Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 3 - Sleno v Shiva

Continuing our Star Player and Punt series, Sleno now goes into battle with Shiva after seeing off Aaron (10-8) last week. Both Sleno and Shiva have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership), with the winner facing Mesh after the international break in Gameweek 4.

Sleno’s Star Player – David Silva

You know my mate Dave right?

Well, even though this is his fourth season in England, “Dave” may not yet be his nickname. Closer to the mark is “Merlin”, which is a name he has acquired because of his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.

Last season Silva was under the radar for most as he seemingly was unable to produce as he had in the past. But 4 goals and 12 assists is nothing to sniff at. And this season he looks right back to his best, in both football and fantasy terms.

Following up his opening day goal was a late assist in the defeat against Cardiff in Gameweek 2. This defeat I feel will only help to motivate Manchester City for this week’s clash against Hull City Tigers.

Hull will be full of confidence after picking up their first points of the season against Norwich, but going to the Etihad is a daunting task for the veteran player let alone a team full of “Premiership experience-less” players.

Having demolished Newcastle 4-0 at the Etihad in Gameweek 1, a similar score this weekend would not surprise many, and with the most assured game time of the attacking quartet, David Silva seems primed to be in the points again this weekend.

Shiva’s Star Player – Theo Walcott

After a disastrous start to this Premier League campaign, Arsenal have recovered a bit after back-to-back wins against Fulham and Fenerbahçe. They have scored 8 goals in the last 3 games and have looked superb going forward, especially in the 2 European games.

Arsenal and Spurs have a history of high-scoring games and though Spurs have been surprisingly solid in defence this season, I expect Arsenal to score goals in this game.

Theo Walcott has looked good going forward this season but has nothing really to show for it. He is too good a player not to hit goal-scoring form soon.

In the last game against Fulham, Walcott had 5 shots on target and 4 crosses in the danger area. With the departures of RVP and Fabregas, he also has been sharing a big chunk of the set pieces. He almost scored against Fenerbahçe with a beautiful curling free-kick.

Though most of Arsenal’s players are tired and have played 3 games in the space of 8 days, I don’t think they will look lacklustre in a very important London Derby.

Walcott was ranked third best in points per game last season just behind RVP and Bale. This really makes him a contender for captain choice too. If Arsenal continue to play like they have in the last 3 games, I will not be surprised if Walcott ends up on two-digit FPL points this weekend.

Sleno’s Punt – Marouane Chamakh

Think back to the start of the season, and then think a little further. That is how long I had Chamakh pencilled into my team. Having never been given a fair run at Arsenal, nor West Ham for that matter, I was waiting for the moment of nailed on starts.

When I heard that he was on the verge of signing for Palace I was stoked, and Holloway’s comments stating he would “build his team around Chamakh” were music to my ears.

I have followed Chamakh for many years as he was linked to West Ham before he arrived at the Emirates. From way back then I knew he had goals in him, and after a promising start at Arsenal he fell by the wayside.

Now he has guaranteed game time and a manager who values him so highly that Chamakh has the platform to let his goal-scoring do the talking. With a home game against Sunderland and match fitness finally looking to be in his locker, I would not like to bet against him scoring for a second game running.

Shiva’s Punt – Pete Whittingham

Cardiff City stunned the Premier League world when they deservedly snatched all 3 points against the most backed team to win the Premier League this season. Their performance was impressive and I predict them to continue that against Everton.

Pete Whittingham is one player who has been crucial for them in their successful triumph to the Premier League last year and I expect him to play a major role in their survival this season.

Cardiff’s number 7 is on penalties (oh I can’t guarantee that after seeing Brady take Hull’s penalty last week) and set plays but he is not shy of taking shots from distance for an otherwise industrious player.

Everton have managed just 2 draws out of their first 2 games, which they should have won if you consider they were 2-0 ahead against Norwich at one point, and WBA at home who don’t seem to know how to score a goal.

Whittingham, who is nailed on for 90 minutes week in, week out, had 6 shots and 4 crosses in the first 2 games and it won’t be long before he opens his account in the Premier league this season.

With Chelsea and Aston Villa not playing and United, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal playing in two big games, if you are looking elsewhere for some FPL points, I think Whittingham can certainly be the one to look at.