The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 30

Posted: March 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nine gameweeks to go. For many managers, the upcoming schedule is perhaps the most crucial phase of the 2013/2014 season. We are closing in on the final gameweek before a season defining double gameweek 31. For the shrewd manager, transfers this week will focus on players who have a double gameweek in addition to solid fixtures in GW30 and GW32.

The picks this week are less reliant on some of the big names, and for a good reason. Manchester United welcome arch-rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford while Arsenal square up to Spurs in the North London derby – standout performances from these games may be tough to select but a few usual names endure.

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 30!



THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 30

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Artur Boruc (SOU)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
The Polish shotstopper is my choice between the posts as Southampton welcome a travel-sick Norwich to St. Mary’s. The Canaries have lost their last 4 on the trot and a home clean sheet is likely.

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent Cardiff City (H)
Since his return from injury, Baines has outscored Coleman both in terms of attacking points and bonus returns. Martinez and his men must be confident of keeping a clean sheet against a poor Cardiff side who have yet to settle under new management. With free kicks and penalties in his arsenal, I feel that Baines is worth the extra 0.8m over the Irishman.

Phil Bardsley (SUN)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
A home tie against Palace is as good a time as any to select Phil Bardsley for the Dirtsheet. He is by far the most attacking option in the Sunderland defense and Palace have only scored once in their last 4 away fixtures. A clean sheet and some attacking returns would not be a surprise.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – Aston Villa (A)
Another Dirtsheet, another selection for John Terry. Even in a 4-0 win last week, Terry still managed to score a bonus point. Those looking for a cheaper option can turn to Gary Cahill or even Cesar Azpilicueta who has recently been lauded by Jose Mourinho. Villa will pose little threat to a Chelsea rearguard looking for yet another clean sheet.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Aston Villa (A)
An away trip to Villa Park will hold no fear for Chelsea and the mercurial Belgian. With 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games, he has completely eclipsed the rest of his Chelsea team mates in terms of FPL output. Villa have won just 1 in their last 6 games and will need to be on their best form if they are to get a result from the title favourites.

Adam Johnson (SUN)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
The Sunderland midfielder is my choice of a cheeky punt for the double gameweek but a favorable home tie is reason enough to get him in a week early. An impressive 6 goals and 2 assists in 6 games shows his form, and despite being taken off at half time vs Arsenal, he is in prime position for attacking returns.

Yaya Toure (MCI)
Opponent – Hull City (A)
Aguero out? Then Yaya is in the Dirtsheet! With free kicks and penalties in his locker, he looks to be a must have for a game against Hull City who will play the type of compact game that will allow Toure to get further up the field. The fact that Fernandinho is now back in the City midfield will further boost City’s overall attacking potential. If Hull concede early, there could be a massacre at the KC stadium.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
Despite a disappointing FPL performance last gameweek, I have to back the Englishman against a Norwich side that completely capitulated against Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago. His home attacking statistics are very impressive and his owners will be looking for a solid points returns before the double game week.

Daniel Sturridge (LIV)
Opponent – Manchester United (A)
Astonishingly, Daniel Sturridge’s blank last week was his first since returning from injury in mid-January. I feel that this was due to a change in formation against Southampton wheere Raheem Sterling was sacrificed in favour of Joe Allen. However, I can see Liverpool revert to 4-3-3 against United which will give Sturridge the role as lone striker. To be honest, it’s tough to choose between the two but I have to go with my gut for the Old Trafford encounter.

Wayne Rooney(MUN)
Opponent – Liverpool (H)
Despite some poor returns in recent weeks, the Englishman burst back into life with a goal and an assist in the comprehensive win over West Bromich Albion. It seems that his overall work rate means he can play a slightly more withdrawn role yet arrive into dangerous areas when needed. Rooney lives for games like this. The quintessential big-game player, he is bound to be involved in the goals if United are to overturn their greatest rivals.

Romelu Lukaku (EVE)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
It could be argued that Lukaku’s recent injury came at a favourable time – he was misfiring terribly and only the most bull-headed managers stuck with him. With 2 goals in as many games since his return, it seems that there is a spark back in his game, and with doubts surrounding the fitness of Sergio Aguero, Lukaku seems to be a strong choice for the next 4 games.

The Captain – Eden Hazard (CHE) It’s a straight choice between Hazard and Lukaku this week for me. If you are maintaining a lead, then Hazard seems the safer bet. However, Lukaku has an explosive quality about him and could put Cardiff to the sword singlehandedly at Goodison.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Sunderland, Chelsea, Swansea, Southampton, StokeEverton to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Jose Fonte (SOU)
Midfielder: Stephen Ireland(STO)
Striker: Wilfried Bony (SWA)
Captain: Romelu Lukaku (EVE)

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 share this on Twitter and Facebook! Every follower counts!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 29

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Hello all and welcome to the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 29. I’m writing to you as I begin to succumb to a flu that has laid waste to my fiancée and many of our social group. I feel like half the man I was a few days ago. Therefore, it’s fitting that I only have half the normal amount of games to worry about in FPL this gameweek.

With so many people focused on the potential bounty of points that may await us all in Gameweek 31, we must remember that this week is almost as important. I have seen many FPL managers refuse to make a transfer this week even though they only have 4-5 players playing!

To each their own I guess – the Dirtsheet this week looks to select players who have a game this week but who also offer some long-term security.

Heres the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 29.



THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 29

The Eleven – (3-5-2)

David Marshall (CAR)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
It’s a tough call to choose 4 defensive players this week, but I’ve opted for David Marshall despite Cardiff’s recent defensive woes. I do believe that new manager Solsjkaer is settling on his starting team and that can only help the stability of the club. If Cardiff do keep a clean sheet, they will need a big performance from the goalkeeper which will, in turn, attract potential bonus points.

