Gameweek 23 has some difficult fixtures to call so it could be a wise decision to revert to backing the big guns from the top six. But while you can be fairly sure of Manchester United and Tottenham racking up three points tomorrow evening, before investing too heavily in these teams, bear in mind that they travel to Stamford Bridge and Anfield respectively for some tricky looking games at the weekend. We like the look of Arsenal and Manchester City for the next couple of gameweeks.
Following their stunning comeback in the FA Cup yesterday, Arsene Wenger will be keen for Arsenal to get back to winning ways in the league, with the Gunners having lost three Premiership games on the bounce. Despite the three losses, Robin Van Persie (£13.2m) remains in pretty solid form and anyone who overlooks the Dutchman would be taking a huge gamble. Defending has been a problem for Arsenal recently, but expect them to look a little more composed at the back with the return of Thomas Vermaelen (£6.7m), who is also fairly potent in front of an opposing goalkeeper! Finally, one of the more dangerous-looking players for Arsenal in recent games has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can be considered a bargain at £5.7m.
Manchester City have not had the best of things recently either, but despite their mini wobble, Roberto Mancini’s men remain top of the tree and look good value to consolidate their position over the next few gameweeks. City will welcome back skipper Vincent Kompany (£6.5m) with open arms after being robbed of his services for four games. He should help keep things tight at the back while David Silva (£10.4m) remains City’s most creative outlet in front of goal. Looking at the strikers, we’d back Edin Dzeko (£8.1m) rather than Sergio Aguero. He looks in better form right now and with Balotelli suspended Dzeko is likely to get the nod.
Others worth considering
Sunderland also look like a team worth backing at the moment as they continue to improve under the stewardship of Martin O’Neill. Three cleanies in six in all competitions make Simon Mignolet (£4.3m) and John O’Shea (£5m) tempting options, while you really ought to have jumped on the Stephane Sessegnon (£6.9m) bandwagon by now. But the bargain of the Mackems team has to be James McClean (£4.5m), who is enjoying a fine run of form since being given a look in by the new boss.
For other defensive options, Chelsea look like a decent bet at the minute. We like the look of Petr Cech (£6.8m) and Jose Bosingwa (£5.5m), rather than the more expensive options of John Terry and Ashley Cole. Looking at the middle of the park, given their current form, you want to avoid missing out on Clint Dempsey (£8.7m) and Nathan Dyer (£4.8m) because there will be several fantasy football players who have gotten on these bandwagons. As for the strikers, we’d recommend looking to three players who have probably not escaped the attention of Fabio Capello in recent weeks: Darren Bent (£9.6m), Danny Wellbeck (£6.7m) and Bobby Zamora (£6.7m).