Gameweek 15 preview

December 4, 2014

06 Dec 12:45 Newcastle v Chelsea
06 Dec 15:00 Hull v West Brom
06 Dec 15:00 Liverpool v Sunderland
06 Dec 15:00 QPR v Burnley
06 Dec 15:00 Spurs v Crystal Palace
06 Dec 15:00 Stoke v Arsenal
06 Dec 17:30 Man City v Everton
07 Dec 13:30 West Ham v Swansea
07 Dec 16:00 Aston Villa v Leicester
08 Dec 20:00 Southampton v Man Utd

 

It’s probably turned into a two horse race for the title. City’s form has been up and down, but with three consecutive victories and nine goals scored, they’re clear in second place having usurped Southampton, who are slogging bravely through their month of hell.

It may be the time to consider bringing in a few more City players to play alongside Aguero. They’re not exactly injury free, but this does open up the door for certain players who would ordinarily be benched or rotated. Alexandar Kolarov’s injury has given Gael Clichy a run of games. The left back has taken full advantage and contributed two double figure scores in his last five outings. And at £5.4 million is a bit of a bargain. Stevan Jovetic is another taking advantage of a run of games. In the absence of Edin Dzeko the striker has partnered Sergio in four of the last five games, scoring twice and assisting once. City’s December fixtures are favourable, with this weekend’s game against Everton looking like the toughest. Up to the FA Cup break they face Leicester, Palace, West Brom, Burnley and Sunderland. At least five victories will be expected, and not out of the question.

At the other end things look bleak for Leicester City. Anyone who concedes three against Liverpool is in trouble. They simply can’t keep clean sheets. Kasper Schmeichel is the least well performing of the (almost) ever present keepers (he’s missed one game which ironically ended with a shut out). Leonardo Ulloa’s early season form has disappeared, although two assists in the last two games have kept him just in the top 10 striker standings. The only tempting feature of the Leicester squad is their cheapness. Ulloa at £5.3 million is their most expensive player, with the majority of their first teamers all coming in at under £5 million. If anything, they could be useful bench warmers, but don’t expect any surprising score boosts if those players are promoted to your first XI.

 

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