Welcome to this week’s Sunday Special, a roundup of the best of this week’s sport and FCapital discussion.
International Player Picks: Arjen Robben: The former Chelsea man whilst unable to put his team through to the World Cup made his international send more than memorable with a terrific goal against Sweden. Robben has always been world class and had it not been for the stratospheric standards achieved by Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi his genius would have undoubtedly been more appreciated.
Alexis Sanchez: The Arsenal starlet and his team was put of the world cup by a horrendous mistake from his club team mate David Ospina who mishandled an indirect free kick into his goal in Columbia’s game against Peru. Sanchez joins a long list of top players who will find themselves missing from in Russia next year.
Victor Moses: Three goals from four games for Nigeria, Chelsea wingback Moses works so hard for his country. Probably Nigeria’s standout player, his work ethic is exceptional and he always provides a goal threat. While at one point it looked as if he would flutter from club to club unable to really establish himself, Moses has finally got a consistency to his game that had previously been missing
Alex Iwobi: One of Arsenal’s rising young stars, Iwobi went some way to silencing his doubters by scoring the winner against Zambia and sealing Nigeria’s place in the World Cup. At only 21 Iwobi has plenty of time to fulfil his potential and become a star player for both club and country
Christian Eriksen: In fantastic form for Tottenham and scored against Montenegro and Romania in the last two weeks. He has scored 6 goals in last 7 games for the national team, with his left footed goal against Romania being a particular highlight. Had the second most assists in the Premier League last season and has two this season. His winner yesterday against Bournemouth will have helped Spurs feel more settled at Wembley.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: 2-1
Despite the FCapital team writing Crystal Palace off for their game against Chelsea, Roy Hodgson’s men prevailed after Wilfred Zaha, returning from injury, became Palace’s first scorer of the season. It appears that despite doubts about Hodgson’s appointment for Palace, he could well be the man to keep the club up after such an inspiring victory. Undoubtedly they will need to sign a striker in the January transfer window if they are to do so, but with the right commitment Palace do have the players to remain in the league.
Watford vs Arsenal
Wenger will have the pressure piling up on him after the disappointment of their loss to Watford. Watford have been in great form this season and this win sees them leap frog Chelsea to fourth in the league. After the match Troy Deeney questioned Arsenal’s commitment and from the evidence of this game he appears to be right. Arsenal find themselves in a rut at the moment and with Sanchez and Ozil looking like they will leave in either January or in the Summer, Wenger will need to find some inspiration; perhaps signing PSG’s Julian Draxler.
Jamie George faces Dylan Hartley, in a Saracens match against Northampton that England manager Eddie Jones will be watching intently. George comes into this game after his hat-rick performance against Wasps last weekend. Having come into this Premiership season off the back of his starring roles in the Lions tests against New Zealand, George is surely the favourite for the starting hooker berth for the upcoming November internationals.
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