Our first choice for custodian this week is Southampton’s Forster (5.4), who will enjoy a decent run of fixtures (three to be precise) before taking on the big boys from London and Manchester again in back to back fixtures. We hope Forster and company can get back to their fine defensive form which had seen them keep 4 clean sheets in 4 games.
Alternatives: Aston Villa’s Guzan (4.7) is our alternative pick for the week. The keeper will face off against a weak West Brom side who have managed to score just a single goal in their last 5 outings now.
Chelsea’s Azpilicueta (6.2) and Manchester City’s Zabaleta (6.4) both face off against relegation threatened teams this week, and should be able to get easy shut outs. Chelsea, who were building up some good steam before getting derailed by Newcastle last week, will be raring to bounce back against Hull at home, while City should have no trouble with bottom placed Leicester.
Last week’s goal scoring hero Hutton (4.3) gets a call back to the team as they take on goal shy West Brom at the Hawthorns. Like we mentioned before, West Brom have managed to score just ONE goal in their last 5 games, and shouldn’t pose much of a threat to the Villa back line. Southampton’s Clyne (5.9) makes a return to our lineup after a three week hiatus, and will take on relegation threatened Burnley at Turf Moor.
Our last pick in defence is Everton’s Jagielka (5.7) who will take on QPR at home on Monday. We know Everton’s defensive form has been anything but impressive, but with QPR’s star striker Austin set to miss this one, Everton could end the gameweek with a cleansheet to their name.
Alternatives: Other options to consider are Everton’s Baines (7.3), who will leave a deeper hole in your pocket as compared to Jagielka, but has the additional advantage of spot kicks in his favour, and West Ham’s Cresswell (5.5).
With Silva and Aguero missing in action, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (10.8) has stepped up big time in recent weeks. The Ivorian giant has picked up 3 goals and 8 bonus points in his last 4 games, and looks to be on route towards replicating last season’s blistering 20 goal haul. With Aguero set to miss the next 3-4 matches, Yaya seems like a good replacement to snap up in his place. Arsenal’s Sanchez (11.3) has also been in decent form after his temporary slump, picking up a goal and assist in his last 2 games. He will take on an inform Newcastle side at home, and will need to put on a much better display than their North London rivals.
Chelsea’s Hazard (10.5) and West Ham’s Downing (6.2) both get a call back to the team from last week. Downing has been in superb form for the Hammers, and with Sakho and Valencia back to full fitness, is sure to rack up a couple of assists in the coming weeks. Hazard was unlucky to hit the post against Newcastle last week, and will be raring to take on Hull at home.
Our last pick in midfield is Swan’s playmaker Sigurdsson (7.0) who will take on Spurs at home, and looks likely to pick up an assist with the inform Bony leading the line.
Alternatives: Manchester City’s returning midfield mastro Silva (8.8) is our first alternative pick, and what better match to make a comeback at, than against relegation threatened Leicester. Another budget friendly option to consider is Crystal Palace’s skipper Jedinak (5.3) who will take on Stoke at home.
Chelsea’s Costa (11.1) wasn’t at his usual best against Newcastle last week, but will be looking to hit the back of the net when they take on Hull at home. With Aguero sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks, Costa has a good chance to catch up with or even overtake the Argentine’s tally of 14 goals. Next up is Swansea’s in form striker Bony (8.5) who has picked up a whopping 26 points in his last 4 games, courtesy of 3 goals and an assist. In terms of form and fixture, Bony looks to be the best direct replacement for Aguero in our opinion.
Last up is Everton’s Lukaku (9.1) who will take on the defensively shabby Rangers at home. Lukaku has been in decent form, netting 2 in his last 4 games, and looks likely to get on the scoresheet again against QPR.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Sakho (5.8) was back with a bang last week, making it 6 goals in his last 7 starts for the Hammers, and hopefully will slot right back in to the team alongside Carroll / Valencia. Another option to consider is Manchester City’s Jovetic (7.8) who has scored 2 in his last 3 games, and looks most likely to temporarily slot in for the injured Aguero. We would also like to give a special mention to Manchester United’s Van Persie (12.5), who has scored 3 in his last 3 games now, and looks to be getting back into form.