Instead of dwelling on last weekends action and tell you what has already happened, I will focus on this upcoming gameweek, with my preview of gameweek 5.
QPR vs Stoke:
This weeks early kick off sees QPR entertain Stoke. From a fantasy football perspective, both teams don’t offer much potential, but, Mame Biram Diouf has looked lively in his first few games for Stoke and he scored the winner against Man City in gameweek 3. He could well be a bargain at £5.8m, especially considering Stoke have some favourable fixtures coming up in the next few gameweeks, as they face the likes of Newcastle, Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal:
Aston Villa have made a great start to the season and currently sit second in the table on 10 points. Their defence has been particularly impressive with 3 clean sheets out of 4, but considering they have games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Everton coming up, it may be a wise decision to remove any Villa players from your iTeam. As for Arsenal, they haven’t been at their full-flowing best so far, with just one win from four. However, Aaron Ramsey has started from where he left off last season with 2 goals and and an assist to his name already and is looking like an essential player for our fantasy iTeams.
Burnley vs Sunderland:
Both Burnley and Sunderland have made pretty poor starts to the Premier League campaign and both teams are still without a win. Burnley have struggled to find the back of the net so far, managing just one goal. The Clarets need Danny Ings to start banging the goals in, like he did in the Championship last year. Neither team offer much in the way of fantasy potential so I would probably avoid investing in any of their players.
Newcastle vs Hull:
Newcastle have made a shocking start to the season and currently sit bottom of the table, so it’s probably best to stay away from any Newcastle players at the moment. As for Hull, I think they have made some great signings over the summer with Steve Bruce adding the likes of Gaston Ramirez, Ben Arfa, Michael Dawson and Abel Hernandez to the Tigers squad. I’m backing Hull to come away with a narrow victory and add further misery to Newcastle.
Swansea vs Southampton:
Both teams are playing pretty well at the moment, especially Swansea who have won 3 games so far. Gylfi Sigurdsson is extremely good value at £6.6m after his flying start to the campaign. Surprisingly, Southampton are looking pretty good despite the departures of most of their key players over the summer. Also, the Saints have an easy run of fixtures coming up so investment in the Koeman’s team looks like a viable tactic. Graziano Pelle is in fine form with 3 goals in his last 2 games and Dusan Tadic has 2 assists to his name already and is priced at just £5.7m. Also, watch out for Southampton’s new winger Sadio Mane who scored 45 goals and grabbed 32 assists in 87 appearances for his old club Red Bull Salzburg. He is priced at just £5.4m.
West Ham vs Liverpool:
I very much doubt Liverpool will be able to repeat last years second place finish again this season, especially now 2013/14 golden boot winner Luis Suarez has departed Anfield. I think it will be a 4th place finish at best for the Reds, who have had a mixed start to the season with two victories against Spurs and Southampton, but defeats away to Man City and at home to Villa. Raheem Sterling has been in great form so far with 2 goals and an assist to his name and considering Liverpool have a good run of fixtures coming up, the England Youngster looks like a good investment at £7.6m. This will be a close game, but I think Liverpool will just be too strong for the Hammers.
Leicester vs Man United:
Man United got their first win of the season at the weekend, albeit against a fairly weak QPR side. United’s new signings looked the part and things are starting to look good for Louis Van Gaal and his new-look team. However, they face much tougher tests in weeks to come with tricky encounters against Everton, Chelsea and Man City coming up. Leicester have made a very good start to the season with draws against Everton and Arsenal and a 1-0 victory away at Stoke. The Foxes won’t make it easy for United, but I think the Red Devils will just edge it.
Tottenham vs West Brom:
Tottenham are looking good under Pochettino, but Spurs never seem to do well against the big teams, as proven by a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in gameweek 3. Nevertheless, they still provide us with a few options for our iTeams in the likes of Erisken, Lamela and Chadli. West Brom have made an awful start to the season and are without a win so far, so this should be a comfortable win for Tottenham.
Everton vs Crystal Palace:
This should be a relatively easy game for Everton against a Palace side without a win so far this season. Steven Naismith is on fire at the moment, with 3 goals in 4 and is a bargain at just £7.0m. Mirallas and Lukaku are also in a good run of form with 3 goals and an assist between them so far. Crystal Palace don’t offer much fantasy football potential but Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon are ones to look out for.
Man City vs Chelsea:
What a game this is so early on in the season! Both teams will no doubt be challenging for the title come the end of the season and this game could have some say as to who will win the title. Chelsea’s Diego Costa is fast becoming the new Suarez with 7 goals in 4 games and he’s not the only new Chelsea signing to have made a cracking start to the season, with Cesc Fabregas grabbing 6 assists in just 4 games. As for City, they have made a fairly disappointing start to the season by their standards, with 5 points already dropped and will no doubt want to make up for that with a win against Chelsea.
Top 3 captain picks this week:
1. Diego Costa – The Spaniard has 7 goals in 4 and faces a City side with just one clean sheet so far this season.
2. Wayne Rooney – 2 goals and an assist to his name so far, he squares up to a Leicester defence who have conceded 5 goals so far.
3. Steven Naismith – The Scotsman has scored 3 goals in 4 and the Toffees face a Palace side who have conceded an average of two goals per game so far.
Nacer Chadli – The Belgian is in fine form at the moment and has 3 goals in 3. He faces a West Brom side who have conceded 7 goals already this season.
Top 5 players to watch over the next few gameweeks:
Ryan Bertrand – Southampton have made a very good start to the season and they are looking pretty solid defensively with two clean sheets so far. Ryan Bertrand got an assist and a clean sheet at the weekend and considering Southampton have Swansea, QPR, Sunderland and Stoke coming up, he is one to watch.
Kieran Trippier – Burnley have managed back to back clean sheets in the last two gameweeks and Kieran Trippier certainly likes to get forward, proven by his goal and 12 assists for Burnley in the Championship last season. Furthermore, Burnley have fixtures on their side with Sunderland, West Brom, Leicester and West Ham in the next four.
Nacer Chadli – Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival has rejuvenated Nacer Chadli as a fantasy football prospect, with 3 goals in as many games for Spurs and with a price tag of just £5.9m, the Belgian could well be a smart investment.
Graziano Pelle – Southampton’s summer signing has settled in very quickly at St Mary’s and has scored 3 goals in his last 2 games and at just £7.5m he has Swansea, QPR, Sunderland and Stoke coming up.
Leonardo Ulloa – Leicester’s summer signing from Brighton took his tally to three goals this season at the weekend – having already netted against Everton and Arsenal. Considering he is priced at just £6.3m and has Crystal Palace, Burnley, Newcastle and Swansea coming up, he’s one to watch out for.
Thank you for taking the time to read and best of luck for the rest of the season.
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