Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 7 - Shiva v Kevo

After a brief break, we continue our Star Player and Punt series, with Shiva going into battle against Kevo. Both Shiva and Kevo have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership), with the winner taking on the next challenger after the international break in Gameweek 8.

Shiva’s Star Player – Luis Suarez

FPL is insane! It was not long ago when many of the FPL managers thought RVP-Benteke-Soldado would be a great forward line to have. Benteke’s injury, Soldado’s inability to score from open play and Manchester United’s form have forced most managers to stay away from all three and suddenly the likes of Suarez, Lukaku and Rooney are sounding the most wanted players.

It might be an obvious choice but after his brace on his return to action and superb link up play with Sturridge, I couldn’t resist going with Luis Suarez as my Star player for the week.

Suarez showed why Liverpool were desperate to keep him over the summer when they went to Sunderland and came away with all three points with relative ease. He was off the pace and misplaced some passes sometimes in the game but we all know Suarez will only get better as he gets more game time.

There was some debate on whether Suarez/Sturridge will have to sacrifice their favourite position to allow Sturridge/Suarez to play their natural game but the Sunderland game certainly showed us wherever they play, they will link up well and will be carrying all Liverpool’s attacking threat on their shoulders.

I can see Suarez taking more free kicks as he settles in to the action and he certainly has that advantage over Sturridge if you are wondering which one to go between the two.

I think Suarez seems to be quite a safe captain choice this week against bottom side Crystal Palace but remember all those results in the last 2 years when we all capped Suarez who ended up with 20 shots on target without scoring a goal.

Kevo’s Star Player – Roberto Soldado

OK I’ve never written a punt on here before, Shiva who I’m up against gets to pick first. He’s hardened and experienced at this and has picked Suarez. Me…. well I could easily say Sturridge and let the Liverpool forwards battle it out but I’m a ‘rookie’ who’s led by his heart not his head!

Forget your Liverpool players this week, the Hammers are coming to White Hart Lane, so my Star Player is Roberto Soldado, the Spanish international good enough to keep the face scratching Chelsea number 9 out of the national squad.

His arrival at Spurs was heralded as the sign of things to come, yet six games in he remains on two Premier League goals, two penalties. Yes you may well raise an eyebrow or two!

Thankfully it was Soldado that helped create Siggy’s goal last Saturday, but bar that he was anonymous. Against Cardiff his chances were snatched, yes he did well to be at the right place at the right time, but there is no point being there if you aren’t tucking them away. It’s a worrying statistic and the truth is Soldado needs to start scoring, for his confidence, for the team and because he is a £26 million investment, 100% of which was based on his ability to score.

So Soldado is under pressure to prove his worth but we do know he performs when the pressure is on. He has spent a career attempting to prove himself worthy, first to Real Madrid after they cast him off on loan to Osasuna then sold him to Getafe. When he arrived at Valencia, he then spent his time attempting to prove himself the best Spanish number 9 and now at Spurs to prove he’s worth £26m.

In the two Premier League fixtures last season Spurs scored a total of 6 goals against West Ham, there is nothing to suggest goals will be hard to come by this weekend either, especially if Eriksen can unlock the door exploiting Soldado’s turn of pace.

Last week alone almost 35,000 managers transferred out Soldado, however food for thought: he’s good in the air and blessed with 2 good feet, so perhaps this week will be his week to shine?

Shiva’s Punt – Sone Aluko

Hull City must be pretty happy with their start to the Premier League campaign and many of us who tipped them to go down might want to think otherwise.

Sone Aluko was definitely one player to watch before the start of the season but his initial displays were not that convincing, making FPL managers stay away from him.

But in the last two games it seems he has found his touch back and is in fine form ahead of the weekend clash with Aston Villa. With Robby Brady and Robert Koren, who are probably Hull’s two most important players, out injured, it is time for Aluko to make his mark.

Although he has just a goal and an assist to show in the season so far, his 13 shots on goal are certainly worth noticing.

Aston Villa have made a decent start to the season but they have been leaking goals at the back, so I think Sone Aluko has a great chance to score some points at home and who knows – who will take penalties in the absence of Koren and Brady?

Kevo’s Punt – Serge Gnabry

That little winger that plays for the Arsenal! Bit of a gamble this one with both Wilshere and Arteta returning from injury, however Serge Gnabry was rested midweek so he may get another start this weekend at West Brom.

Given he started last Saturday at Swansea, Wenger doesn’t feel Gnabry should be protected and only played in home fixtures. Coupled with his fellow countryman Ozil pulling the strings, the pacey little winger may well add to the goal he bagged last time out.

Not a lot is known about Gnabry apart from his two recent games for Arsenal where he mustered 4 shots resulting in 1 goal. Anyone remember his Champions League debut against Schalke? Arsenal lost 2-0 when Gnabry came on as an 80th minute sub and in 10 minutes had managed to muster more shots on target than the rest of the side had the entire game.

One thing is for sure: choosing football over athletics (sprinting), he does seem to have pace and power in abundance. With 0.2% ownership I may well be on my own punting this fella but if you’re looking for someone to fill Walcott’s boots until he’s back from injury, then Serge could be your differential.

You could go with my advice or you could choose to ignore it, after all I’m the guy a few seasons ago who went with Arshavin opposed to Fabregas!

Who would you go for?