GW 10 has rolled around, and there is some big selection news this week. Who have I left out? Well one of Chelsea’s stars is a major doubt, and I’m tipping him to miss this week. Who? Well does it really Mata? Of course! Let’s take a journey… (EDIT: West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton.)
Manchester United v Arsenal
De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, Clattenberg, Van Persie.
De Gea has been getting the nod over Lindegaard of late, and performed well against Chelsea, so I’ll tip him to start. 10 men were rested midweek v Chelsea, apart from Rafael , who is pretty much unchallenged at RB. Everyone should be fresh, with Scholes and Cleverley fighting it out for the last CM slot.
Mannone; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos; Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud, Podolski.
Gervinho is injured, which means Walcott will start. Wilshere should pip Ramsey for the last midfield slot after looking promising last week. Sagna means Jenkinson is a peripheral figure for FPL managers.
Fulham v Everton
Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson; Ruiz, Berbatov.
Baird shook off a midweek knock to be fit, as Rodallega looks set to miss out in favour of Ruiz. Alternatively, Richardson could drop to the bench, Ruiz to the left, and Rodallega up front, but Jol seems to prefer the Costa Rican international up front with Berbatov– who incidentally is tipped to play after “breaking a rib midweek”. Work that one out.
Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Mirallas, Neville, Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar; Jelavic.
Pienaar returns, which means Naismith will drop to the bench, provided that Mirallas recovers from his injury doubt. Gibson remains injured so Neville will start again at CM.
Norwich v Stoke City
Ruddy; Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Bennet, Tettey, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington; Holt.
I promise you, this will be the most boring game you ever watch.
Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly; Walters, Crouch.
I really promise. Wilkinson will fill in at LB for Wilson, and a fit again Whelan means Whitehead will drop to the bench.
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Mignolet; Bardsley, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, McClean; Gardner; Fletcher.
Gardner has started over Sessegnon the last week, so I expect that to continue. Elsewhere, Cuellar is a doubt, which puts Bramble on standby.
Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett; Albrighton, Delph, Herd, Holman; Agbonlahor, Benteke.
El Ahmadi is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, so Villa will be hoping Aussie lad Herd will shake off a midweek knock v Swindon. Benteke has been clinical lately, and likely to keep Bent at bay again.
Swansea v Chelsea
Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; De Guzman, Ki, Britton; Routledge, Michu, Hernandez.
Vorm is replaced by Tremmel, but apart from that, much of the same from the Swans. Dyer will be hoping to trump Routledge or Hernandez for a wing berth.
Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Hazard, Moses, Oscar; Torres.
Mata played 120 minutes midweek and is apparently nursing a hamstring injury… he is a SERIOUS doubt for tomorrow so don’t bank on him, Moses will probably get his first PL start here. Cole will be tested before the match, with Bertrand likely to deputise. Torres will replace Sturridge. Luiz is a huge chance to miss, handing Ivanovic a CB spot and Azpilicueta a RB berth.
Tottenham v Wigan
Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen; Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale; Defoe.
Dembele is injured still so Huddlestone will start in the double pivot alongside Sandro. Defoe’s form at the moment is a little bit too good to drop him for Adebayor… but if he has a dry patch the move will be made fairly swiftly.
Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour; Kone, Maloney, Di Santo.
Alcaraz is still out, so Wigan’s side will be almost exactly the same as it always is.
West Ham v Man City
Jaaskelainen; O’Brien, Collins, Reid, McCartney; Diame, Noble, Nolan; Jarvis, Carroll, Benayoun.
Much of the same from West Ham. O’Brien covers on the right in Demel’s two game absence. Benayoun will try to ward off Maiga for a start on the right wing.
Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Toure, Garcia, Milner; Aguero, Tevez, Nasri.
Garcia is a doubt, but I’m tipping him to start above Barry. Milner returns from suspension, Zabaleta from injury and Lescott should keep out Nastasic. Kolarov is a doubt so Clichy should start. Dzeko will be itching to start up front, but his role as super sub seems confirmed. Silva is still out for a couple of weeks more.
QPR v Reading
Cesar; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Traore; Hoilett, Granero, Diakite, Park; Taarabt; Zamora.
Mbia‘s moment of madness sees Nelsen partner Ferdinand again in the CB pairing, while Diakite will again be preferred to Faurlin. Wright-Phillips should warm the bench as Hoilett and Taarabt offer more goal threat at home. Zamora is hoping to play despite a hip niggle thanks to injections pre game.
McCarthy; Cummings, Gorkss, Mariappa, Shorey; McAnuff, Tabb, Leigertwood, Kebe; Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
Federici will be pretty gutted he conceded 7 in about 60 minutes last week, as up until half-time he was looking like earning his spot back. Tabb starts as Karacan is injured, while super-sub McCleary will warm the benches again.
Liverpool v Newcastle
Jones; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Allen, Sahin, Gerrard; Suso, Suarez, Sterling.
Reina could come back into contention for this one, but Jones has been playing quite nicely between the sticks. Apart from that there shouldn’t be too many issues with Liverpool’s lineup, apart from the doubt surrounding Johnson that could hand Enrique or even Downing a start at LB.
Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Guitierrez, Tiote, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.
Cisse has not been in the good books lately, with Ameobi being preferred. Ba is a major doubt, and is rated 50/50 by Pardew to play. EDIT: Cisse has been assured a start from Pardew after his winning “goal” against West Brom. I use the term goal loosely given it was scored with his back.
West Brom v Southampton
Foster; Tamas, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell; Odemwingie, Yacob, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans; Lukaku.
Yacob is a doubt, as is Long, so Lukaku looks primed for a start here. Ridgewell keeps out Popov as Tamas is the only fit right back at the Hawthorns. Jones is fit, but I doubt they’ll slot him straight back in after an extended stint on the sidelines.
Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Davis, Schneiderlin; Ramirez, Rodriguez, Lallana; Lambert.
Lambert is the only one I can see dropping out of this XI, as he has only played in half of the away fixtures. Rodriguez could move into the lone striker position and Puncheon could replace him in the midfield if this is the case. Ramirez returns from his dead leg…after 3 weeks. Soft.
So that just about does it… Good luck one and all!