Reviewing the fixtures for this week leaves us managers with little hesitation to invest in Liverpool and Spurs players as both clubs host teams struggling to find the back of the net away from home. With Luis Suarez now available and already on the scoring table after bagging a brace last weekend, it leaves us with a striking dilemma as his in form counterpart has proven point returns in this newly formidable partnership. I suppose it all depends on your budget and what you’re willing to invest up front based upon the balance of the rest of your squad. Sturridge is the cheaper option saving you 1.4, but Suarez is fresh having served his ban for the start of the season and is known for scoring in bursts.
In North London we look to our strong midfield options in Ozil and Ramsey for Arsenal and Sigurdsson and Eriksen for Spurs. Timing is everything and either pair can boast points, so for this week I’ve chosen a balanced option based on form and their various attacking roles.
Will Everton remain the league’s only undefeated side as they travel to Manchester for a tough test at the Etihad? After an embarrassing defeat midweek at home to defending European champions Bayern Munich, Manchester City have a tough test on their hands as they try to avoid back-to-back league defeats when they host a confident and undefeated Everton side. It should prove to be an entertaining match that could be full of goals with both managers opting for an attacking and a free flowing style. Fantasy managers should not expect a clean sheet from their defenders here, but may look to invest in attacking options with the likes of in form players Yaya Toure, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, while City’s David Silva looks set to mark his return to action after a brief injury spell.
New and already under pressure, Manchester United boss David Moyes will look to bounce back from last week’s tough home defeat when the defending champions travel to the Stadium of Light and face a manager-less Sunderland lingering at the bottom of the table. RVP looks set to return from a groin strain that kept him out recently, while Wayne Rooney should shake off a shin knock in time that kept him of their mid-week Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. The pair will look to find that much needed attacking spark that looked so formidable in flashes last season. It will be interesting to see how Moyes lines his side up as the manager is still experimenting to find a set system and his preferred starting eleven. Will we see the emergence of young Adnan Januzaj or Shinji Kagawa as cheap/mid-priced fantasy options for the Red Devils? Time will certainly tell.
Finally we look at Arsenal’s trip to the Hawthorns and a tough West Brom side. This will prove to be a good test of the Gunners early season form when they will face a resilient side with a noticeable home form. New signing Mesut Ozil has notched four assists in his first three league appearances for his new club, while no other Fantasy player is more in form than Arsenal’s young Welshman, Aaron Ramsey who leads the game in total scoring and is still a solid cheap option valued at 6.5 M. Stephane Sessegnon will continue to try and provide that attacking spark for West Brom as they look to cool down the fiery Gunners who are currently sitting top of the league.
Peyman’s Score Predictions
Man City v. Everton: 2-2
Cardiff City v. Newcastle: 1-1
Fulham v. Stoke City: 2-0
Hull City v. Aston Villa: 1-1
Liverpool v. Crystal Palace: 3-0
Sunderland v. Man Utd: 1-3
Norwich v. Chelsea: 1-2
Southampton v. Swansea: 2-2
Tottenham v. West Ham: 2-0
West Brom v. Arsenal: 1-1
Peyman’s picks of the week
DEF: Vertonghen, Toure, Riether
MF: Sigurdsson (VC), Whittingham, Ozil, Sessegnon
ST: Suarez (C), RVP, Berbatov
Bench/Alt. options: Mignolet, Ramsey, Ivanovic, Lambert, Mata
Other recommended FPL resource sites:
http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!
www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.
Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!
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