After a mostly terrible week for all, let’s take a look at the few winners and many losers from the gameweek 27 action! Beware of GW rescheduling occurring with your transfers this week, I’ll discuss that in more detail throughout…
- Bale – It’s astounding what he can produce when in a vein of form like the past few weeks. Another 15 points this week makes it 41 in his last 3 games, 4 games in a row on the scoreline and this years highest scoring midfielder with a massive 167 points. Did I mention he is immune to rotation and this years 3rd top goal scorer? Those who were considering trading him out a few weeks ago you can’t say you weren’t warned. It seems when everyone starts to doubt his consistency, he steps up to a new level. He is now at a level we haven’t seen in the epl for a long time. Absolute lock in my opinion.
- Rafael – He seems to have returned to United’s starting XI and is certainly making the most of his opportunities. One thing to be wary of is that united have a blank in 2 weeks time. Is there a point in bringing him in for 1 game? Maybe, but I’m not so sure it’s worth it… yet.
- Lambert – His away form is simply sensational. In fact there is a vastly different correlation between his home form and his away form. In his last 7 away games he’s averaged 8.3 ppg, scoring 6 goals in the process. However if you look at his home form, his last 7 games have returned an average of just 3.3 ppg (5 less) and has scored only 1 goal. It’s a pretty astounding difference. Personally, looking at those stats I’m not sure I would be scrambling to get him in, especially with the amount of in form mid pricers going around up front.
- Kone – He has returned from the African Cup of nations as a man possessed, 2 goals last week in the FA cup followed up by another 2 goals last weekend. At just 6.5 he is a unique forward and as Wigan begin yet another scramble for safety, he will be key to their success. A very good curve ball if you ask me.
- Sissoko – I brought him in and he did not let me down. Another 10 points makes him the in form midfielder behind Bale, scoring 35 in his 4 games so far, assisting or scoring on each occasion. He is already up to 6.3 and on the rise, so jump on him quick if you’re convinced. I am.
- Cazorla – He has bursts of form here and there, however at 9.3 I’m still not convinced by him with the plethora of midfield options available. Yes he enjoyed a day out against Aston Villa but he just hasn’t produced it enough in recent times to warrant selection as of yet. Especially not over Walcott.
- Van Persie – It has happened. I’ve traded Robin out. Why? Mainly because of United’s blank in GW29. Now that he is ruled out against Norwich that would be 2 consecutive blanks by a 14.0 priced forward. Not worth it. I will look to get him back in but for now, I’ve gone with a short term trade to Sturridge. The combination of him and Suarez looks deadly and with Liverpool’s kind fixtures I reckon it’s a move that could pay off handsomely.
- Walcott – He had a very poor game against Villa, I won’t deny that. With many of us captaining him he was a massive loser this week, however Giroud surely can’t keep starting the way he’s playing. He’s been atrocious. If Theo gets a gig up front I expect him to bounce back to form, he usually performs well in London derbys for the record. I expect big things on Sunday.
- Rooney – For those who brought him in, I was always pointing out the dangers that come with him. I tried to warn you! With the strike force that United have any sign of an injury, or in this case sickness and Rooney can be easily rested. With RVP missing this week he may bounce back to form, but be warned. It could be a bumpy ride.
- Mata – He has hit his first patch of bad form, not scoring in his last 2 games. What? There was obviously no way he could keep up his previous form I guess, however Chelsea will need him back firing against West Brom this week. Expect a return to form of the highest order.
- Podolski – For some reason Wenger reckons it’s a good idea to bench one of his teams most influential players to fit in Giroud. Weird. Anyway if you own Podolski I’d be getting off board ASAP, the amount of mid priced forwards to go around is massive and they will at least score similar to him, if not outscore him. Get rid.
- Van Persie – I think this could be a good knee-jerk, you could make a lot of points by trading him to a forward who plays the next 2 weeks. As I mentioned earlier I’ve done so with Sturridge, there’s also many others to choose from! I’d be trading.
- Walcott/Mata/Fellaini – Please try and be patient, these guys have dominated all year and while there may be bumps along the road, just look at what Bale’s done. Threaten to sell them and they take it like a kick up the ass, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You can’t hold good players down for long. They’ll be back.
- Rafael – As I said in the winners section, I’d be wary of trading him in ahead of a blank in GW29. However they should keep a clean sheet against Norwich and if you’re really struggling defensively then it could be a risk worth taking.
- Yaya Toure – He scored once. We should all know by now that he is not a fantasy player, he’ll occasional pop up here and there but on the whole, there are much better midfield options out there. It scares me that he is the second most traded in player in midfield this week.
- Cazorla – Finally I finish with Santi. The most traded in mid this week, be very wary. He has tended to be very inconsistent and Tottenham will be a very tough game. Many other midfield options going around with higher scoring capabilities on a long term basis. I advise against having both Walcott and Cazorla in your team so make up your mind, one or the other…
Just a note on GW29, make sure your taking into account all the teams that could miss out. I’m sure we will know more about it later this week, just bear it in mind when making your transfers… That’s it from me today, the captains and a gameweek preview still to come this week! Cheers.