GW21 TOP PICKS
Dele Alli (TOT) – v West Brom (h) – £12.6m
While Christian Eriksen’s underlying stats are far stronger and he’s potentially the more ‘reliable’ pick this week, value and price dictate we must opt for the man in form instead in Delli Alli this week. Spurs are up against what is likely to be a depleted West Brom back line that will sit back and allow the likes of Alli plenty of time and space on the ball. Even though West Brom are strong away from home and only conceded one against Arsenal and Chelsea, to ask them to repeat that performance for a third time in 6 gameweeks is probably a bit too much and having scored 7 goals in his last 4, Alli is in imperious form so will be difficult to stop.
Mesut Ozil (ARS) – v Swansea (a) – £12.3m
Arsene Wenger confirmed this week the German is back from ‘man flu’ and although we are a little sceptical about this Swansea game – (new manager syndrome could kick in)– we still think the playmaker will see lots of the ball and link up with Giroud and Sanchez to great effect and earn enough points to justify his price tag. A goal and 5 chances created when he last faced Swansea in GW8 is promising for those that are prepared to back the playmaker this week.
Junior Stanislas (BOU) – v Hull (a) – £7.7m
Stanislas looks great value again this week against a poor Hull team still reeling from the loss of Mike Phelen. On set pieces, and offering the best attacking threat in the Bournemouth midfield the only concern this week is the fact most of his top performances have come at home so far this season. But having made more assists than anybody in the team (5) including 2 in his last 2, and with 3 goals to his name already this season we fancy he could have another strong week. If you really need to save funds Ryan Fraser (£6.7m) offers a cheaper alternative in Bournemouth’s midfield and has also shown he knows where the goal is. At £1m cheaper he’s performed exceptionally well each time he’s been called upon so will be interesting to keep an eye on should he start.
Robert Snodgrass (HUL) – v Bournemouth (h) – £8.9m
Another of this week’s picks comes in the game at the KCOM. We like the look of Hull’s main man Snodgrass up against a Bournemouth team who tend to concede for fun on their travels and without Nathan Ake in their ranks anymore. Considering Snodgrass has been involved in more than 50% of all Hull’s goals so far this season it’s safe to assume he will be responsible should the Cherrie’s backline be breached once again. As we’ve said before there are certain players that the FanDuel scoring system is just suited to and Snodgrass is most certainly one of those, as demonstrated by his 30+ scores on 6 occasions already this season. Great value still at £8.9m, few average as high a weekly points total when playing at home as Snodgrass does.
Henrik Mkhitaryan (MUN) – v Liverpool (h) – £10.3m
Although he’s scored twice in his last 3 home appearances (including THAT goal that won him the goal of that month award), Mkhitaryan’s key strength still seems to lie in his ability to create chances for teammates and that bodes well for FanDuel points. Although he’s not registered an assist in the league yet, he has more key passes per game than the likes of Mata, Herrera, Martial or even Ibrahimovic when he’s played this season and so it probably says more about the finishing of his teammates than his ability on the ball. Even with those underlying stats, he’s still cheaper than any of the others so a no brainer to pick if it’s United coverage you are after. Up against a Liverpool side who have now not won in 3, he could easily be the key that unlocks what looks like it will be a tight and feisty game on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Bargain of the week
Abdoulaye Doucoure (WAT) – v Middlesbrough (H) – £5.5m
Having started the last two games for Watford as one third of an attacking three, and cheaper than any other player in the game this week, Doucoure is a hugely risky but potentially brilliant differential pick this week should you need to save funds. Although he’s had a fairly quite start to his Premier League career, the youngster has been played in an attacking role and if Watford are to stop their slide – and they should do against a Middlesbrough team who just cannot win (or even score) away from home – then he could be in with a chance of a good points hall. 20 points from him this week (a couple of shots on goal and some chances created) will more than justify his inclusion at just £5.5m and allows you to splash the cash on your forward line where there are a number of attractive (and expensive) options instead. Word of warning, Watford have lost the last two so rotation could be on the cards?
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