All aboard for Gameweek 7. Destinations include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, almost funny seafaring analogy.
- Bale: After a quiet first three Gameweeks Bale has a little over 11.5 Fantasy points per game in Gameweeks 3 – 6. He’s a strong buy for the next four fixtures and a good candidate for captaincy at home against Aston Villa this Gameweek. Villa have lost two and drawn one away from home and conceded four in their last game against Southampton. Despite Bale’s single goal so far he is fourth on total shots for the season (18), indicating that he is likely to score more as the season progresses. He is also fourth on chances created (18), adding to his appeal.
Mata: After having been ruthlessly dumped for Hazard by Fantasy managers, Mata has fought back and delivered goals and assists in his last two Gameweeks. Considering his impressive Fantasy stats last season (6 goals, 16 assists, 12 bonus points) this shouldn’t come as a surprise. He is taking up more attacking positions in Di Matteo’s 4-2-3-1 formation and interchances constantly with Hazard and Oscar.
Aguero: Speculating on Mancini’s rotation can drive a man insane. However, I believe Aguero is his main striker an should start most games. His 23 goals last season makes one forget that it was his debut season. Manchester City looked more like the rampaging City of last season against Fulham and both Aguero and Silva seemed to be back to their best. It is a frightening thought for City’s opponents and a welcome one for Fantasy managers.
If you don’t own Mata, you could make a good case for captaining both Torres and Hazard. Both are certainly risks, but Chelsea really should score at least two goals at home against Norwich. Both are likely to be involved.
Suarez explosive Fantasy return against Norwich put him back on the Fantasy map. Liverpool’s dearth of established attackers means that Suarez is almost guaranteed 90 minutes each Gameweek which is a great situation for Fantasy managers. Should he start putting away his chances with regularity he is a great option every Gameweek.
Silva was man of the match for City against Fulham last Gameweek and it looks like his early season slump is out of the way. Interestingly, he is third in chances created this season (18), despite having games not up to his high standard. This goes to show his quality, that he is able to create this amount of chances in his “bad” games.
Defoe has to be considered safe as a starter as long he keeps performing so well. At home against Aston Villa, he will get chances. Considering his past, he is likely to finish them.
Manchester United’s defence is again injury stricken and have only kept one clean sheet this season. Demba Ba scored in this fixture last season and his five goals in his last three games indicate that he is likely to do so again.
Despite returning an Fantasy blank, Fellaini had seven shots last Gameweek. Wigan have conceded two goals each home game this season and Everton’s form means they are unlikely to keep their first home clean sheet this Gameweek.
West Brom’s home game against a QPR team that hasn’t yet gelled is a good bet for a clean sheet. Olsson is a threat from set pieces and a guaranteed starter.
Chelses’s defence is a big part of their early season form. They have only conceded three goals in six games and Ashley Cole is the safest option in defence.
With Maicon and Richards still injured, Manchester City’s Zabaleta should start against Sunderland, who are likely to defend deep.
Swansea welcome Reading to Wales and Michu’s time to deliver is now, before Fantasy managers start selling him in droves.
The Chelsea game illustrated Arsenal’s ongoing problems defending set pieces. Sam Allardyce will be licking his lips in the thought of Andy Carroll at the end of Noble’s set piece delivery.
Southampton are sticking to their attacking principles and base their play around front man Lambert. With goals against Mancester City, Manchester United, and Aston Villa he has shown an ability to deliver against better and worse teams. Fulham’s defensive misery away from home is still going strong, having conceded seven goals in three games this season.