After the frantic festive fixture pileup, you’ve had just over a week to recover but it’s back to business as 2015 rolls on with Gameweek 21. The winter wildcard is up and running and you have a month to consider your options.
There are definite benefits from waiting it out to see the lay of the land after the transfer window closes but it all comes down to your own specific scenario. If you’re need of a switchup, there’s no point in hanging around and you should pull the trigger straight away.
However, if you’re lucky enough to have a squad to see you through the next few gameweeks, you could take advantage of the return to fitness of FPL stars like Aguero and Sturridge. In addition, the fixtures take a favourable turn for teams like Arsenal and Southampton.
Anyway, before all that comes we have another round to tackle this weekend. So without further ado, here is our selection for the 21st gameweek of the season:
- Lukasz FABIANSKI [WHM(H), 5.2m] – With 2 clean sheets in their last 4 games and 8 overall this season, Swansea have been been relatively impressive defensively. They face West Ham next who are missing their main strike duo of Sakho and Carroll, where Fabianski could pick up further defensive points.
- Mathieu DEBUCHY [STO(H), 5.2m] – With clean sheets looking at a premium this weekend, we’ve turned to Debuchy who has a home game against Stoke. Arsenal haven’t been the greatest defensively but if their attack turns on the style, they’ll give their defence an easier ride and ensure most of the play is in the opposition’s half.
- Andre WISDOM [HUL(H), 4.4m] – With Pulis in charge of the Baggies, one of his priorities will be to tighten up their backline, creating the foundations for survival. Pulis kicks things off with a home game against Hull and Wisdom might just be in for a rare clean sheet. At his budget price, he remains a friendly rotation option to have at the back.
- John TERRY [NEW(H), 6.6m] – Mourinho won’t be happy with Chelsea’s defensive capitulation that saw them concede 5 against Spurs and we won’t see a repeat when they host Newcastle. In addition to Terry’s potential of picking up defensive points, he’s been in incredible attacking form finding the back of the net in 3 of the last 4 games.
- David SILVA [EVE(A), 9.3m] – Another player who’s been in fantastic attacking form is Silva, helping City to secure results without a recognised striker. Although Dzeko and Aguero may be back in action soon, Silva is still one of the best midfielders in the league and is sure to pick up assists if not goals.
- Alexis SANCHEZ [STO(H), 11.4m] – Sanchez continues to be a shining light for Arsenal with an insatiable appetite for football. Reportedly given the option of a rest, Sanchez duly turned it down to put in a matchwinning performance, keeping their dreams alive of retaining the FA Cup. Wenger will be expecting more as they look to push on in the second half of the season.
- Eden HAZARD (C) [NEW(H), 10.7m] – Hazard has been equally impressive for Chelsea, dictating their attacking play, which has resulted in 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games. Given a rest for the cup, Hazard should be fully refreshed from the festive fun and ready to pick up from where he left off in the league.
- Raheem STERLING [SUN(A), 8.4m] – Lallana’s injury will no doubt affect Liverpool’s play but this simply means that Sterling will have to step up in his absence. With Sturridge still out, Sterling should continue in the false 9 position and although it won’t be easy against Sunderland, he’s the one most likely to unlock their defence.
- Harry KANE [CPL(A), 5.6m] – Spurs are really finding their groove now and a lot of it is due to the young man Harry Kane. Available for just 5.6m, he’s making a mockery of his pricetag with 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games. With Pardew looking to go on the attack, Kane could be given the freedom to add to his strong goal tally.
- Diego COSTA [NEW(H), 11.2m] – Costa may have been overshadowed by Hazard’s output but he has still turned in 3 goals and an assist in his last 5. The man who stopped getting ID’d when he was 11 remains the focal point of Chelsea’s attack and will no doubt cause all sorts of problems for a Pardew-less Newcastle side
- Danny INGS [QPR(H), 5.6m] – Burnley have found their scoring boots lately with 5 goals scored in their last 2 games. Ings has been a part of that with a goal and an assist. Up against QPR, who are one of the top teams for conceding chances, Ings could be set for further returns at Turf Moor.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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