Gameweek 22: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Chris Brunskill/Getty ImagesManchester City forward Sergio Aguero and fellow strikers Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are all in fantasy goal-scoring form.

FA Cup play saw Fulham -- with Brede Hangeland back in the lineup -- oust Norwich while Manchester City got braces from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko and a goal from Sergio Aguero to wipe out Blackburn.

There is one game to check announced lineups for the three-day week: Sunderland-Southampton.

Saturday, January 18
Sunderland (4-5-12) vs. Southampton (8-6-7)
Black Cats midfielder Adam Johnson had a hat trick and an assist last time out. This is a pivotal match in the club's bid to escape relegation.
Adam Lallana is the only offensive threat currently for the Saints who are disrupted by upper management discord.

Arsenal (15-3-3) vs. Fulham (6-1-14)
The first place Gunners expect to get Aaron Ramsey back while Thomas Rosicky and Nacho Monreal face late fitness tests. Olivier Giroud looked invigorated and scored a goal along with Jack Wilshere.
Fulham hope Clint Dempsey shows better than his last outing. The Cottagers have been burned for 46 goals in 21 games.

Crystal Palace (5-2-14) vs. Stoke (5-7-9)
Palace have scored only 13 goals and Marouane Chamakh has four of them. Jason Puncheon's missed penalty kick should land soon.
Stoke have given up 14 goals in their last four matches and are minus Robert Huth. Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch scored last time out. Stoke have brought in midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa and forward John Guidetti from Manchester City.

Manchester City (15-2-4) vs. Cardiff (4-6-11)
City have a perfect 10-0-0 home record and have scored an astounding 38 goals and conceded just six at the Etihad. Alvaro Negrego is in form and after missing eight games, Sergio Aguero returns, but between Aguero, Negredo, and Dzeko, who starts? David Silva and Yaya Toure could be back, but Samir Nasri is lost until March.
Cardoff have only one victory in their last 11 matches. Can you spell r-o-u-t?

Norwich (5-5-11) vs. Hull (6-5-10)
Not much firepower between the two teams suggests a low-scoring (if any) draw. Jonas Gutierrez joins the Canaries on loan.
The Tigers offense has been upgraded with the addition of forwards Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

West Ham (4-6-11) vs. Newcastle (10-3-8)
Ravel Morrison is due back and Andy Carroll might get a start after a successful substitute appearance last week. Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins are suspended.
The Magpies were soaring but now are not scoring during a three-loss skid. Mathieu Debuchy is suspended.

Liverpool (13-3-5) vs. Aston Villa (6-5-10)
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are back together and filling the nets. Mamadou Sakho is available as is Joe Allen.
Christian Benteke got his first goal in 12 games, but Villa is in for a long afternoon. Forward Grant Holt joins Villa on loan from Wigan.

Sunday, January 19
Swansea (5-6-10) vs. Tottenham (12-4-5)
The Swans are winless in Premier League play since December 4th and only three points clear of the drop zone.
Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Erik Lamela may return. Christian Eriksen is in top-scoring form. Emmanuel Adebayor has a goal and two assists in three games and Spurs play well on the road.

Chelsea (14-4-3) Manchester United (11-4-6)
The marquee game of the week features a nearly fully fit Blues team against a Red Devils club with multiple injury questions. Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will miss with injuries, but all other Chelsea hands are on deck for the big game. Eden Hazard has three goals and an assist in four games. Chelsea signed Benfica attacking midfielder Nemanja Matic and could debut him.
Wayne Rooney will not play and Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie, Ashley Young, and Nani are still out. Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, and Jonny Evans are listed as available. Danny Welbeck has six goals and an assist in his last seven games.

Monday, January 20
WBA (4-9-8) vs. Everton (11-8-2)
Victor Anichebe is a doubt. Leading goal-scorer Saido Berahino has not been starting and the second-leading scorer Shane Long was sold. What is up with that?
Ross Barkley is out injured until February. Sylvain Distin may return. Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku are due for big games and a clean sheet is a good chance for the Blues.

Recommended captains: Suarez, Sturridge, Aguero, Giroud, Welbeck, Ramsey, and Lukaku.

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