Gameweek 7 preview

October 3, 2014

04 Oct 15:00 Hull v Crystal Palace
04 Oct 15:00 Leicester v Burnley
04 Oct 15:00 Liverpool v West Brom
04 Oct 15:00 Sunderland v Stoke
04 Oct 15:00 Swansea v Newcastle
04 Oct 17:30 Aston Villa v Man City
05 Oct 12:00 Man Utd v Everton
05 Oct 14:05 Chelsea v Arsenal
05 Oct 14:05 Spurs v Southampton
05 Oct 16:15 West Ham v QPR


Our first October gameweek, and the last before another pesky international break. Gameweeks seven, eight and nine make up October – another three week month. Once we get the European Championship qualifiers out of the way it’s thirteen straight gameweeks with no interruptions and some midweek fixtures thrown in. All the way through to the first weekend of the New Year, and the third round of the FA Cup.

The difficulty of knowing whether to stick or twist on transfers has been taken away for a lot of managers this week. Wayne Rooney and Aaron Ramsey will play no further part in the league until November. Hanging onto them is a risky move, particularly when there’s so much potential in lots of other players – most of whom come in at much cheaper prices.

The obvious swap for Rooney is Diego Costa. If you haven’t already got him in your team, now’s the time. That said, Chelsea’s relatively easy passage through the first few weeks of the season becomes a lot more difficult over the next six, with Arsenal this weekend, and Liverpool and United on the horizon. It may not be as straightforward as simply handing the captain’s armband to Costa every week. There’s scope for teams who haven’t made the best start to move up the Buckets table with a wise differential captain choice during Chelsea’s tougher weeks.

The best swap option for Ramsey could be Angel Di Maria. United are also faced with a tricky run of games. Far trickier than their first six fixtures which saw them lose at home to Swansea, fail to score against Burnley and concede five against Leicester. So far, Radamel Falcao, RVP and Juan Mata have been patchy at best. Di Maria at least, appears undroppable, and always likely to be involved in any goals the Reds do score.

Southampton continue to offer the best alternative options. Maybe too many. After this weeks tough-ish fixture against their former manager and Spurs, they go on a roll of five very winnable games until they finally face a title challenger in the last week of November. Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all occupy top ten places for their respective positions.

Leonardo Ulloa will fancy his chances of netting against Burnley this weekend. Leicester are the only team not to keep a clean sheet so far this season, so owners of Kasper Schmeichel may finally get some reward against the lowest scoring team in the league. Swansea could get back to winning ways against a battered looking Newcastle, who also remain winless. The Swans midfield offers many a cheap replacement for those lamenting Ramsey’s injury. City offer more obvious captain potential with their forward line, although some extra tinkering will be needed you’re desperate to replace Rooney with Aguero. If you’re an owner of both Ramsey and Rooney a combination of Aguero and a Saints/Swansea midfielder could be the way to go.


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