Aston Villa’s Guzan (4.6) is our man between the sticks this week, as they take on last placed Leicester City at Villa Park. Guzan has been in decent form, registering 15 saves and 2 clean sheets in his last 2 games, and seems likely to get a shut out against the Foxes at home.
Alternatives: Arsenal’s budget-friendly substitute keeper Martinez (4.5) is our alternative pick this week. With Szczesny still out nursing a rib injury, Martinez looks likely to deputize for him again as they take on Stoke City.
With 3 clean sheets in their last 3 games, its no surprise then that our first pick in defense is Chelsea’s Azpilicueta (6.1). The Blues have been in superb form at the back, and will be looking to make it 4 in 4 games when they take on Newcastle at St. James Park. This would bring them on par with Southampton’s tally of 7 until now. With a kind run of fixtures on the cards, we would suggest investing in atleast one of their defenders for the long run. On the other side of London, Arsenal too have managed 2 clean sheets in their last 2 games, and we feel Chambers (5.1) and company can bring that to 3 in 3, when they face off against Stoke City on Saturday.
Our next two budget friendly defenders, West Brom’s Dawson (4.7) and Hull’s Chester (4.4), both face off against each other this GW. Each of their teams have managed to score just a single goal in their last 4 games, so it doesn’t seem all that unlikely then that this fixture ends in a 0-0 draw in our favour.
Our last pick in defence is Villa’s Hutton (4.2) who picked up 2 bonus points for his contribution in keeping a clean sheet against Palace in the mid week fixtures, and will be looking to get another shut out victory, when they take on relegation threatened Leicester at home.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Cresswell (5.5) and Everton’s Baines (7.3) are our alternative picks in defence this GW. We have picked these two in spite of their tough fixtures, solely on the basis of their attacking potential.
Our first pick in midfield is none other than Arsenal’s goal scoring machine Sanchez (11.1). The Chilean was on target again to score the winner against a resilient Saints side in their midweek fixture, bringing his total tally to 9 in 13 games. As we predicted in our last article, Sanchez seems to have pulled out of a minor slump in form, and will be raring to net his 10th goal of the season against Stoke on the weekend. Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.9) also gets a call back to the team in spite of drawing a blank against QPR last week. We predict the Swans’ playmaker will put on a much better display this week when they take on West Ham away from home.
Our next two picks are from the mid price bracket: Manchester United’s Herrera (7.2) and Chelsea’s Oscar (8.5). Herrera who has slotted in place of the injured Di Maria, has been in good form for the Reds, picking up 2 assists in his last 2 outings. Though they face a defensively strong opponent in Southampton, Herrera looks most likely to unlock the Saints’ defence, and chip in with an important assist again. From the Chelsea midfield, you would be inclined to go with last time’s goal scoring pick Hazard, but the Belgian has been terrible away from home. Every single one of his 5 goals has come in home games, and so we have picked the cheaper Oscar this time, who has picked up 2 assists in his last 3 games.
Our final pick in midfield is Spurs’ Eriksen (8.0), who will be looking to bounce back from the derby defeat, and continue his hot streak of 2 goals & 1 assist in his previous 2 games.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Downing (6.1) and Manchester United’s Mata (8.4) are the other options to consider in midfield. Mata has picked up 2 goals in his last 3 games, and will play an integral part alongside Herrera in attempting to breach Southampton’s resolute defense. We also have Liverpool’s Sterling on our radar, but he hasn’t been consistent enough in his performances, to warrant a position in our team just yet.
Our favourite striker pairing of Costa (11.0) and Aguero (12.9) are back again to lead the line for GW15. We expect Costa to resume right where he left off after serving a 1 game ban for picking up 5 yellow cards. The Blues front man has already netted 11 goals till now and will be raring to catch up with his former Atleti teammate’s tally. Speaking of whom, Aguero was at his absolute devastating best against Sunderland midweek, and picked up a whopping 16 points (32 if you kept him Captain) for his 2 goals & 1 assist. That brings his tally to a phenomenal 14 goals in 14 games. Like we mentioned last week, its a real surprise then that STILL only 36.4 % of fantasy managers have picked him in their teams. If , unfortunately, you are one of those, we hope last week’s display was enough to convince you otherwise.
Our last pick this week is QPR’s in form striker Austin (6.0) who will take on Burnley at home, in what we hope will turn out to be an exciting Relegation zone battle. The striker has picked up 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games, and will be looking to take advantage of Burnley’s weak defense when they face off on the weekend.
Alternatives: Our first choice in the alternatives section is Burnley’s Ings (5.8) who has been in impressive form himself, netting 4 and assisting 1 in his last 6 games. We would suggest picking either of Austin or Ings, as both sides being defensively weak, are sure to concede lots of goals. Also, Spurs’ Kane (5.0) and Arsenal’s Welbeck (7.2) are both decent options to consider, after impressive performances in their last matches.