This week, it’s difficult to steer away from Arsenal – after the Gunners got off the mark at Anfield you’d be daft not to back them against bottom club Southampton this weekend. We also fancy Chelsea to bounce back from their disappointing UEFA Super Cup game, where, let’s face it, they had their pants pulled down by the impressive, classy Atlético Madrid. Luckily for Bob Matthews, his side only has to face QPR and when you compare squads, Chelsea ought to smash this West London derby. Let’s also not ignore Manchester United, who have the easiest of fixtures at home to Wigan, before travelling to Anfield next weekend.
Speaking of United, we’re not too sure about wasting money on their defenders just yet. Let’s face it, they’ve been awful at the back so far this season and no one really offers any kind of value for money. But you know they will always score goals. We said it last gameweek but here it is again: you just can’t afford to not pick Robin Van Persie (£13.4m) (second bracket – hopefully you’ve not waited this long, because if you did, you’re doing it wrong!). Shinji Kagawa (£8.6m) also looks very impressive, and although we’re slightly uncomfortable over his ridiculously high price, Danny Welbeck (£8.3m) may be worth considering this weekend.
Arsenal also look good value to take three points this weekend. A home fixture against bottom club Southampton really ought to be easy enough for Arsène Wenger’s boys. Especially when they consider they’ve a trip to the Etihad next week. Looking at the back four, Carl Jenkinson (£4.8m) is clearly the bargain of the bunch. If you’re leaning more toward the Arsenal attack, you obviously can’t ignore the wonderful Santi Cazorla (£9.1). And since ball just bounces off him straight to the feet of his team-mates, so you’d also do well to consider the clinical Lukas Podolski (£8.4m).
And, of course, Chelsea. If Bob Matthews has anything about him, he will see to it that Chelsea batter QPR, and then batter Tony Pulis’ savages next week at the Bridge. Forget the JT-Anton palaver, Chelsea have no excuse for not winning this one. As such, we’d recommend looking at Branislav Ivanovic (£6.8m), Fernando Torres (£10.1m) and of course (if you’ve not already) Eden Hazard (£10.2m). Also, don’t dismiss old Franky Lampard (£8.9m), who always seems to pop up with the odd peno or deflected goal.
Others worth considering
Just one this week – Steven Fletcher (£7m). A great signing by Martin O’Neill and on Saturday evening he has the luxury of playing against the ridiculous joke of a team that is Liverpool.
Best of luck.
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