Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 23 - Marco v Tony

Last GW seems so far away now with all the FA Cup action taking place. Right GW 23 sees Tony taking on new Champ Marco who beat Sleno 13-1 last time out…….one point is that an all time low?

Both have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership). Here’s a bit about Tony written by the modest man himself.

Greetings peons!  I am the mighty Tony and you must all bow before me! OK now we’ve got the jokes out the way I’ll tell you a little more about me!  I’m a 32 year old Liverpool fan (jokes are out the way….don’t laugh) and have lived in Liverpool all my life.  My best finish in the FPL was in the 2010/11 season when I finished 5,993rd.  Since then I’ve averaged around the 55k mark but look to be suffering my lowest score this season.  This may be due to the recent addition to my family; Erin Grace.  My 7 month old daughter has been stealing all of my attention and I’ll hope you all forgive my inactivity this season but those of you who know it takes a lot to support a family!

I’ve been a member of the dugout since its creation and have always liked the banter and friendliness that the chat room brings.  Football is a passionate sport and is best appreciated with other likeminded individuals! (and not my blue nose Evertonian wife who has delusion of grandeur).

Marco’s Star Player – Alexis Sanchez

After the safe dispatch of the hammer Sleno after his epic 1 point haul, we move further up the country to face Dugout’s best Liverpudlian supporter: it’s Tony. I will be looking forward to another Man Utd v Liverpool in a single week after a Victor Valdes inspired U21’s [Ed: U21?? Valdes is 47 yrs old??] beat the Liverpool U21’s 2-1.

I’ve gone for probably the safest bet in the whole of Fantasy Premier League at the minute. It’s 44.7% owned Alexis Sanchez. Following on from last week’s pick Aston Villa are just a sitting duck at the Emirates and Alexis Sanchez will show why currently on form he’s the best player in the league (Emmanuel Adebayor included).

Four double digit hauls at home this season and 19 points last time out against a Stoke team who have been much improved this season on the road shows his undeniable class, and Clark and Guzan and co will have a long 90 minutes ahead. A slight hamstring strain shouldn’t stop this Chilean tearing the Villains to shreds come Sunday.

Tony’s Star Player –  Olivier Giroud

Simple really, Villa are defensively poor and Giroud is starting to fire on all cylinders again.  Plagued with injury since November last year he’s not had a great time of things lately, but I feel the idea of playing such a defensively poor side might boost his confidence and get him into double figure points.  The Frenchman has been incredible since coming back which may be in part due to him having to compete for his place with Welbeck but he has a record to maintain (goal every 104 minutes) and the perfect opportunity to do so. Another reason for me choosing Giroud is due to Marco’s selection of Sanchez, whose form seems to be affected when Giroud plays, so I’m hoping Giroud steals Marco’s limelight!

Tony’s Punt – Eljero Elia

Hailed as “the Dutch Mario Balotelli” due to his encounters with the law and penchant for trouble, this new addition to Southampton’s side has been making the headlines lately.  It’s no coincidence that my punt choice coincides with Southampton’s attractive looking prospects.  With Mane and Long injured it’s time for Elia to shine and cement his place in the side.  He’s got the same kind of pace and skill on the ball as Mane and has, in the past, been known not to have the finishing expected of him. I believe his form is on the rise and, with a spot in the side guaranteed, may be buoyed on by the fact that a string of goals might guarantee him a more permanent place in the starting 11.

Marco’s Punt – Dwight Gayle

It’s been a little while, the start of last season in fact when I punted Gayle [Ed: I don’t remember this??] to make an impact on the Premier League. It’s been tough for the lad who has had a meteoric rise over the past 4 or 5 years coming from the depths of non-league to the elite of the Premier League. Under new boss Alan Pardew, Gayle has had a new lease of life and a decent run in the team has yielded some great performances and important goals as the Eagles head for mid table security.

The visitors to Selhurst this week are Everton. Normally a resilient bunch but this year Martinez has kind of inserted the old Wigan traits into them and clean sheets have been hard to come by. Five away defeats on the bounce and the last 3 points away from home coming in the 3-1 victory at Turf Moor in GW9 is far too long for a club like Everton, but that’s where they find themselves at the moment and I can’t see resurgent Palace making it any easier for them and Dwight Gayle to add to Martinez’s misery.