With Pellegrini erratically benching anyone, from the recently in-form Clichy to the seemingly rotation free skipper Kompany last week, the only safe option we are left with is Hart (6.1). City face off against relegation threatened Burnley, and should be able to shut them out easily after a strong defensive performance against Leicester last week earned them their 2nd cleansheet in 3 consecutive games.
Alternatives: Sunderland’s Pantilimon (4.6) is our alternative choice as he faces off against Villa at home. It will be a tight match as both teams are struggling hard to avoid the R-zone, but we feel Sunderland will come through with a 1-0 shut out.
Owing to the difficult fixture list for most of the top 6 teams, we thought it would make sense to shift our focus to the attack minded defenders this week, and who better to start off with than Ivanovic (7.5). The hefty priced right back has picked up a whopping 39 points in his last 5 games, averaging at 7.8 points per game. To balance out the budget, Leicester’s Schlupp (4.5) is our 2nd pick, who is being used out of position as a winger lately. Though he hasn’t got anything to show for in terms of points, the make-shift winger has been right up there alongside the likes of Hazard and Sanchez in terms of chances created and shots on goal.
Arsenal’s Gibbs (5.2) has picked up an impressive 19 points in his last 2 games, courtesy of his 2 match-winning assists against QPR last week. Gibbs and company look en route to secure a shut out home victory against West Ham, who will be without their playmaker Valencia this week. Finally Bardsley (4.9) and Lescott (5.1) have both been in fine form for their respective teams, and could end the week with a 0-0 draw as they face off against each other at The Hawthorns.
Alternatives: Lovren (4.9) is a budget friendly option into Liverpool’s back 4, who have been solid at the back with 2 clean sheets in their last 3 games.
Hazard (10.9), Silva (9.6) and Henderson (6.3) have all been in sensational form for their teams, with a total tally of 76 points in their last 3 games alone. That is just insane! We highly recommend to pick up this well balanced, budget friendly trio in your teams, what with City’s easy fixture list and Chelsea’s looming double GW on the horizon.
An often neglected Moses (5.2) has picked up his performances lately, with 2 goals in his last 3 games for The Potters. We had recommended picking him up in GW27, and looks like we were spot on there. Crystal Palace’s Puncheon (5.6) has also resurfaced as a viable attacking option under the Pardew reign, proving himself with a hattrick of assists against West Ham in GW27. We expect him to pick up a couple more as they take on R-zone regulars QPR at home this week.
Alternatives: With Di Maria taking himself out of the equation, we expect LvG to hand Mata (8.3) his favoured central position this week. Although considering the form United are in, he would be a very risky option, but still a good differential none the less. Swansea’s in form midfielder Ki (5.1) is our 2nd alternative pick, as he takes on Liverpool at home.
We are seriously running out of hurricane related jokes to make. Kane (6.2) ofcourse is our first pick up front, after finishing off QPR with a composed brace last week, to get in right behind Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot. United’s shabby defending has raised quite a few eyebrows this season, and we expect Kane to ruthlessly punish any mistakes they make this week. Aguero (12.9) takes on bottom placed Burnley away from home, and looks sure to get himself on the score sheet after last week’s blank.
Finally Arsenal’s Giroud (8.3) completes our attacking trio, after picking up his 3rd goal in as many games last week. What’s surprising is, in spite of his red hot form, his price has actually dropped by 0.1m. So pick him up before he starts climbing up the price list again.
Alternatives: West Brom’s Berahino (5.6) has picked up 3 goals in his last 4 games, and is an excellent alternative to consider for their game against Stoke this week. Liverpool’s Sturridge (11.2) seems to have matched Rodger’s definition of “Fit” finally, and looks likely to regularly start up front ahead of the misfiring Lambert and Balotelli.