With 3 of the “Big 5” away from home over GW9 it’s nice to see a couple of the less predigous clubs projected to be amongst the top scoring sides this week, although Liverpool are expected to score the most with a home game against Hull. Despite a strong home defence Steve Bruce’s team were never that great on the road last season and don’t appear to have got any better this time around. Liverpool’s own form remains questionable this season although much of this is down to not winning games rather than not scoring goals. Raheem Sterling’s owners will be particular pleased to see him playing up front for 45 minutes in the midweek defeat to Real.
Southampton look in the frame for more goals against Stoke with Pelle and Tadic in the front line for any points. Have a look at Sadio Mane as well. He’s one of the featured players in our recent look at potentially useful differentials. Another off-the-radar player we’ve featured there is Wilfried Bony as Garry Monk and Swansea look to get a break against Leicester City.
Sergio Aguero is this week’s leading captain contender as City travel to West Ham. The Hammers have been playing very brightly this season and whilst they will give City a real test you can’t keep Pellegrini’s team off the score sheet. Arsenal and Spurs will both want to pick up some momentum too. How will Sunderland react to their 8-0 mauling last week? It may be bad timing for Arsene Wegner’s team if Poyet has uttered a warcry at the Stadium of Light. However, you don’t lose 8-0 for nothing.
Defensively, Everton will fancy a clean sheet at goal-shy Burnley whilst West Brom fans will be hoping for an easy ride against Crystal Palace after a gaining determined draw with Manchester United on Monday night. QPR will also look to this weekend as an opportunity to keep things tight at the back and pick up a win against a potential relegation rival in Aston Villa.
|Team||Opposition||ATTACK RANKING||DEFENCE RANKING|
|1.6Aston Villa||QPR (A)||1.6
|1.2Crystal Palace||WBA (A)||1.2
|0.3Man City||WHU (A)||0.3
|0.9Man Utd||CHE (H)||0.9
|0.7West Brom||CRY (H)||0.7
|1.7West Ham||MCI (H)||1.7