Youngsters Paving the Way
We can’t ignore the fact that last week we were reminded of the young talent that is emerging alongside the marquee internationals that have taken the league by storm. Young Adnan Januzaj of Man Utd is undoubtedly the talk of the week as he repaid the trust of his new manager who started him for the first time in a league match, by notching a game winning brace and ‘Man of the Match’ performance. The Red Devils will be keen to see him sign a new contract before his current one expires next summer with rivals poaching and monitoring his progress ever so closely. Another former Man Utd. product Ravel Morrison, continued his stunning display of skill, balance and creativity as he helped the Hammers to a surprise road victory while scoring a goal worthy of a goal of the season nomination.
Then we have the Everton pair, Chelsea loaned Romelu Lukaku and academy product Ross Barkley. Under new manager both have taken their chances by the helm and have flourished, while Chelsea are beginning to question their decision to loan out their most in form striker of the bunch. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey continues to sizzle for Arsenal and is in the goal scoring form of him life while young Robbie Brady of Hull City is proving that he is the catalyst they will look to for Premier League survival. With the World Cup in Brazil just around the corner next summer, these youngsters will be looking to force their way into the thoughts of their national team managers throughout the season, who will no doubt have a headache or two when it comes to their squad selection.
International Duty Complete
The Premier League featured more international players either scoring or assisting in their respective matches than any other league in the world this past week and by some distance. The better news is that there are no major injury concerns to our fantasy investments, including that of new Arsenal start Mesut Ozil, who has reportedly shaken off a knee knock and will be available to Arsene Wenger when they host Norwich at the weekend. The Gunners also have the luxury of welcoming back Santi Cazorla and Bacary Sagna from injury as the Arsenal boss hinted in his press conference that he will likely begin to rotate the squad. With the international break always feared, yet finally behind us we can look to our form players thus far for some comfort in the coming weeks, while keeping an eye on the fresher players coming back from injury.
Peyman’s Score Predictions
19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle (1) v Liverpool (2)
19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal (2) v Norwich (0)
19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea (3) v Cardiff City (0)
19 Oct 15:00 Everton (2) v Hull City (0)
19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd (2) v Southampton (1)
19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City (1) v West Brom (1)
19 Oct 15:00 Swansea (3) v Sunderland (1)
19 Oct 17:30 West Ham (1) v Man City (1)
20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa (1) v Tottenham (2)
21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace (2) v Fulham (2)
Peyman’s picks of the week
DEF: Rafael, Baines, Ivanovic
MF: Michu, Barkley, Oscar, Ozil (VC)
ST: Rooney, Lukaku (C), Sturridge
Bench/Alt. options: De Gea, Terry, Puncheon, Giroud
Other recommended FPL resource sites:
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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