Midweek Fixtures + Double Gameweek!! It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s quite surprising that a double gameweek has taken this long to materialise this season, but we ain’t complaining. Like they say, better late than never eh? So lets get right into it and review the top 15 picks for GW28.
West Brom’s Foster (4.7) and company have been popping up on the radar with their superb defensive form off late. The Baggies have kept an astonishing 5 clean sheets in their last 7 games, the most recent of those coming against top 4 contenders Southampton, on the weekend. To top it all of, they come up against a toothless Villa side this time, who have managed to score just 2 goals in their last 10 games. N0w if that isn’t a sureshot formula for a cleansheet, then we don’t know what is.
Alternatives: Arsenal’s Ospina (4.8) is our alternative choice for keeper for GW28, as they take on QPR on the road.
With both London teams involved in double fixtures this week not having the best of defences, we have decided to just pick Spurs’ Rose (4.9) at the back. The full back provides some decent attacking potential, which was showcased with a goal against West Ham last week.
Kompany (6.4), Skrtel (5.9) and Lescott (5.0) all face off against teams from the bottom three, and should be more than likely to shut out their opponents, considering the fine defensive form they are in. It’s also worth mentioning that Skrtel and company have also picked up an impressive 5 clean sheets in their last 7 games, and are good options for a short term investment till GW29.
Finally Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.4) returns to BPL action this week to take on West Ham away from home. The versatile right back has picked up a whopping 44 points in his last 6 games for the Blues. Need we say anything more?
Alternatives: Southampton’s Clyne (6.1) gets shunted to the alternatives this week, as he faces off against a resurgent Crystal Palace at home. Sunderland’s O’Shea (4.6) and Hull’s Bruce (4.0) are other options to consider, as they take on each other in a clash that might well end in a 0-0 draw.
Double GW players Eriksen (8.5) and Phillips (4.6) pick up the first two spots in midfield for obvious reasons. While Eriksen doesn’t have anything to show for in the past 3 GWs, he definitely is an integral part of their attacking play, and is sure to pick up an assist or two in these fixtures. Phillips on the other hand has picked up some good returns, courtesy of 3 assists in his last 2 games for the Rangers. You should also know that only Hazard (11) has managed to create more chances for his teammates than Phillips (10), in the last 3 GWs.
Coutinho (7.8) and Ozil (9.1) have been in top form, overshadowing the likes of FPL regulars Sterling and Sanchez, in their respective teams. Ozil has picked up a whopping 45 points in his last 5 games after coming back from injury, notching up double figure returns in 3 of those 5, while Coutinho too has managed the same, albeit with a lower tally of 34 points in 5 games. Impressive none the less.
Finally Manchester City’s Silva (9.6) fills up the last slot in midfield, as he takes on last placed Leicester at home, in what we expect to be a regular one sided goal fest for the Citizens.
Alternatives: Not many GWs come by where Hazard (10.8) has to suffice with a spot on the alternatives. If not for the double fixtures, he would definitely be right up there with the others. Palace’s Puncheon (5.6) had a field day against the Hammers last GW, having picked up 3 assists and maximum bonus points, and could cause all sorts of trouble to the Saints back 4 this time around.
Hurri Kane (6.2) is ofcourse our first and most crucial pick for this gameweek due to his mouth watering fixtures and form. The in-form youngster has now scored 11 goals and assisted 4 others in his last 10 matches alone. He really is turning out to be the player of the season and now stands just 3 goals behind top scorer Aguero, a deficit he might just cover up in this double gameweek. But ofcourse Aguero (12.9) himself will face off against bottom placed Leicester at home, a clash which could turn into a proper goal fest considering the form City are in.
Lastly QPR’s Austin (6.3) completes our trio of attackers up front. The Rangers’ top scorer netted against Hull last week, to equal Kane’s tally of 14 goals this season, and with the added bonus of penalty duty, could notch up a couple more this week too.
Alternatives: With RVP set to miss out on a couple more games, skipper Rooney (10.6) has found himself re-instated up front alongside Falcao, and seems likely to flourish there, after picking up a 2 goal haul against Sunderland on the weekend. Arsenal’s Giroud (8.3) is another great mid priced option to consider, having picked up 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games for the Gunners.