Gameweek 9 preview

October 20, 2011

This gamweek sees the second biggest game in club football. Manchester United against Manchester Ci…….shit, I said to myself I wasn’t going to mention City or United first. I’ve done it now. Sorry.

So, who are you going to pick? It could be one of those 0-0’s, in which case it’s another wasted week relying on the usually prolific forwards. Or, it could be a high scoring draw, in which case cram your team full of the usual suspects in the midfield and attack, but lay off any defenders. But, if one team wins convincingly, you run the risk of cancelling out your scoring players with the non scoring players of the losing team. I dunno. Personally I’d stick with Rooney, Aguero, Nasri and Nani and forget the defenders. Newcastle play Wigan after all. The best defence against the worst attack. Surely that can only go one way? That’s your defence sorted.

Elsewhere, expect Tottenham and Cheslea to score highly in all areas. Potential is there for clean sheets and goal gluts. Chelsea are winning games and scoring goals. Not exactly playing mindblowing football – but when have they ever? Predicting Chelsea’s line up isn’t easy. Particularly up top. Torres got two in midweek, so obviously he’s back to his best (yawn!). Mata and Sturridge are current favourites, but this omits Malouda, Drogba and Anelka. Adebayor looks happy at Spurs. He may get a start with Defoe this weekend. And against Blackburn. Expect goals.

Arsenal play Stoke. They don’t like that. They seem to be playing better in Europe than at home. Having said that, Stoke haven’t won after a Europa League gameweek. Van Persie seems to be coming into form, and Stoke aren’t scoring. Bolton are better than their position in the league. They got a good win last week, and have a home tie against Sunderland. They’ll concede, but they could get a vital second win on the spin. Sunderland are without their most influential player – Seb Larsson. Who, somehow, is already suspended on his yellow card count.

Goofy diving racist, Luis Suarez, might get back on the scoresheet against Norwich this week. I wouldn’t bet against the impressive looking Anthony Pilkington having chances to score for Norwich. Villa lost their unbeaten record against City last week, but should get Agbonlahor back on the scoring trail against West Brom. Won’t be an easy game for Villa. Brunt, Long and Odemwingie are useful, and also starting to get going.

Wolves made a useful start to the season, but have been ineffectual since the 3rd gameweek. Their most effective player could be back this weekend. Steve Fletcher is one of those frustrating players who, it seems, can’t go for longer than a fortnight without picking up a niggling injury. Pick him – he scores – next week – he’s out. Aaaaaaaaaargh. Fulham seem more convincing than their opponents, Everton, at the moment. Their 6-0 of two weeks ago reminded us how good (and value for money) their forward players can be. Having said that they were poor last week – and with a Europa tie wedged in between gameweeks, maybe Everton could capitalise. This young Velios kid looks worth a punt. He certainly seems more lively and up for it than their more established strikers – or should that be striker? – singular.

Good luck. I need to pic up this week. Had three shocking weeks. I don’t expect any selection surprises this week. And by that, yes, I’m referring to the two teams that matter most, M** U** and M** C***.

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One Response to “Gameweek 9 preview”

  1. Anonymous said

    Right then Strongy…… When are the toon going to go on their losing streak? I fancy a draw a Stoke, then no points ’till christmas. Waddaya think?

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