Patrice Evra (MUN)
Opponent West Bromich Albion (A)
After, quite literally, getting kicked in the eye while on international duty, it seems that Evra is fit to face WBA in the early Saturday match. The phrase “must-win game for United” is becoming a cliché but I do think United will have enough to beat a WBA who have not won in their previous 6 games. Evra’s attacking threat will be needed if United keep things narrow and deploy a 4-2-3-1 with Fellaini and Carrick siting in front of the defense.

Martin Olsson (NOR)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Olsson is almost certain to recover from injury and I think he is the best choice to cover the Norwich defense over the next few weeks. Stoke are the visitors to Carrow Road and will hope to turn around their dismal away record – 1 point from a possible 18 is simply not good enough from a side that were able to beat Arsenal at home last week. If you feel Olsson might miss this week, then look to Sebastian Bassong.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (H)
When Chelsea are up against a top side and I am looking for someone to cover a possible clean sheet, I turn to John Terry. With 6 clean sheets in their last 9, there is no doubting Chelsea’s ability at the back. I foresee a tight game at the Bridge, and Terry could return a clean sheet and bonus.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (H)
Two assists in the 3-1 win over Fulham makes Hazard an easy pick for this gameweek, despite the tough fixture against Spurs. He picked up a swollen ankle while on international duty with Belgium but is expected to be fit for a crucial game against Spurs.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
Lallana put in a very impressive display for England in their narrow win over Denmark, and will hope to bring that momentum into a game against a solid Crystal Palace side. While 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 isn’t exactly explosive, it does show that he is regularly in the mix for attacking points. I expect a strong performance from the Saints after being overwhelmed by Liverpool last gameweek.

Juan Mata (MUN)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
The second of three United players for this gameweek, Juan Mata has 3 assists in his last 5 games and is getting in the right positions to grab his first goal as a red. I’m hoping that Moyes has the courage to play 4-2-3-1 and really attack WBA from kick-off because Mata will thrive in that position where has more licence to float inside.

Tom Ince (CPL)
Opponent – Southampton (H)
Having been sacrified at half-time last week, I can see Ince return to the starting line up for the home clash with Southampton. Although he will probably be deployed on the wing, he certainly has the pace and guile to trouble the Saints should Luke Shaw get caught out of position while he himself attempts to target a lack of cover of Joel Ward. I’m hoping Ince comes out on top, and with some set pieces in his locker, he should return attacking points if Palace win.

Robert Snodgrass (NOR)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Having given his new owners a massive scare last gameweek, it looks like Snodgrass is fit enough to start the crucial game against Stoke City. As stated earlier, Stoke’s away form has been abysmal, and will need to expertly deal with the corners and free kicks from Snodgrass if they are to get anything from the game.

Robin Van Persie (MUN)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
Having seen his season marred by injury, Van Persie is now showing signs that he is not entirely happy with life at Old Trafford. However, he will be raring to continue his personal scoring form that has seen him notch 3 in his last 4 games. Mata, Rooney and possibly Januzaj will provide the ammunition for the Dutchman, and with penalties in his locker, he is a strong choice for captain this week.

Rickie Lambert (SOU)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (A)
It was a toss-up between Adebayor and Lambert for the final striker spot, but I am opting for Lambert who has the stronger fixture. Although he has drawn three successive blanks, he had scored 2 goals and 2 assists the two games before that. I’m hoping for a return to scoring ways for a player looking to shine in World Cup year.

The Captain – Eden Hazard (CHE) – A tough call but I’m going for Eden Hazard over Robin Van Persie.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Norwich City, Chelsea and Manchester United to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Steven Caulker (SWA)
Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha (CAR)
Striker: Gary Hooper (NOR)
Captain: Adam Lallana (SOU)

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 share this on Twitter and Facebook! Every follower counts!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 28

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Who was the second man on the Moon? Don’t know the answer?

Then think of how poor gameweek 28 feels! No one cares about him! Everyone seems to be infatuated by gameweeks 29 and 31, leaving poor 28 to think what’s so wrong with him. The answer is…not much really! Apart from the Manchester-sized hole in the gameweek, there is still great potential for some solid returns for the FPL manager looking to start their gameweek 29/31 planning right away.

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THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 28

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Brad Guzan (AST)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
Having been cruelly denied a clean sheet against Newcastle (yes, I am aware that I just missed the opportunity to get a Tim Krul-related pun in there), I’m placing my faith in the American shotstopper against Norwich City. I can see a nervy match where both teams will look to their defenses to get a point. A 0-0 would not surprise me but I feel Guzan may be the main Brad-winner this week (pun, see, I do have incredible comedic skills).

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
A well-taken penalty in the FA cup recently was a bitter pill to swallow for Baines owners – many have been waiting for a similar occurence in a Premier League game for some time now. Having said that, his attacking threat combined with good odds for a clean sheet makes the Englishman an easy choice for the Dirtsheet. West Ham have been solid at the back recently and I feel they will play for a draw. This may allow the Everton full backs to spend more time in the Hammers half, and with the imminent return of Romelu Lukaku from injury, a solid home win could be on the cards.

