Just a quick wrap up this week as we close in on deadline, Grand Final day kept me busy! Let’s get straight into it…
- An injury to left back Kelly will give a chance to Enrique to form a solid starting role in the Liverpool side into the near future. That’s if your willing to invest in Liverpool’s shaky defence.
- Jelavic looks like he has returned to full fitness in time for Everton’s home game against Southampton. While he got some game time mid-week with the emergence of Mirallas upfront I’m not totally clear as to who will start, if not both. Keep an eye out.
- Rooney returned to the Manchester United first team midweek and while you can expect Vanners to start this week against spurs, his starting spot may start to come under threat as rotation rears its ugly head. The Tevez/Van Persie combo upfront is looking weaker by the gameweek.
- Colocinni returned to the Newcastle starting line-up midweek and will bring some solidarity to their back 4, expect further clean sheets as their fixtures clear up.
- Agger has sustained a serious knee injury and is expected to miss up to 8 weeks. Liverpool’s defence has looked weak at best this season so don’t expect things to turn around anytime soon.
- Both Wilshere and Sagna have returned to full time training and will be closing in on first team selection after the international break, if not prior.
- While Tevez hasn’t sustained an injury he did play 120 minutes midweek. With Aguero and Dzeko the freshest of the City strikers expect them both to play a large part at Fulham. Tevez is very subject to rotation risks now and with him seemingly preferred for cup fixtures, we could be on the look out for replacements next week.
- Nasri has seemingly recovered from the slight hammy tear sustained against Real Madrid and looks set to play a part this week, if not next. Will provide a POD for those brave enough to keep him, me not included.
- Berbatov. The big news late this week that Berba looks set to miss the next couple puts him out until post international break! Just another reminder of why it is better to hold your trades until later on in the week, it will be a costly move for a lot of managers. At 31 he could be subject to injuries like this so beware, however if you brought him in I would hold.
- Sahin scored a brace in Liverpool’s midweek fixture and looks to be settling into the Merseyside well. Could provide a good cheap mid option if you are on the look out, watch his form this week against Norwich.
- Arsenal are almost the number one form team at the moment, banging home another 6 midweek in the Carling cup. While most of their attacking prowess was on the pine it still sends yet another threatening sign to the ret of the title challengers. Their assets will come to fruition over the next few weeks as fixtures clear up, starting with a home game against Chelsea. The london derby provides Cazorla a great platform to a big score.
- Chelsea looked out of sorts upfront but returned to form midweek against Wolves, slamming home six. A tough trip to Arsenal is followed up by a home game against Norwich, Hazard may just return to form.
- Mata provided 2 of the goals midweek and scored one himself, hopefully signalling a return to both form and fitness. Keep an eye out here.
- Manchester City are my final team to have a look at, and not positively. They are struggling big time at the back conceding another 4 midweek against Villa, resulting in them tumbling out in grand style. They are not convincing many people at the moment and their defensive assets have plunged. Be wary of their defence but while the goals are still flowing, hold their attackers. Aguero could come to the forefront in the next few games…
Well that’s it for this week, hope it all helps! Good luck with your transfers prior to deadline and I hope you all have a fantastic week!