Gameweek 12 preview

November 20, 2014

22 Nov 15:00 Chelsea v West Brom
22 Nov 15:00 Everton v West Ham
22 Nov 15:00 Leicester v Sunderland
22 Nov 15:00 Man City v Swansea
22 Nov 15:00 Newcastle v QPR
22 Nov 15:00 Stoke v Burnley
22 Nov 17:30 Arsenal v Man Utd
23 Nov 13:30 Crystal Palace v Liverpool
23 Nov 16:00 Hull v Spurs
24 Nov 20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton


There are some busy treatment rooms across the league, as tends to happen after international breaks. The big game of the weekend being one of those most affected. Arsenal and Manchester United might even find it difficult to put out a combined team of eighteen players. Their defences are particularly threadbare, especially United’s. Arsenal can just about put out a first choice back line, but will need again to rely on younger players as benched back up. United may again have to call upon the likes of Paddy MacNair or Tyler Blackett with Rafael and Marcos Rojo out, and Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw all doubtful. Of course, it’s great if you’re looking for a cheap defensive alternative. MacNair collected 9 points on his last outing, winning all three bonus points against Crystal Palace. Most worrying perhaps for FPL players is the injury picked up by Angel Di Maria. Di Maria is far and away the most popular United player. His price has dropped in recent weeks as managers have reacted to a slight dip in form, but he’s still the most likely to at least score assist points.

There’s also a queue outside the Newcastle physio’s office. Their midfield looks decimated, and their defence is down to the bare bones. Amazingly, their recent run of clean sheets has coincided with a return to the team of Steven Taylor, who is listed as doubtful, although there are reports of a return to training. Fabricio Coloccini is out, and they could be forced to patch the defence up with Paul Dummett moving into the middle alongside Mike Williamson. Any fit Newcastle option is a cheap one, but it looks likely that their run of not conceding may come to an end this weekend against a slightly better looking QPR team with an in form Charlie Austin.

Austin’s form is bettered only by Alexis Sanchez who has returned from the international break without any injury issues. He could make it five consecutive scoring games with a goal against the depleted United defence. In fact there aren’t many injuries among the form horses, and affording these players shouldn’t be too hard with Sanchez and Sergio Aguero the only top end players with their names on the form list. Owners of Leighton Baines, Dusan Tadic, Cesc Fabregas and Diafra Sakho are going to be in for a nervous wait to see if their star men overcome the knocks they appear to have picked up.


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