With 2 consecutive clean sheets against Burnley and Swansea, and a home game against Stoke City this week, Sunderland’s Mannone (4.5) is our pick between the sticks for the week. With neither side being quite that potent in attack, a goal less draw isn’t all that unlikely of a result. Though Crouch has found some form of late, Mannone should be able to get a shut out for the Black Cats.
Alternatives: Leicester’s Schmeichel (4.5) and Swansea’s Fabianski (5.0) are other options to consider with decent fixtures on their plate. Though West Ham have not managed a single clean sheet yet, their next two fixtures (QPR, Burnley) could remedy that. We’l be giving Adrian (5.0) a place on our bench this week to see how he performs against the Rangers.
The reigning champions will face a trip to a struggling Villa side that has conceded 6 goals in their previous 2 goals, while scoring none at the other end themselves. Kompany (6.5) being free from any risk of rotation is the most obvious (and most expensive) choice from the City back four.
Though Ivanovic (7.3) and Clyne (5.4) face tough opponents from London this week. their attacking potential is difficult to ignore, and both retain a spot this week. Ivanovic has already managed 12 shots on goal, and also boasts a decent Pass success rate of 83%. A clean sheet looks difficult, but they are likely to contribute in terms of an assist or goal.
Swansea’s Taylor (4.6) and Leicester’s Moore (4.0) face easy opposition at home in Newcastle and Burnley respectively, and are likely to maintain clean sheets this week. Burnley in fact have managed just ONE single goal till now, which came in their opening game against Chelsea.
Alternatives: Everton’s Baines (7.0) has picked up a goal and assist in his last three games, and could very well get on the score sheet this week against a considerably weak Manchester United defence. Another option to consider is Stoke City’s Shawcross (5.6) who faces an away trip to the Stadium of Light.
Di Maria (10.0) and Sterling (8.9) both drew blanks last week, but will be looking to be bounce back this week. With Sturridge still out for a couple more days, Sterling looks to be the only possible source of points from the Liverpool attack. Di Maria will be looking to cause all kinds of trouble to the Everton back four, who have surprisingly managed just a single clean sheet this season.
Manchester City’s Silva (9.2) has had a slow start to the season, but seems to have found his form finally with 2 assists at Hull last week. With decent fixtures on the horizon, Silva looks to be an apt replacement for all the heart broken Ramsey owners (still at 26.6% ownership). On the contrary Fabregas (9.5) who had hit the ground running, seems to be in a temporary slump of sorts, with 2 blanks in his previous 2 games. But a visit from his old club Arsenal, should shake things up this week. Chalk this down to gut feeling, but we think Cesc is going to score in this weeks London derby.
Crystal Palace’s Jedinak (4.9) has been on our radar after scoring 2 in 2 games for the Eagles. With an away trip to the defensively shabby Hull City (who will miss their main keeper McGregor through injury), Jedinak could find himself making that 3 in 3.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Downing (5.6) has been rejuvenated in his new role behind the striker, and could be a good low priced option to have on your team. With Rooney serving a 3 match ban (for kicking above mentioned player), Mata (8.7) will be handed the open slot behind the two strikers in his absence. Southampton’s midfield duo of Tadic (7.5) and Mane (6.9) both picked up an assist last week, and could prove to be a good investment in the coming weeks.
First things first, Mourinho has officially confirmed that Costa (11.1) will play against London rivals Arsenal on Sunday. The striker has been in blistering form, and with no signs of slowing down (despite a nagging hamstring concern), will cause all sorts of problems for Arsenal’s back four. It’s no surprise then that Costa has been our obvious choice for Captain so often this season.
Another striker in mercurial form, is Southampton new boy Pelle (7.8). With 4 goals in as many matches, and an attractive price tag of just under 8.0m, it’s a wonder that he is owned by just 13.8% of fantasy managers. Except this week’s match against Tottenham, Southampton’s upcoming fixtures list is promising, and will provide good opportunity for Pelle to add to his impressive tally.
Lastly, Leicester’s in form striker Ulloa (5.9), who also has scored 4 in 4 games, surprisingly drew a blank last week against Crystal Palace. But he should have better luck against a defensively weak Burnley side this week.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Sakho (5.5) has picked up 2 goals and an assist in his last 3 games, and could turn out to be a good alternative to Ulloa in the low priced segment. City’s contrastingly priced striker pairing of Aguero (12.2) and Dzeko (8.5) both got on the score sheet last week, and will be looking to repeat the same this week against Villa. A very good differential option this week is West Brom’s Berahino (5.5), who scored 2 against Burnley last week, and could very well put one past Liverpool’s shaky back four too.