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5 Questions for Week 14 in the Premier League: Will Vardy make history?

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A fox in fine form, A troll likewise, a Star who could be and guessing the Klopp plan are all covered in this weeks 5 questions.

How can you not like these two.
How can you not like these two.
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Will Jamie Vardy break the consecutive Premier League goal scoring record and will you be on him this week?

Isn't it poetic that to break the all-time Premier League for consecutive games that he plays Manchester United in week 15.  Vardy currently jointly holds the record with United hot shot Ruud Van Nistelrooy so scoring against United to break the record seems written.

Vardy is an example to any young player who doesn't quite convince his club at an early stage to keep on going, keep on trying.   He has played at all four top levels of the English game proving that players can be developed through the system.  Further he plays his football like I'd imagine any fan would do given half a chance.  Constant enthusiasm and a never give up attitude has seen him become a fan favourite for Leicester City and a player that many enjoy watching.

If his form continues It will likely lead to a move to bigger club either in January or the summer and he may also lead or contribute to the England attack in Euro 2016.  It's not quite rags to riches but it's such a fantastic story that even as a Manchester United fan I still want Vardy to break the record.  Doing so in a Utd 3-1 win of course!

At his price I won't pay retail for him this week but I do wish him all the luck.

Do you trust Romelu Lukaku away from home at leaky Bournemouth?

I wrote on Saturday that even with all the statistical evidence at hand I wasn't 100% behind the Lukaku pick up for week 13, fortunately head ruled heart as he scored a brace.  The all-powerful forward now heads to less than water tight Bournemouth in Week 14.  The Cherries are conceding goals and chances consistently leaving us with the same conundrum this week, do we stick with King Troll?

Maybe this is the week we will see if he has developed into a punisher of weaker defences or if he is still the inconsistent player we have known this early in his career.

Right now it feels like a trap, perhaps I have been too deeply scared by Troll events past.  I do still have him pre price increase in Fantrax and once again it may be a Saturday call for me.  Will your head overrule your heart this week?

With Liverpool already looking an attacking danger once more who do we pick up this week?

Wow, what a win for Liverpool.  Many are ripping into Manchester City's defending and rightly so.  But credit where it is due, that was a very impressive performance by the reds.  I thought it may take a lot longer for Jurgen Klopps systems and theories to show themselves within the Liverpool performances but in the wins at Chelsea and City they looked very much his team.

A home game next up against an unconvincing Swansea side should see investment in Klopps side, but where?  Philipe Coutinho went off holding his hamstring.  Even if only a slight strain he must be unlikely to feature with the festive period on the horizon.  Firmino once again showed promise and must have done enough to start.  The frustration is that in Fantrax he holds a forwards spot.  With Christain Benteke and Daniel Sturridge both on the bench, Adam Lallana once gain looking the player we saw at Southampton there are many options.

You would think that one of Benteke or Sturridge comes in for Countinho but which?  Or could they both start?  With Lucas Leiva banned could we see Lallana playing in the central 3 with James Milner and Emre Can with Firmino, Benteke and Sturridge playing as a trio?

In Togga its easy but for the other fantasy games who do we pick in the pool attack?

Is Kun a wait and hold or must have pick this week?

Aguero arrived back in our fantasy thoughts this weekend with a beauty of a finish in the 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool.  Week 14's opponents are Southampton who come into the game off the back of a 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City.

As often pointed out the Saints are a well organised disciplined counter attacking side.  That combination often is the style that is most effective at causing City problems so they are a challenge for City after such a result and performance last week.  Should Vincent Kompany miss out again you can see the power of Graziano Pelle and in particular the pace and movement of Sadio Mane causing them problems similar to those experienced by Chelsea in their home defeat by Southampton a few weeks back.  Nerves at the back can add pressure to the sides attacking players and it will be more testing for them If Saints score first.

For Kun you will need to decide how much of the game he will play.  With the Arsenal game approaching and a title race that is becoming a neck and neck battle between a number of clubs, City will not wish to take chances with their star player's notorious hamstrings and groins. Kun is the no1 forward in the league though and we have seen many times his ability to blow a team away in a 20 minute salvo so he may not need the full 90.

Often calls like this end up with us buying the big name being too scared to risk not having him.  Last season against a Tottenham side in form I took a stab at not having him and he promptly scored 4 goals.  With the tough opponents and reduced playing time does Kun fit the wait and watch category whilst crossing you fingers he doesn't go nuts?

Can you find a bargain in Fantrax this week?

Here are a few based on their form from 17th October - 23 November

Charlie Daniels

The Bournemouth left back has put in more accurate crosses than any other defender in the EPL.  He will cost you £6763 and has a home fixture next.

His previous scores in homes game are 8, 12, 5 and 15 showing a pattern of a better player at home.  While a Cherries clean sheet isn't something you could plan for he has a good chance of returning more than you paid for him.

Manuel Lanzini

3 goals, 1 assist and 4 shots over the period is an eye catching enough set of number to tempt you for his £9328 cost.

But with a certain Mr Payet missing for much of the last two games, Lanzini has added his share of set pieces. He also looks to have taken the no10 behind Andy Carroll and it's very possible he could could continue this form into week 14.  Finally they way he took his goal at Spurs suggests a player brimming with self belief right now.

Alan Hutton

Hutton is one of those players who tends to well when I pick him.  Whilst this would normally be in a double week (he is gold every time) I like him as a pick this week.

Facing a Watford side who will likely to be content to keep it tight this game looks a graft of a fixture and a great shout for nil nil.

He will cost you £5685 and I accept there are other fillers you could use but I can see him returning more than value and a nice haul if Villa can get a second clean sheet in a row at home.


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