Saturday, 20 December 2014

Marco’s Maverick – GW17 – Steven Fletcher

Well, another double digit haul last week with Olivier Giroud. It’s been a couple of very good weeks for the maverick amassing 29 points in the last two gameweeks. Let’s not stand on our laurels though as there’s more points to be gained this week and another chance to climb the ladder.

Newcastle’s recent goalkeeping crisis has yielded a feast of goals for travelling teams and Sunderland will look to continue their excellent run in the North east derby. Alnwick is expected to recover from his shoulder knock he picked up earlier in the week to spare Pardew still further.

Priced at 5.3m Fletcher comes in much cheaper than the likes of Austin, Berahino, Ulloa and some other premier league strikers who've been hitting the headlines in recent times and arguably Fletcher is better than the lot of them. Owned by 0.6% of managers he is another diamond in the rough and has already on a couple of occasions produced double digit displays and will be a key part of Sunderland’s bid for safety for the rest of the season after slowly coming back from injury.

The Mackems have a good record in recent years over the Geordies and have taken maximum points in the last 3 matches and unbeaten in 5 against them so despite a slow return of premier league points Gus Poyet can be optimistic that his side can get the kick up the backside it surely needs.

A home visit of Hull who are another side struggling for form and a trip to Villa Park will be key battles for Sunderland in the following two games but they have the undoubted quality to return points in the three matches we have mentioned here.

Following the success of Carroll and Giroud we hope Fletcher can follow in those footsteps and people have been putting those guys in in there droves in the hope they can continue their form. Are you a manager that follows trends or sets them?  

Maverick History:

Gw16 -  Giroud 13 pts
Gw15 -  Carroll 16 pts
Gw12 -  Diouf 0 pts
Gw11 -  Austin 7 pts
Gw10 -  Adebayor 1 pt
Gw9 -  Brunt 8 pts
Gw8 - Lampard 7 pts
Gw7 - Hernandez 2 pts
Gw6 - Mane 4 pts