Jan Vertonghen (TOT)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
Having survived an apparent headbutt from Roman Zozulya on Thursday evening, I expect Jan Vertonghen to line up against Cardiff City at the weekend. While the other central defensive place seems to be up for grabs, Vertonghen seems to be the best option in the Spurs back-line. While he may not possess as much attacking threat at centre back as he does when he plays at left back, he will still be involved with direct free kicks against a Cardiff side that could easily capitulate at the Lane.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
It’s fair to say that John Terry received an early Christmas present when the FPL and OPTA decided that it was he who scored the last-gasp winning goal against Everton last week. It was pretty clear that it was a Howard OG, and the dubious goals committee agreed just a few days later, much to the annoyance of the FPL community. Having said all that, there is no denying the threat that Terry poses from set plays. Before last weekend’s debacle, he had already notched 2 goals and an assist, and therefore I am selecting him for the trip to Fulham. Chelsea’s solid defence has made up for less-than-stellar displays in the attacking third, and another clean sheet is likely. The Cottagers will still be learning the demands of new manager Felix Magath, and a Chelsea defender scoring unmarked from a set piece is a decent shout. Viva John Terry?

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
Having been somewhat of a consistent scorer this season, the fortunes of Eden Hazard have been very mixed as of late. Apart from a deluge of points in the 3-0 defeat of Newcastle, he has not scored in the last 7 games. A worrying stat as people look to maximize their returns in GW31. However, a trip to one of the worst defenses in the league this week cannot be ignored. Fulham have a single clean sheet since early October 2013, and while I cannot see more than 2-3 Chelsea goals, I do see this as the perfect game for Hazard to return to scoring ways. If he fails to register attacking points, the form and consistency of Steven Gerrard could tempt a number of managers to say farewell to the Belgian.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Liverpool (H)
With a games both this week and (crucially) next week, I’m drafting Adam Lallana into the Dirtsheet against a Liverpool side who look very suspect at the back. Liverpool have conceded at least 2 goals in 4 of the last 7 matches and Lallana seems to really up his game against the top teams. There could be goals in what should be an entertaining game and I fancy the Englishman to be involved in any Southampton goals. With 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games, he looks to be a great replacement for those looking to remove a City midfielder ahead of their double blank.

Paulinho (TOT)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
All things being equal, I would have Christian Eriksen here, but there are some doubts as to whether he will start regularly, and so I must look elsewhere for my second Spurs pick this week. Having been rested in the incredible Europa League comeback against FC Dnipro, Paulinho makes his Dirtsheet debut against a Cardiff City side that looks completely lost at the moment. The Brazilian seems to have been allowed to play a more attacking role since Nabil Bentaleb was drafted into the side, and he has scored 2 goals in 4 weeks. He is rested, his opponents are poor at the back and he has a game in GW29. Whether you choose Paulinho or take a little risk with Eriksen, it is clear that a Spurs midfielder is a superb option for the coming weeks.

Tom Ince (CPL)
Opponent – Swansea (A)
Having highlighted Tom Ince as a potential bargain ahead of his home debut against West Brom, even I was amazed by how quickly he hit the ground running as he scored 13 points. Up next are a Swansea side who seemed quite fragile against Liverpool last week. Ince has a favourable game this week and next week, and can also look forward to a double gameweek in future.

Emmanuel Adebayor (TOT)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
Most Adebayor owners were hoping that the Togolese striker would be wrapped up in cotton wool in the Europa League but Tim Sherwood decided to play Adebayor and Soldado in tandem. However, two fantastically taken goals by Adebayor and Spurs were booking their place in the next round. Even though some are saying that he will be rested against Cardiff, I cannot see Tim Sherwood taking a chance on the misfiring Soldado. You just know that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to take a major scalp and a team tired from recent European escapades is the perfect opportunity.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – Southampton (A)
The burning question that many FPL managers have asked in recent weeks, including myself, is whether it is now time to sell Luiz Suarez. His form, while still strong, is not what is expected from a top-end striker. He seems to have transformed from goal-scorer to goal-maker, and his 5 assists in his last 6 games completely overshadow his solitary goal in the same period. However, there could be goals at St. Mary’s. If you have Suarez, and I am sure you do, I would keep him for now. If you are still looking for Liverpool cover, then there is better options available right now…

Daniel Sturridge (LIV)
Opponent – Southampton (A)
Another stunning display against Swansea means that Daniel Sturridge has now scored 9 and assisted 3 in his last 7 games and is now just as much of a lock in the Dirtsheet as his Uruguayan counter part was up until a few weeks ago. My gut feeling says there could be goals galore at St. Marys as both teams struggle to understand the concept of keeping clean sheets.

The Captain – Emmanuel Adebayor (TOT) – I have flicked between Adebayor and Sturridge many times in the last few days, but I think Adebayor edges it slightly. His two goals on Thursday night, when Spurs badly needed someone to step up to the plate, is indicative of a player on an incredible run of form and confidence. We have to applaud the man management of Tim Sherwood who has clearly placed a great deal of faith in a player that was certain to leave the club a few months ago. I would be very happy to captain either player this week, so choose the one that best suits your strategy.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa, Norwich and Chelsea to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Chico Flores (SWA)
Midfielder: Nathan Dyer (SWA)
Striker: Nikita Jelavic (HUL)
Captain: Daniel Sturridge (LIV)

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 share this on Twitter and Facebook! Every follower counts!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 27

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Based on how your season is going so far, the FA cup ties last weekend were either a poorly timed break from FPL or a very welcome respite! Now it sees that European football is doing it’s best to derail our best laid plans as some of the top sides look to rotate in time for some important Champions League ties. Managers with solid squads will be hoping for as much disruption as possible – I for one would not object to a little mayhem this week as my bench is filled with players who are itching to make an impression.

