The last game-week before the first international break of the season is approaching and it’s time to look into the squads and the fixtures once again.
Both the Manchester-sides have a good chance of keeping a clean sheet. The Citizens are expected to continue their good form as they are going to enjoy home comfort against Stoke City while the Red Devils will try to secure their first win this season away against Burnley. Southampton will also be looking for their first three points as they meet West Ham United away from home. On the other hand, Swansea and Aston Villa can extend their unbeaten run against West Bromwich Albion and Hull City respectively, the latter missing the services of James Chester following his red card against Stoke City. Elsewhere, Newcastle United and Sunderland face bottom-dwellers Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers. Saturday’s last match will see Everton welcome Chelsea for their second consecutive difficult match after drawing level against Arsenal last week. In another big match on Sunday, Liverpool meets current league leaders Tottenham in White Hart Lane. The week will come to an end at Leicester with Arsenal paying a visit to ensure a comfortable win.
Manchester City, Newcastle and Arsenal should be expecting comfortable clean sheets while Aston Villa, only team other than Tottenham to enjoy two back-to-back clean sheets, can continue their resilience to make it three as they meet Hull City. Manchester United, even if they face newly promoted Burnley FC, may again fail to hold the fort without conceding. In our opinion, Krul (4.5) or Guzan (4.5) might be the best choices in the goal as they are likely to provide handful of points as well as financial stability.
Apart from the probable clean sheets, a few defenders may acquire some points from the other end of the pitch too. Eric Dier (5.3), Ivanovic (7.1), Coleman (7.0), Clyne (5.1) have already scored this season while Kompany (6.5), Terry (6.5), Lovren (5.5), Skrtel (6.0) can open their account any day soon. The managers can find surprises in Janmaat (5.0), a budget-friendly option on the back who repeatedly troubled the opponent defense with his attacking abilities. Besides, Debuchy (5.5) may also prove to be quite effective this week for the gunners.
Sigurdsson (6.4) once again claimed an assist last week and he is the best bet in the midfield for coming weeks. Alongside, we suggest to opt for Lamella (8.0) instead of Chadli (6.0), who scored twice against QPR , since Lamella was the architect behind two Spurs goals and had a great game. Ramsey (9.1), Hazard (10.0), Sterling (8.6), Mata (8.9), Sanchez (10.4) are some of the expensive options who always look to threaten opponent goal-keeper and may rack up some points each week. Sanchez, especially, should be in high confidence after scoring the winner against Besiktas that helped his side reach UEFA Champions League group stage for a consecutive 17th time.
So far as the cheaper options are concerned, Stewart Downing (5.5) is worth mention. As expected, he played wonderfully last week and scored a brilliant goal which earned him a spot in our last week’s best eleven. Puncheon (5.9) will return to the Eagles side this week after missing the last match due to suspension and with his set-pieces, should get some points. The managers looking for a low-budget option in the midfield can also put their money on N’Zogbia (5.5), Barry (5.0), Ward-prowse (5.0), Cattermole (4.6) or Larsson (5.5).
Two of the most popular frontline options, Diego Costa and Giroud, have picked up injuries last week. While the latter one is not expected to be back before January, youngster Sanogo (4.9) can get a chance to score some goals. On the other hand, Adebayor (8.5) claimed an assist along with scoring a goal in the last match and should continue his form. Manchester City forward Jovetic (8.1) netted twice last week and a home encounter against Stoke City may give him ample chances to score this week too. His teammate Aguero (12.0) have scored on both the matches coming from the bench. However, because of the hefty price-tag and the fact that he may start from the bench again, our suggestion will be not to include him. Instead, the managers can easily go with United captain Rooney (10.5) or Liverpool talisman Sturridge (11.5), who have always looked dangerous in the final third.
Naismith, the best forward till now, comes at a meager price of 5.2 and looks poised to score more goals in the coming weeks. Among other cheap options, Jelavic (6.0), Berahino (5.6) and Weimann (5.5) are some who may prove to be useful.
The managers should play a formation with three defenders since this week may see lots of goals and the chance of clean sheet for the teams other than Manchester City, Newcastle and Arsenal is pretty slim as United are yet to find some good form and Villa might be missing their dependable center back Ron Vlaar.
Managers having Costa or Giroud in the squad will be looking for a replacement and Jovetic, Adebayor or Naismith are good choices. On the other hand, Sigurdsson or Downing should definitely be selected in the midfield if one is looking for a cheap but effective option.
Some managers may want to go for the Red Devlis’ new signing Angel Di Maria (9.5) but we will suggest to hold on to that decision and keep an eye on him for two or three weeks at first.
Jelavic, Cole or Chamakh can be the third choice forward for the managers.
And finally, Rooney, Jovetic or Sigurdsson are good options to be selected as the captain while one may take a gamble with Clichy, Janmaat or Koscielny too.