This week we’l be handing over the gloves to Newcastle’s Krul (4.5). With Crystal Palace coming to visit at St. James’ Park, it shouldn’t be too much work for Krul and company to keep a clean sheet.
Alternatives: Other options for keeper would be Manchester City’s Hart (6.0) and Swansea’s new summer acquisition Fabianski (5.0), both of whom have easy home fixtures this week against Stoke City and West Bromwich respectively. Of course both are pricier than Krul, so pick as your budget permits.
With Chelsea and Spurs both up against difficult opposition this week, we’v let go of Terry and Dier, and replaced them with a player apiece from the red and blue side of Manchester. City skipper Kompany (6.5) and United’s Jones (5.5), both find a spot on our team this week due to their easy fixtures. While United admittedly have been leaky at the back, their fixture is too tempting to ignore.
With back to back clean sheets in their previous two games, Aston Villa’s Vlaar (4.6) retains his position from last week. He will mostly be able to shake off an injury concern and start on Sunday against Hull City. Speaking of which, our other new addition this week is Hull’s McShane (4.0). With Aston Villa scoring just a single goal in their last 2 games, this could very well turn out to be a 0-0 draw like their last game.
Lastly, West Brom’s Wisdom (4.0), who picked up 2 bonus points and a clean sheet last week, fills up the last spot in defence, though he will be sitting on our bench.
Alternatives: If you’re facing budget constraints, you could go for the cheaper Demichelis (6.0) and Hutton (4.1) to free up some funds elsewhere. Otherwise Swansea’s Williams (5.0) is a good prospect too for this week.
With easy fixtures coming up on the weekend, Arsenal’s Ramsey (9.1) and Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.4), both retain their spot from last week. They chipped in with a goal and assist respectively last week, and can be counted upon to perform similarly this week too against relatively easier opposition.
Chelsea will get their first taste of a difficult opponent when they welcome Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. In spite of this we’v stuck with Fabregas (9.2), who has racked up an impressive 3 assists in 2 games, and is sure to dictate play and create key chances from his advanced midfield position.
Newcastle’s new signing De Jong (7.0), is fully match fit, and will be handed a starting role against Crystal Palace. We’r gonna take a gamble on him, as we feel he could turn out to be the differential this week. Lastly Sunderland’s Cattermole (4.6) is our choice for bench, and may be likely to chip in with a goal or assist against a shaky QPR defence.
Alternatives: Spurs’ Chadli (6.0) and Lamela (8.0), both performed excellently last week, and could repeat their heroics against Liverpool’s shaky back four (who have already shipped 4 goals till now). A rather pricy pair of alternatives would be Arsenal’s Sanchez (10.4) who will play out of position as striker in Giroud’s absence and City’s Silva (9.0).
United’s Rooney (10.5) retains a spot due to an easy fixture against Burnley. Though he couldn’t get on the score sheet last week, the deadly combo of Rooney and Van Persie should rack up some goals between them this time. City’s Aguero (12.0) has been drafted in this week after back to back stellar perfomances as a sub in previous weeks. He will definitely be in the starting 11 against Stoke and is sure to find the back of the net with his red hot form.
Spur’s Adebayor (8.5) also put on a good show last week, and combined well with Lamela and company to rout QPR 4-0. Liverpool’s defence has been anything but impenetrable till now, and will surely have a tough task on their hands against Spurs.
Alternatives: With Dzeko still nursing a leg injury, Jovetic (8.1) who scored 2 goals last week, is a good alternative for the in-form Aguero. Another injury concern is Chelsea’s Costa who might be sidelined this week with a hamstring injury. In his place, their returning prodigal son Drogba (6.4), might prove to be a good buy for the time being.