Goal takes a look at the best players to select or avoid, the bargain buys and the top choice for captain's double points ahead of the weekend's Premier League action
|START 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU PICK?
In terms of points per game, Emmanuel Adebayor (7) is the fourth-best option you can choose for your front line. Only Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge boast a better average than the Tottenham forward but all are considerably more expensive.
This Sunday, Tottenham travel to Norwich City, a side who have won just once in their last 11 Premier League games. Tim Sherwood’s side hammered Newcastle in their last league outing, with Adebayor scoring twice, and we are backing the striker to be the visitors’ main threat at Carrow Road.
With Norwich having scored just twice in their last six league games, Michael Dawson (5.5) also stands a strong chance of registering a clean sheet.
Mark Hughes faces his former club this Saturday as Stoke City travel to Manchester City. The Potters have struggled on the road this season and have scored just 10 goals away from the Britannia Stadium. Vincent Kompany (6.5) and Pablo Zabaleta (6) are both solid options to register clean sheets.
Eden Hazard (9.5), Yaya Toure (9), Luis Suarez (10) and Daniel Sturridge (8.5) are this gameweek’s staple picks. All have home fixtures and stand a strong chance of racking up points.
|SIT 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU AVOID?
Crystal Palace have won their last three matches at home and have conceded just one goal in those fixtures. Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday and are without a win in three.
Given Palace’s sturdiness at home, the likes of Wayne Rooney (8.5), Robin van Persie (13) and Juan Mata (10) may find it difficult to break down their opponents and could register a blank gameweek.
Olivier Giroud (7.5) remained on the bench in Arsenal’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday. With the threat of Yaya Sanogo (5) starting for a third successive match, Giroud may not be the wisest option to start for your side.
Newcastle United have lost their last three matches and have failed to find the net in their last four games. With that in mind, we’d avoid Loic Remy (7.5) and Hatem Ben Arfa (6.5), as well as any player from Alan Pardew’s defence.
|THE BARGAIN BASEMENT
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian (3.5) has kept four consecutive clean sheets and offers tremendous value as a long-term budget option.
Vito Mannone (4) is another cheap goalkeeper to consider, although Sunderland travel to Arsenal this gameweek, so you may want to wait to bring the Italian into your side.
Kevin Nolan (6) has recorded a whopping 35 points in his last three gameweeks. The West Ham midfielder faces Southampton this Saturday and offers the strongest threat in front of goal following Andy Carroll’s absence.
Alternatively, if you fancy Southampton to keep a clean sheet at Upton Park, Jose Fonte (4) and Luke Shaw (4.5) are both excellent budget options.
And, if you’re really feeling brave, Yaya Sanogo (5) may get more minutes this weekend after starting Arsenal’s last two matches and if the 21-year-old finds the net against Sunderland, he may emerge as a shrewd budget option until the end of the season.
|CAPTAIN'S CHOICE - TOP TIP FOR DOUBLE POINTS
It was difficult to ignore the form of Emmanuel Adebayor (7) who faces Norwich City, but Goal hands the armband to Daniel Sturridge (8.5).
Since his return from injury against Stoke City in January, Sturridge has recorded 44 points from six gameweeks - nine points more than Luis Suarez (10).
Sturridge and Suarez face Swansea City this Sunday and with the Welsh club without a win on the road in their last seven league outings, we're backing the Liverpool duo to continue their impressive partnership at Anfield.
|GAMEWEEK 27 - BEST XI
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