In this Gameweek 29 edition of the Friday Foreplay I present the captain picks, investigate the heavy hitters, predict clean sheets, and speculate on possible punts.
- Rooney: Despite playing away from home, Rooney is the obvious pick this Gameweek facing a Wolves team looking increasingly lost under the stewardship of Terry Connor. Rooney has scored in his last four Premier League games and should add at a few against a safe pack of domesticated wolf pups.
- Dempsey: Fulham march on with their yo-yo season, playing like champions at home and rolling over for teams on the road. Being at home this Gameweek Demspey is an exciting pick, with six goals in his last four home games.
- Bale: Tottenham have been run ragged in their last three games and are bound to bounce back sooner rather than later. Stoke should have big problems coping with Bale’s pace and I’m banking on goals for the North-London team.
Despite Arsenal having a tough away game at Everton this season has taught us never to write Van Persie’s chances off. I’m expecting a low scoring draw, but Van Persie is the one capable of delivering goals, should they decide to visit Goodison Park. Walcott is a decent punt at his price, especially considering Arsenal’s next two games.
Young is Manchester United’s winger on fire at the moment with assists in three consecutive games as well as a smattering of goals and bonus points. Wolves’ defence has conceded 14 goals in their last four games and their pain shows no sign of being relieved against the champions.
Ba hasn’t scored for four consecutive Gameweeks, for the first time since the first four games of the season. With Newcastle playing at home against Norwich, who have only kept one clean sheet all season, this is the perfect time for the Senegalese to add to his impressive tally of 16 goals.
Other strong plays include:
- With Kompany and Lescott likely missing, Mata and Drogba become much stronger plays. Drogba has 22 Fantasy points in his last three games as well as scoring and assisting against Napoli.
- Going against my gut feeling, I have to mention Aguero, Silva, and Balotelli as the likeliest attackers to start the game against Chelsea. I’m not expecting fireworks, with Chelsea on a high following the Champions League win but City still have scored a ridiculous three goals per game at the Etihad Stadium this season.
- Although Pogrebnyak is never going to maintain an over a goal per game ratio, a home game against a Swansea team that have conceded a goal more per game away than at home is still likely to return Fantasy points. I still rate him as a punt, but his start has just been so powerful that he gets promoted to a strong play category.
- Liverpool have only conceded 16 goals away from home and have kept it tight at back all season long. Kelly is currently the cheapest option of the Liverpool defence, priced at £5.2.
- Tottenham are at home against Stoke, who have only scored nine goals on the road this season, with an average of 0.64 goals per game. Assou-Ekotto is a mainstay of the back four and has an impressive two goals, five assists, and eight bonus points this season.
- Aston Villa defended valiantly last Gameweek and have a decent chance to deliver back-to-back clean sheets when they welcome dreadful Bolton to Villa Park. Warnock is cheap at £4.9 and has a goal and two assists this season.
Taking a Punt
- Moses is given licence to attack for Wigan and scored the equalizer last Gameweek. If Wigan are to stay up yet again, Moses has to start delivering more frequently. I think he is capable.
- Ben Arfa’s goal against Arsenal showed what he is capable of. He has impressive technique and a powerful shot. With Norwich’s defender having to deal with at least one strong Senegalese striker, Ben Arfa could find space to attack.