Friday, 28 December 2012

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 20

Midweek fixtures are always tasty as we have crazy matches and unexpected results (and sometimes both). Manchester United produced another see-saw victory typical of their season, while Chelsea’s revival under Rafael Benitez halted Norwich’s unbeaten home run. Manchester City lost ground in the title race to an Adam Johnson goal that was perhaps fated, and QPR and Villa continue to be dreadful.

And the games just keep on coming. Oh joy.

Gameweek 20 fixtures

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

The Big Boys

Robin van Persie, Manchester United striker

Rooney is out injured and Welbeck is ill, so if it’s Manchester United, it’s van Persie (13.9 on retail. Balk). Hernandez (6.9) should start given the fitness status of the other attackers. West Brom have regained winning form, but no player is FPL-consistent.

This is the beginning of a nightmare run of fixtures for QPR. More joy for owners/buyers of Luis Suarez (10.2, keep an eye on his fitness). Gerrard (9.3) has been in fine scoring form lately, and the fixtures favour an extension of that run.

Everton are a very strong home team, but nothing has changed from what I said about Juan Mata (9.7) last week. Eden Hazard (9.6) has also been enjoying himself under Benitez and while his owners were left frustrated in GW19, he will no doubt start at Goodison.

Carlos Tevez (9.4) was withdrawn at around 70 minutes again, so expect him to start the next game. His production has been on the wane since the Manchester derby though, so consider this a sort of ‘final straw’ gameweek for him. Likewise Aguero (11.0), who’s also proving to be a bit of an expensive weight.

One of the easier games to call is Spurs’ visit to the Stadium of Light. Steven Fletcher (7.0. Hold), Gareth Bale (9.8. Hold/buy) and Jermaine Defoe (8.4. Hold/buy).

The Other Guys

Southampton have a terrible away defence, and Stoke have an excellent home defence. Buying Kenwyne Jones (5.0) could help you. Stoke defenders/keeper, I’m sure enough people have. Sly pick for differential – Charlie Adam (6.6), who was back in the squad against Liverpool (he was on the bench) following an absence enforced by personal issues, and should start this one.

Dimitar Berbatov (7.1) got back to scoring ways against Southampton. This isn’t the worst week to buy him if you missed out on him last gameweek. Never drop Michu (8.3), even with the injury doubt. Use a sub.

We don’t know when Carroll is returning, and Reading won’t be able to keep two clean sheets in a row. So Carlton Cole (4.9) is a good cheap choice after his red card was rescinded. Meanwhile, Shorey seems to have lost his place in the Reading side so ditch, ASAP.

Stay away from Villa and Wigan players.

The Blogger’s Team

Last chance for Tevez. And shame Michu's injured, hopefully Fulham have 0-0 :P
EDIT: My captain is Bale. Not Mata. Updating the pic once with 13 kbps was great, guess it won't happen again

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