Let’s scrub the floors in preparation for the party that is Gameweek 25. Cleaning materials include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, an Ajaxy analogy.
- Walcott: The formerly tight Stoke have conceded 15 goals in their last five games and face Walcott who has scored three goals and provided two assists in the same time. The lightning quick winger slash striker is showing the consistency he has so sorely lacked in past years. His shots per game back up his Fantasy returns and I expect goals.
Van Persie: Rooney is the man of the moment for Manchester United but the consistency Van Persie has shown in the last two seasons indicates that he will not be outscored for long. I expect a reaction from Van Persie.
Baines: A return of the excellent left back, after his brace last Gameweek. A home game against Aston Villa offers the perfect combination of a clean sheet opportunity and a chance of attacking returns. This game marks the last “easy” fixture before tougher matchups creep up.
Rooney is an obvious choice, following his brace against Southampton. His price is making many a manager thinking of replacing Van Persie, but I still think the Dutchman’s consistency is a greater asset. Make no mistake, Rooney is still a fine pick this Gameweek.
Bale’s shots and chances created are one of the best in the league. He has 4.25 shots on average in his twenty games and probably has a decent chance of scoring even more than he has managed so far in the latter part of the season. He is also a logical captain choice this Gameweek.
Giroud seems to have settled in at Arsenal with goals in consecutive games. He’s not just a big center forward and has some silky moves, in addition to being a finisher. He has over four shots per game on average in his last three fixtures and is priced at 7.9, a manageable price.
There’s not much more to say about Mata. Him and Van Persie are probably in a fight for player of the season, and he’s a definite starter, should the recent injury not keep him out.
Manchester City are keeping it tight and are probably the best defensive team in the league. Zabaleta is the obvious pick, with Richards and Maicon out injured.
Laudrup has made Swansea solid at the back as they grind out the points needed to stay up. Davies is the cheapest link, at 4.4.
Baines, highlighted in the captain picks, is the obvious pick if you are going for an Everton clean sheet. However, 7.5 is a lot to pay for a defender and Heitinga, priced at 5.0, is more affordable.
In Remy QPR seem to have a decent finisher. Backed up by Taraabt’s trickery, he’s a definite starter and a decent budget pick.
Anichebe’s main draw is his low price, 4.3. In his starts he has a decent shots per game ratio and is a big presence up front. He’s a very risky pick, given Jelavic’s spot in the first team, but one that gives you cash to spend elsewhere.
In a completely illogical choice, I have a sneaky feeling Sturridge will trouble the City defence.