Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gameweek 29 Preview

As the season heads into the home straight, I get the feeling that this week could be an important one in our quest for the top of our respective mini leagues. With 6 teams (including Chelsea, Villa, Spurs and Fulham) out of action I think several teams will be starting with just 6 or 7 men while many others will splash 12 points or more on transfers.

Hopefully we all have had plans for the week in place for the last couple of weeks and only need to make a transfer or two to rectify the situation. For advice on which players you should hold and which you should dump, check out my earlier post.

Clean Sheet Rankings
  1. Everton
  2. Arsenal
  3. Man Utd
  4. Liverpool
  5. Sunderland
  6. Wigan
  7. West Ham
  8. Stoke
  9. Burnley
  10. Portsmouth
  11. Birmingham
  12. Bolton
  13. Wolves
  14. Hull
I think the top four teams rank significantly above the rest and if you can secure 4 defenders from this pack you will be in great shape. I think Everton and Arsenal defenders are worth paying for due to their favourable schedules with Baines and Vermaelen being the most secure and Distin and Clichy offering the cheapest options. Liverpool also look like a decent bet in the long run but it's always hard to predict who will start for Benitez's side which puts me off slightly. United continue to be a solid option with Evra the premium option and Brown probably the best cheap bet.

Captain Rankings
  1. Cesc Fabregas
  2. Wayne Rooney
  3. Andrei Arshavin
  4. Fernando Torres
  5. Antonio Valencia
  6. Tim Cahill
  7. Steve Fletcher
  8. Chung Yong Lee
  9. Mikel Arteta
  10. Thomas Vermaelen
I love all things Arsenal this week and you'd be disappointed if they didn't score 3 goals. United's fixture at Wolves looks better than it is (Wolves only concede 1.36 GPG at home) though Rooney is in such good form that he has to rank highly again this week. I know a couple of readers weren't sure about Torres last week but I think he is back and looked decent and so should take his place among the top runners from here on in for captaincy rankings. Everton have a great fixture but as with their Merseyside rivals, I struggle to find too many players to really like outside of Cahill. I've stuck Arteta on the list due to his set piece potential and while I love Pienaar as a player, I'm not ready to put him in captain rankings without a double gameweek just yet.

Good luck for the week ahead and as always thanks for reading.


NotoriousDre said...

s usual...a good write up Chris!

Steven said...

Brutal week with all the matches missing. Double gameweeks coming up will be tide turners