Gameweek 8 preview

October 17, 2013

19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle v Liverpool
19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal v Norwich
19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea v Cardiff City
19 Oct 15:00 Everton v Hull City
19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd v Southampton
19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City v West Brom
19 Oct 15:00 Swansea v Sunderland
19 Oct 17:30 West Ham v Man City
20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa v Tottenham
21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace v Fulham


Back to the business of the Premier League. Seems like such a long time since the last round of matches I can’t actually remember anything about the first seven weeks of the season.

Andros Townsend is only 5.5 million by the way. He contributed more in two England games than he has in a Spurs shirt since August. I wonder how many managers are encouraged by the two England performances to drop him into their squads for the weekend.

None of the prominent fantasy performers have come back from the international break with any serious injuries as far as I know. And the two week break has afforded teams with injuries to star players to get them fit and ready for return. Most notably Glen Johnson, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Chritian Benteke. All have seen their values drop slightly, so drafting them in now will save you pennies. Glen Johnson could be of particular interest, given that Brendan Rogers is now playing with a 3-4-1-2 formation. This would position him as a right wing back rather than a conventional right back, and thus increase his chances of contributing more than just clean sheet points.

We’ve had two weeks to dwell on whether Aaron Ramsey’s withdrawal after less than an hour against West Brom was cause for concern. Having scored in midweek against Belgium, it’s fair to say any injury worries may well have been abated. Even with the potential return of Walcott and Cazorla it’s unlikely Wenger will make any drastic changes to the winning formula that has taken his team to the top of the league. And is Ravel Morrison worth a punt? Well…yes. Probably. The West Ham attacker followed up his wonder goal against Spurs with a two goal performance for the under 21’s in midweek. And still only at 4.4 million. That’s way too good a price to ignore.



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