This weekend sees a reduced schedule of Premier League action which also means you need to take extra care with who is in your Fantasy Football team. For instance, whilst it’s important to have enough players to achieve a good score, consider that there is a double game week for some clubs in just over 2 weeks time. Nevertheless, this weekend’s fixtures retain much importance.
The Captaincy Debate
Norwich City against Manchester City opens the weekend’s Premier League action on Saturday afternoon. One player in particular who’ll be looking to build on a fantastic performance in mid-week is Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian was involved in every one of City’s goals on Wednesday evening, scoring two and grabbing two assists. After a short spell on the sidelines through injury, his return you could say was… blistering. The West Brom side he came up against though was weakened and Norwich City will be very wary of the striker’s presence, especially as the Canaries lost 5-1 in the reverse fixture. Either way, Aguero is certainly one to watch this weekend.
The club with the best record against Manchester City this season is Sunderland. Their attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon has been fantastic with seven goals and 11 assists – two of which came at Manchester City. The Benin international has flourished particularly since Martin O’Neill’s arrival at the club. Saturday sees Wolves come to the Stadium of Light and Sessegnon must be excited about having the opportunity to add to his goal tally, such is the visitors poor recent record. Since Terry Connor took over, Wolves have conceded an average of three goals per game. Playing against a deadly talent such as Sessegnon means this record is likely to be extended this weekend.
Then again, you can always look to the most expensive man in Fantasy Premier League. Robin van Persie’s Premier League goal tally is 27 for the campaign. Netting against Wolves ended the Dutchman’s drought in front of goal although when saying drought, it is in terms for van Persie. Prior to his goal at Molineux, van Persie had gone an incredible FOUR games without a goal. The striker will come up against Wigan Athletic on Monday night, a match which is harder than it might look given the Latics recent good run of form. Still, van Persie’s record over the course of the season means he has to be considered.
However, Wayne Rooney is part of a Manchester United team looking to bounce back from a shock defeat against Wigan. History tells us that the Red Devils usually return with a vengeance when they’ve suffered a defeat. Aston Villa are teetering on the edge of a relegation battle currently and if they could have chosen one place in the Premier League to not be playing at this weekend, Old Trafford would have been it. Rooney has been mercurial of late with nine goals in his last nine games. Taking this into account and the opposition he’s facing, the England forward looks an assured choice.
Captain: Stephane Sessegnon – Perhaps a surprise pick as captain but the way Wolves are playing at the moment coupled with Sessegnon’s good form in 2012 makes it hard to resist the Benin international.
Vice Captain: Wayne Rooney – United haven’t been goal crazy of late at Old Trafford but Rooney looks a good option nevertheless due to his recent record.
The following teams are NOT playing in the Premier League this weekend – Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Newcastle United, Bolton, Stoke
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