The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 9

Posted: October 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

A shorter than usual Dirtsheet this week due to the rigours of real life sucking up my free time. The A+E of a busy hospital on a Bank Holiday Friday is a poor place to copmplete the Dirtsheet. My apologies to the thousands of people who read this every week.

Oscar, Sturridge, Suarez and Ozil all justified their inclusions in the Eleven last week and Ravel Morrison was able to grab an excellent assist at home to Manchester City.

With clean sheets hard to come by, we stay with the 3-4-3 formation that has worked well in recent weeks.

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 9.


The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Artur Boruc (SOU)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
Don’t be fooled by Fulham’s four goal mauling of Crystal Palace last gameweek. There are very few goalkeepers in world football that could have saved at least two of those goals and Boruc and co. will provide a much sterner test for Fulham. I fully expect a clean sheet at St. Mary’s.

Jan Vertonghen (TOT)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
A 3-0 drubbing by West Ham United is still fresh on the minds of FPL managers with Tottenham defensive players, but I’m opting for Vertonghen to cover the Spurs defence this week. There seems to be whispers regarding the security of Michael Dawson’s first team place coming into the weekend, and with a goal in the Europa league on Thursday, Vertonghen seems the logical choice to face the Tigers.

Patrice Evra (MUN)
Opponent – Stoke (H)
Stoke have posed little threat in front of goals, with just a single goal in their last 5 games. However, United have been uncharacteristically poor in defence so far this year. With doubts surrounding many of the United back-line, I’m opting for the security of starts afforded by Patrice Evra. If United can nullify the aerial threat posed by the likes of Huth and Shawcross (if fit), a welcome clean sheet could be on the cards.

Glen Johnson (LIV)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
Priced at a very reasonable £5.7m, I’m opting for Glen Johnson to cover the Liverpool defence for a home game versus WBA. Johnson will essentially start on the right of Liverpool’s midfield and will be charged with linking up with Luis Suarez on that side. Attacking points could be on the cards.

Miguel Michu (SWA)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
Owners of Michu must feel like a losing a war of attrition over the last few weeks. Swansea put Sunderland to the sword last gameweek and, incredibly, Michu failed to register any attacking points. Michu scored in the Europa League on Thursdsay and I am hoping he continues this form on Sunday afternoon.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
The combination of 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games with a home game versus Fulham makes Adam Lallana an easy choice in the Eleven this gameweek. My only annoyance is that I cannot get him into my own team!

Mesut Ozil (ARS)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
Aaron Ramsey was denied a rest at the weekend due to an untimely injury to Flamini, so I’m opting for Mesut Ozil this week for security of starts. A 15-point salvo last week means that ther German is a clear captaincy choice against a hapless Crystal Palace side still reeling from the sacking of Ian Holloway.

Oscar (CHE)
Opponent – Manchester City (H)
With confirmation trickling through on Friday that Vincent Kompany would miss the crucial game against Chelsea, I’ve opted for the brilliance of Oscar to decide what should be a tight game. I think he will revel in the number 10 position. City can be very poor defensively without their captain and I feel that Mourinho will depart from his usual defensive style and go for the throat.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – 
West Bromich Albion (H)
Suarez is showing increasing strength on two fronts – his partnership with Daniel Sturridge and his own form. Even if it is Sturridge who scores, Suarez is y pretty likely to be the one who provides the assist. A goal and an assist last gameweek was a good haul and I am expecting similar returns today.

Olivier Giroud (ARS)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
If I had to pick one player who I am most confident about delivering attacking returns this gameweek, it’s the Frenchman. I can see a rout of Palace by a Gunners side who seem to be able to score for fun. Two assists last gameweek shows that, even when he is not scoring, he is consistently contributing to the attack.

Wayne Rooney (MUN)
Opponent – Stoke (H)
There have been signs of a resurgence in form by a certain Wayne Rooney over the last 7 days. He registered an assist at home to Southampton and was unlucky not to score in the Champions League. I cannot remember the last time I have seem Rooney so fit and hungry, and it is only a matter of time before he will return to scoring form. For David Moyes’ sake, it needs to be today…

The Captain
Mesut Ozil (ARS) –
Up until Fulham’s unmerciful drubbing of Crystal Palace, I had Luis Suarez as my choice of captain. But there could be a slaughter Palace on the cards at the hands of Arsene Wenger’s men, and so I’m opting for Mesut Ozil. In all honestly, there is very little between Suarez and Ozil this week so if you have both, go with your gut instinct. If you have either, then you have a great captaincy choice. Giroud is also a good choice, but I prefer my captains to have explosive point-scoring potential (10+ points).

The Clean Sheets
Solid home ties see Swansea and Southampton join the more obvious selections of Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Unusual Suspects
DF: Chico (SWA) MD: Robert Snodgrass (NOR) FW: Christian Benteke (AST) Differential Captain: Christian Benteke (SWA)

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! Please follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!


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