Gameweek 7 preview

September 24, 2015

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

 

There are two stand out fixtures promising bucket loads of points this week. Both involve the two North Eastern teams propping up the division with Newcastle hosting Chelsea and Sunderland travelling to Old Trafford.

I’m not suggesting Chelsea’s early season wobbles are a thing of the past, but up against the league’s lowest scorers the champions should see this as an ideal opportunity to re balance their goal difference and potentially climb in to the top half of the table. They’ve won their last three games, scoring 10 and conceding only one goal. They will have to do it without Diego Costa who did get the ban he probably deserved following his shenanigans against Arsenal last week, but given the ineptness of Newcastle’s defence, they could probably get away with only turning out 10 men, or fielding Kerry Dixon. Or David Mellor. There’s instantly a case for re-employing some of those Chelsea players you probably booted out over the last few weeks. *Not Kerry Dixon – he’s retired – and is in jail*

Sunderland must travel to play a United side who have started to find the back of net more regularly. Its three goals in each of their last three games. And it’s four in four for Anthony Martial, whose come through the ‘FPL let’s wait and see’ stage with flying colours. Time to buy – as many people already have. His value has increased by £0.3 million, and against many people’s expectations, actually looks like he might be worth the £89,847,394,654,329,524 billion United paid for him. Last week’s highest scoring Buckets team, Upper Bullens, had him in their line-up.

Both United and Chelsea comfortably won their midweek League cup encounters. Both Newcastle and Sunderland lost miserably. Newcastle to lower league opposition at home, and Sunderland convincingly to City – also at home. Confidence is not high among Tyne and Wear football fans at the moment.

The two best performing goalkeepers come face to face on Monday night. Boaz Myhill continues to impress in the absence of Ben Foster at West Brom. Four clean sheets and six bonus points put him just ahead of Tim Howard, who has three clean sheets and four bonus points. Myhilll is the cheaper at £4.6 million, and with no sign of Foster returning to the starting eleven, is clearly one of the best value players across the game. Of West Brom’s next five games up until the end of October, Monday night’s fixture against Everton looks the trickiest on paper. But then games against Palace, Sunderland, Norwich and Leicester could yield yet more clean sheet points for the Baggies keeper.

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