Gameweek 25 preview

February 9, 2012

It’s the part of the season where managers may wish they still had their first wildcard. We’re seeing a lot of top players missing games due to injury – or more frustratingly, due to lack of form. So – do we drop these players, or cling on to them in the hope they rediscover their scoring touch?

Emmanuel Adebayor hasn’t scored in nine, and only has one assist in that time. As does Rafael Van Der Vaart – the same statistics. Tottenham are still performing, with most of their points coming through Gareth Bale and Luka Moderate. And their defence is still strong. They’re in a a run of tough games, playing all but one of the top seven in an eight week period. They have Newcastle this weekend. You know what’ll happen if you exchange Adebayor for Ba…

Jon Walters at Stoke started the season well – but again, it’s one goal and one assist in nine games. He started off at 6 million – rose to 6.8 – but has been stuck on 6.7 for the whole of this lean period. Seb Larsson was the other go to mid price midfielder. Starting every game, and scoring regularly for Sunderland, until O’Neill took over. He’s still playing ever game, but only one goal in ten has seen his value start to drop again. Conversely, coming into form are the Sunderland defence. Mingolet, O’Shea and Bardsley, the mainstays, are three of the form players – and are very affordable. 

Swansea are conceding more, although rarely more than one a game. Michel Vorm is still making enough saves in a game to pick up save bonuses, but the cheap Swansea defenders are more useful as bench warmers than first choices at the moment.

Man United have played 2,289,236,298  different central defensive pairings. Phil Jones picks up regular injuries, gets fit, comes back, gets injured again. He went from 5.5 million to 6.7 million – but his value has started to decrease. His last useful scoring performance was nine games ago. What is it with gameweek 16?  Jonny Evans is a regular – says it all. However, he is cheap. His value hasn’t fluctuated at all.

Look at the fixtures this week. They’re massively hard to predict. Two top seven match ups. Swansea and Norwich up against each other in the race to be the best promoted team. Wolves and West Brom play out a derby. Whoever loses could be managerless by Monday. Two bottom five match ups at Blackburn and Bolton. Improving Everton and  Sunderland welcome inconsistent Chelsea and Arsenal. And there’s the ultimate mid table clash between Stoke and Fulham.

City will beat Villa. So one win and nine draws. Probably worth a fiver.

Hiddink for England.

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