The Season So Far…

September 25, 2013 10:51 am

Well that’s the first 5 weeks out of the way, how you doing? Better or worse than you expected? Personally it’s taken me a while to get my teams where I want them to be and it’s been a very average start.

In football terms, it’s beginning to look like a very open season in the EPL, and it looks like it could be a tight title chase, time will tell.

FiT wise, it’s been a defenders paradise so far this season, with 13 of the top 20 points scorers being defenders or goalkeepers, Tottenham, Southampton, and Liverpool have all been very miserly at the back. While the Everton full backs Baines and Coleman are both in the top 5 points scorers so far this season.

There have also been some bargain midfielders so far this season, scoring a lot of points and its worth keeping some of these players in mind,

Ramsey 6.2m 31 points

Ben Arfa 6.6m 25 points

Brady 4.9m 25 points

Barkley 5.4m 22 points

Shelvey 5m 19 points

Whittingham 5.2m 19 points

I’m not sure how long there good runs are going to last but there definitely worth a look, as there value against points total is very good.

GW 5.

Well last week saw the first Manchester derby for their respective managers and it was Pelligrini that took this one quite comfortably, with Aguero and Toure both in great form. Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season to a well organised Southampton side, who I feel can make a big impact on the league this season (barring any major injuries).

Arsenal and Spurs continued to keep up their good form, whether either can make a serious challenge for the title remains to be seen, but if they keep winning games then it will certainly make it an exciting season for sure.

Sunderland have parted company with Di Canio after their 3-0 defeat to West Brom, and will be looking to bring some much needed experience into the managers role to stop what looks like a very slippery slope.

Swansea, Everton and Hull also had wins this week with the later looking like a strong side, and in my opinion will stay up this year.

GW 6 Preview.

Spurs v Chelsea – The week kicks off with a big game for both sides, Spurs will want to keep their good start to the campaign going and Chelsea will be looking to bring a bit of consistency to their play, in a match that could go either way, I predict that if there is a winner it will be by the odd goal in 3, but I think this will end up a draw.

Score Prediction 1-1

Key Player – Christian Eriksen

Aston Villa v Man City – Villa coming off a hard fought win last week will be be keen to build on that, it’s just a shame that they host Man City, who are coming off a excellent morale boosting win against Man Utd, Villa are a better away side due their style of play and may also be missing their biggest goal threat in Benteke after limping off against Norwich. With this in mind I can’t see anything but a big Man City win here.

Score Prediction 1- 4

Key Player – Yaya Toure

Fulham v Cardiff – tough match to call this one, Fulham have been very average this season, and have not really been on anyone’s radar so far, whereas Cardiff fought well against Spurs last week and have a win over Man City this season. I think Cardiff will grab something in this game, with possibly the only goal.

Score Prediction 0-1

Key Player – Peter Whittingham

Hull v West Ham – Another tough game to call, much like Fulham, WH have been very forgettable this season and there lack of goals makes them vulnerable, whereas Hull are coming off a good win over Newcastle last week after coming back from 2-0 down. Another game that won’t have much between the teams, I predict the spoils to be shared.

Score Prediction 1-1

Key Player – Robbie Brady

Man Utd v West Brom – After last week’s drubbing against MC, MU will be wanting to get back into winning ways, WB at home could be the perfect game for them, as I believe way WB play will suit them. With this in mind I think there will be goals in this game (a lot of goals) Score Prediction 4-2 Key Player – Wayne Rooney

Southampton v Crystal Palace – Southampton will buoyed after their away win against Liverpool last week, and I can’t see anything to suggest anything other than another win here, Palace are finding life in the EPL very difficult and as with West Ham their lack of goals is their problem, unless Palace do some hard work in front of goal this week, this looks straightforward for Southampton.

Score Prediction 2-0

Key Player – Luke Shaw

Swansea v Arsenal – this could be the game of the week, both teams are in good form and play attacking football. I see a few goals in this game as Arsenal look to stay top of the league and Swansea keep pushing to prove that last season wasn’t a one off.

Score Prediction 2-2

Key Player – Mezut Ozil

Stoke v Norwich – Stoke have started well under Hughes, much to people’s surprise and they look a side capable of competing well in this year’s EPL, whereas Norwich have brought some good players but with Redmond aside they have not really performed yet. With Stoke playing well and Norwich being awful away from home, I can only see one winner here.

Score Prediction 2-1

Key Player – Steven Nzonzi

Sunderland v Liverpool – Here it is the moment all Liverpool fans have been looking forward to, the return of Suarez. It can’t come soon enough for them with the injury to Coutinho they seemed to miss his creativity against Southampton and Suarez will certainly provide that little spark of flair, and as Sunderland are a bit preoccupied at the moment, this looks straight forward for Liverpool, they will return to winning ways here quite comfortably.

Score Prediction 1-4

Key Player – Luis Suarez

Everton v Newcastle – this could be a good game to round off the week, Everton are in good for under Martinez without really playing really well they are still unbeaten and will be full of confidence in this game, they have a gem in Barkley and with the loan signing of Lukaku have another gear to go up and this could the game they do it. Although it depends on which Newcastle turn up, they certainly have the players to win here but will they show up, it’s anyone’s guess.

Score Prediction 3-2

Key Player – Ross Barkley

Good luck whoever you choose for your team, but remember to go with your gut instinct.

A couple of reminders

The Credit Comps are running every week and month, even if you only enter one team in the 50fc comp, it’s worth it, there are thousands of credits up for grabs and it adds something extra to think about for the week.

Also remember to use our transfers wisely, there are still a lot of people using their transfers as soon as they get them, you have these until the game-week ends, so try to wait until your player has played his match then sub him for a player still to play. With an Emergency Transfer you could have 14 players scoring points during the week and really see your points fly up.

Peace Love and Football

Rob Wright

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