West Ham’s Stewart Downing And The 5 #FPL Players You Must Pick This Week
DEFENCE: Aaron Cresswell – £5.4m (Home v Aston Villa)
West Ham remain the apple of everyone’s eye and Aston Villa simply can’t do anything but lose matches at the moment, and so whilst the football gods have probably got this one down for an away win, logic dictates that the Hammers should claim the points.
Left-back Aaron Cresswell has quietly been one of the best signings of the season since joining from Ipswich in the summer. He’s played in every minute of the Hammers’ league campaign and has two assists in his last three games. Despite all of this, however, he’s still owned by just 0.6% of teams.
MIDFIELD: Stewart Downing – £5.8m (Home v Aston Villa)
We are forever blowing bubbles this week, and it’s impossible to ignore the form of West Ham’s Stewart Downing for much longer.
Once a failure in both fantasy and reality when he flopped at Liverpool, Downing is thriving in a central role in Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side and will be extremely motivated when he takes on one of his former clubs at Upton Park. England expects, Stewie.
FORWARD: Robin van Persie – £12.4m (Home v Crystal Palace)
It’s still business at the front and party at the back for Manchester United, but surely they’ll be able to cobble together a defence which will give them a chance to beat Crystal Palace at home?
Given Radamel Falcao’s injury struggles (so that’s why he was available…) and Wayne Rooney’s rustiness, the key to victory against Neil Warnock’s men is likely to be Robin van Persie, who had a couple of chances in the Manchester derby as his side suffered a spirited defeat.
THE OUTSIDER: Steven Fletcher – £5.3m (Home v Everton)
Ah yes, here he is. You’ve been keeping an eye on him and now could be the time to take a punt on Steven Fletcher.
The Scot has scored four in four, Sunderland will have become marginally less shambolic off the back of their win at Palace and they host an Everton side who’ll be heading to Wearside off the back of a Europa League tie. Gamble? Arr.. go on.
THE CAPTAIN: Graziano Pelle – £8.4m (Home v Leicester)
It would be a brave call but if you’re in need of some points to catch up on others in your mini-leagues then a punt on Graziano Pelle to do the business against a quickly fading Leicester might just be the way to go.
Southampton, of course, remain brilliant, but their statuesque Italian hasn’t scored in his last two league games, meaning that he might just be about to go Fox-hunting.
He’d look pretty good in tweed, wouldn’t he?