Gameweek 5 preview

September 10, 2015

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


It’s been a long two weeks. I hate international breaks. The next one is in a months time. By then we’ll have reached gameweek 8, the first week of October, and we’ll know our second manager of the month.

This gameweek is the first since the closure of the transfer window. The last day scramble saw a number of players coming in from abroad or exchanging one Premier club for another. Some of whom will go straight into teams for the weekend. Others will probably have to bide their time.

And one of those could be Anthony Martial, whose switch from Monaco to Manchester United cost £36 million. It gets even more ridiculous if you factor in all the add-ons. Will he be thrown straight in at the deep end against Liverpool this weekend? Who knows? Do you throw £36 million away on a bench warmer? Their failure to score more than one goal in any league game so far this season might tempt Van Gaal to chuck him straight in. He’ll cost you a reasonable £8 million if you fancy a punt.

The most expensive new addition is Kevin De Bruyne. In the 2013/14 season De Bruyne amassed a measly 7 points, playing 132 minutes of football during his spell with Chelsea. Since then he’s gone on to win the German player of the year award (not a bad award to win), and become the sixth most expensive player of all time. Straight in? More likely than Martial I’d say, but you’ll have to find £10 million in order to do it.

Aaron Lennon had a relatively successful spell at Everton last season and has returned permanently. Other than Ross Barkley, no other Everton midfielder has either  scored or assisted so far this season. This could mean Lennon finds himself in the starting XI come Saturday lunchtime.

One very likely starter is Virgil Van Dyk, who Southampton have bought to line up alongside Jose Fonte at the heart of their defence. Only Fonte remains of the Saints’ reliable back line of last season. Injury to Ryan Bertrand, the selling of Nathaniel Clyne and the failure to land Toby Alderweireld permanently has seen Southampton struggle defensively. Van Dyk has been Celtics best player for a few seasons now. And he takes a mean free kick too.

So, there’s a selection. Other than that, the big news of deadline day surrounded a player that didn’t move – David De Gea. His value has fallen to £5.3 million during his absence from the United team. But now, following the collapse of his move to Real Madrid, he’s apparently back in contention. Those with Sergio Romero in their teams need to take note.






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