In the Friday Foreplay I provide Captain Picks, ponder the Big Hitters, pick the Clean Sheets, and predict the Punts.
- Tevez: City have the easiest fixture on paper this Gameweek. With Aguero still out injured Tevez is City’s number one striker and should start up top. He has a goal in each game this season with an added assist and three bonus points last game. He’ll be the popular captain’s choice this Gameweek.
Van Persie: The popular captain’s choice of last season gets into the captain picks the second Gameweek in a row. He’ll start the game with Rooney injured and is a proven Fantasy force.
Bale: The outside bet for the Gameweek, Bale hasn’t scored or assisted yet despite attempting 7 shots, creating 7 chances, and providing 13 crosses in the first two games. Tottenham face Norwich and Villas-Boas will be desperate to post his first win.
With City’s aforementioned easy fixture Silva and Yaya Toure stand out as possible Fantasy scorers. Mancini has spoken about the need to be patient about Silva’s form, but I still think he will start given Nasri’s abject performance last Gameweek.
Kagawa has started the season in good form and enjoys the confidence of Ferguson who noted in last game’s programme that “he will add a scoring dimension if he plays central midfield”. He’ll likely start in the hole behind Van Persie.
Ban Arfa is Newcastle’s wildcard, always likely of creating something from nothing. He doesn’t have the stats to back up his inclusion (3 shots and 3 chances created). However, his showing against Tottenham in Gameweek 1 shows what he is capable of. Ba and Papiss Cisse are decent picks, due to the home game against Aston Villa.
Adebayor enjoyed a productive last season as the spearhead of Tottenham’s attack. Should he start, he is likely to be amongst the Fantasy points.
- Evans returns for Manchester United against Southampton. This will be the first game of the season where United can field four defenders, instead of Carrick filling in at center back. Rafael is again a good pick because of his attacking potential.
- City is the obvious choice at home against Norwich. Kompany is the safe pick while Zabaleta is the cheap one.
- If you have Newcastle defenders, you play them at home game against Aston Villa. Taylor and Simpson can both be had for £5.0.
- I like the looks of Swansea v Sunderland as a scoreless draw, despite The Swans good start to the season. Rangel scored 14 Fantasy points last Gameweek while Cuellar only costs £4.5
- I like the look of Wigan’s team and Maloney provided an assist last Gameweek. He is played in front three in Wigan’s 4-3-3 and is a potential cheap fifth midfielder, priced at £5.0
- Nolan should benefit, over the season, from Carrol’s flicks. West Ham play at home against Fulham, who normally don’t travel well.
- Cazorla has been the focal point of Arsenal’s attacking play. They have a hard fixture away against Liverpool, but should they score he’s likely to be involved.