Gameweek 17

Goalkeepers:

A flurry of memes on the social media has convinced us that David de Gea (5.6) can save pretty much everything on and off the field! With 8 saves and a clean sheet against Liverpool along with the return of Jones and Evans, we have no hesitation in handing the gloves over to de Gea this week against Villa.

Alternatives:  We’re also backing City’s Joe Hart (6.1) and Southampton’s Ben Foster (4.6) this week as both have kept back-to-back clean sheets in their previous games and have easy fixtures this week.

Defenders:

The champions have had a good run so far without Aguero as Pellegrini’s men have maintained a tight defense to make up for their lack of strikers. Pablo Zabaleta (6.4) has been rested last week and should be raring to go against Crystal Palace at the Etihad.

A good performance against Derby County mid-week, a lineup of fairly easy fixtures and the tendency to attack puts Ivanovic (7.2) in our squad this week.

Having spent a lot of money on our 1st two picks, Andre Wisdom (4.2), Aaron Cresswell (5.5) and Ben Davies (4.4) come to the rescue as budget friendly options this week. They’re facing relegation threatened QPR, Leicester and Burnley respectively so you can count on them to get you some bang for the buck.

Alternatives: Gael Clichy (5.6) was dropped from our squad to make room for Zabaleta but if you are a little cash-strapped, Clichy is an excellent in-form alternative. Hutton (4.3) faces a 1-game ban against Manchester United this week. If you have him, retain him as Villa have a lucrative list of fixtures in the coming gameweeks (SWA, SUN, CRY and LEI).

Midfielders:

This week we make no changes to our strong midfield which brought in a whopping 48 points last week! Yaya Toure (10.8) didn’t get us too many points but the absence of Aguero for penalty duty and a streak of easy fixtures makes him a keeper (pun intended).

Hazard (10.6) and Eriksen (7.9) also retained their spots in our squad with one goal each in their mid-week Capital One Cup fixtures. It was a tough choice between Hazard and Mata but a sublime goal by Chelsea’s in-form midfielder against Derby County and the likelihood of a return for Argentina’s Player of the Year, Angel di Maria, pushed Hazard into our squad for this gameweek.

Liverpool vs Arsenal is a fixture that holds the record for the most number of hat-tricks in EPL (5) and if there’s one person who can live up to this record this season, its Alexis Sanchez (10.8). With 2 assists last week, Sanchez has increased his tally of goals and assists to 14, with only Aguero (17) ahead of him so far this season.

Downing (6.3) stepped up to the occasion and rescued his team at the Stadium of Light last week with an equalizer. Having lost only 1 game in their last 10, the momentum is surely with West Ham going into the fixture against visitors Leicester who are currently at the bottom of the table.

Alternatives: Juan Mata (8.5) and Santi Cazorla (8.1) are both immensely talented mid-fielders who have shown their class over the years and had great games last week bagging 14 pts each.

Strikers:

Chelsea visits Stoke on Tuesday (yes, Tuesday!) who have had the longest run without a clean sheet this season having conceded in each of their last 10 league matches. Diego Costa (11.2) retains his spot after he ended his goal drought last week and we all know that there’s no stopping Costa once he finds his form again.

Swansea’s Wilfred Bony (8.5) also retains his spot this week. The striker is in superb form with a whopping 33 points in his last 5 games and currently ranks as the league’s top scorer for 2014 with 21 goals. We’re counting on him to continue this form when Swansea visits Hull City this week.

With 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games, the flying dutchman Robin Van Persie (12.6) is back in form and how. Manchester United seem to be getting back to a full-strength squad and you can expect at least a goal or two from them as they hope to extend their winning streak to 7 games when they travel to Villa Park this Saturday.

Alternatives: Wayne Rooney (10.6) has scored more goals in the Premier League against Aston Villa than he has against any other opponent (12) and a goal last week makes him a good alternative for RVP. Charlie Austin (6.0) and Harry Kane (5.1) are some cheaper alternatives who could bag you some points this week based on the form and fixtures.