Monday, 12 January 2015

Player Watch - Gameweek 22 Preview

This article highlights the players to consider for Gameweek 22. I’m not looking too far ahead here. Many of you will be using your January wildcard and I will be going through the fixtures of this GW to see what players you might transfer in.
Firstly, there is no 12:45pm kick off. Good news because you don’t have to worry about the curse of the early kick off for your players!
If we frisk through the fixtures, you can see that there is no standout ‘easy’ game. As a consequence, there is no obvious captain and this will be a very important week in gaining some points against your rivals. Therefore, I will be highlighting a few differentials which is mandatory at this stage of the season where everyone’s team are very similar.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Since November the 3rd, Villa have not lost a home game. They have either kept a clean sheet or let in 1 goal in all games. Brad Guzan and Alan Hutton are cheap players for a good defensive team. On the other hand, Liverpool have started to find their feet and have scored 10 goals in their last 5 games without a striker! After his much needed rest, a player to consider here is Raheem Sterling. A goal and assist in his last 3 and known to get double digit points now and again.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace
Burnley have scored 7 goals and let in 6 in their last 3 games. With their high scoring games I would be more inclined to go for an attacking player and the obvious one is Danny Ings.  2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3, together with a low ownership of 3% and low price makes him a viable option. For those that like to take a risk, Jason Puncheon could start to flourish under Pardew. He plays 90 minutes, is owned only by 2% and Burnley haven’t been great at the back recently.
Leicester vs Stoke
No players to mention or suggest here for both teams due to lack of form and future fixtures. Moving swiftly on!
QPR vs Man Utd
Charlie Austin in my opinion is now ‘fixture proof’ having netted against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal. With his home scoring record, QPR’S home record (unbeaten since 27th October) and Man Utd’s defensive record, he is sure to bag a goal or two. For Man Utd, I would consider Angel Di Maria. He is just coming back but we have seen before he can be quite explosive with 3 double digit points in his first 5 games. Wayne Rooney in my opinion is just not worth his price, he is not very attacking and there is much better value elsewhere.
Spurs vs Sunderland
It’s no surprise to mention Harry Kane straight away here. With 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 6, a home game, and earning a reputation as fixture proof due to the Chelsea game he is a must have in my opinion. If you have gone with Austin and Ings then you can consider Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen as a route into Spurs’ attack. Both have shown what they can do this season but the former being cheaper and more in form than the latter. However, Sunderland are no pushovers. If we take away the away game they had to Man City, they have only let in 1 goal away since the 3rd of November. A phenomenal statistic that you don’t really realise until you do your research. One of the main reasons for this can be due Costel Pantilimon. It is no coincidence that he started playing from November the 3rd. Even if Sunderland concede he seems to get 3 or 4 points due to saves. Patrick van Aanholt is another one to consider. Priced at 4.2m and being owned by under 1%. With 2 assists in 10 appearances in the league and a goal in the FA Cup, he has proved his attacking potential and is a very good differential.
Swansea vs Chelsea
Not much to mention here. The usual suspects being the Chelsea defence. Without Bony for Swansea the goals might start to dry up. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic are the main contenders due to game time and attacking returns. Eden Hazard is ‘FPL gold’ in my opinion and is a must have for every game.
Newcastle vs Southampton
I don’t think any Newcastle players stand out and therefore I’m just going to mention Southampton players here. Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertand and Jose Fonte are definitely ones to consider. An excellent defensive display at Old Trafford and a clean sheet against Arsenal reminds us how good Southampton are defensively. Organised, hard to break down and with the tough fixtures out of the way, it’s time to bring them back in. Fonte has the highest bonus points out of the 3 and is owned by less than 10% but Clyne and Bertrand offer more attacking returns. Although Fonte scored 3 goals last season, he is due a goal or two this season. Take your pick! If you like a gamble, Dusan Tadic has to be on your radar. He has 3 goals and 9 assists this season and seems to have hit form. Owned by 5% and on penalties, he is one to look out for.
West Ham vs Hull
Andy Carroll has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 home games. Owned by a mere 1.4% he is a differential with a home game to Hull. Stewart Downing seems to get points every week so is another one to consider here. However, be very wary of West Ham’s fixtures. Their next 7 games after Hull include, Liverpool, Man Utd, Southampton, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal. Ouch!
Man City vs Arsenal
As an Arsenal fan, I can only see one outcome in this fixture; a high scoring Man City win. Sergio Aguero, no explanation really needed here. FPL Gold and sure to finish with the highest points in the game if he can stay injury free. David Silva has 4 goals, 2 assists and 8 bonus points in his last 6 games. A great return from injury for Silva and sure to continue getting points. Alexis Sanchez is another I consider FPL Gold and should be in your team regardless of opposition.
Everton vs West Bromwich Albion
Everton have surely got their bad form out of the way. Leighton Baines is always up there amongst the top defenders come the end of the season and has shown plenty of big point returns this season. Seamus Coleman has 2 assists in his last 3 games and is only owned by 5% so is a differential with potential for attacking returns. With Tony Pulis as manager, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and get a West Brom defender in your team. Chris Baird is 3.9m, the cheapest playing defender in the game and is owned by 0.7%. Gareth McAuley has returned to the starting line-up in December and is only owned by 0.1%. Looking at previous seasons, he also does provide attacking returns with a few goals and assists. Ben Foster is also worth a mention if you’re looking for a cheap goalkeeper.

Written by @FPL_Station