The Sky Blue ship is sinking and the captain has lost the formula to guard a solid performance. Manchester City’s hope for the title challenge has been slammed shut after the uninspiring 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend (The Eagles scored twice from just three shots on target). They have now slumped into the top-four battle. Kompany is struggling to rewind back to his old sublime style of play, calm and confidently shielding Joe Hart in goal. Poor linkup play with his defensive partners as well as inept tackles turned him to be a sure-no option in the dream team. This Sunday will witness one of the most anticipated fixtures in the league, as the noisy neighbours visit Old Trafford to face Manchester United who are flourishing with winning vibes. The Red Devils fired on all cylinders in their last three matches. The fast and blistering frontline of United could be too much to handle for Kompany and his rickety defensive line.
Last weekend, the Toffees got a vital 1-0 win over Southampton at Goodison Park. The home side found the back of the net with their only shot on target, which came from their commanding skipper, Jagielka. It was his fifth goal in all competitions this season plus recorded his side’s fourth clean sheet in their last five home encounters. The dependable leader bossed the defensive line, ensuring the Saints’ attackers kept on losing ideas to find a breakthrough. The England international has urged his teammates to prove their worth in the remaining seven games and the next fixture is an away trip to Swansea City, a tough place to seal a clean sheet as they comprise a scintillating strike force. The 32-year old, who is the faster player in the league at the moment, is highly rated by fantasy premier league managers.
Another promising product of Arsene Wenger’s youth development! The Spaniard proved he has more than speed and glibness in defensive duty against Liverpool last weekend. The 20-year old opened the deadlock with some fancy footwork inside the penalty box before lashing a beautiful curler that got Simon Mignolet beaten at full stretch. The right-back has mobility to marshal the right flank and awareness to retrieve when needed at the back. He is expected to start against Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend plus being a part of a composed defense, he should be fancying a clean sheet.
Mamadou Sakho – The former PSG man should be fit to face Newcastle United this weekend, the only first choice defender remaining for Rodgers on his team sheet.
Branislav Ivanovic – Four goals and five assists this campaign, the Serbian is always a sensational option.
Leighton Baines – The dynamic left-back registered four key passes of which three were from set plays against Southampton.
Chris Smalling – The former Fulham man in on rampage form, able to neutralized the threat with his well-timed challenges.
Danny Rose – The England international is constantly dangerous with his overlap sprints along the left flank.
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