Gameweek 3 preview

August 28, 2014

30 Aug 12:45 Burnley v Man Utd
30 Aug 15:00 Man City v Stoke
30 Aug 15:00 Newcastle v Crystal Palace
30 Aug 15:00 QPR v Sunderland
30 Aug 15:00 Swansea v West Brom
30 Aug 15:00 West Ham v Southampton
30 Aug 17:30 Everton v Chelsea
31 Aug 13:30 Aston Villa v Hull
31 Aug 13:30 Spurs v Liverpool
31 Aug 16:00 Leicester v Arsenal

The big injury news of the week is that Olivier Giroud is going to be out until the New Year. The Arsenal striker has a mashed up ankle. This may be of some relief to those with Giroud in their teams. He hasn’t started in either of Arsenal’s league games and many managers may have been toying with the idea of making the change anyway. Well now you can without fear of him banging in a hat trick. And the five leading strikers as we stand are all priced less than Giroud, so whereas the more attractive option might be to try and squeeze in an elite striker, the availability and form of the likes of Gary Naismith, Stevan Jovetic or Emmanuel Adebayor should make the swap less of a financial headache.

United’s season could finally take off this weekend. The team that were hammered at MK Dons in midweek will look nothing like the one that should take the pitch against Burnley in the early kick off on Saturday. Marcos Rojo and (possibly) Angel Di Maria could feature as they go in search if their first win. The transferring out of United players from fantasy teams continues. The prices of United’s players have started to drop. The more impatient managers have even decided that Wayne Rooney is not up to the task. Almost 75,000 have chosen to oust the new England captain from their squads. Only Giroud, Bojan and surprisingly, Alexis Sanchez, have been omitted from more teams. This could be the last chance saloon for United fantasy contingents. A negative result this weekend could result in an all out exodus. Especially if City and Chelsea continue to impress.

Aston Villa look the most likely of the two teams who haven’t yet conceded to carry that on into September. Hull are their opponents. Spurs are the other team yet to concede. Both Hull and Spurs are in Europa League Thursday/Sunday fixture hell. Both play tonight to try and progress to the group stages. Villa’s positive start and the cheapness of their defence offer good alternatives for the weekend. Spurs must face Liverpool – and possibly Mario Balotelli. Eric Dier’s popularity continues to rise. He’s the most transferred player in of the last seven days, although this may be the first gameweek in which he fails to score more than the rest of the QPR team combined.

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