Gameweek 4 preview

September 9, 2011

Maybe the most interesting game of the weekend will be Arsenal’s home tie against Swansea. Arsenal will definitely give debuts to Mertesacker and Santos, probably to Arteta, and possibly to Benayoun. Note Arteta’s value has increased by 0.1 million since his move to Arsenal, suggesting a lot of fantasy managers have taken a chance on him. In any other season, this would be a home banker. However, Swansea lie above Arsenal in the table, have kept two clean sheets and conceded less goals than their more illustrious opponents. Their problem is they don’t score. They haven’t scored a league goal yet. This might be where Arsenal’s season starts, although I’d bet on Michel Vorm to the games top fantasy scorer. He’ll have plenty of shots to save, and he appears to be pretty good at that sort of thing.

There’s one other obvious out and out banker of a game, and that’s Wigan’s trip to Citeh. Put three light blue shirts in your team if you can. Take your pick. They could concede a silly goal, so if you can afford to, take Dzeko, Silva and one other. Maybe even Gareth Barry, who has started the season well….for a tortoise. Samir Nasri appears to be injured already, after making a high scoring start for his new club.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all have tricky away trips. All could potentially concede against Stoke, Sunderland and Bolton respectively. All three home teams have added to their attack in the transfer window. If you have 6 or 7 million left and a striker position to fill……Peter Crouch, Niklas Bendtner and David N’Gog probably aren’t worth the risk. Stick with Jones, Gyan or Klasnic.

Most teams have new players bought in the transfer window at their disposal. The  most likely definite starters, and potential point scorers, include Shaun Wright Phillips and Joey Barton, for QPR. You just know that Barton will have some say in the outcome of their match against Newcastle. Fulham’s new striker Bryan Ruiz is a likely starter against Blackburn. Blackburn may keep a clean sheet this season, but it won’t be this weekend.

Scott Parker should go straight into the Spurs team against Wolves. This could be Spurs’ first points of the season. He may drop some points for the inevitable crunching yellow card tackle on Karl Henry, but don’t be surprised if he picks up the bonus points.

September has three gameweeks. The Manager of the Month prize is closer than you think. Eyes down.

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