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 26

Posted: February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

With the London tube strike diverted, all eyes will be firmly fixed on Craven Cottage come Wednesday night as the attacking might of Liverpool attempt to do what David Moyes and Manchester United failed miserably to do – destroy the worst team in the League. While Moyes set up his side to complete negate his own attacking players, I expect Liverpool to do what they do best – break teams down with mercurial passing and defeat them with clinical finishing.

Remember, you can wait for team news from all of tonight’s games before deciding on your teams.

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 26!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 26

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Joe Hart (MCI)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
After a flaky (hair-product advertising pun intended) start to the season, Joe Hart has reestablished himself as the City number one in recent months. Next up at the Etihad is a Sunderland side who have developed a reputation as “City-killers” in recent seasons. I expect the Black Cats to pepper Hart’s goal but, with Kompany in defense, I think a home clean sheet is on the cards.

James Collins (WHU)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
A total of 21 points from his last 3 games sees James Collins make his first Dirtsheet appearance of the season ahead of the visit of Norwich. The Hammers seem to have stabilized things at the back and Collins seems to be making a huge contribution to the cause – he was awarded bonus points in each of the last 3 games.

Gary Cahill (CHE)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
Gary Cahill continues to impress at the heart of a Chelsea side who are now gaining momentum towards the Premier League title. He is always either in the bonus or close to it when Chelsea keep a clean sheet – an occurance that is becoming quite regular. His aerial ability will certainly test the WBA rearguard at set pieces and he could easily add to his record of 1 goal and 2 assists on Tuesday night.

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
I’m expecting a solid performance from both teams at the back, and so I’m predicting a low-scoring affair at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening. With doubts surrounding West Brom full back Billy Jones, I’m opting for Baines to take advantage of this. The Englishman has been impressive since his return and has outscored Coleman over that time. He has direct free kicks and penalties in his locker – the former being now more interesting considering Everton have Duelofeu and McGeady available who both tend to draw a large number of fouls around the box.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
A stunning hattrick against Newcastle shows why Eden Hazard is certainly the best FPL prospect in the Chelsea team. Having already reached “essential” status in the eyes of many managers, he now travels to the Hawthorns to face an unpredictable West Brom side who drew with both Everton and Liverpool but lost to Crystal Palace and Villa in recent games. A very strong captaincy choice for the gameweek, Hazard is likely to continue his rich vein of form.

Kevin Nolan (WHU)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)
About 5 weeks ago, I highlighted Kevin Nolan as a player who looks like coming into a rich vein of form and added him to the Dirtsheet. One red card later and all the dreams of a cheap free-scoring midfielder came to a shuddering halt. Since returning three weeks ago, however, he has scored 4 goals and 6 bonus points. Up next are a Norwich side who should be buoyed by holding Manchester City to a scoreless draw – however, the Canaries have only 1 win in their last 6 games away from home.

Yaya Toure (MCI)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
The Football Association decided in its wisdom that Yaya Toure’s petulant kick at Ricky Van Wolfswinkel was not worthy of a ban, and so the City powerhouse is free to line up against Sunderland at the Etihad. Although he has drawn successive blanks over the last 2 weeks, he will be on penalties should one of Wes Brown’s teammates decide to have a rush of blood to the head. I expect Toure to play a more defensive game as Fernandinho continues his recovery, but all it takes is one free kick and Yaya could be dancing to double-figure returns.

Raheem Sterling  (LIV)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
While it is clear that Sterling possess unbridled talent, it has come as a surprise that the young Englishman has kept his place after Daniel Sturridge returned to action. Brendan Rogers has found a way to fit the quartet of Sturridge, Sterling, Suarez and Coutinho into the game team to devastating effect. He is a player who could easily take all the plaudits for himself against Fulham.

Edin Dzeko (MCI)
Opponent – Sunderland (H)
Having been rested in a dour goalless draw against Norwich, I expect Dzeko to be reinstated to the staring eleven for the visit of Sunderland. Without Wes Brown, I can see Dzeko’s brute force being too much for the Sunderland back line.  Much will rest on the performance of Liam Bridgecutt who will attempt to stifle the City attack immediately in front of the Sunderland defense, but I can only see a City win and Dzeko may be the catalyst.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
A game agaisnt the worst side in the Premier League you say? Well that can only mean that Luis Suarez is a lock for the Dirtsheet. Quite simply, David Moyes’ tactics played into the hands (and heads) of the Fulham gameplan. Refusing to do anything but cross the ball into a defense containing a 6’7″ behemoth was a terrible decision, and I expect no such non-sense from Liverpool. They will go down the middle and attempt eviscerate the Cottagers. Although his returns have not been as impressive in recent weeks, I still see Suarez scoring some sort of attacking points.

Daniel Sturridge (LIV)
Opponent – Fulham (A)
That’s right – I have selected 3 attacking players from the same team. Liverpool are, quite simply, one of the very best attacking units in European football and they now face the worst defense in the league. It seems logical to double down on their best assests, and while Stephen Gerrard is also a great choice, I have to go with Liverpool’s most in-form attacking player as my final Dirtsheet choice. Sturridge has been almost single minded in his attacking play recently, and his 6 goals and only 1 assist in the last 5 games highlights this fact. It’s pretty fair to say that Sturrdige has overshadowed his Uruguayan strike partner over that same time.

The Captain – Luis Suarez (LIV)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Jan Vertonghen (TOT)
Midfielder: Wilfreid Zaha (CAR)
Striker: Peter Crouch (STO)
Captain: Daniel Sturridge (LIV)

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The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 25

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Welcome to the Dirtsheet for gameweek 25! It’s one of those weeks when the shrewd FPL manager will have lined all their ducks up in the hope of a huge return.

