The Dirtsheet – Gameweek 24

Posted: January 29, 2013 in The Dirtsheet

FPL is back! Grab your lunch and see who makes The Dirtsheet for gameweek 24!


The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Simon Mignolet (SUN) – Swansea and Michu have looked lacklustre in recent weeks, and even if Sunderland concede, I expect Mignolet to get some save points out of this game.

Robert Huth (STO) – If Stoke are to turn around their defensive fortunes, it has to start at home to Wigan. Huth has the ability to get attacking points against the Wigan defense.

Patrice Evra (MUN) – With the return of Nemanja Vidic, United have look a far better side defensively. Evra has been a revelation this year and has 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 clean sheets and 8 bonus in his last games.

Leighton Baines (EVE) – Completing a trio of defenders who could return attacking points, Leighton Baines has the chance to produce at both ends of the field at home to WBA.

Marouane Fellaini (EVE) – Fellaini is expected to return to a more attacking position vs WBA and although his form has not been great of late, I expect goals for Everton in this game and Fellaini should be involved.

Theo Walcott (ARS) – Although he is expected to drop back to midfield for this one, Walcott has shown he can score regardless of the opposition.

Gareth Bale (TOT) – Bale is a frustrating fantasy player. He does nothing for weeks and then bursts into life. Norwich have conceded heavily vs Manchester City and Liverpool in recent weeks and if Spurs score early, there could be opportunities for Bale to add to his 118 points.

Adam Johnson (SUN) – The former City man is on excellent form and will look to add to his 2 goals, 2 assists and 5 bonus points in his last 5 against a shaky Swansea side.

Christian Benteke (AVL) – Villa fans are saying that he is the only good thing about a pretty poor season for the Villains. Yanga-Mbiwa may start at CB for Newcastle and Benteke has the power and muscle to give the new man a tough start to his Newcastle career.

Robin Van Persie (MUN) – A hattrick at St. Marys already this season. 10 goals in last 10 games. If you don’t have RVP this week, be prepared for the worst.

Demba Ba (CHE) – The Rafa equation predicts that Ba starts tonight ahead of Torres. Reading have shown to be porous at home multiple times this season and Ba could run riot.

The Captain

Robin Van Persie (MUN) – £14m is a lot of money to pay for any FPL player, but genius comes at a premium price. Rested in the FA cup on Sunday, Van Persie should start and will hope to add to the hattrick he scored away to the Saints earlier in the season. On penalties, on form, rested, at home. Simple decision.

The Clean Sheets

Clean sheets are tough to choose this week, a sentiment that is echoed by the attacking defenders chosen in The Eleven. Manchester United look most likely to produce defensive returns, but Manchester City and Stoke are also decent bets.

The UNusual Suspects

DF: Benoit Assou-Ekotto (TOT) – Another defender who knows where the goal is, he will be hungry to reclaim his starting place.
MD: Clint Dempsey (TOT) – Clearly enjoying his opportunity in the Spurs attack, the American will hope to cement a first team place before Adebayor returns from international duty.
FW: Yoan Gouffran (NEW) – The former Bordeaux man is expected to start vs a poor Villa side who do not know how to keep a clean sheet. Newcastle strikers have the have a habit of becoming overnight heroes.
Captain: If you are one of the very few people not captaining Van Persie today, then perhaps Steven Fletcher is worth a punt. However, despite the fact that he is at home and in superb scoring form, he has his work cut out to match Van Persie.

And that’s a wrap! It’s quick, it’s informative and it’s helpful. It’s the Dirtsheet, and it’s back to its normal slot this Friday evening at 2100 GMT. Please follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!


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