After an inspiring performance against the Blues last week, Southampton’s Forster (5.6) is our top choice for keeper this week, as they take on relegation threatened Burnley at home. Burnley have managed to score just one goal in their last 3 games, and shouldn’t pose much of a problem for a defensively solid Saints side.
Alternatives: Arsenal’s Ospina (4.8) picked up his 5th clean sheet of the season last week, and will be aiming for a 6th against a lacklustre Newcastle side that have scored just a single goal in their last 4 games, while having conceded 9 themselves.
Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.5) picked up his 5th assist of the season last week to put him on par with Aguero in terms of total points scored (146). A definite must have for your team, considering his constantly climbing price and Chelsea’s approaching double GW. This week’s fixture list is kinder as compared to last week’s in terms of potential clean sheets for the top 6. Clyne (6.1), Koscielny (6.0) and Clichy (5.5) all face easy opposition this week, and should be able to guarantee shut outs for us. City have arguably looked shaky off late, but should be able to get things together against West Brom at home.
Finally, West Ham’s Cresswell (5.6) is our last pick in defence, as they take on a stumbling Sunderland side who, like Newcastle, have managed to score just one goal in their last 5 games, while conceding 9 at the back.
Alternatives: Stoke’s Bardsley (4.9) might be able to nick a clean sheet against a Palace side that will be missing their main-men Puncheon and Zaha through injury. Spurs’ Rose (4.9) is another option to consider, as they take on Leicester at home.
Though only Henderson (6.5) managed to justify our faith in him from last week’s essential trio, we still suggest sticking with the other two this week too, namely Hazard (11.0) and Silva (9.6). Both of them face off against relatively easier opposition as compared to last week, and look likely to get on the score sheet or pick up an assist or two. Henderson, on the other hand will take on Manchester United at home, but has been in too good form off late (3 goals and 1 assist in his last three games), to be denied a spot on the team.
Southampton’s Mane (6.6) and QPR’s Phillips (4.6) are proving to be good value for money with their recent displays. Phillips with his recent form and upcoming double GW next week, is an absolute essential to have on your team. Mane too has some kind fixtures coming his way, and looks likely to pick up a couple more goals and assists along the way.
Alternatives: Arsenal’s Ramsey (8.6) has burst on to the scene suddenly with 2 goals in his last 2 games (including Champions League fixtures) and could prove to be a good differential option if he starts for the Gunners.
Arsenal’s Giroud (8.4) picked up his 11th goal of the season, to make it a perfect 4 in 4 for the in-form striker. Giroud will be looking to exploit a shaky Newcastle side that have conceded 9 in their last 4 games alone, and will be raring to make it 5 in 5. Villa’s Benteke (7.4) seems to have hit form all of a sudden, picking up double figure returns in back to back GWs courtesy of 3 goals, 1 assist and maximum bonus points. The Villa front man will take on Swansea at home this week, before moving on to a well timed double GW next week, that should see his FPL ownership soar. We highly recommend picking him up this week, in order to avoid any price rise.
Lastly, Kane (6.3) retains his spot on the team, in spite of drawing a blank in 2 out of his last 3 games. Spurs take on last placed Leicester at home, which is a perfect opportunity for Kane to get himself back on the score sheet and in the running for the Golden Boot.
Alternatives: Costa (11.0) finally scored last week to end his drought and is currently leading the goal scoring charts with 18 to his name. Chelsea will face off against Hull away from home, and should be a good opportunity for Costa to pull ahead in the race for the Golden Boot. Aguero (13.0) on the other hand seems to have hit a bump, after drawing blanks in his last 3 games. A home game against West Brom might be a good opportunity for him to get on the score sheet and bounce back.