A change to 3-5-2 this gameweek as I find it difficult to cater for all the midfield talent that could return significant point hauls this weekend!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 25!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 25

The Eleven – (3-5-2)

Julian Speroni (CPL)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
If Palace are to survive this season, they will need to continue their solid run of home defensive performances. West Brom are next to test a defense that has kept cleans sheets against Villa, Stoke and Hull in recent weeks (not forgetting the incredibly performance at the Etihad where they conceded just a single goal). Mannone is another solid pick and could also keep a clean sheet.

Patrice Evra (MUN)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
Given the injury doubt hanging over Johnny Evans and the uncertainty surrounding the RB spot, I’m selecting Patrice Evra for his attacking raids down the Fulham right on Sunday. A clean sheet is a distinct possibility and I do feel Evra likes to attack more when the quality of the opposition is questionable.

Phil Bardsley (SUN)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
A clean sheet and an assist in last weeks one-sided Tyneside derby sees Phil Bardsley make another Dirtsheet appearance. Hull are an average side on the road whereas Sunderland are showing some superb home form in recent months.

Gary Cahill (CHE)
Opponent – Newcastle United (H)
The words “Cahill”, “hit” and “post” have been used quite a lot in recent weeks, and Cahill looks to be the preferred route into the Chelsea backline. He is figuring highly in the BPS scores and looks to have cemented his place alongside club captain John Terry. Chelsea are undoubtedly the best defense in the league, and at £5.9m, he may prove to be a super bargain for the rest of the season. The Magpies will have a lot of defending to worry about as Chelsea will no doubt utilise the vacuum left by Tiote and Cabaye.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Newcastle United (H)
After a run of 3 difficult games, it’s time for Hazard to return to scoring ways against a Newcastle side stripped of both Tiote and Cabaye for different reasons. I can see a lot of space for the Chelsea attacking midfielders and I think Hazard should benefit more than Oscar and Willian.

Adam Johnson (SUN)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
A final good fixture before a horrendous run sees Adam Johnson sneak into the Dirtsheet before being sent packing for gameweek 26! With 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games, he should be a constant threat to Hull and I fancy him to score his eighth league goal of the season.

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
With the current form of Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, it’s becoming tough to choose between the three. Certainly, I feel that every team needs one of these players, and I’ve opted for Lallana. He has 3 goals in 4 games and scores a point each time the Saints keep a clean sheet (his goals are also worth an extra point). Lambert sometimes gets rested for home games of importance which offsets the fact that he is on penalties. Lallana is club captain and will start every game barring an injury.

Yaya Toure (MCI)
Opponent – Norwich (A)
As a football fan, I’m a great admirer of Toure. As an FPL manager who has identified that Toure is gifted a large number of his points from free kicks and (most annoyingly) from penalties when Aguero is not on the field, it’s makes me nervous that he is in the dirtsheet this week and not in my team. Certainly, the absence of Fernandinho means that Toure will have to focus more on his defensive duties, but all it takes is one set piece and Toure could be heading for double-figure returns. My fiance, who is Polish, laughs when she hears the word Yaya – a Polish term for testicles. If Yaya does the business yet again, I fear I will resort to more crude language this weekend…

Juan Mata (MUN)
Opponent – Fulham City (H)
Although he was slightly short of match fitness, Mata has now 2 assists in as many games. A superbly-weighted pass for Robin Van Persie’s goal combined with the fact that he walked away with 11 BPS (and 2 bonus) in a defeat shows the amazing contribution that Mata is having for United. Next up is Fulham. A side that are conceding an average of 3 goals per game over the last 2 months. Surely this is the type of game that David Moyes has targeted as one that his side can send the fans home happy with a 3-0/4-0 win? Personally, I feel this could be the game that kickstarts United’s season, and I think Mata will be heavily involved in all of United’s attacking play.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – Arsenal (H)
Luiz Suarez proves he is fixture proof as Liverpool await the arrival of Arsenal for what should be a tight but well-contested encounter. I can see a low scoring affair but Suarez is the player I most expect to score. It’s a crucial game for Anfield side, and the Uruguayan has a habit of making the headlines in such games.

Robin Van Persie (MUN)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
Two goals in two games is a decent return for the Dutchman after returning to the United side after a prolonged injury. United NEED a big result as they are running out of excuses. They have successfully bought a creative midfielder in Juan Mata, their star players are returning and they have a perfect fixture to reignite their campaign. He is a massive differential right now and is a clear captaincy candidate.

The Captain – Robin Van Persie (MUN)
For the first time in a number of weeks, we have a new captain choice for the upcoming gameweek. Van Persie has the better fixture, and arguably the better short-term form.

The Clean Sheets
Lot’s of clean sheets possible this week! I’m looking to Chelsea, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Southampton and Sunderland to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Jan Vertonghen (TOT)
Midfielder: Wilfreid Zaha (CAR)
Striker: Christian Benteke (AST)
Captain: Eden Hazard (CHE)

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!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 24

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

As a human being, I’m pretty clean cut. No messing around with those boys in blue.

With that in mind, the fact I will be spending the entire evening in the company of a member of the police is unnerving to say the least, but alas, it needs to be done. An unruly gentleman has committed fraud by deception against yours truly, and I now must retell my story to the law.

What it means for you, dear reader, is a truncated Dirtsheet. Take consolation in the fact that I have spent just as much effort trawling over stats, team news and injury reports as usual – it’s just that I have not enough time to tell you why they are my picks!

