Having had a week off with the international break it seems like there are more questions than answers as we head in to a potentially turbulent gameweek 12 and never has it been less clear who should lead the line in attack.
The question of Jesus or Aguero continues to overshadow brilliantly attacking displays by Man City, whereas on the other side of the city Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last four for his club (although he did get two assists in that time).
With Harry Kane blanking yet again at home when selected by the masses last week and and with him going up against Alexandre Lacazette and an Arsenal team in turmoil it looks like choosing your strikers for GW12 is going to prove very difficult.
We take a look at the best options and the players that you should be looking to for gameweek 12 and the ones to ditch.
Sergio Aguero or Jesus – Vs. Leicester City (a)
Currently the top striker in the game despite not getting regular game time. He is a full £1m cheaper than Harry Kane and so far has 2 points more than the Englishman. He was taken off at half time in the second game for his country this week as he apparently passed out. He was later given the all clear but even if that hadn’t happened he could have been set to start from the sidelines against Leicester this week.
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This will be a tough test for Pep’s side and he will need his big guns firing. We expect to see goals in this game but it is the toss of a coin as to whether Aguero starts or his fellow South American Gabriel Jesus who also scored for his country during the break.
If you have one of these two in your side then stick by them this week – but we wouldn’t be rushing to bring them in this week just because we don’t know who is set to play. It could well be both but Pep will want to protect his players as much as possible from fatigue with a long run to Christmas coming up.
Harry Kane – Vs. Arsenal (a)
Harry Kane may have blanked for the fifth time at home last time out but he has been completely rested over the international break and this is an away game that he will relish scoring in. It is quite simple… you still need Kane in your team – and if you don’t have him then you need three top class strikers in your forward line to cover him as well as a very good midfield two at minimum.
Romelu Lukaku – Vs. Newcastle (h)
Game Week 12 could well be the week for Lukaku and we are going to say it right now – he will score! Of course, we can’t be certain of that but a couple of goals for his country over the last week and a half will have done him the world of good and United haven’t faced an easy fixture for a while now – this is not easy but it is a lot easier than Spurs and Chelsea.
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Admittedly, the Belgian looked starved and isolated in those games but Mourinho needs to win the crowd back here with a convincing win. They have made Old Trafford a fortress this season and we expect Newcastle to capitulate here.
Lukaku is one to bring in for GW12 and certainly not one to ditch like so many FPL managers have.
Alvaro Morata – Vs. West Brom (a)
Another top striker with an away fixture and a game that could be more open than it appears at first glance. Tony Pulis has been playing with three at the back in recent weeks and it is a system that has not kept a clean sheet since GW5 and shipped three goals to Man City (and could have been much more).
Morata took his chance well last time out and has had an easy time of it on international duty, scoring in the first game and then getting a full rest in the second. With Liverpool and Swansea up after the Baggies he could be a very decent pick and if you are struggling with Aguero or Lacazette he could be a decent swap – more so for the latter.
Alexandre Lacazette – Vs. Spurs (h)
A home game against Spurs is more likely to result in bore draw than a thriller given the stakes of this game but if you had your money on either side it would have to be the visitors. That being said, the Frenchman did score two goals for his country in his last outing and will be full of confidence (if he starts – which surely Wenger has to do) and will be ready to pounce on any frailties in the Spurs back line.
It has to be said that it looks unlikely that he will get any more than a single goal and we don’t see the Gunners scoring more than once full stop.
If you have him keep him but don’t captain him.
Marcus Rashford – Vs. Newcastle (h)
Rashford is starting to look like the real deal and although he plays out wide for United he is starting to look like very good value at just £7.6m and will afford you extra budget in midfield if you have a cut price third striker. If you have Firmino in your team and are concerned about Southampton putting up a brick wall this week then Rashford is an excellent alternative.
The England man did feature in both games but didn’t complete the 90 minutes and he is also on set piece duties for his club – and this is a game in which United could score three or four. A top pick.
Do you have a specific dilemma? If so, post it in the comments below and lets get talking about it.