Thursday, 4 October 2012

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 7

Gameweek 6 was another low scoring gameweek with the average score being a lowly 40. It could be put down to the early-season FPL favourites Michu, Tevez, Hazard and van Persie not quite firing as much as they used to. There are plenty of tasty fixtures for Gameweek 7 though (this is incidentally the last gameweek before another cursed international break), and the average should be a lot higher this time.

On we go.

Gameweek 7 fixtures:

Manchester City v Sunderland
Chelsea v Norwich
Swansea v Reading
West Brom v QPR
Wigan v Everton
West Ham v Arsenal
Southampton v Fulham
Liverpool v Stoke
Tottenham v Aston Villa
Newcastle v Manchester United

The Big Boys

The plum tie of the gameweek is the one at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are playing like title contenders, and should really put Norwich away. Since his return to the starting lineup, Juan Mata has racked up 4 goals and 4 assists in 4 Chelsea matches. A neon sign of "FPL Gold" could not do justice. You might want to go with a blue backline/keeper too. Ivanovic, Cech, Cole are all good choices. As for owners of Eden Hazard, consider this a mini make-or-break week for him after his string of 2's - there are tough fixtures following this.

Manchester United travel to St. James' to face a Newcastle side that, despite numerous defensive injuries, refuse to be beaten. It's not because their defence has been watertight though - it's because Demba Ba has scored as many as the defence can concede. Since United have injuries at the back themselves, it's not a bad time to buy him. Kagawa scored a good goal last week and he along with van Persie could find some joy against a makeshift Newcastle defence.

It almost seems like they've never been away, doesn't it? You just wouldn't know West Ham are a promoted side with the results they've been getting. Arsenal's previously perfect defence is now showing some cracks, and Andy Carroll is the kind of player who has undone Arsenal in the past. As for Arsenal, the fixture list in October is kind, so you might want to empty your coffers on the in-form Gervinho. It's more of a 'hold' than a 'buy' gameweek for Cazorla, but if you want to take a pot shot, be my guest.

Manchester City's form leaves much to be desired of the defending champions. Second best against Dortmund, yet to register a clean sheet this season and with one win in their last 6 matches, it isn't looking promising for Mancini's boys. Stay away from their defenders but up front, pick Sergio Aguero who is once again the only guaranteed starting striker. As for Sunderland, they can rename themselves Steven Fletcher AFC for all it matters.

After a historic win at Old Trafford, Spurs host Aston Villa. Jan Vertonghen should continue foraging forward from left back with Assou-Ekotto still out, and is a good prospect for this game. Gareth Bale has come to life, and Jermaine Defoe is also worth a punt.

Liverpool won and won big last week, but it will not be quite as straightforward against a Stoke side that are disciplined and resolute against the big sides, be it home or away. Liverpool won't score quite as many but among those they do get, expect Luis Suarez to be involved. At the back, Liverpool (who are yet to keep a clean sheet in domestic matches) should be wary of former player Peter Crouch.

The Other Guys:

Reading gave a good account of themselves against Newcastle last week and were hard done by the officials. They travel to a Swansea side that have shipped 8 and scored none in their last three matches. Hello, Pavel Pogrebnyak. McAnuff wouldn't be a half-bad choice either. It's hard to make an argument for picking Swansea players given their dreadful recent form, so I'll just leave it up to them to try and make me regret not naming any of them here.

If you want a team in form, look no further than West Brom. Having lost just once all season and having won all their home games (with clean sheets), they are well primed to pick up a further 3 points against winless bottom team QPR. People, take your pick - Long, Morrison, McAuley and Foster.

Everton are starting to make a real case for their presence in the preceding section of this blog post. They are in top 4 form, and what a story it could be if they do make it. They have a kind fixture list till the Merseyside derby this month end, and there are benefits in store for owners of Jelavic and Fellaini.

Southampton haven't found goals hard to come by, and that is thanks to the good work of the experienced Rickie Lambert. The Saints have had problems at the back though, and this could be exploited by Petric, who will get a run in the side in Berbatov's absense (UPDATE: Petric is an injury doubt). Gamblers might want to take a punt at Duff.

I am man enough to admit that the Hunch of the Gameweek section was an utter failure, and will abandon it henceforth to make myself seem a bit more intelligent to you lot. Cheers!


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