Hopefully by GW25, I will have a few hundred euro back in my pocket and more time to justify my selections!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 24!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 24

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

David DeGea (MUN)
Opponent – Stoke City (A)

Steven Caulker (CAR)
Opponent – Norwich City (H)

Per Mertesacker (ARS)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)

Christian Eriksen (TOT)
Opponent – Hull City (A)

Santi Cazorla (ARS)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)

Adam Lallana (SOU)
Opponent – Fulham (A)

Yaya Toure (SUN)
Opponent – Chelsea (A)

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)

Daniel Sturridge (LIV)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)

Robin Van Persie (MUN)
Opponent – Stoke City (A)

The Captain – Luis Suarez (LIV)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal, Cardiff City and West Ham United to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: James Collins (WHU)
Midfielder: Kevin Mirallas (EVE)
Striker: Christian Benteke (AST)
Captain: Santi Cazorla (ARS)

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!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 23

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
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After a longer than usual break from action due to the F.A. Cup fixtures, FPL is back to dish out delight and despair in equal measures!

I presume everyone is tired of the Juan Mata puns, and so I have decided to refrain from such behaviour. Instead I focus my efforts on picking a Dirtsheet that will help you select your optimal side for the weekend. Two players make their Dirtsheet debuts and a certain team hogs the midfield ahead of a favourable home tie.

A quick shout out to a new twitter account called @CalleditFPL – if you are looking for a differential for the week outside of the Dirtsheet’s Unusual Suspects, look no further. This guy’s record is phenomenal! Cazorla did the business last week – who has been selected this week? Be sure to find out!

Anyways, who will get my vote this week? There’s only Juan way to find out!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 23!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 23

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Julian Speroni (CPL)
Opponent – Hull City (H)
A clean sheet last week against Stoke sees Speroni keep his place in the Dirtsheet for a second consecutive week. Hull have been mediocre on the road and another clean sheet could be on the cards as Jelavic and Long attempt to settle into Steve Bruce’s side.

Phil Bardsley (SUN)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
The former Manchester United man reminded everyone of his goal-scoring prowess against his former club and a home tie against the travel-sick Stoke City is a great opportunity for another clean sheet for the Black Cats. It appears that Poyet has instilled some confidence in his players after a terrible start to the season under previous management, and I expect a win and clean sheet for the home side.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
Having been rested in the F.A Cup, John Terry is called into action against a hapless West Ham United side with just 1 win in their last 6 away games. Terry has not scored or assisted in some time but I expect him to provide a significant aerial threat from deal ball situations.

Patrice Evra (MUN)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
There is an incredible buzz around Old Trafford ahead of the game against Cardiff tomorrow night as a new hero arrives in the shape of former Chelsea icon Juan Mata. In addition, David Moyes broke the news that Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini have all trained ahead of the game but none are expected to start just yet. I’m opting for Patrice Evra to cover the home fixture against Cardiff. Evra’s raids down the Cardiff wing will be important in stretching a normally compact Bluebirds side and the Frenchman could easily add to his season tally of 1 goal and 3 assists.

Oscar (CHE)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
Oscar’s superbly taken free kick against Stoke was the perfect birthday present for Jose Mourinho – not only did it secure advancement in the F.A.Cup, it also vindicated his decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United. His overall performance showed why the number 11 is going to be the Chelsea number 10 for many years to come. While he is sometimes overshadow by Eden Hazard, there is a pomp to Oscar’s current game and look sets to take advantage of a West Ham side on a dreadful run of form. Look for Oscar to be hovering over direct free kicks too!

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
Despite the praise already lavished upon Oscar, I’m also opting for Eden Hazard given his incredibly consistent form this year, especially at Stamford Bridge. He has already 9 goals and 8 assists to his name this season, and I cannot see how the Hammers are going to keep the Chelsea attack at bay.

Juan Mata (MUN)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
I think there is even more of a buzz surrounding the signing of Juan Mata than any other player in the last ten years at Manchester United – perhaps it’s a sign that a boost was badly needed after a mediocre first half of the season. Nonetheless, many reputable sources are predicting that Mata will start against Cardiff, and I do think that if he doesn’t, he’ll still make an impact. The Spaniard will have a point to prove to Jose Mourinho and will want a strong showing in front of a new set of adoring fans. He will probably take a lot of set pieces while he is on the field and I think could have a great game. If you feel that Mata will not start, I would opt for the mercurial talents of Adnan Januzaj instead who is expected to start in a favorable left wing position.

Adam Johnson (SUN)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
With a staggering 35 points in his last 2 games and a favorable home fixture against Stoke City, Johnson is the first of two players to make a Dirtsheet debut this weekend. It seems that backing form is paying off handsomely this year and there are few players on a better run right now. Sunderland have looked a lot stronger since taking Everton’s scalp a number of weeks ago and I can see a home win for Poyet’s Black Cats. Are you Suarez in disguise?

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – Everton (H)
The Merseyside derby is rarely a boring affair, and is usually a game which sees multiple goals being shared between both sides. I’m opting for the incredible consistency offered by Luis Suarez against the Toffess. With lingering doubts surrounding 3 of the usual Everton back line (Distin, Jagielka and Coleman), it’s hard not to opt for a man who has 21 goals and 13 assists in 17 games this season. Although I expect Jagielka to recover in time, there are goals in this for Liverpool. Dare I say three?

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (A)
A superb return to action saw Aguero score a goal and an assist in the 4-2 home victory over Cardiff City. With doubts over the fitness of both Negredo and Silva, it seems that City will need Aguero to continue this impressive run of form if they are to overturn a solid Spurs side. It certainly won’t be anywhere close to the 6-0 slaughter at the Etihad, but I can see Pellegrini’s men register a solid win in North London.

