Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gameweek 10 Preview

Apologies for the lateness of the post this week, its been really tough to free time to write it so I'm afraid its a bit condensed. Hopefully be back to normal in a week or two.

Gameweek 10 Fixtures

Wolves v Aston Villa

Birmingham v Sunderland

Burnley v Wigan

Hull City v Portsmouth

Tottenham v Stoke City

Chelsea v Blackburn

Bolton v Everton

Liverpool v Man Utd

Man City v Fulham

West Ham v Arsenal

Two very appealing fantasy fixtures see Chelsea entertain Blackburn (3.67 GPG conceded) and Arsenal travelling to a struggling West Ham team (2.33 GPG conceded). A couple of clean sheet plays also look good with Spurs welcoming Stoke (0.50 GPG scored) and City getting Fulham (1.00 GPG scored).

Clean Sheet Rankings
1. Chelsea
2. Aston Villa
3. Tottenham
4. Man City
5. Sunderland

You have to love Chelsea this week in every facet of their game as they welcome a Blackburn side averaging just a goal a game on the road this season. Villa are statistically an ever stronger pick as they average just 1.00 GPG conceded on the road while Wolves have managed just 0.75 GPG at home. The pair of Collins and Dunne that have garnered much fantasy attention over the past few weeks should continue their successful run this week. Spurs and City are a couple of solid home picks against weeker opposition that have struggled to score this season away from home (Stoke 0.50 GPG and Fulham 1.00 GPG). Fulham are also coming off a big Europa League game against Roma and could be open for a let down against Hughes' men. Finally, Sunderland on the road doesn't scream great pay but Birmingham have managed just 2 goals in 4 home games this year while Sunderland's defense has been solid if not spectacular (6 goals in 4 games).

Captain Rankings
1. Didier Drogba
2. Cesc Fabregas
3. Frank Lampard
4. Robin Van Persie
5. Robbie Keane

I'm going to keep backing the Arsenal duo of Fabregas and Van Persie until they prove me wrong but this week they are topped by Drogba based on his favourable matchup. The Ivorian has 5 in his last 5 league games and 7 in 9 for the season and is rested having been suspended for the midweek Champions League fixture. Based on matchup I like the man I have criticised this year - Frank Lampard - to find the back of the net though I still don't condone him as a must own fantasy option. A home gain is too tempting this week and I could see a goal or even a brace for the English midfielder. Finally, I like Robbie Keane to step up in Jermaine Defoe's absence and have a big game against Stoke.

Again, apologies for the lateness and brief nature of this review. I promise full service including more weekly posts will be resumed as soon as possible. Until then, please continue to post below or tweet me any transfer or lineup issues.


NotoriousDre said...

hope you are right about Didier...i need a good showing this gameweek!

The Gaffer said...

I going with Drogba as captain.

NotoriousDre said...

so am i

goke313 said...

Agbonlahor + Dunne + Sorreson...get ready double fixture for week 11

Soo Kyo said...

i was using jermain jenas as long term midfield, but saw him in bench yesterday. when modric is back, you think kranjcar will lose his starting role?

dhs_media_ssharp said...

Nice recomendation on drogba captaincy there, nice one.