The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 10

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 10.


The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Steve Harper (HUL)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
Hull have been quite solid at the back this season, and I am backing them to keep a clean sheet versus Sunderland. I’m sure that Sunderland will be in confident mood after beating their arch-rivals last gameweek, but Steve Bruce’s men are a tough team to crack at home. The shrewd FPL manager will also notice that he rotates superbly with FPL favourite Simon Mignolet.

Dejan Lovren (SOU)
Opponent – Stoke City (A)
Dirtsheet favourite Lovren makes yet another appearance, this time away to Stoke City. The Potters did score twice last week but I fully believe that the Southampton backline will provide a sterner test. This game has 0-0 written all over it.

Gael Clichy (MCI)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
I have been in two minds regarding whether or not to back City but I have opted for the attacking threat of Gael Clichy for the visit of Norwich. City can be ropey without club captain Vincent Kompany but I think the imminent dropping of Joe Hart might be a huge wake-up call for the entire City back line. Norwich will provide little attacking threat – I just hope that City do not suffer a moment of defensive madness!

Branislav Ivanovic (CHE)
Opponent – Newcastle United (A)
While John Terry has validated his selection in recent Dirtsheets, I think that Chelsea will get at Newcastle down the wings and therefore I am opting for Ivanovic this week. I think he is overdue some attacking points and a clean sheet is not unlikely.

Mesut Ozil (ARS)
Opponent – Liverpool (H)
I debated long and hard about opting for Gareth McCauley here and go with 4-3-3 but an open game vs Liverpool could see the German get back on the scoresheet. I can see 2-3 goals in this one, and Ozil should play a major part in any Arsenal goal.

Stephaine Sessegnon (WBA)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
A slight risk, but I feel that Sessegnon is showing all the signs that a major points haul is on the cards. If WBA attack Palace from the start, I can see a comfortable home win. Palace are conceding 2 or more goals more often than not, and with doubts surounding Amalfitano’s fitness, the stage is set for Sessegnon to return to the FPL radars.

Oscar (CHE)
Opponent – Newcastle (A)
I’m planting my flag in the Oscar camp this week ahead of the Saturday lunchtime game vs Newcastle. With no clean sheets in their last 6 matches, I cannot see Newcastle holding Oscar et al. at bay. A 2-0 Chelsea victory for me.

David Silva (MCI)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
A goal, 2 assists and 2 bonus points in the last 3 games signals David Silva’s return to form – right in time for the enticing visit of Norwich. He is forging a productive partnership with Sergio Aguero and I think we could see attacking points from both players on Saturday.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – 
Arsenal (A)
Excuse the pun, but it seems that Suarez has his bite back, a fact that the West Brom back line can attest to. A stunning hattrick of well taken goals has even managed to eclipse the returns of his prolific strike partner. There could be goals at the Emirates, and Suarez always seems to come good on the grand stage.

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
With 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 Premier League games, Aguero was the first name added to the Eleven this morning. Norwich, when faced with an away game against a top club tend to concede about 3 goals, and so Aguero could hit double figures on Saturday. Normally, I would be worried about rotation in such a tie, but with Dzeko and Negredo both playing into extra time on Wednesday night, I expect Aguero to start this one.

Wayne Rooney (MUN)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
A stunning 12-point return last week means Wayne Rooney keeps his place in the Dirtsheet. A trip to Craven Cottage will be of little concern to Rooney on this form, and with lingering doubts about Robin Van Persie’s recovery from niggling injuries, Rooney may even lead the line on Saturday.

The Captain
Sergio Aguero (NOR) –
With the way the fixtures have fallen this gameweek, the Argentine is the clear favourite for the armband this week. A home tie against Norwich could end up as a Halloween massacre of the Canaries and I expect Aguero to be holding the murder weapon!

The Clean Sheets
With both Manchester defenses berift of both form and key personnel, and Liverpool facing Arsenal, I look to West Brom, Chelsea, Hull and possibly Everton. Manchester City could keep a clean sheet but they always look defensively fragile without Vincent Kompany.

The Unusual Suspects
DF: Robert Huth (STO) MD: Ravel Morrison (WHU) FW: Christian Benteke (AST) Differential Captain: Wayne Rooney (MUN)

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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