Gameweek 22

Another much awaited gameweek kicks off this Saturday before going off on a much despised break the next week. Players have an uncanny tendency to get injured in these breaks, so be careful with your winter wildcard transfers. If you haven’t already used it, maybe holding on for one more week would seem prudent. With that friendly piece of advice out of the way, let’s jump right into the squad picks for GW22.

Goalkeepers:

Southampton have risen from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix and reclaimed their (rightful?) place in the top 4. A major part of the praise must ofcourse fall on Forster (5.5) and company, whose excellent showing has earned them 2 important clean sheets in their last 2 games, and that too against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.. A trip to Newcastle then should not be much of a problem for the Saints this week.

Alternatives: Our alternative choice in goal for the week is Leicester’s sub keeper Hamer (4.0), who has been filling in for the injured Schmeichel. Hamer has picked up 2 cleansheets in his last 3 games, and is a good budget friendly option to consider for their home game against Stoke this week.

Defenders:

Last week’s picks, Terry (6.6) and Bertrand (5.8) both get a call back to the team after their excellent performances earned them each a clean sheet in GW21. Both face off against moderate opposition away from home, but seeing the form they are in, should be able to get a clean sheet none the less.

Our next two picks Shawcross (5.4) and Jones (5.2), aren’t amongst the regular clean sheet getters, but with both facing off against opponents from the relegation zone this week, we were inclined to take a risk and pick them up.

Lastly, West Ham’s Cresswell (5.6) slots into the last spot in our defence, as they take on the third team from the R-zone (Hull City). Hull have been poor going forward, scoring just 2 goals in their last 3 games, and shouldn’t pose much of a threat to West Ham at home.

Alternatives: With Alderweireld out with a hamstring injury for the Saints, our thoughts turn to the super budget friendly Gardos (4.8) who will slot right into his place. A good alternative to consider if you are cash strapped and can’t afford Bertrand / Clyne. Another alternative to consider is Spurs defender Rose (4.8) who looks to be a good attacking option, after his recent goals against Chelsea and Burnley.

Midfielders:

A scintillating performance from Sanchez (11.5) last week, means he picks up the first spot in midfield in spite of his tough game against reigning champions Manchester City. The mercurial Chilean is leading the point scoring charts currently with 141 pts, courtesy of 12 goals, 7 assists and 22 Bonus points. Now those are some impressive numbers!!!

Another pick from last week Chadli (6.5) retains his spot for GW22, after picking up an assist in his last game. Spurs will take on Sunderland at home, and we expect the Belgian winger to be involved in goals this week too. Manchester United’s Di Maria (9.5) started against Southampton last week, but failed to impress against a resilient Saints side. But the former Madrid winger will have a chance to redeem himself when they take on QPR this week.

Southampton’s Tadic (7.7) has been instrumental in their comeback to the top 4, scoring 2 and assisting another in his last 3 games. With good fixtures on the horizon for the Saints, we think he would be a good option to hang on to for the coming weeks.

Downing (6.5), who picked up an important assist last week, is our last pick in midfield, as he takes on relegation threatened Hull at home.

Alternatives: Liverpool’s Coutinho (7.6) is a good alternative choice to consider, as they take on Villa away from home. Coutinho has been in good form off late, picking up 3 assists in his last 4 games for the Reds.

Forwards:

Premier League top scorer Costa (11.2) is ofcourse our first pick up front,  The clinical striker has picked up 15 goals already, yet doesn’t feature in the top three for Shots on Goal. This should give you an indication of just how effective Costa is in front of goal for the Blues. But the title of top scorer might soon be wrested from him, as City’s star striker Aguero (12.4) is back to full fitness. Arsenal’s back four will have a real task on their hands, trying to keep the quick footed Argentine away from goal.

Our last forward to complete the attacking trio up front is none other than Spurs’ in form striker Kane (5.8). The young striker has picked up 3 goals, 2 assists and 4 bonus points in his last 2 games alone. A proper value for money player, considering he is priced at just a measly 5.8m only.

Alternatives: Burnley’s Ings (5.7) has hit some superb form recently, picking up 2 goals and an assist in his last 3 games. Another budget friendly striker in impressive form is West Brom’s Berahino (5.5) who has an equally impressive tally of 2 goals in 2 games.