Fixtures Analysis: The teams with the best looking home games this week are Everton and Sunderland, who entertain Southampton and Wigan respectively. QPR, whose good performances have to translate to wins at some point host West Ham on Monday night. Given their record against Spurs, Manchester United's match against them at Old Trafford could yield decent returns, and Liverpool will be hoping to click into gear away at Norwich, where they produced one of their best performances last season. Finally, Newcastle are away at Reading, who continue to look likely to concede.
Transfers in: As a result of the fixtures, the safest bets look like Everton and Sunderland players. Fellaini (7.2) and Pienaar (6.7) have been producing the good regularly this season, with the mop-headed Belgian playing almost as a second striker. Pienaar's left-sided partner Leighton Baines (7.2) is also worth a look at if you can afford him. With 1 goal, 2 assists and 2 clean sheets so far, Baines is looking the premium defender to have at the moment. From Sunderland, Steven Fletcher (7.2) has 4 goals in 3 games, and has picked up three bonus points in all those matches. Adam Johnson (7.0), who returned from injury in the League Cup, and Sessegnon (7.8) look like reasonable midfielders to have, though it may be a gameweek too soon for Johnson.
If you're banking on Man Utd continuing their winning run against Spurs, then Van Persie (13.5) is the way to go. He had no trouble netting against Tottenham for Arsenal, and is not unlikely to continue that on Saturday. From QPR, Zamora (6.4) seems to be the only goal threat available at the moment, though Junior Hoilett (6.0) could be worth a punt, as he is counted as a midfielder on the official premier league game. Last season Luis Suarez (9.4) scored an incredible hat-trick at Norwich, with Liverpool threatening to ciick into gear at any moment, you could try and get ahead of the game by bringing in the Uruguayan now. For a less pricey risk, Raheem Sterling (4.6) could be the man to bring in. Reading's defence looks amongst the most accommodating in the league at the moment, so Ba (7.9) and Ben Arfa (7.9) may be able to trouble the scoresheet this weekend.
Selection doubts: First up, Vermaelen should be fit for the weekend. There is a lot of risk in picking a Manchester City striker at the moment, with all four playing at some point in the past week. Tevez and Aguero should be first choice, but trying to second guess Mancini could leave you with an expensive player picking up one point off the bench. Similar worries may start to mount at Manchester United, van Persie will surely start on Saturday, but could be taken off for Rooney if Ferguson decides against playing them together.
Adam Johnson returned to action in the League Cup and will hope to be in with a shout of facing Wigan although Martin O'Neill has said he will still undergo a late fitness test. Wigan's team might be hard to predict, Martinez promised changes based on the League Cup result, so maybe Boselli and Miyaichi are the most reliable picks from them right now.
Captain choice: Robin van Persie may be the safest man to hand the armband to, so if you're leading in your league stick with him. If you're already playing catch up, Marouane Fellaini is a good choice.
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