Gameweek 14 preview

November 27, 2015

28 Nov 15:00 Aston Villa v Watford
28 Nov 15:00 Bournemouth v Everton
28 Nov 15:00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle
28 Nov 15:00 Man City v Southampton
28 Nov 15:00 Sunderland v Stoke
28 Nov 17:30 Leicester v Man Utd
29 Nov 12:00 Spurs v Chelsea
29 Nov 14:05 West Ham v West Brom
29 Nov 16:15 Liverpool v Swansea
29 Nov 16:15 Norwich v Arsenal

 

Just over a year ago Leicester City came from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3. In doing so Jamie Vardy scored 21 points, netting one and assisting three times. All he’s got to do this week is get the goal and he betters Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games. He’d also equal the record of 11 consecutive top flight games set by Stan Mortensen in 1950-51.

Lets piss on the Leicester campfire for a minute. They’ve won eight times, yet none of the eight teams finished any higher than 10th in last season’s table. Their one defeat was a 5-2 thumping at home to Arsenal. They have yet to play United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton and they’ve only kept two clean sheets. Over the next five weeks or so we’ll get a better idea of where Leicester are going to land come the end of the season. That’s not to say Jamie Vardy won’t keep scoring if he remains fit and out of trouble. He’s currently sat on three yellow cards, so there’s no danger of a suspension in Leicester’s next game against Swansea, unless, of course, he’s red carded this weekend. That would be a sickener. To be honest, there’s little point in me extolling the virtues of having Vardy in your team. If you haven’t got him already, you’re really not playing properly are you?

Stoke come into this weekend on a run of five clean sheets in six games. There are harder places to go to extend that record than Sunderland. Jack Butland is the game’s top keeper off the back of this run. Not only is he racking up the clean sheet points, he’s also topping up with plenty of save bonuses and man of the match performances. Glen Johnson has just crept into the top 10 defenders, closely followed by Erik Pieters. The preferred central pairing at the moment is Philipp Wollscheid and Ryan Shawcross. No Stoke defender will cost you more than £5 million.

Everton players are dominating the player of the week awards, and there is every chance they could add to that list this weekend. In the last three weeks they’ve hit six and four past two of the bottom three. The other team in that bottom three, Bournemouth, are their hosts this weekend. Kone, Lukaku, Naismith and Barkley have all top scored this season. There could be a repeat performance, particularly from the ever present and in form Lukaku or Barkley. Or is it Gerard Deulofeu’s turn?

 

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