Gameweek 5 preview

September 16, 2011

Looking back at past seasons, there’s never normally more than a goal in it in matches between Manchester United and Chelsea, and both teams generally score. When this match comes round on the fantasy fixture list, it’s always one where you think twice about picking their defenders. It’s not going to end 8-2. But I can’t see any other result other than a United win. Three United attacking players is still a good choice, even up against the wiley old Chelsea defence. Ashley Young didn’t play at all in United’s midweek European fixture. Expect him to fitter and fresher than anyone else on the park on Sunday afternoon.

Carlos Tevez doesn’t look that happy at the moment, but is back in favour at City. I suppose if you’ve got him, you might as well play him. So it’s anyone’s guess how Mancini will line up for their away trip to Fulham. It’ll be two from three up front, and the full backs may be changed again. City’s undroppables at the moment appear to be Hart, Lescott, Kompany and Silva.  Remember Edin Dzeko scored 4 and was dropped, so don’t expect Aguero to be an automatic pick just because he got the hat trick last weekend. This is the banker tie of the weekend. City got 4 here last season.

Elsewhere, we may see Arsenal kick into gear this week against Blackburn. I said that about their game against Swansea last week, and they limped to a 1-0 win. I’d bet on a red card over a goal fest. Newcastle can’t go on forever keeping clean sheets or conceding single goals. They’re due a spanking, and Villa could be the ones to do it. The Toon don’t look like scoring – and they probably won’t get past Shay Given. Darren Bent has a good record against them too. Old boys and ex Mackems – a nasty combination. I’ll always predict them to lose. It saves on the disappointment.

Everton might get their campaign started this weekend against Wigan. Swansea could get their first goals against West Brom. I wouldn’t rule out a high scoring draw for this game. The same may happen at Wolves and Spurs. Stoke might slug their way to a low scoring victory at Sunderland. Outside of the top six, Stoke are definitely the defence to be looking at. And quickly. Before their prices start rising. Bolton got thumped by Man Utd last week. At home against Norwich could be a good game for them. Maybe a few goals and a clean sheet. The best banker bet besides Man City perhaps.

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