Gameweek 4 preview

September 11, 2014

13 Sep 12:45 Arsenal v Man City
13 Sep 15:00 Chelsea v Swansea
13 Sep 15:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley
13 Sep 15:00 Southampton v Newcastle
13 Sep 15:00 Stoke v Leicester
13 Sep 15:00 Sunderland v Spurs
13 Sep 15:00 West Brom v Everton
13 Sep 17:30 Liverpool v Aston Villa
14 Sep 16:00 Man Utd v QPR
15 Sep 20:00 Hull v West Ham


I hate international breaks. It feels like the longest fortnight of your life. Just when you’re getting back into the swing of things. You’re even plotting your transfers for the next gameweek within a nanosecond of the previous one finishing. You’re wondering if you dare take a risk on making changes despite there being two weeks and two international games in which anything could happen…and more than likely will….to that player you bring in. If you resisted the the temptation to move in Diego Costa following his match winning performance against Everton all those moons ago – you made the right choice. Yes, his price has increased, but it also looks like the ugly twat carries around a permanently dodgy set of hamstrings. They popped again in training for the international fixtures and is now rated as doubtful for the Swansea game. Mind you, he was rated as doubtful for the Everton game too and finished the week on 12 points.

He’s not the only elite player not to have survived the fortnight. Scan the front page and you’ll see Danny Sturridge, Aaron Ramsey and Eden Hazard with those dreaded yellow, orange and red boxes next to their names. Good luck if you’ve based your team around those three players. Also limping into the weekend are Stevan Jovetic, Eric Dier, Laurent Koscielny, Ron Vlaar, Danny Rose and Phil Jones.

Time to look to those deadline day deals then? Plenty of them. Yawnchester United are going to try and buy the title. You can buy Radamel Falco for 11 million, and then wonder where on earth he’s going to fit in in alongside Rooney, RVP, Mata and Di Maria. They bolstered their creaky defence to a degree with the signings of Rojo and Blind. The Dutchman looks the most tempting buy, with an almost certain starting berth, with an affordable defensive midfielder’s £5.5 million price tag. As far as the fixtures are concerned, they need to get a win on the board ASAP. August was a disaster. September needs to be better. They play the second of the promoted teams. It was Burnley this week – QPR this. It’s Leicester next week. They couldn’t possibly face all three and not get a win on the board could they?

In the absence of Costa, Loic Remy is an interesting proposition. Given Mourinho’s favoured formation, he’s undoubtedly been bought as second choice striker. If Remy starts on Saturday and instantly gets in among the goals, he could keep his place, having played on the left and right side of a front three during his time at QPR, Newcastle and Marseille. Swansea are Chelsea’s opponents. They didn’t get too mangled up in deadline day, and didn’t lose too many of their players to interntionalitis. Don’t be afraid to plump for Dyer, Routledge or Sigurdsson, Their values are rising rapidly. After Chelsea, easier fixtures follow.

Another calculated risk could be to include Danny Welbeck, who looks set to start up front and through the middle for Arsenal. Consider his double for England in midweek, the fact that Olivier Giroud is out until the New Year and that he is only 6.9 million, and this could be too good an offer to turn down. Until you see Arsenal’s run of fixtures. City, Spurs and Chelsea in the next four weeks isn’t an easy start.

Elsewhere, Hull City were the busiest on deadline day. Hatem Ben Arfa should finally get some game time. His value has also decreased, and at £5.8 million looks a snip. Southampton have filled the positions vacated by Lallana and Lovren. Welcome the unheard of Sadio Mane, who will have to go into the wait and see category, being that he’ll set you back £7 million. Toby Alderweireld is a year long loan signing and more than fills the boots of Lovren. An ever present for Belgium at the World Cup, and can play both in the middle and on the left of defence.


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