With Manchester City’s loss at Everton the top of the Premier League table sees both Manchester teams equal on points, at 54. Tottenham bounced back from the loss against City and now sit firmly in third place, while Chelsea and Arsenal faltered in the race for fourth.
Newcastle and Liverpool registered impressive victories as well as Sunderland, where Martin O’Neill couldn’t have wished for a better start of his Sunderland career.
The bottom three, Blackburn, Wolves, and Wigan, all lost and face a tough battle in the coming months.
Gameweek 23 Review
I’m trying something new this Gameweek. Instead of rambling on about players I created the table below to quickly summarize the main scorers. I changed the format based on a comment from commenter “chemikills”. Please let me know if this helps and if you would want to see any changes.
The table below shows a list of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 23.
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- Robin van Persie: At home v Blackburn is a must-captain game. Just watch out for news that Wenger will rest him.
- Dzeko: Is more consistent than Aguero when he gets minutes.
- Silva: Has 13 assists already this season and makes Manchester City’s attacking game tick.
- Differential: Vermaelen, whose attacking potential is an add-on to a likely clean sheet.
With Chelsea playing Manchester United and Liverpool hosting Tottenham, only Arsenal’s home game against Blackburn and Manchester City’s welcoming Fulham to the Etihad Stadium stand out as possible games with explosive returns.
Despite Robin van Persie’s blank against Bolton he is the strongest contender for the armband against relegation candidates in Blackburn. Blackburn haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home this season and RvP is involved in over 60% of Arsenal’s goals. The biggest worry is that Wenger will use the game to rest RvP.
Manchester City’s form has dropped of late, with losses in both cup games and the Premier League. However, based on the numbers, City enjoy the highest attacking rank in this Gameweek. Dzeko has only three blanks in the games he has started, and will start because of Balotelli’s suspension. Eleven goals in thirteen starts is a phenomenal return and, from a Fantasy perspective, puts him higher on my list than Aguero.
Silva is Mr. Consistent, both scoring and assisting, and has three good Gameweeks in the last four.
Other interesting options this Gameweek:
- Cisse looked threatening for QPR against Aston Villa and faces a leaky Wolves defence.
- Valencia’s speed will be a threat against Chelsea’s high defensive line.
- The Aston Villa game marks the return of Demba Ba for Newcastle. With fifteen goals already this season, he has been the league’s second best striker, behind RvP.
- Despite playing Liverpool away, play Bale, who is in the form of his life.
- Manchester City has kept six clean sheets at home and Fulham has been poorer away from home this season. Kompany is the lynchpin of the City defence and also brings attacking threat from set pieces.
- Arsenal are at home against Blackburn and will look to keep their second clean sheet in a row. Vermaelen brings an added attacking threat from set pieces.
- Newcastle’s impressive season shows no signs of coming to an abrupt halt, thanks to their impressive defence. Williamson is the cheapest first-teamer, priced at £4.2.
- With the scoring troubles of both Swansea and Chelsea, a West Brom and Manchester United clean sheet isn’t out of the question. Don’t go crazy and get in Evra just for this game, but a punt on McAuley (priced at £4.1) and Evans (priced at £4.5) is a reasonable one.
Don’t get caught out by the short time between Gameweeks and do your transfers and team setup right now.
Did you like the new table format for the Gameweek summary? Are the captain picks sensible? Are there any glaring misses or silly inclusions? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.