Gameweek 6 preview

September 26, 2014

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


Buckets managers should perhaps look to Southampton this weekend for the best returns. Their form through September may bag Ronald Koeman the manager of the month award, regardless of what Jose and Chelsea do to Villa. Last month the award panel favoured Garry Monk over Mourinho after both made unbeaten starts, and I imagine there’ll be a similar leaning toward the less fancied team this time round too. They’ve arguably the easiest fixture of the week, at home to a QPR side that get nervous the moment their coach turns onto Uxbridge Road. Many predicted a season of struggle having lost so many of their best players over the summer, but of the four that jumped ship, only Dejan Lovren is outscoring his replacement – and that’s due to the fact he’s played four more games than Toby Alderweireld. Most impressive have been Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand, who, as well as the three clean sheets in five, have also contributed a smattering of goals, assists and bonus points to the cause.

Sticking with your, or adding to your Chelsea contingent would also be advisable. A home tie against Villa has delivered plenty of goals over the years, including an 8-0 mauling a few season back. It’s a different Villa these days, but last weeks humbling at the hands of Arsenal suggests they’re not quite ready for a top 6 challenge just yet. Diego Costa will be heavily fancied to get straight back on the scoring trail having had a week off last week, and it’s surely only a matter of time before Eden Hazard as a bumper week. I hope.

Its the final week of Manchester United’s six week head start. It’s a home tie against West Ham. How many will they score? How many will they concede?? They’ve only one fit centre half, and that’s Marcos Rojo – who’s no Vidic. West Ham have without warning become an exciting, pacy attacking side in the last two games. They’ve found the net more than most teams in the league, and even Stewart Downing looks rejuvenated. Don’t be surprised if there’s a repeat of last week’s Leicester result – just don’t go anywhere near the defenders.


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