This weekend revenge is on the agenda. After 5-1 and 8-2 drubbings at the hands of Manchester, North London needs to show these results were anomalies. In all likelihood, this weekend’s encounters will turn out to be much tighter. The games won’t be the only source for fantasy points on Matchday 22 though.
The Captaincy Debate:
For example the form that Steven Fletcher has been in of late means he can’t be discounted from the captaincy shake up. The former Hibernian striker has scored six in his last eight games for Wolves as Mick McCarthy’s side look to climb away from a basement battle. This weekend, the Scottish international has to break down Alex McCleish’s Aston Villa. Fletcher is certainly the most likely player in gold to score in this West Midlands derby.
However, maybe you want to take a trip up the M6 and consider Stoke’s Jonathan Walters as a possible captain. The Irishman has grabbed all five of his Premier League goals so far this season at the Britannia and is also the Potters penalty taker. With West Brom proving to be an inconsistent proposition this season, Walters could be a decent bet to net this weekend.
Then again, perhaps another team in red take your fancy as Liverpool travel to Bolton on Saturday evening. Steven Gerrard has played well since his return from injury. As the Reds skipper continues to get more minutes under his belt, expect his form to increase concurrently. The England international will be relishing the opportunity to play against the lowly Trotters who have been poor at the back.
Let’s finally consider a man who was on fire in 2011 – Robin van Persie. One banner at the Emirates reads, “Who needs Batman when we’ve got Robin?” The Dutch striker netted his first goal of 2012 at Swansea last weekend, making it 18 for the season. Now Manchester United come to North London for a much anticipated fixture as the Gunners look to take revenge for the eight they conceded at Old Trafford in August. The man leading the charge for Arsene Wenger will no doubt be van Persie.
The Captain – Robin van Persie – RVP likes the big occasion as he showed with his deadly hat trick against Chelsea back in October. He could well net one or two important goals at the weekend.
The Vice Captain – Jonathan Walters – Struggling to afford Robin van Persie? Never mind, settle for the Irish workhorse that is Jonathan Walters.
Long Term Look
Just three years ago, Steve Morison was playing in the Blue Square Premier for Stevenage Borough. Since then, both have made great strides. The club are now in League One whilst Morison has gone two steps better by playing in the Premier League. This feat is in itself impressive.
The London-born striker though has managed to cause plenty of problems for Premier League defences this year having terrorised Championship back lines for the previous two. Eight goals in 20 league appearances is a good record for any top flight record. Priced at a very modest £5.2 million currently, having Steve Morison allows you to invest more in other areas of your side. Every team needs balance and Morison will help to give your Fantasy squad that.
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