Sue Speak – GW2 PreviewAugust 19, 2016
The horror that was GW1 is finally behind us (read me). It was a poor showing from Beckham!, with only 40 points. However, I’m hoping for a better GW2.
PS: This week’s deadline is today (Friday) at 9PM, due to Manchester United’s home fixture against Southampton at 10PM. Make sure you change your teams before then.
Here are my picks.
Adrian – The West Ham shot stopper is a good pick, as they are playing against Bournemouth, who aren’t that much of a threat.
Ben Foster – Having a Tony Pulis defender/goalkeeper is usually a good idea. Foster will definitely be in good spirits against Everon, after a cleansheet and three bonus points against Crystal Palace.
Consider David de Gea and Lukasz Fabianski.
George Friend – Boro, who conceded the least goals in the Championship for two consecutive seasons, play Sunderland, in what will likely be a low-scoring match.
Toby Alderweireld – A cleansheet from Spurs looks highly likely as Crystal Palace visit them, and the Belgian should be your go-to defender. His teammate, Kyle Walker (on the back of an assist and a bonus point vs Everton) is a cheaper pick.
Kyle Naughton – Swansea are home against Hull, and have a good record at home under Guidolin, with only 4 goals conceded in 7 games. Also, I don’t see Hull repeating their heroics against Leicester.
Antonio Valencia – Having a Mourinho defender is always good for your team, and my pick is Valencia, due to his attacking forays down the right flank. This ensures points on both ends of the pitch from the Ecuadorian.
Consider Cesar Azpilicueta, Patrick van Aanholt and Stephen Kingsley.
Roberto Firmino/Philippe Coutinho/Sadio Mane – I’m at a loss on which Liverpool midfielder to pick. Firmino may not have scored vs Arsenal, but he shows potential of goals and assists in the future. Coutinho’s goals certainly ensure he’s on this list. Will his form continue? Mane’s brilliant goal is a sign of what to expect from him – more goals. Honestly, I do not know who to choose, and who to leave out. Who will you start?
Edit: Sadio Mane will be out due to a shoulder injury.
Eden Hazard – He’s beginning to show signs of the Hazard we all knew, and he’s on penalty duties. Why wouldn’t you start the Belgian, seeing as Chelsea play Watford, who are not exactly a strong opponent?
Dimitri Payet – What better way to get back into the starting 11 than against lowly Bournemouth? West Ham’s star is back, and certainly back into my team.
Kevin De Bryune – The City man may be expensive, but will certainly be worth it in the long run. They play Stoke, who are still not 100% sure of Jack Butland’s return. I’m backing a goal/assist from KDB.
Riyad Mahrez – He may not have really impressed against Arsenal, but he’s on penalty duties now, which may be a reason to have him. They play Arsenal, which still has defensive worries, so will Mahrez show Wenger what he missed?
Consider Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Anthony Martial and Gaston Ramirez.
Sergio Aguero – He scored a goal last week, missed two penalties (how???) but made up for it with a hattrick in their midweek clash against FC Steaua Bucuresti. Some may argue he’s used up his quota of goals for this week, but then again this is Aguero. There’s never too many goals for him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – He has settled well in the EPL, like he has always been here. The gigantic Swede is a handful for any defence, and Southampton will definitely experience Ibracadabra.
Andre Gray – Burnley play Liverpool, who with all their good attacking options still have a problem in defence. If there’s a Burnley man to get on the scoresheet, it will probably be Gray. And he’s cheap.
Jamie Vardy/Ahmed Musa – I haven’t given up on this Leicester duo yet, though this may be their last time on my selections if they do not deliver against Arsenal.
Consider Salomon Rondon and Jermain Defoe.
Hazard, Mahrez, Aguero, and any of the Liverpool Brazilians.
Hold on to your chips, it is still too early to use them.
Kudos to Marto Kihato, Kevin Tosh and Elisha Okumu for leading in the TDO league.
Yobran Bongoko, Sophia Nasimiyu and John Ngida, do something to your teams.
Thank you for reading, and all the best!
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