Foreword: Due to the tremendous response and public demand, this Gameweek 24 Squad article would be authored by the editor of the Captain’s section.
Feels so good to be doing what makes you happiest! Thank you guys, it is your support that keeps us going! Now back to the squad for Gameweek number 24:
Suspensions and injuries had forced us to select a tight budget team last week, which I must say did not do very well. Some of those injuries and suspensions have been carried forward into this gameweek as well. Let us try to only carry forward the positives from last gameweek.
David Ospinia (4.8) has caught the eyes of many fantasy team managers with his third consecutive clean sheet in the league. Call him a lucky charm for the Gunner’s backline, or simply a better presence in the goal than his alternative – whatever it maybe seems to be working out for that leaky defense. Arsenal’s three wins in three games has come at the exact right time as it gives them the much needed confidence to face their rivals Tottenham in what could be a mouth watering derby to watch.
Other keeper’s to watch out could be Thibaut Courtois (5.9) and Joe Hart (6.1). Both keepers face relatively easy teams in Aston Villa and Hull City.
Chelsea seem to be the only team that appear convincing in their defensive outlook. Taking a cue from this, Branislav Ivanovic (7.2) comes up as the most logical top choices for defenders. Owing to Arsenal’s impressive display in defense in the last few games, Laurent Koscielny (5.9) makes the cut too in this gameweek’s team. Another quick look at the fixtures list reveals manageable fixtures for Westbrom, Southampton and Manchester City, so we welcome into our team Andre Wisdom (4.6) ,Gael Clichy (5.8) and Nathaniel Clyne (5.9).
Alternatives for the above defenders could be Martin Skrtel (5.8) and Daryl Jaanmat (5.3). Liverpool have kept cleansheets in recent games but their upcoming fixture against Everton is the only reason Skrtel makes it to the alternatives section. Ditto for Jaanmat- they may be playing Stoke who are not one of the best teams around but they have a genuine goal scoring threat (guess who?)
This is probably the least difficult part of this article. Eden Hazard (10.8), David Silva (9.5), Santi Cazorla (8.5), Christian Eriksen (8.4) and Raheem Sterling (8.4) all make my team for this week. All these players feature consistent form in their performances and face easy fixtures. While Hazard, Silva and Cazorla have that extra opportunity to get points due to the absence of their respective key team mates, Eriksen and Sterling would be relying on the presence of strikers in their own teams (who themselves seem to be in cracking form)
Other possible options in the midfield could be Stewart Downing (6.6), Emboaba Oscar (8.4) and Dusan Tadic (7.7)
Last week we were forced to go forward with a budget strike force due to some suspensions and injury worries. Not anymore. Daniel Sturridge (11.2) announced his return from injury last week with a smacking goal which cements his place in this week’s team. Sergio Aguero (12.8) has not had the best of games after he himself returned from injury, adding fuel to speculation and the general feeling that a big point haul is due from him. Harry Kane (6.1) maintains his place in our team for the third striker’s spot owing to the incredible form the young Englishman is currently enjoying.
Alternative strikers could be Charlie Austin (6.5) and Graziano Pelle (7.8). Interestingly both these players face each other this weekend (is this a sign ?)
Thanks everyone for the support, I’ll be sticking to the Captain’s article from next week. Enjoy your football this weekend guys 🙂