CAUTION: Gameweek 14 begins on Tuesday 02-Dec-14. Do not FORGET !
Our choice for keeper this week is Manchester United’s De Gea (5.4). Now this might come as a surprise to some, seeing how the majority of their defense is plagued with injuries currently. But they will be facing a seemingly toothless Hull side this week, who have scored just a single goal in their last 4 matches. To add to that, De Gea has been in fantastic form for United, registering 17 saves in his previous 4 games alone.
Alternatives: Our choice for alternate keeper this week is Swansea’s Fabianski (5.1), who has also managed an equally impressive 18 saves in his last 4 games for the Swans, and will be up against Crystal Palace on the weekend.
Southampton have finally come to the end of the road, and must now survive through three tough fixtures to prove their mettle. This means that, unfortunately, we will have to bid goodbye to our trusty Saint’s defenders for the time being atleast. On the bright side, Chelsea now face a run of decent fixtures and so our first pick is Blues’ skipper Terry (6.3). He opened the scoring in their mid week rout of Schalke, and we hope he can carry forward that form into the Premier League too.
We have gone for quite a budget friendly defence this week, the first of those being Newcastle’s Dummett (4.3). The Magpies have been in absolutely brilliant form at the back, keeping 4 clean sheets in their previous 5 matches. They face a trip to injury plagued West Ham this week, who look likely to be without their star striker pairing of Valencia and Sakho at the front. Our next pick is Swansea’s Taylor (4.7), who will face off against Crystal Palace at home, in what will be the first of two easy home games for the Swans. We might see them continue their streak of clean sheets, which was temporarily broken by Arsenal and City in the past two weeks.
Our last two picks in defence are Burnley’s Trippier (4.8), who will face off against Aston Villa at home, and Arsenal’s Chambers (4.9), who we expect will slot in at right back position, in place of the injured Debuchy. Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after their defeat to United last week, and should have no trouble keeping West Brom at bay.
Alternatives: Alternative choices in defence this week are West Ham’s Cresswell (5.4), who will face a trip from an in-form Newcastle side, and Everton’s Baines (7.3), who has an outside chance of being fit for their clash against Spurs on Sunday.
In spite of drawing a blank against United last week, the mercurial Sanchez (11.0) makes a return to our team for GW13. The Chilean, will no doubt be boosted by his mid week goal against Dortmund in the Champions League, and will be raring to get on the score sheet again when they face off against West Brom. Manchester United’s own star summer signing Di Maria (10.0), narrowly missed out on adding to his goal tally last week, bringing his worrisome goal less streak to 5 matches now. But he has managed to stay on our radar by means of 2 important assists in his previous 2 games. We are banking on him to repay our faith in their next two easy home fixtures against Hull and Stoke.
As we mentioned, Chelsea will now enjoy a run of decent fixtures, and it seems more than logical to opt for atleast one out of their three top scoring mids of Oscar / Fabregas / Hazard. Ideally we would have gone with Hazard, but seeing how poor the Belgian’s away from is as compared to his home form, we have opted for the marginally cheaper Fabregas (9.7) for GW13. Keeping him company will be the player who is ranked 2nd after him in terms of assists; Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.8), who we feel will get back to his point scoring ways in their next two home fixtures against Crystal Palace and QPR.
Our last pick in midfield is Spurs’ Eriksen (7.8), who picked up an impressive double figure haul last week, and will face off, in an important clash against Everton, who are equal on points with them.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Downing (6.0) is likely to be fit this weekend, and will be looking to spearhead the attack in the absence of Sakho and Valencia at the front. Our other alternative pick for this week is Everton’s Barkley (6.8), who chipped in with an assist last week, and will be looking to cause all sorts of trouble to the Spurs’ back four.
We think it might be a good idea to just rename this last section to “Costa, Aguero and ……”. The ex Atleti pair of Costa (11.1) and Aguero (12.7) have been wreaking havoc on Premier League defences this season, and don’t look like they might be slowing down any time soon. While Costa will have an easy opponent in Sunderland this week, Aguero will be up going up against the famed Southampton defence, who have conceded just 6 goals till now. But he has sent out a strong message to the Saints with his mid week hattrick against German champions Bayern, and we have a feeling he will be getting his name on the score sheet this weekend too.
Our last pick this week is QPR’s Austin (5.9), who has netted an impressive 4 goals in his last 4 matches. The Rangers will be embroiled in a relegation zone battle against Leicester, and we expect Austin to continue his red hot form and pick up some good points.
Alternatives: There are a dearth of alternatives to choose from this week, but we have narrowed it down to Swansea’s Bony (8.2), Burnley’s Ings (5.7) and Spurs’ budget friendly striker Kane (4.9). We will also be keeping an eye out for Manchester United’s returning striker Falcao and Arsenal’s Giroud in the weeks to come.