The Captaincy Debate
Let us begin with the man who was so good last week (and incidentally our choice for Captain…ahem) Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan is a big match player as he demonstrated in the Copa America. Liverpool fans won’t forget his debut against Manchester United where he was instrumental. This weekend, its’ the Merseyside Derby and Suarez could well make his mark again.
However, maybe it’s time for a change. Could Emmanuel Adebayor be your man in the North London Derby? He’s being hotly tipped to make an impact on the game. Who knows how he will celebrate if he scores. Nevertheless, expect the man from Togo to be in the thick of the action either way.
Then again, you could be better off in putting your faith in Wayne Rooney. Manchester United are at home to Norwich this weekend. Although the Red Devils’ confidence has been rocked at the back having conceded four in their last two games, they still look extremely dangerous in the final third. On his return from injury, he could well be the player to make a major impact yet again.
On the other hand, perhaps Manchester United have been convincing enough for your liking in their last two performances. In that case, Sergio Aguero could be your leader. He’s gone goal crazy since he came to the Premier League. Carlos Tevez won’t be playing either which would make you think this all but guarantees Aguero a starting berth. City are playing Blackburn away so it could get a bit messy if the blue half of Manchester can overcome their demons from Tuesday night.
The Captain: Sergio Aguero – Even though City are playing away from home and the side might be affected by “Tevez Gate” – Aguero can’t help himself in and around the 18 yard box.
The Vice Captain: Emmanuel Adebayor – He will be out for revenge against the Gunners. With the passion and determination he has shown so far could be too much for Arsene Wenger’s fragile defence.
The Outside Bet
Maybe Ladies and Gentlemen, you are the more daring sort. If you want to take a punt this weekend, Scott Sinclair might take your fancy. Swansea City’s main attacking outlet will be hoping to ensure back-to-back home wins for the Swans. Stoke City were appalling last time they played in the Premier League after midweek European action. The Welsh side and Sinclair might therefore prevail at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Spot the Clean Sheet
Despite not looking anywhere near their best on Monday night, Sunderland are a good bet at home against Roy Hodgson’s West Brom. Hodgson is not renowned for flamboyant attacking when his sides play on the road. The Baggies have scored three goals in their opening six games. That record might not improve this weekend against Steve Bruce’s side. The Black Cats kept a clean sheet in their last home game against Stoke and they’ll be hoping for a repeat performance at the Stadium of Light.
A Bolt From The Blue
Why don’t we complete our preview in the North East with a man who came from the Far East? That’s right for as much as I (and many others) may have doubted Ji Dong Won, the South Korean striker has popped up for Sunderland with a goal and an assist, despite making all of his appearances from the bench so far this season. Seeing though he’s competing with Nicklas Bendtner for the striking spot, he must have a chance of starting soon. If you’re feeling extra daring, why not sling him into your team?
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