Sue Speak – GW9 PreviewOctober 22, 2016
Gameweek 8 wasn’t a good week, with a measly average of 39 points. Beckham! had a paltry 43 points, but somehow managed to get only 4 red arrows in 18 leagues. Quite impressive, I’d say. That said, I’m looking forward to a better and more positive GW 9. Here are my picks.
Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester have kept 2 home cleansheets, and conceded only one goal in 3 home matches. Schmeichel has had 16 saves in 3 matches, and hence is a good candidate for bonus points.
Maarten Stekelenburg – The Dutch shotstopper must be proud after saving two penalties in the draw against Manchester City. Burnley shouldn’t be too much of a problem for him.
Hugo Lloris – Spurs are still unbeaten going into the 9th match of the season, and Lloris has sure been an important part of this unbeaten run. Bournemouth away may not be the easiest of fixtures, but consider having the Frenchman in your team.
Consider Petr Cech.
Laurent Koscielny/Hector Bellerin – Arsenal are in very good form, and their defenders are a must-have. Any of Koscielny or Bellerin would be a good pick. They are home against Boro, and shouldn’t have a problem keeping a cleansheet.
Seamus Coleman/Phil Jagielka – Everton’s defence has always been known to be good (apart from a few bad patches they had), and this duo should be part of your team. Stopping Burnley should not be too much work for them.
Robert Huth – Leicester, at home against Crystal Palace, have conceded only one goal in four home matches. Will the King Power Stadium still be fortress after the Crystal Palace match? My money is on yes.
Erik Pieters/Geoff Cameron – Stoke are away against a poor Hull City, who have conceded 17 goals and scored only 3 in 4 matches. A cleansheet for Stoke is highly likely.
Consider Winston Reid and Robert Huth.
Theo Walcott/Alexis Sanchez/Mesut Ozil – This trio is in terrific form, scoring and assisting goal after goal. If you do not have at least one in your team, what are you waiting for?
Gylfi Sigurdsson – He was played upfront as a striker against Arsenal and grabbed a goal, so what’s to say he won’t score against Watford? Swansea’s next fixture is friendly, as they are away against Stoke. Be wary though, Swansea have lost five of their last six Premier League matches.
Joe Allen – The Welsh Xavi is back! Allen, with 4 goals in his last 3 matches, is in very good form, and is a must-have – till his form dips.
Heung-Min Son – The South Korean is in very good form, and is likely to grab a goal or an assist.
Dimitri Payet/Michail Antonio – They haven’t been in good form of late, but is it time to rediscover themselves against the sinking ship that is Sunderland?
Consider Christian Eriksen, Sadio Mane (and any other Liverpool attacker) and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Wilfried Bony – He is yet to score for Stoke, but he’s playing against a weak Hull that ships in goal after goal (17 goals conceded in 4 matches).
Romelu Lukaku – He has scored six of Everton’s last eight goals, and looks highly likely to continue his goal-scoring form against Burnley.
Sergio Aguero – Because not having Aguero will almost always prove to be costly to your team.
Jamie Vardy – He still hasn’t rediscovered his last season’s form, but has 13 shots. Maybe it is time to convert those shots into goals?
Consider Callum Wilson and Diego Costa.
Any of Aguero, Son, Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil would be a good pick.
Hall of Fame
Kenny Mulla, Edu Bee and Georges Nyachae are the top three in The Dug Out League. Congratulations to them!
Hall of Shame
John Ngida, Amos Ngaithe and Victor Mwangi (in that order) are the relegation-bound teams.
Thanks for reading, and all the best in your selection!