The Dirtsheet – Gameweek 26

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

The double…it’s here! It’s one of those gameweeks where many have decided against loading up on DGW players in fear of the GW27 blank. This gameweek may define a lot of players seasons. The Dirtsheet is crammed with DGW goodness so let’s get down to business…for your reading pleasure..The DIrtsheet for Gameweek 26!

DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 26

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Mark Bunn (NOR) – After his penalty heroics last gameweek, Bunn will fancy a clean sheet against the travel-sick Cottagers.

Ben Davies (SWA) – There could be very few chances at either end of the Swansea v QPR game and Davies has a chance of a cleanie. DGW fixture vs Liverpool not as enticing, but should get another 1-2 points there.

Glen Johnson (LIV) – If you have the cash, he’s the standout Liverpool defender to have for the DGW. Should be in the mix for defensive and offensive points.

Branislav Ivanovic (CHE) – Wigan at home is the type of game that the Chelsea defenders think they can usurp Torres from the team! Ivanovic will carry a real threat at the Bridge.

Gareth Bale (TOT) – Having scored a goal and an assist on international duty, he is on fire right now. Newcastle have attacked much better lately, but their defense continues to leak.

Steven Gerrard (LIV) – One of the strongest DGW players and should get 180 minutes at Anfield. Has shown incredible consistency as noted in the Captains article today.

Juan Mata (CHE) – Slight concerns that he will be rested, but if he starts, could hammer Wigan singlehandedly.

Miguel Michu (SWA) – Given the fact that most people have him and will play him tomorrow, he needs to be here. He has to score this DGW or he will be sold en masse. Had Michu a single fixture, he would not be in the Dirtsheet.

Luis Suarez (LIV) – 2 home games, in superb form with 17 goals this season. Easy decision. Sturridge was also in consideration for a spot but requires a fitness test and is therefore omitted.

Robin Van Persie (MUN) – Van Persie has disappointed in the last 2 gameweeks, but should start against a shaky Everton defense. There could be goals galore in this game.

Christian Benteke (AST) – In phenomenal form against a West Ham side who always seem to a goal or two away from capitulating. A great fixture for the powerhouse.

The Captain

Luis Suarez (LIV) – It’s a virtual coin toss between Suarez and Gerrard for captaincy. I think Gerrard will provide a consistent return but Suarez will probably suit more people in general. If you have both in your team, be very happy…it could be a big one!

The Clean Sheets

There are a number of strong candidates this week. Chelsea, Norwich, Stoke, Liverpool, Swansea and QPR could all provide defensive returns.

The UNusual Suspects

DF: Sebastian Bassong (TOT) – Fulham have been horrendous away from home and Bassong has shown he can find the net in recent months.
MD: Jordan Henderson (LIV) – With all the talk focusing on his more esteemed teammates, Henderson has shown good attacking output recently. Has merited his place in the starting lineup and could cause a few surprises.
FW: Peter Crouch (STO) – He has finally reclaimed his place and will see Reading as an ideal team to cement that starting role. His height will cause havoc.
Differential Captain: Glen Johnson – It’s not crazy to think that Glen Johnson could walk away as the highest scoring player of the DGW. A couple of clean sheets along with some attacking points will attract the bonus points. If he score 20 points this gw, it would not shock me.

And that’s a wrap! It’s quick, it’s informative and it’s helpful. It’s the Dirtsheet, and it’s here every Friday evening at 2100 GMT. Please follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!

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