Gameweek 2 preview

August 20, 2011

So we can start all over again this week….unlimited transfers till the deadline. But how much do you tinker with your team? It’s impossible after only one weeks play to pick out a form player. Two teams didn’t even play a game last weekend. Spurs played a Europa League qualifier against a Scottish pub team in midweek, and face a tricky away trip to Man Utd on Monday night for their first fixture of the new season. They have some injuries, but it looks like the same team that played against Hearts will turn out against the Champions – plus the possible addition of Modric. Man Utd are defenceless – almost. Evra, Jones, Evans and Smalling look the likely starters – and whereas they may concede – still look to their forward line for some guaranteed points scorers.

The banker of the weekend could be Villa against Blackburn. Darren Bent didn’t score last week. I think he’ll get off the mark this. It may also be a chance for the popular N’Zogbia to get his scoring underway. They kept a good clean sheet against Fulham, largely thanks to Shay Given, who is the most picked keeper in the game. They have an affordable defence. You could be looking at a guaranteed 18 points from a three man back line consisting solely of Villa players.

The other potential banker comes at Goodison Park. QPR shipped four last week at home to Bolton. Everton didn’t play last week either, and have this habit of starting slow. But they should be too good for QPR – although I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to concede as many this week. Thank goodness for unlimited transfers – it means I can get rid of Paddy Kenny. Use the unlimited transfers to crowbar Leighton Baines in to your squad – possibly?

Elsewhere, it’s less predictable. Everybody will be hoping that Aguero will start.  Chelsea could be a good defensive bet again, but West Brom are no pushovers as they proved last week. Arsenal just about have team to pick from. The old “Big 4” clashes almost always end in stalemate, so don’t exect to gain bags of points from their clash with the red half of Scouseland. God knows what’ll happen at Sunderland. The only predictable event may be an “incident involving Joey Barton”.  Swansea didn’t do badly last week against City. Their goalkeeper, despite letting four in, was also credited with 10 saves, this picking up 3 extra points. He looked good. And they have a winnable game against former manager Martinez, and Wigan. They’ll have more of the ball, and should score some goals. Norwich against Stoke, and Wolves against Fulham could go either way. Don’t necessarily take players from these teams out of your squad, but also don’t be surprised if the big points scorers this week come from other games.

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