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 this weekend's Premier League action
|START 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU PICK?
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (5) can be forgiven for looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Hull City where the Tigers have been toothless in front of goal, managing just four in six home matches this season. The Belgian has kept five clean sheets already this season and is a good bet to add to that tally against Steve Bruce's men. Up front for the Reds, striker Luis Suarez (10) was on target yet again for the Merseysiders against Everton and will be hoping to get into double figures for the season in the Premier League against the Tigers.
Newcastle are another team in fine form, with the oft-maligned Mike Williamson (4) drawing plaudits in recent weeks. Alan Pardew has confirmed the centre-back will start against West Brom at St James’ Park where the Magpies face a side that let slip a two-goal lead against Aston Villa last time out.
Another defender standing head and shoulders, quite literally, above the rest is Per Mertesacker (5). The giant German has helped the league leaders keep clean sheets in their last two games and will be eyeing a hat-trick against Cardiff City.
Manchester City’s thrashing of Tottenham made headlines last weekend with Jesus Navas (8) in particular putting in a sparkling display, scoring twice for Manuel Pellegrini's men. The Spaniard will be hoping for more of the same against a Swansea side that may just be fatigued after a date with Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.
Manchester United are probably one of the toughest teams to predict at the moment but one man who consistently produces the good for the champions is Wayne Rooney (8.5). The England international may not have managed to get on the scoresheet on Wednesday in the Champions League but he did have a hand in four of the goals as they romped to victory at Bayer Leverkusen. Having watched Spurs ship six last weekend, the striker will surely be licking his lips at the prospect of facing them on Sunday.
|SIT 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU AVOID?
Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm (4.5) could well be in for a busy afternoon this weekend at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City have scored 20 goals in just five Premier League games at home this season and a Swansea clean sheet on Sunday would be one of the shocks of the weekend.
A controversial decision this may be, but the fantasy world is a fickle one and after a sensational start to life in the Premier League Mesut Ozil (10) has seen the headlines stolen by fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in recent games. The former Real Madrid man missed a penalty in midweek and now faces a Cardiff side who have proven to be tricky opposition at home.
Tottenham’s troubles in front of goal continue and striker Roberto Soldado (8) has not been able to whip out his goal celebrations in the Premier League since back in October when he scored from the penalty spot. According to Opta the Spaniard failed to muster a single shot on target against Tromso on Thursday, and Sunday sees a far stiffer test with Premier League champions Manchester United the opposition.
|THE BARGAIN BASEMENT
Danny Gabbidon (3.5) will have impressed new Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis as his side beat Hull 1-0 last time out. Palace now face fellow-strugglers Norwich on Saturday, a team just four points above them in the table and win just one win in their last seven games.
Another team desperate for points are West Ham who face a London derby with Fulham. The Hammers are struggling for goals and will look to Ravel Morrison (4) in the hope he can produce a moment of magic. The former Manchester United man was on target the last time Sam Allardyce's men sealed three points in the Premier League, against Tottenham, and could be the man to pile more pressure on Martin Jol.
Southampton and Luke Shaw (4.5) have a tough test with a trip to Chelsea but the Saints have been the surprise package of the season so far and will want to bounce back from defeat to Arsenal. Shaw is a lifelong Chelsea fan, who the Blues are keen on signing, and will undoubtedly want to impress at Stamford Bridge.
Fraizer Campbell (5) enjoyed facing former employers Manchester United last time out, scoring for his side as they grabbed a 2-2 draw with David Moyes’ men. Malky Mackay's side are a tough proposition to beat at home - just ask Manchester City - and the lively forward will fancy his chances at home against an Arsenal team who were in midweek action against Marseille in the Champions League.
|CAPTAIN'S CHOICE - TOP TIP FOR DOUBLE POINTS
Sergio Aguero (10.5) leads the way in the Premier League scoring stakes having bagged 10 goals already this season and having scored two as City thrashed Spurs 6-0 on Sunday. The little Argentine followed that up with another goal in midweek despite only being on the pitch for 45 minutes in the Champions League.
Manuel Pellegrini insisted after the match that his half-time substitution was planned, much to the relief of City fans. City look almost unstoppable at home currently and few would bet against the in-form Argentine adding to his tally against Swansea.
|GAMEWEEK 13 - BEST XI
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