Sue Speak is back after the Christmas break! GW 20 was a good one for Beckham! as I had 74 points and all green arrows – the perks of having Defoe, Zlatan and Eriksen in the team, and cleansheets from the backline.
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 award.
Here’s my GW 21 analysis.
Tom Heaton – He has the most saves among all goalkeepers (the more the saves the more the bonus points), and has 3 cleansheets in 10 home matches. This, coupled with the fact that Southampton may be tired from their midweek fixture makes him my top choice between the posts.
Hugo Lloris – Spurs host a West Brom side that tends to play a defensive game when playing a top team, hence Lloris may not have much to do.
Michael Keane – This budget defender is a threat when it comes to set pieces, and is against a Southampton side that has won only twice in their last 7 Premier League fixtures.
Scott Dann – Crystal Palace should have an easier time against a West Ham side that is without Payet.
Marcos Alonso/Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea’s winning streak may have been stopped by Spurs, but they will want to get back to their winning ways against a Leicester side that has scored only once in their last 3 matches. Seriously, what happened to Leicester’s magic?
Danny Rose/Kyle Walker – Spurs are highly likely to keep a cleansheet against WBA, who tend to switch to a defensive game against a top team. Danny Rose also offers some attacking potential, with two goals to his name already.
Consider Erik Pieters.
Alexis Sanchez – The top-rated midfielder is a must-have for any serious manager. He already has ten away goals to his name, and is looking to add to that tally against a Swansea side that has conceded 23 goals at home, and 7 goals conceded in the last two GWs.
Christian Eriksen – Eriksen has had three double-figure points hauls in his last four matches. Adding to that tally against West Brom shouldn’t be hard for him. Dele Alli is also a good option.
Robert Snodgrass – Despite Hull being bottom on the table, I’m betting on a Snodgrass goal, since they are against a Bournemouth side who have two of their defenders out (Francis is suspended and Ake has been recalled by Chelsea.)
Consider Eden Hazard, Matt Phillips (before his price rises), and Junior Stanislas.
Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman has been impressive, with 3 goals and 2 assists in the last 3 GWs. Arsenal travel to the Liberty Stadium to add onto Swansea’s impressive (not) record of goals conceded at home – 23.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – His availability may be doubtful due to an illness, but hopefully by tomorrow he will be back. I don’t see him missing this fixture – one of the most anticipated in the Premier League – and missing a chance of adding onto his goal tally, especially after winning the Player of the Month for December.
Andre Gray – His 4 goals in Burnley’s last two home games (including a hattrick) ensures he is on this list. He is a budget striker, and frees up your money so you can buy other expensive forwards.
Consider Jermain Defoe – He is still scoring at his age (already has 11 goals.)
Any of Sanchez, Giroud, Zlatan and Snodgrass is a good option.
Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Eddie Mosbey, Edu Bii and John Ayom for leading in the TDO League.
Hall of Shame
The TDO league’s Sunderland, Swansea and Hull are Gideon Kipkoech, Francis Mahia and Brian Kamunyu, in that order. Shoutout to Gideon though, he started at GW8 and is only 113 points behind the second last person, who started managing his team in GW 1..
Thanks for reading, and all the best in your selections.
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