Gameweek 2: Squad Picks

Goalkeepers:

With a home game up against the mis-firing Stoke City, who had just 2 shots on target in their previous game, our choice for keeper this week is Hull City’s Mcgregor (5.0). Though he played a Europa league fixture late in the week, a Sunday fixture in this gameweek should be just enough time to recover.

Alternatives: Crystal Palace’s Speroni (5.0) and Southampton’s Forster (5.0), are the two other similarly priced alternatives with equally strong Home fixtures

Defenders:

A couple of teams will be facing relatively easier opposition at home this gameweek. Chelsea will be facing another newly promoted side Leicester, and the added home advantage should result in a clean sheet in our opinion, which is why we have stuck with last week’s selection Terry (6.5). In another part of London, Spurs will be welcoming QPR at home, and with Naughton suspended for a week, last week’s match winning hero Dier (5.1) is a sure shot starter.

Vlaar (4.6) put in a strong defensive performance last week which saw him pick up a clean sheet and 2 bonus point. We expect him to do the same in their home game against Newcastle.  The other two defender picks are the same as last week, Wisdom (4.0) and Duff (4.0). As we will be playing the 4-3-3 formation, these two will be on our bench and should pick up atleast 2 points if brought on.

Alternatives: Hull City’s Chester (4.6), Southampton’s Clyne (5.0) and Swansea’s latest summer signing Fernandez (5.0) are the other decently priced alternatives with easy home fixtures this week.

Midfielders:

Last week’s star performers Ramsey (9.0) and Sterling (8.5), warrant a place in this week’s team too, in spite of their tough fixtures. They got us a combined 23 points last week, and we can expect them to deliver the goods this time around too.

New drafts in for this week would be Chelsea’s Fabregas (9.0) and Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.2). Though he was played as a defensive midfielder in the double-pivot position, Fabregas was in the thick of things, and registered the highest key passes made and passes received in the opposition area amongst his Chelsea team mates.
Sigurdsson, playing comfortably in the hole, scored a goal and assisted another, to pull off an upset victory at Old Trafford. He fit in well behind the strikers, and orchestrated play perfectly for his position. With an initial price tag of just 6.0 (which has shot up to 6.2 now), expect him to be one of the break through performers this season.

We’ve switched our bench player Ahmadi for the equally priced Cattermole (4.5) this time, due to his goal scoring exploits from last week. Playing against a shaky Manchester United defence, it might not be completely improbable that he manages to net one again.

Alternatives: Hull’s Ince (5.5), who will be playing out of position as a striker, is a decent alternative to bring in for their home game against Stoke. Other picks who could shine this week are Southampton’s Tadic (7.5), or the cheapest option into Chelsea’s midfield trio, Schurrle (7.5).

Forwards:

Our striker picks were spot on last week, as the similar priced pair of Rooney (10.5) and Costa (10.5), both picked up a goal each. We would suggest sticking by this pair, as they both have easy fixtures this week and as their team’s primary goal scorers, we expect them to find the back of the net again.
For our third striker, we’v switched in Dzeko (8.5) for last week’s pick Jovetic (8.0). With the prolific Aguero back in contention for a starting spot, we have a feeling Pellegrini is going to give the Bosnian a chance to start, over Jovetic. City face a leaky Liverpool defence at home this week, which almost slipped two goals against Southampton last week.

Alternatives: Another high priced pair to bring in would be Aguero (11.5) and Sturridge (11.5) who both look likely to keep up their goal scoring exploits, but would ofcourse cripple you budget wise. Or you could go for either one of them and pair them up with the budget friendly Adebayor (8.5) or Bony (8.5), both of whom have easy home fixtures this week.