Jonny Evans (£5.0m): Manchester United’s resurgence in form seems to have coincided with the Northern Irishman’s inclusion in the Red Devils side. Jonny Evans has replaced Rio Ferdinand in the starting XI and has produced some solid performances. Whilst United have enjoyed only three clean sheets this term, you would think that David Moyes is close to stamping his organisation on the team. An away trip to low scoring Cardiff City is a good place to continue their solid form.
Per Mertesacker (£5.5m): The German is in fine form for both club and country and still represents good value at £5.5m. A home game against high flying Southampton may not seem a certain clean sheet, but both clubs play a similiar style of football that may cancel each other out. Arsenal face Cardiff and Hull in their following two games, making Arsenal defenders a solid pick.
Liam Rosenior (£4.0m): The Hull City man represents a decent bench pick at £4m. The Tigers defence has been one of the suprise packages of the Premier League, keeping a respectable four clean sheets so far. A home game to managerless and struggling Crystal Palace seems like a good opportunity for a clean sheet.
Yohan Cabaye (£6.3m): A sterling performance against the Ukraine mid-week should have the Frenchman in high spirits. A home game against Norwich will present plenty of opportunity to score points from dead-ball situations and a chance to unleash long-range shots. Newcastle have a good run of fixtures; Norwich and West Bromwich Albion at home followed by Swansea away, offering plenty of opportunity to pick up points considering their recent good form.
Steven Gerrard (£8.9m): While many may be surprised to see a Liverpool midfielder in the list considering their tough away derby game, picking Steven Gerrard for gameweek 12 has plenty of merits. Merseyside derbies are full-blooded affairs, offering an extra opportunity for set-piece takers to score points. Gerrard has already benefited from his set-pieces with two goals and four assists. He also teed up Luis Suarez from a free-kick at Goodison Park last season. The main reason for his inclusion is Liverpool’s good run of games including Hull, Norwich, and West Ham.
Eden Hazard (£9.3m): The only positive Chelsea could have taken from the draw against West Brom was Eden Hazard’s performance, contributing a goal and an assist. While Chelsea’s displays have been under-par of late, a team managed by Jose Mourinho won’t play like that for long. Their opponents, West Ham, have struggled their last three performances without a striker. The Hammers, without Andy Carroll, struggle to keep the ball, a situation Chelsea will look to exploit.
Wayne Rooney (£11m): It seems the last number of weeks that your team won’t do well without a forward line of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, and Sergio Aguero. While the latter duo have difficult fixtures this weekend, Rooney looks to continue his good form against easier opposition in Cardiff City. With five goals and six assists so far this campaign, Rooney is benefiting from new-found form under David Moyes.
Loic Remy (£7.9m): The Frenchman appears to be really enjoying his loan spell at Newcastle. Remy’s clinical finishing has earned him seven goals so far this season, hoisting the Magpies into the top half of the table. Remy will be expected to score at home to Norwich, and should benefit form Newcastle’s good run of games.
While Suarez’s form may make him a prime candidate for captain, other factors make me reluctant to pick the Uruguayan. Everton away represents a very tricky fixture considering how strong the Toffees have been in defence. The World Cup play-offs forced Suarez to travel over 3000 miles this week, failing to score in both legs despite playing 180 minutes. Rooney seems like the safer pick here, those without may consider the rested Mesut Ozil, or the slight gamble of Aguero.
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