Gameweek 16 preview

December 11, 2014

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


Only one place to start (and finish as it turns out) – and that’s who are the majority of us going to replace Sergio Aguero with? He’s due back from injury on the 10th January. That’s five gameweeks away – way too long to leave him resting on your bench.

Best place to start looking is in amongst his City team mates. City’s favourable run of fixtures in to the New Year starts with an away trip to Leicester – so goals pretty much guaranteed. Although the best options may lie in City’s midfield with David Silva back in contention, Samir Nasri in amongst the goals in their Champions League victory in midweek and Yaya Toure finally in a run of form. One of Edin Dzeko or Stevan Jovetic will start this weekend, but there’s little guarantee either will cement the attacking berth – and both have just returned from injury. Dzeko managed to complete most of the Roma tie before being replaced by Jovetic. Neither scored.

The choices away from the City team would all allow for a more expensive investment in the midfield. Only Diego Costa, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie look like worthwhile investments in a similar price range to Aguero. Much more in form are those lower mid price options that have dominated the striker standings since day one. West Ham have an abundance of options. Only Chelsea and City have outscored the Hammers, and for the first time in their 642 year history they have what is commonly referred to as a selection headache. Andy Carroll should get a start based on his high scoring performance of last week. Enner Valencia could miss out having been replaced by Diafra Sakho, who went on to score the last goal of their three against Swansea.

With seven in nine, Wilfried Bony would also free up a hefty four million for spends elsewhere. Swansea remain in the top half and have a manageable run of fixtures through Christmas. Also in the £8-9 million club is Graziano Pelle, who ended his barren run with a goal last week against Manchester United. Southampton’s run of fixtures from hell takes a welcome break this week with a trip to Burnley, so their may be a respite for those owning Saints players. They may get in among the points again. Having kept four consecutive clean sheets, it’s now four without a shut-out. Clyne, Bertrand and Forster may get the points they need to keep them top of their respective positional standings.

There are always options in the Chelsea team. Their defeat last week will probably be no more than a blip. They look the best option for a captain choice taking on Hull at Home. This inevitably means Eden Hazard will be in among the points, probably scoring one and assisting another by Costa.


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