Before finalising your team?s line-up, take into account that these 2 matches may finish very one-sided:
Hardly implausible: Arsenal dissecting Wigan
Buoyed by coming from behind to win 3-2 in their UEFA Champions League fixture midweek, Arsenal will be looking to keep the momentum going at home to Wigan. This is especially true if they wish to return to Champions League play next season. Whether or not Almunia, who had to sit out the midweek clash because of a chest infection, plays, the Gunners should be more settled in defence at home, leaving them to focus for a large part of the match on their strength ? attack.
With Wigan having let in 5 to Man U not too long ago, there should be little hesitation in bringing your attacking Arsenal players into the line-up. And with a lot of uncertainty as to who will prevail in the week?s two most important fixtures (Man U Vs Man City & Chelsea Vs Tottenham), give Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas strong consideration for the role of captain if you have him.
Out on a limb: Bolton demolishing Stoke City
Stoke City travel to Bolton on the back of another cruel defeat to Chelsea, the second successive time in the premier league that they?ve lost 2-1 to the Blues after opening the scoring. However, unlike last year?s defeat, when Chelsea scored 2 goals in the final minutes, the writing was on the wall in this one as soon as Thomas Sorensen had to be substituted in the first half. Sorensen, however, hopes to be in goal for this match. If he does play, he may not be 100%. And if he doesn?t, Steve Simonsen might find himself in goal despite having missed training for part of the week because of an arm infection.
With Bolton scoring 3 last week and looking to climb the table, the timing of this match is perfect. Give players like Gary Cahill, Kevin Davies and Matthew Taylor a run. In fact, with the latter having the opportunity to score from both free kicks and penalties, you could even roll the dice with him as captain ? for this week only of course!