Southampton’s Forster (5.6) is our choice for keeper this week as he takes on West Brom away from home. Forster who has 2 clean sheets from the last 3 games, is currently leading the race for the Golden Glove with a total of 12 clean sheets, and looks sure to get a shut out against a team that has failed to get on the score sheet in 3 of their last 5 games.
Alternatives: Newcastle’s budget friendly Krul (4.4) is our choice for alternative keeper as they take on a floundering Villa side at home.
Southampton’s Clyne (6.1), Manchester United’s Jones (5.3) and Newcastle’s Janmaat (5.3) all get a spot in this week’s lineup courtesy of their seemingly easy fixtures. Jones and company have been frustratingly leaky off late, but we feel a good home game against 15th placed Sunderland can get them out of their rut.
With the defensively stable Chelsea set to have a blank gameweek, and Arsenal and City facing off against tough opponents, our attention turns towards Stoke’s Bardsley (4.9) and West Brom’s Lescott (5.0). Stoke will take on the resurgent Hull at home, whereas West Brom faceoff against clean sheet experts Southampton. Lescott and company have been in good form off late, picking up 2 clean sheets in their last 2 games, and could just hold the Saints to a 0-0 draw.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Cresswell (5.7) seems to have an eye for assists after picking up his 4th of the season against Spurs last week. Arsenal’s budget friendly Monreal (4.9) is another option to consider as they take on Everton at home.
Silva (9.3), Cazorla (8.6) and Di Maria (9.6) fill up the first three spots in midfield after picking up excellent returns in the previous gameweek. Silva has been in red hot form having picked up 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games (excluding a crucial assist in the midweek champions league fixture), while Di Maria has been showing signs of returning to his old form, with 4 assists in his last 4 games to take up 2nd position in the assist charts, with a total of 10 t0 his name.
On the more budget friendly side, Swansea’s Ki (5.0) has been picking up the tempo after returning from the Asian Cup, with 2 goals in his last 3 games for the Swans, and could add to his tally as they face off against 18th placed Burnley away from home. And finally Liverpool’s Coutinho (7.7), being the only player rested in their unsuccessful Europa league clash, is our final pick in midfield.
Alternatives: Southampton’s Mane (6.6) was rested last week in their 2-0 loss to Liverpool, and should find himself re-instored to the starting 11 against West Brom. Stoke’s Moses (5.2) has shown some impressive stats off late in his last 5 games (5th highest number of touches in the final third, 4th highest number of chances created, 11 attempts on goal) and carries the added bonus of spot kick duties.
Sergio Aguero (12.9) !!! No other name can incite such fear among defenders than this man’s. The clinical Argentine has been in absolutely sensational form with a whopping 30 points in his last 4 games (courtesy of 3 goals and 3 assists), not to mention his sublime goal against European giants Barcelona in their mid week fixture. With Liverpool stretched out over 120mins on Thursday night against Besiktas, we are sure Aguero and company can run riot through their defence on Sunday.
Burnley’s Ings (5.9) and Newcastle’s Cisse (5.4) are our other 2 picks to lead the frontline for GW27. Ings has scored 5 goals in his last 7 games and could cause trouble to the Swansea defence. Cisse, though not in the best of form himself, comes up against a defensively weak Villa side that has conceded 11 goals in their last 4 games.
Alternatives: West Ham’s Sakho (5.5) and Hull City’s inform Dame N’Doye (5.5) are our alternative picks up front.