Friday, 20 January 2017

Seb's GW22 Preview (Part 2)

Top Captain Picks

1. Alexis Sánchez vs Burnley (home) - £11.9 (TSB 37.0%)

With the potential of returning to striker this GW, the explosive Alexis Sánchez is my number 1 captain pick in GW22. In his 3 matches against Burnley, he has registered 2 goals and 1 assist, with 17 shots and 11 chances created. These statistics are excellent, and Sánchez should be able to punish a Burnley side that has conceded over 2 goals per game away from home this season.

2. Eden Hazard vs Hull (home) - £10.4 (TSB 33.3%)

Another midfielder who will probably start OOP at striker in GW22 is Eden Hazard. Hazard will face Hull, who has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist against, in his last 4 games against them. Also, he is currently in solid form, with 1 goal and 2 assists in his past 4 games, so he will be feeling confident of building on this form against a leaky Tigers defence this GW.

3. Harry Kane vs Manchester City (away) - £11.1 (TSB 19.1%)

Kane comes into this game off the back of a 6 goals and 1 assist in his past 4 league games. Facing Manchester City, who will still be recovering from their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Everton, Spurs and Kane have another great opportunity to prove that they are title contenders. Furthermore, his history vs City (2 goals in past 2 games and 12 shots in past 3 games) highlights that he definitely has the potential to be amongst the points again this GW.

4. Junior Stanislas vs Watford (home) - £5.2 (TSB 3.3%)

With 1 goal and 2 assists in his past 3 league games, Stanislas is providing a steady stream of returns for FPL managers. Coming up against Watford in GW22, who are without an away clean sheet since GW9, Stanislas' directness and set piece threat could see him add to his 4 goals and 6 assists already this season. 

Punt/Differential Picks

1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan vs Stoke (away) - £9.0 (TSB 2.5%)

After a very slow start to his Manchester United career, Mkhitaryan is finally beginning to show his worth. Over the past 4 matches, his creative skills have been evident, as he has created 13 chances. As a result, his masterful passing and vision will be key to unlocking a resilient Stoke rear guard at Stadium, and he will be central to all of United's attack.

2. Pedro vs Hull (home) - £7.0 (TSB 5.1%)

Pedro has been excellent for Chelsea this season, and he has consistently threatened opposition defences. Over his last 3 starts, he has registered 8 shots, as well as 2 goals and 1 assist. In GW22, Pedro will clearly have the chance to continue this form, as he will face a Hull side who have conceded 7 goals in their last 3 away games.

3. Marcos Alonso vs Hull (home) - £6.5 (TSB 10.4%)

Although it is unlikely that Alonso will return another 21 point haul in GW22, he still has the potential to greatly reward his owners. On the clean sheet front, it is a great possibility that Chelsea will shut out the Tigers, who have the equal second worst attacking record away from home this season. Additionally, the attacking threat Alonso carries, heightens his appeal. Over the past 5 GWs, he has taken 9 shots, scored 2 goals, created 5 chances and picked up 1 assist. Therefore, given the opposition and his form, Alonso has the potential to return another large haul this GW.

4. Salomón Rondón vs Sunderland (home) - £6.8 (TSB 9.0%)

Despite his sides 4-0 mauling by Tottenham last GW, I'm backing Rondón to be back amongst the points in GW21. The reason for this is that they are playing at home to Sunderland. The reason why this is so pertinent is two-fold. Firstly, at home this season, the Baggies have excelled scoring 19 goals, which is equal with Manchester United and more than Manchester City at their respective home grounds. As a result, Rondón too has been excellent when playing in front of his own fans. Over his last 2 appearances at the Hawthorns (not including top 6 teams), he returned with 22 points, and over his last 5 home games, registered a shot frequency of 1 every 26.6 minutes. Secondly, Sunderland have conceded on average 2 goals per game away from home this season, so Rondón should have numerous chances to get on the scoresheet in GW22.

GW22 Star Picks XI

By Sebastian Candido

(Twitter: @_FFM_Seb)