Begovic (5.0) retains his place between the sticks this week, as Stoke face off against QPR, who have managed to score just a single goal in their past 4 games, while letting in 9 at the back. If QPR’s past few performances are to be of any indication, Stoke should be able to get an easy win this week.
Alternatives: With a little more money in the bank, you can opt for either of De Gea (5.5) or Howard (5.4), both of whom have easy fixtures and should be able to maintain a clean sheet.
Manchester United’s run of easy fixtures continue, and with two consecutive clean sheets, Evans (5.4) is a sure shot pick. Another consistent source of points has been Southampton’s full back Clyne (5.1), who although faces a difficult opponent in Swansea, still has a lot to offer with his marauding runs and crosses from the flank.
Burnley have kept 2 consecutive clean sheets, and ironically their least priced defender has racked up the most points from their defense. Duff (4.1) has picked up a total of 4 bonus points in his last two games, and gets a spot on our team as they face off against Sunderland at home.
Our bench options remain the same as last week: Wisdom (4.0) and McShane (4.0)
Alternatives: Spurs’ Dier (5.4) returns from injury this week, and is a good option to consider for their home game against West Brom. Everton also have a seemingly easy fixture on their hands against Crystal Palace, and either of Jagielka (5.4) or Stones (5.4) are decently priced options to have.
Chelsea’s Fabregas (9.4) and Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.5) both being in good form, are automatic picks in midfield for the time being. Although Sigurdsson drew a blank against Chelsea last week, expect him to be involved in goals again against Southampton at home. Rodgers made the mistake of benching Sterling (8.8) against Aston Villa last week and paid for it dearly with a home loss. We’re pretty sure he won’t be experimenting with that strategy again anytime soon.
Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria (9.7) was in top form last week, and proved to everyone why he is worth every single penny. Although it was against a timid QPR side, his injection of pace and clinical passing was just what the strikers in front of him needed. With a run of easy fixtures for the next couple of weeks, we suggest you snap him up immediately.
This weeks midfield bench spot is given to Southampton’s Cork (4.4). He played the full 90mins last week, and scored a goal in their 4-0 rout of Newcastle. A good cheap option to have on your bench.
Alternatives: Everton’s Mirallas (7.4) has found the net in his last two games, and at just 7.4m is a good mid priced option to consider. Same goes for Southampton’s Schneiderlin (5.7), who has netted 3 in 2 games and is turning out to be quite a surprising source of goals for the Saints. Another goal this week, and we may be compelled to draft him in our Starting XI for the next week.
We’ve ignored Costa (10.8) for the past two game weeks, in which he has netted a whopping 5 goals. All because of the looming fear of him not starting due to concerns with his hamstring. But this shall happen no more, as a fully fit and rested Costa will be unleashed on Manchester City this week. His prowess in front of goal is too evident to ignore, and if you haven’t already bought him, there is no better time than right now. On the opposite side will be Aguero (12.1) who was also benched for their Champions League match, and will be fit and raring to go against Chelsea at the Etihad. Chelsea have looked weak at the back, conceding 5 goals in their previous 2 games, and Aguero and company will be looking to exploit that.
Southampton’s new boy Pelle (7.6) has caught our eye with 3 goals in 2 games. With a trip to Swansea and a home game against QPR next week, Pelle looks to be a good mid priced option to snap up for the coming weeks.
Alternatives: Alternative options to consider this week are Spurs’ Adebayor (8.6) who faces West Brom at home, Stoke City’s Diouf (6.1) against QPR and Hull City’s Jelavic (6.0) who faces Newcastle on their trip away from home.