Everton’s Howard (5.4) kept his first clean sheet since mid September against Aston Villa last week, and has a good shot at making that 2 in 2 games when they come up against 19th placed Burnley this Sunday, who have just managed only 4 goals till now.
Alternatives: Southampton’s Forster (5.1) and Swansea’s Fabianski (5.1) are both good alternatives for the keeper’s position, with home games against Stoke and Leicester respectively.
Southampton’s full back duo of Clyne (5.5) and Bertrand (5.4) both make it to our team for GW9. Holding 3rd and 4th place in overall points among defenders, and being priced at an affordable 5.5, are good enough reasons to pick up both full backs for the long run (until GW13 atleast). Another full back who had featured in last week’s team, and gets a recall for GW9, is Everton’s Baines (7.1). He has already picked up 3 assists in his last 2 games, and will be sure to provide some good returns against Burnley this week too.
Aston Villa skipper Vlaar (4.5) will return from injury against bottom table QPR this week. With 5 back to back difficult fixtures out of the way, Villa with a fit Vlaar in their ranks, could regain their early season defensive form, that saw them keep 3 clean sheets in 4 games.
Swansea, who crumbled to a surprise defeat against Stoke last week, will be looking to bounce back against Leicester this week. Taylor (4.7) picks up a spot on our bench this week.
Alternatives: West Brom’s Dawson (4.6) who face Crystal Palace at home, is a decent alternative to consider this week. Another option is Spurs’ Dier (5.4) for their home game against the Magpies. Though they have been poor in defense of late, a string of easy fixtures in the coming weeks could see them pick up a few clean sheets along the way.
Despite drawing a blank last week, Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.8) retains his spot on our team for GW9. The Swans were kept at bay by a resilient Stoke, but will be looking to bounce back with all guns blazing for their home game against Leicester this week.
Two of the Premier League’s top class midfield maestros, Di Maria (10.2) and Fabregas (9.7), will face off against each other, in a mouthwatering clash between Manchester United and Chelsea this week. Di Maria has shaken off a thigh injury concern from last week’s game against West Brom, and will be fit for Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. Fabregas on the other hand, was busy with their mid week Champions League clash against Maribor, where he chipped in with an assist. That makes it a goal and 2 assists in his last three games. It will be difficult to tell who will come out on top on Sunday, but we sure are looking forward to this match.
Southampton’s Tadic (7.6) burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion last week with his 1 goal and 4 assists haul against Sunderland. He is now tied at top spot with Fabregas at 7 assists each, and might just overtake him in their home game against Stoke this week.
Lastly, Spurs’ Eriksen (7.8) has also showed some good form of late, with 2 goals in his previous 2 matches. He was benched in their Europa League clash against Asteras Tripolis, and will be raring to go for their visit from Newcastle on Saturday.
Alternatives: Arsenal’s Ramsey (8.8) is back in action for the Gooners, and might prove to be a good differential option to have this week. Another decent alternative is Liverpool’s Lallana (8.4), who played just 45mins in their mid week Champions League clash, and will be comparatively fresh for their home against Hull.
The usual suspects Aguero (12.5) and Pelle (7.8), unsurprisingly feature again in our attacking trio at the front for GW9. The duo have picked up a whopping 9 goals between the two of them, in their last 3 matches, and can be counted on to deliver the goods again this week against West Ham and Stoke respectively. The clinical Argentine is averaging 3.3 Shots on Target per game, and is now tied at top spot for goals scored, with fellow ex-Atleti striker Diego Costa. With Costa looking to miss out this week, it looks like the in form Aguero will storm ahead this week to pick up the 10 Goal Premier League award.
With Costa a major doubt for this week, our thoughts have turned to West Brom’s surprise package Berahino (5.7). The U-21 England international has picked up 4 goals in his last 3 games, and will be looking to add to his tally against Crystal Palace this week.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Sakho (5.7) has also been in brilliant form for the Hammers, scoring 4 in 4 games till now. A visit from reigning champions City, might lower his chances of making that 5 in 5, but that doesn’t stop us from giving him a mention in the Alternatives section. Other good options to consider are Everton’s Lukaku (9.0) and Arsenal’s Welbeck (7.3).