Gameweek 21 (Rolling the dice) flopped as the Fantasy Football house issued nothing but a red arrow and dropped us to just inside the 40K mark. On to this Gameweek and the Clash between keeping the course and activating the Wildcard has been fierce in the corridors of the ATFPL headquarters. Read on to find out if we have stayed on the gambling course and if so which new recruit will be lighting up the stage. Welcome to ATFPLs Squad announcement;
Ben Foster (Everton @ Home)
Ben Foster and West Brom have a new manager to impress in Pepe Mel and ATFPL hopes that this may spur them onto a solid performance to add to their previous home clean sheet against Newcastle. Realistically though the opposition, Everton have only failed to score twice on the road while West Brom have only kept three clean sheets at the Hawthorns and we would be lying saying anything other than Foster is the best of a bad pair this weekend and is selected on that basis.
Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny (Fulham @ Home)
Home to Fulham is as good as it gets for top of the table Arsenal right now with the visitors failing to score in 60% of their away games while the hosts have shut out the opposition at the Emirates 60% percent of the time as well. A banker clean sheet for our brace of Arsenal defenders and part of the reason you can find both towards the top of our Gameweek 22 Watchlist.
Danny Gabbidon (Stoke @ Home)
Stoke aren’t much better than Fulham in terms of away goal threat, failing to score five times on the road in ten and while Crystal Palace have only kept one clean sheet in five, Tony Pulis will take a special interest in this fixture and send the Eagles out looking to prove a small point.
Everton have conceded the fewest goals on the road this season with ten, keeping four clean sheets in the process. The opposition have hardly been prolific scorers at home either with West Brom being shut out three times.
Oscar and Eden Hazard (Manchester United @ Home)
As we pointed out in our Captain Poll introduction, Chelsea have scored in every Stamford Bridge encounter this season while the visitors, Manchester United have struggled to keep them out, keeping only two clean sheets. Eden Hazard is simply on fire. His statistics mentioned in our Market Mechanics -Shrewd Moves are unparalleled outside of the forwards department. Three goals in his last four, eight games registering attacking returns in his last eleven appearances at an average of 7.82 is essential form from the Belgian. Oscar may be somewhat of a default pick this week; he was brought in for the Juicy fixture next.
David Silva (Cardiff @ Home)
David Silva was rested in the week because of a knock. however we and our friends at PhysioRoom.com fully expect him to feature this weekend against Cardiff who in our Gameweek 21 Review pointed out have conceded two or more goals in nine of their last eleven games and with Silva’ exploits pulling the City strings we expect the Spaniard to fill his creative boots. An average of four chances created per game is unrivalled this season.
Luis Suarez Captain (Aston Villa @ Home)
Captain marvellous is once against assigned the armband as we declared in our Captains Analysis this week. Quite simply Suarez form makes the Uruguayan unplayable at times and with Liverpool averaging 2.7 goals per game in front of the Kop, we expect Suarez to add to his five double-digit returns in front of his faithful.
Romelu Lukaku (West Brom Away)
Romelu Lukaku has lost his points explosiveness but his 5.65 points per game average shouldn’t be sniffed at. Against the club he played for last season, this fixture should carry that little bit more emphasis and don’t be surprised if the beast puts in a performance this weekend. However as we pointed out in our Smooth Sailing Schedules article over on the Pundits, Everton’s next six fixtures fall firmly in the choppy waters category which is effecting the long term security of Lukaku in our squad.
Oliver Giroud Vice Captain (Fulham @ Home)
Our transfer for Gameweek 22, Giroud is our seventh player from a London club. With form returning – two goals in his last two appearances – the Gunners only fit front man is another gamble before our imminent wildcard. With Fulham just as bad at the back – 46 goals conceded this season – as they are at the sharp end, we are expecting Arsenal to issue another hammering to Rene Meulensteen’s men this weekend.
David Marshall is tasked with keeping out Manchester City who have scored 38 goals in 10 home games, no thanks. Take the Gameweek off.
Barry Bannan has found himself on the Crystal Palace bench recently and that the job role he has for us as well this weekend. We simply don’t want to risk a ten minute one point cameo appearance from the Scotsman.
Hull have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road and while Steve Bruce may look at this weekend’s fixture against Norwich as an opportunity to start, we will take a watching brief and bench James Chester.
There suddenly are several unknowns surrounding Cardiff and with them travelling to Manchester City, Whittingham has been assigned the water boy duties. Cardiff have only scored five away goals all season.
ATFPL’s Squad History