If there’s something we hate more than seeing a player subbed off on the 59th minute, its these goddamn international breaks. There is nothing more criminal than taking away our weekend football fix (and seeing our players get injured in those stupid matches). So now that EPL is back, relax, take a deep breath and lets jump right into the squad picks for Gameweek 4.
After a short hiatus of one game week, which saw him keep a clean sheet against the reigning champions at their own home ground, Begovic (5.0) returns to our team like the prodigal son. A home fixture against Leicester City should ensure that Stoke manage to keep another clean sheet this week too.
Alternatives: Other slightly pricier options would be United’s De Gea (5.5) and Liverpool’s Mignolet (5.5) who are both equally priced and have enticing easy home fixtures against QPR and Aston Villa respectively.
Manchester United’s easy run of fixtures continues, and since our last week’s pick Jones is out with a hamstring injury, we’v gone ahead and replaced him with the marginally cheaper Evans (5.4), who will do good against a weak QPR who have managed just 1 goal in 3 games.
Another addition to the team is Liverpool new boy Moreno (5.5), who scored and kept a clean sheet last week to pick up a good 13 points. Liverpool’s fixtures ease up from this game week onwards, so Moreno looks to be a good option to bring in for the coming weeks.
Another attack minded defender who has caught our eye is Southampton’s Clyne (5.1), who has scored a goal, kept a clean sheet, and assisted a goal in his last three matches (in that order). A home game against Newcastle gets him a spot on this week’s squad.
Lastly, our two budget defenders Wisdom (4.0) and McShane (4.0) retain their positions as decent bench options.
Alternatives: If you’ve got some extra money lying about, we would suggest investing in Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.2), who has been in top form for the Blues, but on the downside also comes for a top top price. Other options would be Stoke City’s Shawcross (5.6) and a cheaper option into Liverpool’s back line Manquilo (5.0).
With Sturridge ruled out for the next 3 games with a thigh injury, and Liverpool set for a run of decent fixtures, we expect Sterling (8.7) to run riot over the next couple of weeks. He has already picked up 2 goals and an assist in the past 3 games, and is sure to reap in some good points over the coming weeks too.
What do you do when the top two assist givers (tied at 4 assists each) of the Premier League play against each other? We pick them both ofcourse. Chelsea’s Fabregas (9.3) and Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.5) have been in top form since the start of the season, and other than holding the top spot for most assists, both also have an amazing Pass Success rate of above 85%. While this might not be a goal fest like Chelsea’s last outing, we do expect goals from both sides, and you can definitely expect these two to be involved for their sides.
Arsenal’s Ramsey (9.0) also retains his spot from last week. Even though he is up against the reigning champions, his stats of having the third highest number of average passes per game (97) and a Pass Success rate of above 85%, tip the odds in his favour.
We’v given the last midfield spot to Crystal Palace’s Zaha (5.4). With Chamakh out with injury, Zaha looks likely to be slotted in an advanced role behind Gayle. He came off the bench last week to score a crucial injury time equaliser and is a good option to have on our bench.
Alternatives: Other options to consider this week would be Southampton’s Schneiderlin (5.6), West Ham’s Noble (5.5) and Everton’s McGeady (5.5) all of whom have been in good form, with decent fixtures for the week.
With the league’s top scorer Costa shaking off a niggling hamstring concern, and Champions league fixtures looming over mid week, we are not too sure if Mourinho would risk his star striker this weekend. He might just play Costa for 60mins and sub him off for the newly signed Loic Remy. In any case we have decided to not go for Costa this week and instead have drafted in another former Atleti striker Falcao (11.0). Goals are what Manchester United have been missing in their opening games, and El Tigre has been bought in to remedy just that.
Another former Atleti striker Aguero (12.1) takes up the second forward slot. With Jovetic ruled out for the important weekend clash at the Emirates, we expect Aguero to further build up on his tally of 2 goals in 3 games for the champions. Another striker in top form has been Everton’s Naismith (5.4) who has scored 3 in 3 games and is currently the second top scorer after Costa. With Lukaku and Etoo both nursing minor injuries, we think Naismith is going to shine again this weekend against West Brom.
Alternatives: If you had Sturridge last week, you should consider a straight swap for the cheaper priced Balotelli (10.0), who will take up the role of lone striker in his place. Other decent options to consider for this week are Hull City’s Jelavic (6.0), Leicester City’s Ulloa (5.5) and West Ham’s Zarate (6.4) all of whom have been in good form over the past 3 games.