We go snow sledding, hurtling down the icy hill that is Gameweek 13. Sleds include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a far fetched Icelandic themed recreational analogy.
- Van Persie: Manchester United are looking to put last Gameweek’s loss behind them when they welcome bottom-dwelling QPR to Old Trafford. QPR have the second worst defensive record in the league, conceding almost two goals per game with no clean sheets away from home. The game against Norwich was Van Persie’s first start for United without a goal or an assist. He is your best bet this Gameweek.
Suarez: Suarez’s price has risen by 0.9 since Gameweek six, mainly because of his eight goals in the last seven games. His appeal is obvious; he leads the league in total shots (58) and is third in total created chances (35). As I wrote some weeks ago, if his conversion rate (17%) rises he could be a Fantasy force for the rest of the season. Suarez has scored in all but one away game, averaging an amazing six goals in five games. Swansea haven’t kept a clean sheet since their first two games of shut-outs so Liverpool will get chances.
Bale: Bale was the one dragging Tottenham forward at three goals down against Arsenal. He scored Tottenham’s second goal and provided the assist-assist to Defoe who assisted Adebayor. Alarmingly, he has only scored in away games which could be a result of a counter-attacking game suiting his pace better. However, Dembele played for the first time in Tottenham’s draw against Lazio and should be back for the game against West Ham. His power and pace in the middle should help open up spaces for Bale to attack.
The obvious team to focus on this Gameweek is Manchester United at home against QPR. In addition to Van Persie as a captain pick, Rooney and Valencia are the only viable midfield options. Both haven’t had a stellar season but should get chances against QPR.
Aston Villa finish a tough three week schedule (mun, MCI) playing a free-scoring Arsenal team. Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud are all scoring and assisting at the moment. Out of the three I would be happiest owning Cazorla, who oozes class.
Tevez and Silva are your safest choices from Manchester City, given that Aguero played the whole game against Real Madrid. They face Chelsea, now under the control of Rafael Benitez. Noted for his attention to detail he should make Chelsea tighter at the back but whether his influence will be apparent right away is debatable. This game is a big question mark to me.
Kompany hobbled off against Real Madrid and could be missing. Mata and Hazard are the obvious benefactors, as Kompany is City’s best defender. Benitez got the best out of Torres at Liverpool and it will be interesting to see how he fares under the new manager.
Defoe is a definite starter, following Adebayor’s suspension, and has an impressive five goals and four assists already this season.
Manchester United’s Rafael, against QPR, has a good chance of both a clean sheet and attacking points.
Sunderland, who should be buoyed by their win last Gameweek, have only conceded more than one goal in their last five games. Cuellar is the cheapest of Sunderland’s playing defenders.
Baines, facing Norwich, faces the same situation as Rafael, with a good chance of both a clean sheet and attacking returns. Despite his failure to provide attacking points in his last three Gameweeks, he has still created an impressive amount of chances.
Lambert scored last Gameweek and assisted in Gameweek 11. He faces a Newcastle defence, missing Coloccini, that will be tested against an attacking minded Southampton team. He’s one of many decent budget forward picks.
Sterling is a budget pick in the same category as Maloney and Noble. He benefits from playing further forward in Rodger’s 4-3-3 and is a decent punt against a leaky Swansea team.
Kone is an underrated budget forward picked by only 1.5% of Fantasy managers. He has scored three of his four goals (and provided both assists) at home. Wigan face Reading, who have only kept one clean sheet this season (at home against Norwich).