occasions where pretty much all the big decisions went right. I had Rooney as captain, Drogba partnering him, my transfer Shaun Wright-Phillips scored ten points and I got two clean sheets from Birmingham players.
That’s not too say everyone was good – my other six players got just seven points between them. However the four that scored big allowed me to catch right up in my league with a total score of 76 points.
Gameweek 14 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves):
A Wayne Rooney hat-trick and three bonus points got him 17 points and the highest score of the week. I picked him as captain so was doubly happy. There weren’t too many other double figure scores floating around. Chris Eagles was next with 16 for one goal, two assists and three bonus vs West Ham while Ryan Giggs scored his 100th Premier League goal and set up Rooney a couple of times for 15 points.
Three Captain Picks:
Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea are all away from home this weekend which makes me a little wary of picking any of their players as captain.
1. Fabregas or Arshavin/Arsenal – For all the talk of 100+ goals a few weeks ago, Arsenal have now failed to score in the league since Robin van Persie got injured. Admittedly they were difficult games at Sunderland and against Chelsea at home but it is a concern. I think they’ll hit the net on Saturday as for all their strength, Stoke are pretty poor away from the Britannia. None of the strikers available (Eduardo & Vela) are particularly inspiring right now so it’s left to either Fabregas or Arshavin to do the damage.
2. Lennon or Defoe/Spurs – With every passing week Everton seem to lose someone to injury. Their squad is really thin at the mo and is full of youngsters. Tottenham’s recent record against Everton is pretty good so either Lennon or Defoe are a fair shout to do something.
3. Agbonlahor/Aston Villa – Hull have picked up since Bullard has returned from injury but I think their mini run will end against Aston Villa. Agbonlahor has been in pretty consistent form this season and his space should cause plenty of problems for the Hull defence.
Three Suggested Transfers In:
1. Chelsea defenders – Have quietly put together five straight clean sheets and will no doubt get many more before the season is out. Their back five is pretty pricey but Ivanovic can be had for £5.7m still while you could perhaps invest in Cech as one your keepers if you’re feeling extravagant.
2. Birmingham defenders – Can’t afford the Blues’ defenders then why not go for the Blues’ defenders instead. Yes, by slightly changing the shade of blue you go for, plenty of clean sheet points can still come your way at a price to match. Birmingham now have six clean sheets (behind Chelsea’s nine) for the season, and considering they never get thrashed when they do concede makes having at least two if not three of them very worthwhile.
3. Giggs/Man Utd – His two assists last week brought him up to nine for the season and while he does miss a game a month, he does enough in the others to warrant having. At £7.3m he’s a bargain and consistently produces in the tricky fixtures when Man Utd are off form.
Three To Avoid:
1. Man City players – They’ve officially reached unreliable status after their failure to beat Hull at home meaning seven successive draws. I apologise for suggesting to go with Adebayor as captain last week – that was about as successful as a Tiger Woods trying to get away with an affair. They are still worth having in your team (attacking players at least) but just don’t think of making them captain.
2. Collins/Aston Villa – Has missed the last three weeks and is still doubtful for this one. He was a good option for a while but is now worth getting rid of as he’s in that price bracket which neither cheap enough to save elsewhere nor expensive enough to guarantee points.
3. Stoke players – Specifically Fuller, Huth, Shawcross and Whelan who are all on four yellows thus likely to be missing a game sometime soon.
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