Gameweek 24 preview

January 28, 2013

29 Jan 19:45 Aston Villa Aston Villa v Newcastle Newcastle
29 Jan 19:45 QPR QPR v Man City Man City
29 Jan 19:45 Stoke City Stoke City v Wigan Wigan
29 Jan 19:45 Sunderland Sunderland v Swansea Swansea
30 Jan 19:45 Arsenal Arsenal v Liverpool Liverpool
30 Jan 19:45 Everton Everton v West Brom West Brom
30 Jan 19:45 Norwich Norwich v Tottenham Tottenham
30 Jan 20:00 Fulham Fulham v West Ham West Ham
30 Jan 20:00 Man Utd Man Utd v Southampton Southampton
30 Jan 20:00 Reading Reading v Chelsea Chelsea 

To complete January we have a full midweek fixture list following on from the boring old FA Cup matches that clogged up the weekend. There are no teams playing twice, but tactics will be key to getting a high score out of this gameweek. This is your penultimate chance to play your January wildcard. The point of this wildcard being to bring in any newly bought players during the transfer window. It’s more likely going to be used to solve the overload of Arsenal, West Ham, Chelsea or Southampton players that might be taking up space in your squad following the last two weeks of double fixtures.

In the running for January manager of the month are…

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 83 239
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 74 237
3 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 98 232
4 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 80 223
5 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 51 217
5 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 92 217
7 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 69 211
8 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 75 211
9 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 79 207
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 77 206
11 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 74 201

If (Your Ad Here) or A Pint Of Fullers win, it’ll be their second monthly victory, but on current form, it’s looking more like one of the top 3 teams who’ll grab the prize.

Some of you may need that wildcard to remove Eden Hazard from your team. At present he only has a 3 game ban. This may increase, although I’m not sure that’s wise, as that will leave him free to roam the streets and beat more kids up.

If you’re going for an all out change, and lets face it some of you need to, then where better to start then the top 3. City, United and Chelsea all play bottom 6 sides. The sensible thing to do would be for those that don’t have Robin Van Persie to now crowbar him, somehow, into your team. He’s at 14.1 million – that’s 1.1 million more than he started. Interesting to note how reliant United have been on Van Persie this season. Check the price rises of the United team over the season. Only Van Persie, Evra, and Rafael have seen their values increase since August. All other United players values have dropped – than includes Rooney, Young, Valencia, Vidic, Ferdinand – the lot. Van Persie has made a scoring contribution in each of the last 10 gameweeks. Don’t expect this run to stop. So Hazard out – RVP in? You still have to allow for another 5 million.

And there are some players in form, and cheap. Ish. Pablo Zabaleta – now it seems City have figured out how to defend again – is up to 6 million. We all could have got him a lot cheaper in November, but he’s gone from bit-part-every-other-week pick to captain, cult hero and talisman. He’s scoring goals too. 2 in his last 4, including the FA Cup at the weekend. And, City’s bottom 6 opponents for the gameweek – QPR – who couldn’t beat the MK Dons on Saturday.

In midfield take a look at Jonathan De Guzman. He’s finding the net for Swansea, although frustratingly, isn’t always first on the team sheet. Yet, when he plays 90 minutes, he scores. In his last 4 90 minute appearances he’s scored 15, 9, 10 and 9.

You probably shouldn’t need to be told about Rickie Lambert. He’s the best pounds for points player across the whole game. He’s still floating around midway between 6 and 7 million – that’s half a Van Persie – and is only less popular than RVP, Ba, Suarez and Tevez.

Definitely plenty of cheap options when you give Hazard the boot. No pun intended.


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