The midweek Champions League fixtures saw a few injuries that will affect quite a few teams in the coming gameweek. Luke Shaw’s horrific leg break was the major talking point, but Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany also left the field injured in their match against Juventus. Kompany is expected to be back in the fray for West Ham’s visit though, so it might be worth keeping him in your team.
Who to Bench
Obviously he’s going to be missing for a while. Manchester United’s defensive record has been pretty good this season and a lot of players will have Luke Shaw in with the hope that his marauding runs will grab them a few assists. But his double leg break against PSV on Tuesday will rule him out for around six months.
Is anybody still playing him? Well, if they are I think now would be the time to take him out. He missed the trip to PSV with an injury, but he is expected to return to action for their match against Southampton. However, Anthony Martial’s excellent debut goal and his decent performance in midweek means that Rooney could well be moved back into the number ten role with Martial ahead of him. He’s expensive too, so replace him with someone more likely to get you goals.
Dimitri Payet and Cheikhou Kouyate
West Ham travel to a Manchester City side who haven’t conceded in the Premier League this season. The two attackers are unlikely to get much change from the City defence, so I think a week on the bench is the best option for these two. Don’t sell them though, Payet proved his worth with a brace against Newcastle on Monday, and Kouyate is great value for money.
Swansea are undoubtedly excellent at the back, but they are hosting an Everton side who have been excellent going forward recently. They scored three against Chelsea last weekend, and have netted 15 times in their six competitive matches so far this season. A week on the bench for Ashley Williams and company might be a good choice.
Who to Play
Callum Wilson – Price: 5.9 Million
Callum Wilson got Bournemouth off the mark with his hat trick against West Ham, and the newly promoted and newly invigorated Bournemouth host a defensively terrible Sunderland this weekend, so getting some Bournemouth attackers in there should yield a hefty amount of points.
Odion Ighalo – Price: 5.0 Million
The Watford frontman ended Watford’s goal drought against Swansea last weekend, and the confidence that will bring to him and the rest of the squad should be enough to let them push on for a win at the awful Newcastle. An absolute snip at 5 million, I’m expecting Ighalo to grab a goal or assist at St James Park.
Aleksandar Kolarov – Price: 5.9 Million
Guaranteed a starting place for the match against West Ham due to the injury to Gael Clichy. The Manchester City defence has been impenetrable in the league this season, and Kolarov is the most attacking defender in the City squad so he’s the most likely to pick up assists and goals, especially with his disgracefully powerful left foot.
Raheem Sterling – Price: 8.9 Million
It looks increasingly likely that Raheem Sterling will be played just behind the main striker at Manchester City, and it’s already yielded him some points with a goal and assist. He’s fairly cheap as far as Manchester City midfielders go, and at home to West Ham he should do well.
Christian Benteke – Price: 8.5 Million
Liverpool may be in poor form coming into this match against Norwich, but the visitors have failed to keep a clean sheet all season and Benteke’s incredible overhead kick against Manchester United last season showed just how much quality he has. If anyone has the chance to get past Norwich, it’s him.
Everton, despite their excellent attacking displays, aren’t doing too well at the back. Their only clean sheet this season was in their goalless draw with Spurs, and Swansea’s in form attackers such as Bafetimbi Gomis (7.5 Million) and Andre Ayew (7.3 Million) could easily grab a goal or two.
Ross Barkley – Price: 6.8 Million
The Everton midfielder has been one of the driving forces behind their attacking successes this season, and has bagged 34 points already. He has fixtures against West Brom and Merseyside rivals Liverpool after their visit to Swansea, so I’m thinking there are more points in store for him over the next few weeks.
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