Fewer things are as important when selecting your line-ups than the form of the team your selections play for. This should be amongst the first decisions you make; which teams are likely to score a few and which teams are likely to keep a clean sheet. There are many form tables out there but we feel they are pretty standardised. We want to give you a snapshot of 6 games but also a breakdown of home and away form and goals scored and conceded. We will also try to identify some outside picks that might give you an edge in your contests. Here are GW27’s form guides:
Woa, those blocks are spacing me out! Might have to do some reformatting for next week, but let me know if you prefer the spaced out version! Right, where were we? Well after a poor performance during GW25, the form tables responded in champion style last weekend. Lukaku was a pretty obvious selection but we also got offensive points from Mirallas and Coleman. Perhaps the biggest differential we advised though was Gareth McAuley and though he didn’t quite deliver the clean sheet, we suggested him for his goals and he came good again.
In terms of team form, well remember 4 teams did not play in the league over the weekend because of the cup final that finished 3-3. So the only team with any really consistent form is Bournemouth who are on quite a roll……to the Championship.
There are 3 certainties in life, death, taxes and Burnley scoring 1 goal in away games. Generally, the red seems to be growing on the left hand side which is to be expected. Little trends developing apart from the obvious ones include looking for Swansea goals at home and avoiding for now the likes of the Cherries and Palace.
There are 4 certainties in life, add West Ham conceding 1 goal in every away game to the ones above. Clean sheets are increasingly difficult to identify as the above table shows. Spurs and Everton obviously stand out but we’re hoping our tables help us predict something a little less obvious, so let’s look at the fixtures to find out.
Ok, so everyone will be jumping all over the 2 Manchester clubs and please feel free to do that. We’ll look a little deeper. On the goal scoring side we already mentioned Swansea and whilst Burnley are pretty solid defensively, if they do concede, it is away from home. Siggy, Llorente and Fer come into the equation this weekend. Another outsider would be Watford at home Southampton who may just be nursing a cup hangover and have been a little loose on their travels. Deeney and Capoue could deliver in this one. Elsewhere and potentially WBA at home to Palace, thought there are small signs of a Big Sam type revival going on, and Leicester at home to Hull might rock your boat. Stoke face a struggling Boro but they are usually defensively sound. So the fact that these 3 teams have potentially better defences mean goals might be hard to come by in these matches.
However these are exactly the teams that might deliver clean sheets for you, certainly Stoke. So I would be keeping an eye on the likes of Shawcross and Martins Indi. Finally, if you want to test the certainties in life formula, look at Mawson for Swansea!
That’s it for now. Stay with us for more updates from Devo and Ben Dinnery as the weekend beckons!