Written by Craig “I picked Joe Allen” Hazell
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DEFENDER: JAN VERTONGHEN, SPURS
Toby Alderweireld’s injury will come as a blow to many of the FPL community, with the Belgian figuring in nearly 20% of teams before he got crocked. Lots of people will now be nervous to play Spurs defenders, particularly with Bournemouth scoring 6 last week but Toby isn’t the only reason Tottenham have only conceded 4 goals all season. They’re the only unbeaten team left in the league (a fact the press seem to ignore) and their strength in depth at the back is as much a reason why they’ve been so effective. Jan Vertonghen’s price has only risen to 5.6m and although I have tipped him before, I think it’s worth mentioning again given how no one seems to be talking about the fact 4 goals conceded in 8 games is incredible. In fact, bring in Lloris while you’re there. Or Wimmer if you want to be uber hipster.
MIDFIELDER: GYLFI SIGURDSSON, SWANSEA
It’s not often I will pick a team sitting in 19th place but as I astutely selected Joe Allen last week (I wasn’t going to NOT mention it) I thought why the hell not. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a mainstay of FPL teams for a number of years and sits at his lowest ever picked percentage. Swansea are no longer a fashionable newly promoted team who play possession football and therefore they’re often overlooked, particularly with Ashley Williams having left. However, Gylfi has clocked up a 5 or 6 point average per game over his last 5 matches and with Big Bad Bob Bradley in charge, a more direct style might suit him even more. Swansea certainly showed some character at the Emirates and although they lost 3-2, from a fantasy football point of view, we don’t care. He’s an excellent differential pick and probably deserves a bit of our loyalty.
FORWARD: DIEGO COSTA, CHELSEA
Big players deliver in big games and I am going to have to stick with Diego Costa as my main striker. In all the furore surrounding Zlatan’s Premier League arrival and Aguero’s dominance over the last few years, Costa’s 7 goals in 8 league games has gone pretty much unheralded.
Sure, it might be because he is a complete tosspot and one funny look from morphing into a bouncer at Yates’ on a Saturday night but it’s those very same qualities that have him as the most in form striker in the league this season. He is one yellow card away from suspension but my guess is he will do it with a goal on route.
CAPTAIN: THEO WALCOTT, ARSENAL
Theo Walcott has really announced himself as a top Premier League midfielder this season, and to really fit into that club, he ingratiated himself by being utterly sh*t for England during the International break. That’s when I really knew he had made it.
Middlesborough aren’t usually involved in high scoring games but they haven’t been to the Emirates yet and Walcott has 4 goals in his last 2 games in all competitions. All this and he hasn’t even learned how to finish yet!
OUTSIDER: VICTOR MOSES, CHELSEA
I don’t know if I have mentioned it but last week I told you to pick Joe Allen (leave pause for gasp/coffee spill/double take/sending of cheque in the post) and I feel like I should honour that with a frankly ridiculous pick.
If, like me, you think 12/1 on Chelsea to win the league is stupidly generous, then you might also agree that they will beat Man United this weekend. One man who has got two rare consecutive starts is Victor Moses. He grabbed his opportunity with a goal against Leicester and even he must be surprised he doesn’t start the game with his initial emblazoned overcoat on.
It’s a real wildcard pick but if you’ve got a free transfer and can afford the risk it could be a real week changer. But then what do I know? Last week I picked Joe Allen.