The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 11

Posted: November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 11 (Formation: 3-4-3)

David DeGea (MUN)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – Sunderland (A)

Aaron Creswell (WHU)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)

Nathaniel Clyne (SOU)
Opponent- Leicester City (H)

Angel Di Maria (MUN)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)

Nacer Chadli (TOT)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)

Stewart Downing (WHU)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)

Alexis Sanchez (ARS)
Opponent – Swansea (A)

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – QPR (A)

Graziano Pelle (SOU)
Opponent – Leicester City (H)

Diafra Sakho (WHU)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)
The Captain – Sergio Aguero (MCI)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Wast Ham, Everton, Spurs, Manchester United and Southampton to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Stephen Caulker (QPR)
Midfielder: Sadio Mane (SOU)
Striker: Charlie Austin (QPR)
Captain: Graziano Pelle (SOU)

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 10

Posted: October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 9 (Formation: 3-4-3)

Fraser Forster (SOU)
Opponent – Hull City (A)
I’m going to give Forster a chance to show that he can also get some credit for all the Southampton clean sheets. I think he could get a save point or two in addition to racking up yet another clean sheet for the Saints.

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – Swansea (H)
Baines is becoming harder to overlook each week. Another assist in the 3-1 defeat of Burnely brings him to 51 points for the season – an amazing score considering the Toffees have notched just two clean sheets all season! Swansea will certainly threaten the Everton backline, but even if they do concede, Baines could easily get attacking points. A constant threat from free kicks, corners and penalties, I think he is a steal at £7.1m.

Calum Chambers (ARS)
Opponent – Burnley (H)
Burnely have five goals all season and Chambers is only £4.6m million. If you are looking for a cheap route into the Arsenal backline for the next few games, Chambers is an absolute no-brainer.

Branislav Ivanovic (CHE)
Opponent- Queens Park Rangers (H)
Despite the recent heroics shown by Harry’s men, it’s hard to see them trouble a well-marshalled defense. I’m opting for the attacking threat of Branislav Ivanovic to cover both defensive and attacking points on Saturday. I think QPR will draw Chelsea onto them and this is where Ivanovic truly shines as an FPL asset.

Nacer Chadli (TOT)
Opponent – Aston Villa (A)
I expect an open and pretty free-scoring game at Villa Park as both teams look for a win I think they feel they can achieve. Chadli is on a little bit of a dry spell after a stunning start to the season, but this is as good a time as any to find his scoring form.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Queens Park Rangers (H)
The young Belgian wis beginning to recapture the incredible form that saw him destroy defenses last year, and I’m opting for Hazard to be the catalyst for a Chelsea win over QPR. I still think Mourinho has a habit of not killing off teams, but with set pieces and penalties in his locker, I expect Hazard to get attacking points here.

Yannick Bolasie (CPL)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
I wanted to pick a player from the next team to play Sunderland, a side who look absolutely calamitous. I wanted someone who possessed strength and speed and Bolaise has both in tons. He will run at the back four all day long and could make a mockery of his price tag.

Alexis Sanchez (ARS)
Opponent – Burnley (H)
It’s Arsenal’s most in-form player against certain relegation fodder. He has two goals and an assist in his last two games and looks to have cemented a place (finally) in Wenger’s Arsenal side. There’s no question in my mind – he could run riot on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – Manchester United (H)
It looks like that City will be without the services of David Silva for the Manchester derby on Sunday, and although I think that may reduce the overall attacking threat of Aguero, I still fancy him to score against United. I think a lot of City’s chances will fall to Aguero and he looks absolutely lethal. Even though United looked much better defensively against Chelsea, Aguero needs a yard of space to score.

Graziano Pelle (SOU)
Opponent – Hull (A)
Having been the perfect third striker for many FPL managers over the last month, the form and confidence of Pelle is making many of us revisit our striking options and ask a very unfashionable question. Could Pelle actually replace the likes of Costa in our teams? He certainly has the confidence and form to do so, and even when the Saints’ fixtures toughen up in GW13, he could still score.

Digeo Costa (CHE)
Opponent – Queens Park Rangers (H)
It *seems* like he is fit. It *looks* like he’ll start. Costs is an adrenaline junkies wet dream – always on the edge of not playing. Enjoy your fix guys. He could get a point, he could get 20.

The Captain – Diego Costa (CHE)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Chelsea, Everton, Arsenaland Crystal Palace to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Neil Taylor (SWA)
Midfielder: Stewart Downing (WHU)
Striker: Danny Welbeck (ARS)
Captain: Alexis Sanchez (ARS)

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 9

Posted: October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 9 (Formation: 4-3-3)

Hugo Lloris (TOT)
Opponent – Newcastle United (H)
A home clean sheet and perhaps a save point would be a great return for the Frenchman – I cannot see Harry Kane returning between the posts after his Europa League cameo :D

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – Burnley (A)
A superb 15-point return last week was not unexpected, and I fancy Baines to continue his rich vein of form as Everton visit a Burnley side who has scored just 4 goals all season in the league. Baines will get forward at every opportunity against the Clarets. With 4 great fixtures ahead, buying Baines is a smart investment for the savvy FPL manager.

Nathaniel Clyne (SOU)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Southampton defenders are providing to be real value for money so far this season, especially Clyne and Bertrand. Along with 4 clean sheets in 8, Clyne and Bertrand have a goal and an assist apiece. I think you need to have at least one Saints defender and I really don’t think there is much difference between them.

