Written by @CraigHazell – that’s important!
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DEFENDER: DANNY ROSE, SPURS
Swansea were involved in the most mental game of football since Vinny Jones laid the ball off to Danny Dyer to beat the prison guards in Mean Machine. Some people said 5-4 was like a cricket score. They obviously don’t understand cricket. In truth it was like watching two people with arthritis competing to complete a Rubik’s cube. Just because Swansea scored 5, it doesn’t mean they’re suddenly good, it just means Palace are sh*te. Swansea’s next opponent however are not… Tottenham’s Danny Rose is surprisingly good value at 5.9m and doesn’t tip over that magic 6m mark, in order to keep your front 6 strong. Seems legit to me.
MIDFIELDER: SADIO MANE, LIVERPOOL
Lallana and Coutinho being injured might be enough to scare off some people picking Liverpool players, but such is their strength, form and self-belief I don’t know if they have even contemplated losing to Bournemouth this weekend. They’ve only lost once all season and with the absence of that midfield goal threat, it will be all the more likely that Sadio Mane steps up. He has been known to have double figure hauls this year and I think it will be a 3-1 win for Klopp. I tipped Lovren last week, I stopped one short of doing it twice in a row but believe me I was tempted.
FORWARD: JERMAIN DEFOE, SUNDERLAND
Leicester aren’t having a good season. Their European exploits are of course tremendous and many fans will take a league campaign of mediocrity for their chance to tell their grandchildren about an impossible Champions League run. However, 1 win in 8 isn’t mediocre form, it’s relegation form. Like it or not – they could easily be in a battle for survival. Now, I tipped that last year and couldn’t have been more wrong. Add to that, their opponents Sunderland are of course the worst team in the league, and you might start to think I have a vendetta with Ranieri’s side. I don’t, I just think Jermain Defoe against any out of sorts team is a threat. He’s the third best striker in the game and the champions haven’t kept a clean sheet since 2nd October. Recipe for goals if you ask me. You didn’t, I know.
CAPTAIN: HARRY KANE, SPURS
I’m not one to give up on something right at the beginning just because it doesn’t work straight away. And providing you never meet any of my ex-girlfriends we can all just presume that is completely accurate. I picked Harry Kane as captain last week and it didn’t quite happen for him. At home to Swansea I am confident he will either score to celebrate his new contract or Jordi Amat will scythe head down with a head-butt to give him the chance to score from the spot.
OUTSIDER: MATT PHILLIPS, WEST BROM
The biggest surprise of the season so far for me is that West Brom aren’t awful. It’s gone kind of unnoticed but West Brom have lost just twice in 9 games and those were at the hands of Liverpool and Man City. At 4.2% picked is Matt Phillips who has 3 assists and 2 goals in his last 3 appearances and costs only 5.3m so could be a good squad alternative to those of you looking to replace the likes of Snodgrass or Capoue. I know it feels dirty picking a WBA player but do it, you might like it