Gameweek 3 preview

August 30, 2013

31 Aug 12:45 Man City v Hull City
31 Aug 15:00 Cardiff City v Everton
31 Aug 15:00 Newcastle v Fulham
31 Aug 15:00 Norwich v Southampton
31 Aug 15:00 West Ham v Stoke City
31 Aug 17:30 Crystal Palace v Sunderland
01 Sep 13:30 Liverpool v Man Utd
01 Sep 13:30 West Brom v Swansea
01 Sep 16:00 Arsenal v Tottenham

This could be the weekend when the two teams who have yet to get Premiership points on the board do just that. Palace host Sunderland, whilst Swansea travel to West Brom, who haven’t scored a goal yet. Neither have Newcastle – (goals against Morecambe don’t count) – and they host Fulham this weekend, and could have Yohann Cabaye back to make no difference at all to another inept performance.

Managers of Man City defenders will be hoping normal service resumes this week as they take on a newly promoted team for the second successive week. Surely a home tie against Hull will result in a goals to nil scoreline. They’re weakened by Vincent Kompany’s injury, but Matija Nastasic looks like he’s fit again, and that will be a welcome relief. It saves Pelligrini from having to play Javi Garcia out of position. Playing Javi Garcia IN position is bad enough.

A spate of injuries have come at the wrong time for Liverpool as they prepare to face United, with, in particular, Kolo Toure, tweaking a groin. The new partnership formed between Toure and Agger lasted two games. They kept clean sheets in each. So Martin Skrtel will probably come back in, and hold the place for a few weeks. With the international break looming, those managers with Toure in their defence may only miss him for two or three gameweeks. He could be worth holding on to.

Managers with Chelsea and Villa players will need to work out their strategies for this week. How many do you dump? How much confidence have you got in your other 10 outfield players to hold three Chelsea/Villa players on your bench? 8 Chelsea players have hit double figures already. And Villa have made a more promising start to the season than many of us probably expected. Their front three certainly look like they’re worth keeping.

The August manager of the month will be decided with this weekends results. There are plenty of managers in with a shout. Neil Madrid went from highest scorers in week 1 to lowest scorers in week 2, so based on that, there’s every chance of a 30 or 40 point swing between the best and worst weekly teams.

 

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