Andre Wisdon (WBA)
Opponent- Crystal Palace (H)
An assist against Manchester United showed that the Liverpool loanee has attacking points to fall back on if WBA concede. Having said that, the Baggies have three clean sheets to their name already and I expect a fourth against Crystal Palace. More importantly, last week was the first time that Wisdom and Gamboa were both available and it was Wisdom who started – perhaps he is going to be the first choice

Raheem Sterling (LIV)
Opponent – Hull (H)
Last Sunday, Liverpool snatched an unlikely three points, jumped into the team bus and drove away from Loftus Road as quickly as possible – it was the type of smash and grab result we hadn’t seen from Liverpool for some time. The events of the last week seem to show that the mood could be changing for the better at Anfield as it looks likely that Balotelli will finally be dropped, allowing for Rickie Lambert get a shot at a starting role. What this means is that they will have an experienced target man to draw out defenders which could provide plenty of room for Sterling. Two assists in his last 3 games is a decent return but there are goals in the young Englishman, and I think the porous Hull defence could prove highly accommodating this weekend…

Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA)
Opponent – Leicester City (H)
A goal and six assists suggests that Sigurdsson is more of a creator of goals rather than a scorer. Don’t let that fool you – on his day, he can bag a brace and Leicester provides him with an opportunity to do so right before Swansea begin a tough run of fixtures. I’m pretty confident we will see a big performance from the Icelandic midfielder.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Manchester United (A)
Simply put, there is no way Manchester United are keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea, regardless of whether Costa plays or not. Mourinho’s side have too much power and pace for the Old Trafford outfit to contend with, regardless of who lines up in their team on Sunday afternoon. Hazard is finally showing his attacking threat after some pretty unspectacular displays, and scored a brace in the Champions League during the week. Even if United somehow stall Chelsea, I’m backing Hazard to break their resilience.

Alexis Sanchez (ARS)
Opponent – Sunderland (A)
A goal and an assist last week means that Alexis Sanchez retains his Dirtsheet place as Arsenal visit a Sunderland side who simply crumbled against Southampton. While we won’t see a similar result, Sanchez gave everyone a reminder as to why the Gunners shelled out £40m for him. I can see two or three Arsenal goals at the Stadium of Light – attacking returns for the Chilean look likely.

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – West Ham United (A)
Four goals. Four. Did I expect that return? Not in a million years – then again, I didn’t expect him to get three penalties either. Next up on the Aguero slaughterfest tour 2014 is West Ham United. Now don’t get me wrong, I think the Hammers are good value for their fourth place right now (and have one of the top defensive records so far), but I think Aguero is back to his very best and there isn’t a team in the league that can stop him on this form.

Graziano Pelle (SOU)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
Pelle was perhaps overshadowed by the performance of Dusan Tadic, but I still think the Italian forward is the better choice if you had to choose just one Southampton attacker. His brace against Sunderland brought him to six for the season and he must surely be relishing the idea of facing a Stoke side with just two clean sheet so far this season. A home win to nil is a likely outcome.

Saido Berahino (WBA)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
Jose Mourinho is back at the mind games after announcing that Costa has a little chance. Regardless, most of you already have him and so I am going to freshen things up by selecting Berhahino as the Baggies welcome Crystal Palace to the Hawthorns. I will be stunned if he doesn’t start next season at a top Premier league club after starting the season with six goals in eight games. Palace have yet to record an away clean sheet.

The Captain – Sergio Aguero (MCI)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Southampton, Everton, Spurs, West Brom and Swansea to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Neil Taylor (SWA)
Midfielder: Christian Eriksen (TOT)
Striker: Wilfried Bony (SWA)
Captain: Diego Costa (CHE)

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 8

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

I would like to make a request to my thousands of readers. Can I break the rules this one time? Please? Allow me to explain to you the merits of going with a 3-1-6 formation this week. Who cares if it’s an illegal formation in FPL – it would make my Eleven selections a much simpler task!

There are many fantastic players vying for your attention and they can be divided into two tantalising groups. The first is the big hitting players like Costa, Aguero and Falcao – all great options based on the pedigree who have good (not great) fixtures. Then we have the mid-priced strikers who have mouth-watering home ties – Pelle, Wellbeck, Naismith and Cisse all come to mind.

I have decided to choose 2 from the former category and one from the latter – let it be said that if your strike force contains three from the above group, a good gameweek is very likely indeed!

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 7

Posted: October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

As mentioned earlier on my twitter feed early this morning, I managed to lose nearly three hours of writing for this weeks Dirtsheet. Not to be defeated, I have restarted from scratch as I had promised a full version this week after my wedding adventures.

For the neutral, there are some great fixtures to enjoy this week, most notably Chelsea vs Arsenal and Manchester United vs Everton, but apart from a certain Spaniard, I look elsewhere for a slice of FPL gold.


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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 6

Posted: September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Greetings from sunny Tenerife! While Mrs. Strategist takes yet another hour to top up her tan, I´ve taken some time to get all my thoughts on Gameweek 6 down in this weeks Dirtsheet.

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 5

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

A very late Dirtsheet as I was doing a number of things over the last 2 days, including getting married. Apologies for the delay!

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