Gameweek 14: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty ImagesManchester United's Wayne Rooney will be carrying the offensive burden for a team dealing with injury issues.

There is only a two-day break between Gameweeks as the crunch of December matches begins in earnest in Week 14 with ten midweek games.

Tuesday, December 3
Crystal Palace (2-1-10) vs. West Ham (3-4-6)
The last place Eagles are the first team with ten losses and have only scored seven goals while conceding 22.
Hardly an offensive juggernaut, West Ham are 15th with only four goals scored on the road. The two Coles scored on Saturday but Ravel Morrison looks to be the only offensive fantasy player worth having.

Wednesday, December 4
Arsenal (10-1-2) vs. Hull (5-2-6)
Top of the table Arsenal have Aaron Ramsey best in fantasy points and coming off a brace against Cardiff. Olivier Giroud is ranked second among forwards and the Gunners have only conceded ten goals. Theo Walcott had an assist as a late substitute and could start.
Hull had an emotional lift with their first victory ever over Liverpool.

Liverpool (7-3-3) vs. Norwich (4-2-7)
The Reds fell off the cliff Sunday at Hull and are without injured Daniel Sturridge for eight weeks. Steven Gerrard's goal was the only bright moment; he has three goals and five assists in his last eight games. Luis Suarez, with nine goals, was held in check. Philippe Countinho will likely be back in the first XI.

Manchester United (6-4-3) vs. Everton (6-6-1)
Robin van Persie has now missed two straight games with injuries and his status is uncertain. Clearer is Wayne Rooney's form. His brace against Spurs gives him eight goals and five in the last five games.
Everton got a goal and an assist from Bryan Oviedo while filling in for injured Leighton Baines. Gerard Deulofeu scored in his first start of the season. Tim Howard has four clean sheets in five games and leads all fantasy goalkeepers with 76 points.

Southampton (6-4-3) vs. Aston Villa (4-4-5)
The Saints may be without starting goalkeeper Artur Boruc who dislocated a finger in the 2-1 loss at Chelsea. Jay Rodriguez scored in just 14 seconds.
The rot that is Christian Benteke continues. The Belgian has not scored since September 14. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been nails in the net.

Stoke (3-4-6) vs. Cardiff (3-4-6)
Once defensive stalwarts, the Potters are leaking goals and sinking toward relegation. Stoke have scored only 12 goals and conceded 18. Charlie Adam leads Stoke with three goals.
Cardiff are drifting close to the drop zone but enter a softer portion of their schedule. Frazier Campbell is a good bet to score against Stoke.

Sunderland (2-2-9) vs. Chelsea (8-3-2)
Only Fulham have conceded as many goals (24) as the Black Cats, and while the defense has improved, the team has scored only eight goals in 13 games.
Chelsea's front line has only scored four goals. Most of the offense has come from midfielders and defenders. Oscar left with an injury and his fitness is questionable.

Swansea (4-3-6) vs. Newcastle (7-2-4)
The Swans hope that Michu will return on Wednesday from his long injury layoff. While still relatively safe, Swansea is just five points clear of relegation.
The soaring Magpies have hot scorers in Yoan Guffran and Loic Remy. Moussa Sissoko's 20-game goal-less drought is over and Newcastle can realistically think about a Europa League spot.

Fulham (3-1-9) vs. Tottenham (6-3-4)
Manager Martin Jol is history, but you can't fire all the players and Fulham remains awful. Dimitar Berbatov has been out ill. Sascha Reither returns from his three-game suspension for stamping.
Spurs put a Band-Aid on their slump and drew at home against Manchester United. Unlikely goals came from Sandro and Kyle Walker. The front line hasn't a clue about scoring.

WBA (3-6-4) vs. Manchester City (8-1-4)
The bad news for the Baggies is they are playing Manchester City. The good news is that City are the visitors and have a subpar 1-1-4 road record. City have scored 37 goals with Samir Nasri getting a brace against Swansea. Alvaro Negredo has three goals in his last four games and Sergio Aguero leads the league with ten goals.

Last week's fantasy captain picks (Aguero, Suarez, and Remy) only had one assist between them.
This week's recommended armbands:
Ramsey
Suarez
Aguero

Note: Gameweek 15 begins Saturday, December 7.

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