Manchester United’s De Gea (5.5) retains his spot between the sticks for GW14, after a solid defensive performance against Hull on the weekend, that brought his tally to 2 cleansheets in 3 games. United will welcome Stoke at home, and look likely to get another shut out victory.
Alternatives: Everton’s Howard (5.3) is our alternative choice for keeper this week. Everton face a visit from a weak Hull side, that was demolished 3-0 on the weekend by United, and have scored just a single goal in 5 games running now.
Everton’s Baines (7.3) returned from injury on the weekend, and slots right back into our team for their home game against Hull City. If Hull’s insipid display against United is to be of any indication, Everton should be able to secure an easy shut out and bounce back from their defeat to Spurs. Newcastle have an easy trip to Burnley this time, before facing off against London’s finest in back to back fixtures in the coming weeks. Dummett (4.3) and company have conceded just a single goal in their last 4 games, and will be looking to carry forward their impressive defensive form to Turf Moor.
Next up are two defenders who netted the winner for their sides on the weekend. We are ofcourse talking about West Ham’s Cresswell (5.4) and Manchester City’s Clichy (5.3). West Ham travel to The Hawthorns to take on West Brom, who have failed to score in their last 3 fixtures, and will find a tough opponent to crack in the defensively strong Hammers. Manchester City on the other hand, will travel to the Stadium of Light, where current table toppers Chelsea faltered to a draw on the weekend. With Mangala out for this week with his one match ban, our first choice would ideally have been his replacement, Demichelis. But Clichy’s goal scoring heroics on the weekend and marginally lower price tag, tip the scales in his favour.
Our final pick in defense is Crystal Palace’s Kelly (4.4). Now we know, Palace haven’t kept a single clean sheet since GW6, but we have a funny feeling that they might pull it off against Aston Villa this week.
Alternatives: Alternative picks to consider are Everton’s Jagielka (5.4), who is in a lower price bracket than Baines, and has a knack for popping up with the odd goal now and then, and Swansea’s Taylor (4.8) who will take on bottom table QPR at home.
Arsenal’s star man Sanchez (11.0) and Swansea’s Sigurdsson (6.9) both retain their spots from the last GW. Sigurdsson was up to his usual antics against Crystal Palace and picked up his 8th assist of the season for the Swans. He will face off against relegation zone regulars QPR, and is sure to rack up some vital points again. Sanchez seems to have hit a rough patch of sorts, with two blanks in his previous two matches, but we can all count on the mercurial Chilean to bounce back immediately. He will have his work cut out against Southampton, but we expect him to be involved in goals again this week.
With Costa serving a one match ban for picking up 5 yellows, our attention turns towards Chelsea’s Hazard (10.2). The pacy Belgian has had a decent start to the season, with 4 goals and 2 assists to his name already, and will be looking to add to his tally when they taken on Spurs, in what we hope will be an exciting London derby.
Our last two picks in midfield are a bit easier on the pocket; Crystal Palace’s Jedinak (5.1) and Everton’s Barkley (6.8). Jedinak has been in super form for the Eagles, picking up 2 goals in his last two outings. Palace will face a visit from 15th placed Aston Villa, and the bearded skipper will be raring to make that 3 in 3. Barkley has picked up just a single assist in his last 4 games, but we have a gut feeling that he will turn out to be the lucky punt for us this week.
Alternatives: Other options to consider in midfield are City’s Toure (10.6), who has picked up double figure hauls in each of his previous 2 games, and Manchester United’s Herrera (7.2), who put on an excellent display while filling in for the injured Di Maria.
Manchester United’s Rooney (10.4) gets himself into our team courtesy of 2 goals and 5 bonus points in his last 2 games (and also partly due to Costa’s suspension). He picked up a minor injury in the dying minutes of the game against Hull, but looks set to shake it off and lead the line for the Red Devils against Stoke. From the other side of Manchester, Aguero (12.8) failed to hit the net against Southampton, but picked up 2 important assists to get 7 points for us. The in form Argentine has picked up a whopping total of 51 points in just his last 6 games. Its a wonder then, that still ONLY 31.1 % of fantasy managers own him.
Our final pick for the GW is Swansea’s in form striker Bony (8.4). If you need some convincing, here is a stat you should know: Bony is currently the TOP scorer in the Premier League for the calendar year 2014, with 17 goals to his name already. The Ivorian has scored 4 goals in his last 5 games, and is sure to rack up some more against a defensively shabby QPR side.
Alternatives: Ranger’s in form striker Austin (6.0) gets shunted to the Alternatives section this GW in spite of his red hot form, which has seen him score 5 goals in his previous 5 games. Other options to consider are Everton’s Lukaku (9.0) and Burnley’s Ings (5.7) who has also netted an impressive 3 goals in his previous 2 games.