Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 10 - Ant v Kevo
Following on from last week, Ant provides the challenge for Kevo in Star Player and Punt after last week edging out Luke. Again Ant and Kevo have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership), with the winner taking on the next challenger in Gameweek 11.
Anthony or Ant as he is known on FPL Dugout is in his fifth season playing FPL, and his highest finish to date is 15,057. Ant says he loves nothing more than to crack open a few beers on a weekend and sit watching the Premier League. Although from Bolton and a Wanderers supporter, he has a soft spot for Manchester United in the Premier League.
Kevo’s Star Player – Danny Welbeck
Without a win all season, Burnley have shipped 12 goals in the last 4 matches. There is nothing to suggest their form will be any different this weekend as they travel to the Emirates where they play an Arsenal side who themselves notched up a much needed win last weekend, their first in 4 attempts.
So with the visit of struggling Burnley I’ve opted for an Arsenal player and their centre forward Danny Welbeck. My view is Arsenal at home will exploit Burnley’s defence thereby creating their usual high number of chances, and this coupled with playing the forward role, Welbeck should see a great number of these fall to him. All he’s got to do is stick the ball in the old onion bag!
With only one goal in his last 4 games and 2 all season, Welbeck is in the shadow of the inform Alexis Sanchez who has scored 3 in his last 4, totalling 5 all season. However like his injured teammate Oliver Giroud, Welbeck does have these games when he appears in the right place at the right time and he has a great opportunity to repeat his recent Champions League hat-trick.
Ant’s Star Player – Eden Hazard
Ok, so after a quick look at the fixture list one game stood out and this was the Chelsea and QPR game. Chelsea are currently second only to Southampton in the home form table with an impressive 11 goals in 4 games at Stamford Bridge. QPR on the other hand are the complete opposite, to say their away form is poor is an understatement. The R’s have not picked up a single point on the road and have conceded a huge 12 goals in 4 games.
Choosing a Chelsea player seemed a no brainer after looking at the statistics. I still had a problem though, which Chelsea player? The obvious answer was Diego Costa but with his injury problems and the fact that he hasn’t played in Chelsea’s last 3 games, I decided to dismiss this idea.
The player I have gone for this week is Eden Hazard, although currently overshadowed by his team mate Cesc Fabregas in the points department, I have been impressed with some of his performances. At the end of the season I expect these two will be very close in terms of points scored. However I have a gut feeling that the gameweek will belong to Hazard and he could quite easily put up his second set of double digits this season.
Ant’s Punt – Enner Valencia
I am going to take a punt on West Ham forward Enner Valencia.
West Ham are flying so far this season, currently sitting fourth in the league, just 1 point behind Champions Manchester City. This is largely due to the new signings made by Big Sam in the transfer window, one of which is Valencia. I have seen people say that over the season this form won’t last, and while this may be true, I watched them play at the weekend and thought they held their own against the Champions.
Their opponents this week are Stoke away; admittedly this is a tough game. However if they put in another good performance I can see them getting something out of the match. Valencia’s team mate, Sahko, has been stealing the headlines with 6 goals in 6 matches however he is currently yellow flagged adding to Valencia’s appeal. With ownership of just 0.8% of the FPL population and starting to show some form himself with 5 and 6 points in the last 2 games, I feel Valencia could be a great differential.
Kevo’s Punt – Fraizer Campbell
My Gameweek 10 punt is Crystal Palace forward Fraizer Campbell.
With 3 goals to his name in his first 8 games of the season, Campbell has every opportunity to add to his tally with this week’s visit of Sunderland. The Eagles welcome a under confident Black Cats to Selhurst Park, a team still reeling from their last away game where they conceded 8 goals at Southampton.
Owned by 1.7% of teams, Fraizer Campbell has played a part in every Palace game this season. Never a prolific scorer, with 6 his highest Premier League total, however Neil Warnock has shown faith and given Campbell a run of games in which could prove to be his best season.
Originally priced at £5.5m, Campbell has now dropped to £5.2m and will appeal to a number of managers for the 3rd forward spot, however upcoming games in Gameweek 11 and 12 will put some of us off with Palace playing both Manchester United and Liverpool. Saying this if you’re looking for a cheap short term option , Fraizer Campbell could be your punt!