Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 13

The European midweek always gives us plenty of general and FPL talking points, and this one was no different. Premier Leauge champions Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League (this means you can lock down Aguero/Silva/Tevez if you have them), and the European Champions are on the verge of doing so. Also, there’s the small matter of said European Champions sacking their manager – another unnecessary and seemingly random act of bloodlust on the part the Russian owner.

That can all be discussed in free time. Let’s get busy now:

Gameweek 13 fixtures:

Sunderland v West Brom
Everton v Norwich
Manchester United v QPR
Stoke City v Fulham
Wigan v Reading
Villa v Arsenal
Swansea v Liverpool
Southampton v Newcastle
Chelsea v Manchester City
Tottenham v West Ham

The Big Boys

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal midfielder

After a couple of wonderful home performances from Arsenal to pick up their shot confidence, a trip to the shambolic Aston Villa is probably ideal for the Gunners. One guy who you mustn’t drop for this one is Santi Cazorla. Olivier Giroud is beginning to have a big influence on matches, and it is perhaps time to pick him. Shame that Walcott's injured, but I don't think it's worth selling him over. And have I already told you to stay away from Villa players, forever?

Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and David Silva

The box office fixture of the gameweek is Manchester City’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Rafael Benitez isn’t the most popular appointment (I doubt anybody would’ve been, given di Matteo’s popularity with the fans, but this guy? Especially no), though you can safely put aside delusions of him reviving a broken Torres for now. Juan Mata, and Juan Mata only for Chelsea. As for City, I’ll repeat what I said earlier in this post and what I said about their players hereTevez, Aguero, Silva. In that order.

Robin van Persie, Manchester United striker

The plum tie of the gameweek has to be Manchester United hosting winless QPR. It’s a wonder that Mark Hughes wasn’t the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season, but surely a defeat here and he’s out. And conspiring to make life difficult for him is van Persie, who surely won’t draw a blank two weeks in a row against this level of opposition. Good luck, Sparky.

Michu is the gift that has kept on giving for Laudrup’s Swansea, and you should never sell him really. The same goes for Luis Suarez and Rodgers’ Liverpool.

Kevin Nolan, West Ham midfielder

Tottenham are in a bit of a bad spot right now, and West Ham are looking the best they have in seasons. Field day for Kevin Nolan? I think so. As for Spurs, hold Gareth Bale, but that’s about all that’s good about Tottenham right now.

The Other Guys

Nikica Jelavic, Everton striker

Norwich and Everton had contrasting results last week with the canaries beating then top team Man United and Everton becoming Reading’s first scalp of the league season. Marouane Fellaini is suspended for picking up 5 yellow cards (no reason to sell him though), so most of the attacking points for Everton this week will come from Jelavic and Pienaar. Norwich will be hard to beat but it’s not advisable to buy anybody from there for FPL.

Stoke games are typically low-scoring affairs, and this will be no different. Hold on to Berbatov if you have him, but there’s no purchase from either side at this time that’s going to serve you particularly well.

Wigan. Reading. Stay. Away.

Sunderland probably claimed the shock result of last week by beating Fulham who are so strong at home (though you do have to give leeway for the red card), but repeating the trick against a disciplined and resolute West Brom side will be difficult. Why? They have Shane Long.

Demba Ba, Newcastle striker

Newcastle are not quite last season’s team are they? They can’t seem to get those wins anymore. If anything, they resemble Liverpool a bit now in terms of being predictable. Boy are they predictable - Demba Ba predictable.

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