Hangovers finally in check, the new year’s eve antics from the ATFPL brigade at the minus 8 saloon assigned the history books, we move on in 2017 with our fresh wildcard squad in tact so read on we declaring our gameweek 20 squad along with the customary reason and justification that may just help in your squad decisions…
Jones | Chambers | Nyom
Home to Hull City both Ben Foster and Allan-Roméo Nyom are expected to register a clean sheet against Hull City who have mustered just five away goals in nine outings and our without an away goal in their last five attempts. That is if Nyom starts with rotation a serious concern especially after his 45 minute yellow, should’ve been red performance against Southampton. Alongside the Baggies contingency is Calum Chambers as Middlesbrough host Leicester City with the visitors without an away victory all season while Phil Jones is selected as Manchester United travel to West Ham. Hopefully Jose Mourinho was just playing the condense fixtures when he dropped the former Blackburn Rovers man last timeout.
Sanchez | Firmino | Allen | Hazard
Hurrah, Alexis Sanchez is on the road. An Alexis Sanchez who leads the Premier League with nine away goals to his name from registering the third most shots on target and second most touches inside the opposition box on his travels. Away to Bournemouth should be a game with goals and as Sanchez has demonstrated in his last two appearances, starting from a wide midfield position hasn’t dented his attacking threat, topping the last two gameweeks with 17 attempts of which six have been on target, both league highs.
Eden Hazard and Chelsea travel to Tottenham looking to lay down yet another Champions statement with the Belgian expected to be at the top of his game if Antonio Conte’s men are to do so. Spurs are hitting some real form who’s team selection yesterday had a whiff of waiting for this game. Alongside the midfield axis of power is Roberto Firmino who started up front for Liverpool in their success against Manchester City last timeout. Away to Sunderland, will the Brazilian put the final nail in the former Everton manager David Moyes’ coffin while Joe Allen and Stoke City host Watford.
Ibrahimovic | Aguero | Carroll
Any Zlatan Ibrahimovic captainers from last gameweek can count themselves extremely unfortunate with the Swede having a legitimate goal wiped off the table. This time around Ibra will take his eight goals in nine appearance record to West Ham with Manchester United showing signs of renewed hope for a title push having won their last five. It’s been a good December for the Red Devils.
Our captain for gameweek 20 is no other than Sergio Aguero with Manchester City in desperate need for a moral boosting hammering against Burnley. Pep Guardiola’s troops must address the slide that now has them outside the top four after three defeats in their last six and with Burnley making the short trip to the Etihad Stadium with an away record that includes shipping 2.25 goals per game, what better fixture to get back on track. Completing the starting XI in gameweek 20 is Andy Carroll who with little competition for his place, should line up against Manchester United despite the short turnaround in games.
Our bench consists of Eldin Jakupovic, Cedric, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Nathan Ake in that order.