GW13 Attack and Defence Rankings

Which teams have the best attacking and defensive prospects for Gameweek 13?

Let’s start with Manchester United. They don’t rank amongst very elite of attacking teams this season - but they are in the chasing pack. Hull City have garnered a bit of a reputation as a sound defensive team but they rarely travel well. It’s the perfect opportunity for Angel Di Maria to get back on the scoresheet. Wayne Rooney also looks a tempting transfer or even captain alternative for those fantasy managers looking for something to get excited about this weekend.

Being the away side shouldn’t trouble Chelsea this weekend as they travel to Sunderland. They really look unstoppable this season and the usual suspects of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are the most likely for fantasy points in our book. Eden Hazard’s stats suggest he remains more of a home game player, as he was last season. 

Swansea are this gameweek’s highest ranked clubs from outside the league’s traditional big clubs. Crystal Palace can certainly be proud of their recent results, but these have not been built on defensive resilience and this game represents another opportunity for Gylfi Sigurdsson to continue his excellent season. Wilfried Bony should also be seriously considered for your team if you are looking to move on from the likes of Pelle or Welbeck.

Can Liverpool get a result this week? These ratings do reflect Liverpool’s drop in the goalscoring stakes compared to last season’s high, but that doesn’t mean they will never score goals. Stoke City look to have been hit by a virus this week too, and having failed to really impress this season (despite playing well) could really struggle with key players missing. Still, fantasy investment in Liverpool’s player will remain a risk. They have some convincing to do.

Next we come to Southampton versus City and a very interesting score prediction: Southampton to do well and even win this one. A lot of this comes of course from Southampton’s exceptional defensive performances so far this season and, whilst their attack is nothing special, neither is City’s defence, especially away from home. 

The question is how well the Saints defence cope with Sergo Aguero, and off the back of a hat-trick against Bayern Munich. This could be a telling game for both sides and deserves a closer look at the bookies odds. The book prefers City unsurprisingly, but it’s close. To put it into context, William Hill fancy Burnley as more likely to beat Aston Villa than for City to triumph at St.Mary’s. But what about clean sheet points for Clyne and co? Unlikely. Koeman’s side are ranked by the bookies about the same as Leicester and Newcastle for a clean sheet this weekend.

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