View from the Boot Room | GW 10Friday, October 25 2019
Matt Nesbitt has taken a cock-eyed squint at the weekend’s fixture list to see where the FPL points are coming from…
City are bankers.
Sergio Aguero likes a Villa. And not just for holidays (although I bet he has got a fancy place back in Bueno Aries – all white pillars and outdoor sofas…). He has scored 6 in his four matches against Aston Villa (5 in 3 at home). Primed and ready to do damage.
If he can get a game, that is. (see Worth a punt… below)
Raheem Sterling is missing fewer chances this season too. Can add to his midweek three here.
De Bruyne and the Silva’s will be squabbling over assists. But have a look elsewhere for clean sheets. Rodri and Zinchenko are both out for up to six weeks. And that clumsy bleeder Otamendi is back.
Load up on Gunners v Palace too.
Despite being moody blighters, Arsenal are handy at home. Seven from 8 so far, with 20 scored. And despite their lofty 6th place, Palace have only chalked up 8pts from a possible 42pts in their last 14 v Top Six.
And I doubt they’ll repeat their Emirate heroics of last season. So get on Arsenal’s front players to run something of amok.
Tough call between Lacazette and Aubameyang, but I’m going the former. Even if he starts on the bench.
Chris Wood (Burnley in case you’re struggling) is more functional than fashionable. His shirt never quite seems big enough to me. But he knows where the net is (if not the mirror) – scoring in his last four outings. Could be the man against Chelsea’s boys. BD - although tread carefully as the striker faces a late test.
Callum Wilson has 5 PL goals (from nine) for Bournemouth. And won’t be hanging around with a more generous back four for a while.
And I’ve got a sneaky feeling for yer man Teemu Pukki. After a blistering start – 6 in five - everyone’s favourite Finn has hit four blanks in a row. Will fancy it against United’s wobbly back four/ five though. Let’s be ‘aving you!
Worth a punt…
Gabby Jesus is 7 for 7. And started at Palace.
Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross has created more chances from set-piece chances than anyone in the PL apart from Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. Whose teammates are shocking on the road – just a single goal and zip points so far. PG might even fancy a clean sheet too.
And Sheff United won’t concede more possession v the Hammers as they did v the Gunners. A clean sheet isn’t off the cards. And holding midfielder John Lundstrum is listed as a defender – so I think I know who’s winning.
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