Gameweek 3 preview

August 25, 2011

Game of the weekend is the Manchester United v Arsenal clash. Arsenal haven’t had the easiest start to the season. I wouldn’t necessarily expect it to get any better here either, although the midweek win at Udinese might have restored a bit of confidence. Both teams are missing players, not that you’d have noticed United’s patched up defence in last weeks victory against Spurs. That is certainly a lot less noticeable than an Arsenal team without Fabregas, Nasri, Gervinho, Song, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wlshere, Diaby and Frimpong. Patrice is in line for a start. Fantasy points verdict:- United strikers. We may see the first full appearance of Hernandez, although he’ll do well to displace Wellbeck.

Banker fixture of the weekend could be Norwich’s visit to Chelsea. Norwich shipped four goals to MK Dons midweek – and not exactly with a second string team. Chelsea, however, are persevering with Torres. Pundits are saying he is back to his best, which is nonsense, because if he was, he’d have scored by now. One more week without a goal, and maybe we’ll see Drogba brought back into the starting line up. For now, pick up your points with their midfielders, full backs, and possibly stand in keeper, Hilario, who has a guaranteed 4 week run in the team due to Petr Cech’s injury.

Elsewhere, there are lot of very evenly matched fixtures. There’s potential for goals in every one – there’s also a potential 0-0 in every one. Particularly Newcastle v Fulham. Fulham haven’t scored any goals. Newcastle have scored one via their stand in left back, and haven’t conceded any. Watch – it’ll be 6-6.

Liverpool v Bolton should have goals. Suarez, and from nowhere, Ivan Klasnic, are form strikers. City are away at Spurs – a difficult one to call. Now that Tevez is back, and seemingly willing to play properly, Dzeko in form, and Aguero possibly being a one week wonder – just pick David Silva and guarantee yourself some bonus points if nothing else.

Notice – player values have started to fluctuate. Unexpected early risers are Jose Bosingwa, Ryan Taylor and Matt Jarvis.  All worth a punt this week. All playing with form-ish teams. All assisting. And more importantly – all cheap.


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