Wilfried Bony (SWA)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
Bony makes his Dirtsheet debut ahead of the home clash with a porous Fulham side guilty of conceding 22 goals in their last 7 games. Bony’s recent record is finally beginning to show why the Swans shelled out £12 million over the summer. Three goals in as many games is a good return for his current price of £7.3m and I can see nothing other than a home win in Wales.

The Captain – Luis Suarez (LIV)
It’s not a clear-cut decision as many polls have suggested this week. Strong fixtures for Chelsea and Swansea sees a number of nice differentials appear for those looking to claw back a lead. Hazard and Bony look to be very strong differentials given their form and favourable fixture. However, for those looking to maintain a lead, I have to recommend the Liverpool hitman.

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Chelsea, Manchester United, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Brad Guzan (AST)
Midfielder: Ben Davies (SWA)
Striker: Gary Hooper (NOR)
Captain: Eden Hazard (CHE)

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!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 22

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s fitting that, on the week that the Academy Awards nomination list is announced, this weeks Dirtsheet reads like an all-star team for the season so far. Gameweek 22 is one of those weeks when many of the top teams have the chance to record a handsome home win against a much weaker side. In the category of “Outstanding Captain Choice in an Upcoming Game”, we have a number of excellent nominations including the return of an old favourite who has a chance of sneaking home with the top prize. In the “Best Supporting Player” category, there are a number of options to consider from teams in the top six, including a second player who returns to our screens after a lenghty hiatus!

With so many people waiting for the perfect opportunity to use their January wildcard, could that opportunity be staring them right in the face?

Lights, camera, action!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 22!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 22

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Julian Speroni (CPL)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
Palace’s home form has been solid so far this season and I’m opting for Speroni to cover the chance of a home clean sheet. Stoke have gained just a single point from their last 4 games and look a little out of sort ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park.

Per Mertesacker (ARS)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
A home tie against a struggling Fulham side looks like yet another clean sheet for a Gunners side who have impressed defensively this season. The German will provide a threat from set pieces, and with 2 goals and an assist so far this season, I wouldn’t rule out a performances that could net 9+ points.

Leighton Baines (EVE)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (A)
I’m opting for the attacking threat posed by Leighton Baines ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns. He returned 12 points last week including a well-deserved maximum bonus points. He will be on penalties and direct free kicks which pushes him ahead of Coleman in my estimation.

Pablo Zabaleta (MCI)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
The first of two City players this week, Zabaleta could find a lot of space to attack Cardiff and link with the City forward line. Priced at a very reasonable £6.0m, he is cheaper than club captain Vincent Kompany. There is a plenty of talk surrounding Kolarov in recent weeks, and for good reason, but the Serbian faces weekly competition from Gael Clichy. I’d rather a more expensive, but safer option, in my team and Zabaleta fits the bill.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Manchester United (H)
At the moment, Hazard IS Chelsea. He is their main attacker and their talisman. It could be one of those days that Manchester United fans rue the day that the Belgian chose blue over red. I expect a tight game with Chelsea coming out on top (i’ll make a guess at 2-0) and Hazard to be involved in any Chelsea goals.

Christian Eriksen (TOT)
Opponent – Swansea (A)
The Dane has now scored 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games and has become a superb option for anyone looking for a mid-priced midfielder. He is one of a number of players who have really flourished under Tim Sherwood, and a trip to Swansea is not a daunting task as it was last year. Attacking points seem likely again.

Jack Wilshire (ARS)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
With a goal and 2 assists from his last 2 games, I’m opting for the young Englishman against Fulham. Mesut Ozil has looked quite tired in recent games, whereas Wilshire has shown a lot of energy. Fulham have been truly terrible in recent weeks and have conceded a shocking 20 goals in their last 6 games. There could be a mauling at the Emirates!

David Silva (MCI)
Opponent – Cardiff City (H)
With Aguero expect to play at least some part in tomorrows game, I’m opting for David Silva (just) ahead of Yaya Toure. The fact that the Spaniard scored a bonus point last week despite failing to register attacking points in the 2-0 win at Newcastle shows just what an impact he is having on Pellegrini’s side. With Aguero back in contention, Toure will now be relieved of penalty duties, and although he still has a share of direct set pieces in his locker, I think Silva just edges it.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)
Suarez has scored 13 in his last 10 games. Villa have conceded 13 in their last 10 games. An interesting statistic. Does it make any sense? Of course it doesn’t, but neither does not having Suarez in your team. If you like winning, you need to have Suarez. Got it? Good. Moving on…

Daniel Sturridge (LIV)
Opponent – Aston Villa (H)
With uncertainty surrounding whether or not Sergio Aguero is to start at the weekend, I’m doubling up on Liverpool attacking threat by choosing Daniel Sturridge. He made an immediate impact from the bench last week against Stoke (1 goal, 1 assist and 1 bonus in 25 minutes) and with Liverpool scoring so freely all season, there could be a glut of goals once again at Anfield. If you feel that Aguero will start, then opt for him instead.

Olivier Giroud (ARS)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
As with Wilshire, the much maligned Giroud is a tempting proposition ahead of a potential mauling of Fulham. His form has not been spectacular in recent months, but 2 goals in as many games has people taking a second look at the Frenchman. His upcoming fixtures look enticing and could be a nice differential to those loading up on City and Liverpool attacking assets.

The Captain – Luis Suarez (LIV)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, and Everton to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Joel Ward (CPL)
Midfielder: Serge Gnarby (ARS)
Striker: Andy Carroll (WHU)
Captain: Daniel Sturridge (LIV)

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!

