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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!

We are almost at that time of the year that separates the men from the boys – the Christmas fixture crunch. It’s a time when FPL squads are tested and the most astute managers will reap the rewards of careful planning.

The Dirtsheet for gameweek 13 keeps this in mind as we stick to players who, in addition to having a favourable fixture this week, should also be in contention for starts over the next month. This is no time to be stuck with one-week wonders!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 13.

THE DIRTSHEET: GAMEWEEK 13

The Eleven – (3-4-3)

Tim Krul (NEW)
Opponent – West Bromich Albion (H)
Krul was unlucky to concede last week and I think a clean sheet could be on the cards against WBA. The return of Williamson to partner Coloccini should shore up their defense even further.

Phil Jagielka (EVE)
Opponent – Stoke City (H)
You may have thought that the attacking threat of Seamus Coleman might allow him to force his way into the Dirtsheet this week, but I am opting for the defensive solidity of Phil Jagielka. Almost every time Everton keep a clean sheet, Jagielka either gets 3 bonus or comes very close to the total. I think Everton have enough defensive quality to keep Stoke at bay.

Gael Clichy (MCI)
Opponent – Swansea City (H)
EDIT: With Nastasic injured, I’m now backing Gael Clichy vs Swansea.

John Terry (CHE)
Opponent – Southampton (H)
John Terry’s consistent starts and goal threat means he is almost a constant in the DirtSheet each week. A home tie against a faltering Southampton is a good bet for a clean sheet and his ariel ability at Chelsea set pieces could return attacking points.

Ravel Morrison (WHU)
Opponent – Fulham (H)
I’m opting for the English prodigy to return to scoring ways against a faltering Fulham. It’s clear that West Ham are faltering slightly at the back, and I think there could be goals at either end. The lack of a proper centre forward for West Ham means that Morrison should push on and may get enough chances to score.

Jesus Navas (MCI)
Opponent – Swansea (H)
I feel that Navas is somewhat of a confidence player, and he must be on cloud nine for the visit of Swansea. The Swans will be tired after the Europa League match on Thursday and I can’t see many attacking changes in City’s team after the Spurs game.

Eden Hazard (CHE)
Opponent – Southampton (H)
After a stunning start to the season, Southampton are looking nervous for the first time and could be in for a tough afternoon at Stamford Bridge. After getting a bit of a rest, I’m opting for Eden Hazard to work his magic in tandem with the returning Fernando Torres. Oscar is a slight concern as a rest could be on the cards.

Aaron Ramsey (ARS)
Opponent – Cardiff City (A)
Given the price of the Dirtsheet forward line this week, I’m going for Aaron Ramsey to cover the visit of Arsenal to Cardiff City. The Welshman has more threat compared to Ozil and is more consistent than his midfield colleague. There could be goals here.

Luis Suarez (LIV)
Opponent –
Hull City (A)
Another game. Another masterful performance from the Uruguayan. It seems that there isn’t a fixture between now and May that Suarez isn’t a viable captain option. An away trip to Hull is a decent fixture, and while I cannot see a rout of the home side, Suarez should score in a Liverpool victory.

Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Opponent – Swansea City (H)
Speaking of unstoppable players, please welcome one Sergio Aguero to the Dirtsheet. A stunning 15-point return against a hapless Spurs last week is a sign of a player in the best form since his move to Manchester. He was given a rest after 45 minutes in the Champions League on Wednesday and should lead the line yet again. Swansea’s toils in the Europa League on Thursday night means that City could be ready for another attacking masterclass.

Wayne Rooney (MUN)
Opponent – Tottenham Hotspurs (A)
It seems that, regardless of competition or opponent, Wayne Rooney’s form shows no sign of declining. Four assists in a 5-0 mauling of Bayer Leverkusen shows that, even when he is not scoring, he is still contributing to those goals. With Spurs reeling from the savaging inflicted upon them by Manchester City, it’s as a good a time as any to visit White Hart Lane.

The Captain – Sergio Aguero (MCI) –
Given the form of both Sergio Aguero and Luiz Suarez, the captaincy choice seems to be coming down to one of these two FPL behemoths each week. However, I think Aguero has the advantage this week. A rest in the CL means he will certainly start and he is at home against a team that played on Thursday.

The Clean Sheets
Apart from Chelsea and Manchester City, there are a lot of pretty solid choices for clean sheets this gameweek. Aston Villa, Newcastle, Arsenal and Everton are my choices.

The Unusual Suspects
DF: Ron Vlaar (AST) MD: Leroy Fer (NOR) FW: Loic Remy (NEW) Differential 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 follow us on Twitter and share! Every follower counts!

Fantasy Premier League is back with a bang and already there are a number of taboo words beginning to appear. Bonus points. Rotation. Lukaku.

Fret not my dear reader, because the Dirtsheet tries to stay clear of the “ifs” and “buts” and instead attempts to focus on the players and teams that are most likely to bring home some great returns in the gameweek at hand. With the GW1 Dirtsheet team (the eleven) managing a respectable 91 points and four predicted clean sheets out of five, it’s time to reassess the fixtures for gameweek 2 and see whose making a play for your team this weekend.

Make sure you follow @PrideWatches to be in with a chance of winning a great Premier League watch each Sunday at 4pm. They will pick a random follower to receive this great prize, so even if you don’t have the best week in FPL, you could still bag a great prize!

Here’s the Dirtsheet for Gameweek 2!

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