The Scout Preview - Gameweek 10
Three of the top five teams in the Barclays Premier League are set for home comforts this time around as The Scout analyses the upcoming round of fixtures.
League leaders Chelsea will be optimistic of extending their unbeaten record as struggling Queens Park Rangers roll up to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal are looking for a second win of the season in front of their own supporters as basement-dwellers Burnley roll up to The Emirates, whilst Manchester City face a derby clash with Manchester United at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Everton are looking for a third successive victory as Swansea City pay visit to Goodison Park. Newcastle United welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park, in-form West Ham United travel to Stoke City, whilst second-placed Southampton seek a seventh win in eight Gameweeks away to Hull City.
Juan Mata’s starting role for Manchester United looks under threat as Wayne Rooney returns from suspension in time for the weekend derby. The Spaniard has started the last three in the central support role but has failed to impress, with just a single assist over those matches. Rooney – providing he recovers from a foot problem - looks poised to tuck in behind Robin van Persie if Louis van Gaal continues with a 4-2-3-1. With Radamel Falcao expected to recover from a knock in time for Sunday’s encounter, though, the Red Devils manager may yet opt to return to a midfield diamond in order to accommodate his three big-hitters up front.
A change in position proved instrumental in Alexis Sanchez’ two-goal haul in Arsenal’s win at Sunderland last weekend. Recently utilised on the left by Arsene Wenger, the Chilean international was shifted into a central role behind Danny Welbeck, allowing Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to occupy the flanks. Sanchez’s brace earned the Chilean a 13-point return against the Black Cats – his highest of the season – and, having now scored five times in his last six league appearances, could be set to retain his new position at home to struggling Burnley.
Wilfried Zaha was afforded his first start for Crystal Palace since Gameweek 4 last weekend. Having emerged from the bench to provide an assist in the previous match, the Manchester United loanee ousted Jason Puncheon from the starting XI as the Eagles made their way to West Bromwich Albion. With Zaha favourite to continue at home to Sunderland this weekend, Puncheon’s 3% of Fantasy managers will be weighing up their options, given that the Eagles then face Manchester United and Liverpool directly after the Black Cats clash.
By the numbers
As we edge towards the first round of fixtures in November, The Scout takes time out to assess those players in form over the previous month. Listed below are the top performers across the last 30 days, comprising Gameweeks 7-9.
|Alexis Sanchez (ARS)||10.3||31 points||10.4||14%|
|Sergio Aguero (MCI)||9.3||28 points||12.6||25%|
|Diafra Sakho (WHU)||9.3||28 points||5.7||5%|
|Dusan Tadic (SOU)||9.0||27 points||7.7||8%|
|Wilfried Bony (SWA)||8.7||26 points||8.2||4%|
|Leighton Baines (EVE)||8.0||24 points||7.2||22%|
|Christian Eriksen (TOT)||7.3||22 points||7.9||8%|
|Graziano Pelle (SOU)||7.3||22 points||8.3||27%|
|Mohamed Diame (HUL)||6.7||20 points||5.5||3%|
|Cesc Fabregas (CHE)||6.7||20 points||9.7||55%|
|Angel di Maria (MUN)||6.7||20 points||10.2||39%|
|Charlie Austin (QPR)||6.7||20 points||5.7||1%|
Sergio Aguero scored five times in a trio of appearances over the last month. The Manchester City striker bagged an incredible 19-point haul at home to Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 8 and his exploits in front of goal has seen his price rise from 10.2 to 10.6 over the last 30 days.
West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho has proven a real bargain, at a price of just 5.7. The Senegal international has now scored in each of the last five Gameweeks, though is expected to miss out this last after picking up a shoulder problem in last Saturday’s win over Manchester City.
Southampton’s Dusan Tadic provided an incredible 23-point haul in Gameweek 8, courtesy of a goal, four assists and maximum bonus points in the 8-0 win over Sunderland. Despite sitting just four points off the top of the midfield standings, the playmaker is owned by just 8% of Fantasy managers at present.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines and Tadic’s team-mate Graziano Pelle have been two of the most consistent performers over the last couple of months. The duo have now scored or assisted in six of their last seven appearances and are unsurprisingly top of their respective classifications - Pelle now sits atop the overall standings with six goals and three assists in his nine appearances for the Saints.
After a poor start to his second season at Swansea, Wilfried Bony has found his form in the last month. The 8.2-priced Ivorian earned a single assist in the first six Gameweeks but has now notched four times over the last three matches and also picked up five bonus points for his 4% owners.
Both Christian Eriksen and Mohamed Diame have netted in two of their previous three appearances, whilst Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin bagged a brace in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the final match of Gameweek 9. Austin – who is available for just 5.7 – has now registered three goals, an assist and three bonus points in his last four appearances and is becoming increasingly influential in the R’s bid to beat the drop.
Ones to Watch
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal’s summer signing from Barcelona has exploded into form of late, racking up three goals and an assist in his last two appearances. Burnley arrive at the Emirates Stadium having conceded 12 goals in their last four outings and Sanchez looks poised to run riot once again as he goes in search of a third successive double-figure haul.
Oscar – the Chelsea playmaker looks difficult to ignore at home to QPR. Oscar has netted in two of his last four appearances for the Blues and, with a mere 3% ownership, could be a strong differential as Jose Mourinho’s side look to take advantage of a visiting defence that has been breached 12 times on their travels – more than any other side.
Victor Moses – Stoke’s 5.5-priced wide man will fancy his chances of picking up the points at home to West Ham. Moses has provided an assist in four of the last five Gameweeks and will pose plenty problems to a defence with just a single shut-out all season.
Sadio Mane – Southampton’s summer signing from Red Bull Salzburg is quickly acclimatizing to life in the Premier League. Mane has scored in each of the last two Gameweeks for the in-form Saints and if, as expected, he recovers from a minor ankle problem, his pace out wide could be key against home side Hull’s three-man backline.
Fraizer Campbell – the Crystal Palace forward is looking to net for the third successive home match this weekend. Having scored against Leicester and Chelsea in his last two at Selhurst Park, the 5.2-priced Campbell now entertains a Sunderland side still reeling from an 8-0 defeat at Southampton on their last road trip.
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