The Dirtsheet: Gameweek 21

Posted: January 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

A later than usual Dirtsheet this week as we come to terms with the immense injury list affecting us all right now. With club physiotherapists working their magic sponges around the clock to turn doubtful players into starting players, the news coming from clubs this morning was not as good nor as concrete as many FPL managers were hoping. At 2pm, David Moyes broke the news that Wayne Rooney would miss the crucial visit of Swansea with an ongoing groin problem. This was the last straw for a number of managers who immediately cashed in their January wildcard. With knocks and late fitness tests affecting so many FPL stalwarts, it really is a tough time for managers regardless of their position.

The Dirtsheet needs to focus on those players who should start in GW21. For those on a wildcard, please remember that the players listed here are short-term picks for this week only. It’s a tough ask, but I’ll do my best to guide you all in the right direction.

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 21!

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 21

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

David Marshall (CAR)
Opponent – West Ham United (H)
Put quite simply, West Ham United have been atrocious as of late, and so I’m opting for Cardiff to keep a clean sheet in this one. Marshall will look to keep out a Hammers side who could welcome back Andy Carroll from a lengthy absence. A clean sheet and a save point is not out of the question.

Per Mertesacker (ARS)
Opponent – Aston Villa (A)
Aston Villa have only scored 3 goals in their last 6 games, and with Arsenal looking very solid at the back as of late, it’s easy to choose Per Mertesacker. I feel he will be a huge threat to the Villa back line at set pieces and he could add some attacking returns to a potential clean sheet.

Seamus Coleman (EVE)
Opponent – Norwich (H)
Owners of Distin, Jagielka and Baines (those of you looking for a nice differential to a certain Irishman) – look away now. All three are doubts for the plum tie against Norwich. While it appears that Baines will be fine to start, it still does not cover the fact that Everton look set to be without both first-choice center backs. Coleman’s attacking ability should help to cover the risk of Everton conceding.

Kyle Walker (TOT)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
Aside from Chamakh, you simply cannot see how Palace are going to score from week-to-week – a perfect opportunity to add the attacking threat of Kyle Walker to the Dirtsheet. I can see Walker and Lennon proving to be too much for Parr and Bolaise on the wing, and given the rocket that Walker scored against Manchester United recently, I can see him taking his fair share of direct free kicks. My gut tells be it could be a big week for the Englishman.

Adnan Januzaj (MUN)
Opponent – Swansea (H)
To say that United need to beat Swansea tomorrow afternoon would be a huge understatement. However, without the services of both Robin Van Persie AND Wayne Rooney, someone will need to step up to the plate if David Moyes is to avoid a calamitous fourth defeat in 4 games. I’ve decided to go with Adnan Januzaj for this one – the young starlet has a goal and two assists in his last 5 games and is growing in confidence every week. United desperately need a hero right now…

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Hull City (A)
When faced with a difficult fixture, it seems that Hazard is the man who comes to the rescue time and time again for Jose Mourinho’s side. Hull at home are a defensively capable side but I think the Belgian has enough guile and agility to rack up some attacking points at the KC Stadium. Although 2 goals, an assist and 5 bonus in his last three games is a solid return, Hazard owners will be looking for more against the Tigers…

Yaya Toure (MCI)
Opponent – Newcastle (A)
Every week, Silva and Toure vie for my attention for a Dirtsheet slot, but until Aguero comes back, I have to back Toure who has penalties and direct free kicks in the bag. Although he picked up a knock in the Carling Cup semi-final, Toure has been passed fit and looks to trouble a Newcastle defense missing stalwarts Coloccini and Debuchy.

Mesut Ozil (ARS)
Opponent – Aston Villa (A)
With the untimely injury to Theo Walcott, I’m backing Ozil to cover the Arsenal attack. Although he is back up to £10.0m, he is still perhaps the safest option in the Arsenal midfield, given the fact that there is uncertainty regarding which two of Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski will start against Villa. His set piece delivery should prove troublesome for the home side.

Luis Suarez (ARS)
Opponent – Stoke City (A)
In a gameweek filled with uncertainly, there is a lot of comfort to be taken from the consistency of Suarez ahead of the trip to Stoke City. Although he has scored “just” a goal and an assist in his last three, Stoke could be without Robert Huth who will be a huge loss to the Potters. Suarez is the safe option for the armband this week, although I think he might struggle slightly to hit double-figures.

Emmanuel Adebayor (TOT)
Opponent – Crystal Palace (H)
With 3 goals, 2 assists and 5 bonus in his last 4 games, it’s an easy decision to opt for the Togolese striker ahead of a home tie against Palace. The general consensus is that Tim Sherwood sees him as his number 1 striker, and it seems to have lit a fire within Adebayor. He is getting involved in all aspects of the Spurs attacking play, and has taken his chances very well. Although he is a little hot and cold in terms of his form, he could prove to be the match winner.

Jay Rodriguez (SOU)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
In the last few weeks, a large percentage of FPL managers have identified Rodriguez as the type of player worthy of a clever gamble. At just £6.2. the Englishman has a strong run of fixtures starting with a home tie against The Baggies. Since cementing his place in the Saint’s side in November, he has scored 7 goals – a solid return given Southampton’s average form during that period. I’m backing Rodriguez to get a goal at least.

The Captain – Luis Suarez (LIV)

The Clean Sheets
I’m looking to Liverpool, Southampton, Everton, Cardiff, Arsenal and Spurs to return clean sheets.

The Unusual Suspects
Defender: Nathaniel Clyne (SOU)
Midfielder: Adam Lallana (SOU)
Striker: Dimitar Berbatov (FUL)
Captain: Emmanuel Adebayor (ARS)

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!