Fantasy Football preview: Gameweek 13

Van Persie United

Last weekend had its ups and downs (well for me, exclusively downs), with plenty of popular players getting good points, but others like Mata and van Persie drawing blanks. This weekend looks hard to call, with plenty of even matches, but there should still be chances for good scoring.

Fixtures Analysis: Everton and Manchester United stand out as two sides with strong looking home fixtures. Both suffered shock defeats last week, and will be looking to bounce back against Norwich and QPR respectively, with the latter match in particular looking a good bet for points. Arsenal are in good goal scoring form with eight in their last two, and head to Aston Villa who have conceded eight goals in their last two matches. Wigan are home to Reading in a games with decent budget options, and Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham in a match they may turn their form around in. Finally Southampton vs Newcastle could see goals from both sides, with a dearth of good defenders on show.

Transfers In: Heading to Old Trafford first, Robin van Persie (13.7) looks an essential pick at home to struggling QPR. Ferguson rested players in mid-week, so his first team should be fresh for the weekend. Other choices from his side are harder to guarantee will start, but Rafael (6.4) is still a good choice despite a couple of bad weeks, and Wayne Rooney (11.7) should also return to the starting eleven after injury.

Everton are without Marouane Fellaini, so you'll need to look elsewhere for the points from their side. Leon Osman (6.3) is good price for someone who usually gets plenty of shots away, and Nikica Jelavic (8.5) may be able to turn his indifferent form in front of goal around against Norwich. Leighton Baines (7.6), like Rafael, is worth having despite a poor few weeks.

From Arsenal, Olivier Giroud (8.4) is bang in form, even if Walcott won't be available to swing in the crosses. Elsewhere Cazorla (9.4) and Podolski (8.2) have picked up good points recently. It may also be worth looking at Benteke (6.5) from Villa, as the Belgian has been in good form and Arsenal are still shaky at the back.

Looking at Wigan's match at home to Reading, you're still relying on Arouna Kone (6.5) to produce the attacking returns for Martinez's side, with Maloney (5.0) also good value on set pieces and penalties.

Spurs' home form has been woeful this season, but if Dembele returns they may be able to turn it around against West Ham. Defoe (7.8) will be the lone striker with Adebayor suspended, and could well net against his old club. Bale (9.7) is still taking plenty of shots, and is usually a bonus point magnet if Spurs win.

From the game at St Mary's, Lallana (6.0) and Lambert (6.0) are fairly consistent performers from Southampton, with Puncheon (4.5) a decent budget option. Newcastle's only real threat still appears to be Demba Ba, and investing elsewhere in their side is risky with form and fixtures not favouring Pardew's team.

Selection Doubts: Walcott is out for Arsenal, and it's unknown how they will line up at the back with Keiran Gibbs in the frame again. Ruiz and Kacaniklic are out for two weeks for Fulham, and Kompany is a doubt for Manchester City's trip to Chelsea. Zamora has been ruled out for three months for QPR. Gareth McAuley should return for West Brom at Sunderland.

Captain Choice: He let everyone down last week, but a rested Robin van Persie in a Manchester United side looking to bounce back at home to QPR is simply irresistible.

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