Time once again for a lateish edition of the captains. Being laid up at home with the new baby I haven’t had much time to think about much; the horses, football and general life has given way to crying and sleeplessness; but even so last weekend’s round was so horrendous I still had time to dwell in the misery of it. Anyway let’s get to this week’s impending misery….
Arsenal takes on Fulham at the Emirates. It was predictable that the week I jumped of Cazorla he scored so I guess he is probably a fair option this week but I won’t be going near him on principal. Although Fulham are not great away they are in the top few scoring sides in the league, I reckon they can score against the Arsenal defence so that could make Berbatov or the underrated Ruiz good options.
Everton host a shot shy Sunderland which means this is surely the week for Baines! He should be able to register a cleanie and is always a chance of attacking points at the other end. Speaking of attacking points Fellaini is another great option here, unplayable on his day he may well rack in the points for you here in a game the toffees should be able to win comfortably.
Reading v Norwich is a game of two improving sides but no captaincy options really jump out at me likewise with Southampton v Swansea although Michu and Lambert can pop up at any time with a points haul.
Stoke takes on QPR in another captaincy graveyard. Stoke should be able to shut QPR out in a dour game that they may do enough to win in. Wigan host West Brom in a difficult game to predict. Difficult mainly because Wigan can come up with anything at any time. West Brom are predictable enough, fairly tight and organised with a couple of good scoring options. Long, Morrison and Kone from this game could be OK but a bit of a risk if you ask me.
Villa v United marks the first game of RVP’s perma captaincy run, he should be a lock for the next 5 weeks which may or may not render this here weekly article obsolete, but not everyone can afford 13+ million pounds so maybe there is a point in still typing it after all. Anyhow United should be able to put a few past a poor villa with RVP, Rooney and Valencia in amongst it.
A struggling City takes on Tottenham. Not really sure where to go in this one, I’m not trusting any city players at the moment so I’m happy to risk them, Tottenham players much this same this week as City have tightened things right up at the back. I could even see this is a 0-0 which my sound farfetched but if it eventuates you’ll be glad you kept the big ‘c’ away from here.
Newcastle takes on West ham who can be tight but are more likely to ship a few away, if they do we would normally lock in Ba or Ben Arfa but Ba is a big risk not to play this week so may be best to keep safe. May be a sneaky watch on Carroll vs his old side, we know he likes to play here at St James so he may find the back of the net.
Finally Chelsea host Liverpool. Chelsea have been in good form while Liverpool have been patchy but if there’s one thing that I know being a Chelsea fan, it’s that Liverpool always bring their best in this tie. Mata has been in form so good he is fixture proof and Hazard has been giving a constant trickle of assists while Suarez has been good for the scouse. Although these 3 may well be good options I don’t have the balls to pick them in what is usually a fiery encounter but who would I actually pick?
5. Ba (if plays)
RVP can score against anyone so against poor opposition he must be a lock; nothing else needs to be said really. Baines should finally be good for a cleanie this week and is always good for attacking points at the other end also, a most consistent performer and another great option this week. Fellaini is having a career best season and is generally good for some points most weeks. He seems a good option again this week while silky Berb is in the kind of form that can unlock any defence; luckily Arsenals defence has a rubbish lock anyway so the Berb could be good for some points this week. Finally if Ba is selected against his old side he should be good for a decent points haul but it’s a wait and see on this one.
So that my scan of the captains options, have I missed any? Who will be your captain?