Gameweek 16 preview

December 7, 2012

08 Dec 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal v West Brom West Brom
08 Dec 15:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Stoke City Stoke City
08 Dec 15:00 Southampton Southampton v Reading Reading
08 Dec 15:00 Sunderland Sunderland v Chelsea Chelsea
08 Dec 15:00 Swansea Swansea v Norwich Norwich
08 Dec 15:00 Wigan Wigan v QPR QPR
09 Dec 13:30 Man City Man City v Man Utd Man Utd
09 Dec 15:00 Everton Everton v Tottenham Tottenham
09 Dec 16:00 West Ham West Ham v Liverpool Liverpool
10 Dec 20:00 Fulham Fulham v Newcastle Newcastle
11 Dec 19:45 Sunderland Sunderland v Reading Reading

The main conundrum this week, if you worry about these kind of things, is whether to slip a couple of Reading and/or Sunderland players into your team. Both play twice. Sunderland face Chelsea at home, whilst Reading travel to Southampton. Then they face each other on the Tuesday night. The question is, is it worth it?

Well, possibly. If you have two free transfers available to you this week it could be an option. Maybe even take a four point hit and bring in a third player. Bear in mind you’re stuck with them for the following weeks games, unless you’re a serial tinkerer, and then that won’t matter. Although they do come up against two of the worst defences in the league in the next gameweek – Arsenal and Manchester United. That’s not a joke.

So, who to bring in? All the stats would suggest you’ll get more out of some Sunderland players than you would Reading players. They have more accumulative fantasy points, the best goalscorer, the more reliable keeper, and the better defence. Yet, in recent weeks their form has slumped. Steven Fletcher has one goal in ten games, and they’ve the tougher first game against Chelsea. Reading are away at Southampton, who’ve picked up in form, but still look likely to concede. Reading have scored more goals, including the three they bagged against United last weekend. Adam Le Fondre is the form striker across the two teams and Jobi MacAnuff has contributed the most assists of the two teams.

Then make one of those players captain.

And then there’s who to replace. There are a couple of big name players suspended, injured or doubtful for the weekend. You might consider a swap for a week. Straight in and straight out for the same player. Luis Suarez is suspended and Gareth Bale looks unlikely to feature. Demba Ba, Peter Crouch, Theo Walcott and David Silva are all touch and go. This tactic only really works if the player you’re moving out is priced the same now as he was when you bought him. Luis Suarez is worth 10.5 million now – if you bought him at 9.5, then that’s one hell of a hit to take.

Or you could just not bother.

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