Fixtures Analysis: If Arsenal are going to claim fourth spot, they need to start their traditional end of season rally this weekend, and they have been given a perfect fixture to do so, with Aston Villa coming to the Emirates. QPR’s defence has been excellent lately aside from the Swansea defeat, but Manchester United could still prove difficult to resist. Reading could do well at home to Wigan, whilst Newcastle vs Southampton could see both sides on the scoresheet. Finally West Brom host Sunderland having recently found a little of the form they showed early in the season.
Transfers In: Theo Walcott (9.5) should find it easier to get chances against Aston Villa than he did against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and Olivier Giroud (8.0) will likely return to the starting eleven. At the back, Nacho Monreal (5.5) might be worth considering, with the left back impressing in his first few appearances for the club.
From Manchester United, Robin van Persie (14.0) is as clear a choice as always, especially with Rooney likely to miss the match. With QPR’s recent run of results, it might be best to also include a United defender, with Rafael (6.0) offering some attacking threat as well.
Quite exactly Adam Le Fondre (4.9) doesn’t start more games is a little confusing, but he is still the standout choice in Reading’s attack. Jobi McAnuff (4.7) is well priced in the midfield, whilst the ever reliable Ian Harte (3.9) is a steal given Reading’s excellent set piece record this season.
Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko (6.1) has burst onto the scene since his move from France, and could be a fine buy for the rest of the season if he continues to play in an attacking midfield role. From Southampton Rickie Lambert (6.7) and Jason Puncheon (5.0) are great choices.
West Brom’s frequent rotation make them risky to pick from, but Gareth McAuley (5.2) and Romelu Lukaku (6.5) are both good choices.
Captain Choice: It’s always a bit risky to pick an Arsenal man, but Theo Walcott gets the nod for the armband ahead of Aston Villa’s visit to the Emirates.
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