Gameweek 8 fixtures

October 17, 2014

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


Are you tired? Raheem Stirling is. Which, if you’re the kind to worry about these reports, presents a problem. Liverpool come up against a managerial tightrope walking Harry Redknapp and his hapless bunch of QPR OAPs. The kind of team you imagine would be ripped apart by pace. The combined force of Stirling, and a returning Daniel Sturridge should offer up plenty of points this weekend. If they can be arsed.

Arsenal are slowly falling apart. Mesul Ozil and Laurent Koscielny are the latest big names to clog up their treatment room. Ozil may not return for a few months. It does open the door for some of the more rotated players like the Ox, Cazorla and Podolski to get a run of games. You’d ordinarily fancy a few Arsenal defenders in your team for a home fixture against Hull, but it’s very likely they’ll have to rely on Hector Bellerin at right back and Nacho Monreal in the middle. Nikica Jelavic, Mohamed Diame and Andrew Robertson are form players who might fancy their chances.

Gylfi Sigurdsson remains top of the midfielder standings. Two goals against Holland in midweek has only added to his value. The Icelander will now set you back £0.8 million more than his starting price. Graziano Pelle kept Mario Balotelli out of the Italy team and scored on his debut. Southampton start a run of games against Sunderland, Stoke, Hull, Leicester and Villa. A lot was made of Sunderland’s strike force getting on the score sheet for the first time in the last gameweek. It’ll be a harder test for them against the league’s stingiest defence.

Spare a thought for Aston Villa who’ve had an horrendous run of fixtures. They’ve played last season’s top four in the last four gameweeks, losing 1-8
in the process. This week they play Everton – last season’s fifth place team. Despite the fact that Villa have only scored four times, the returning Christian Benteke at £7.9 million may be of interest to those looking to take a massive leftfield punt. Consider ‘cheap elite striker back after 10 months out’ v ‘porous defence struggling with key injured players’.


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