Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 2

What a fantastic opening gameweek that was! Penalties missed, penalties scored, refereeing decisions going for and against teams. David Moyes, Christian Benteke and Seamus Coleman emerged as the big winners after the dust settled, and the upcoming week in the world's most exciting league promises even more.

Gameweek 2 fixtures

Fulham vs Arsenal
Everton vs West Brom
Hull vs Norwich
Newcastle vs West Ham
Southampton vs Sunderland
Stoke vs Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Cardiff vs Man City
Tottenham vs Swansea
Man Utd vs Chelsea

The Premium Players

It hasn’t taken long for the season to serve up its first blockbuster fixture. David Moyes’ Old Trafford debut will be against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who did the job against a resolute Villa side midweek. As I said last week, it’s hard to look beyond Robin van Persie (14.0) as far as FPL studs from Man Utd go. The upcoming null gameweek kills the attraction of buying any Blue, and the most sensible transfer move would be to sell Chelsea defenders.

Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur forward
All's well, managers

The confidence following Swansea’s excellent pre-season was dented severely by the thrashing doled out by Manchester United last weekend, while Spurs registered a good away win against a good Crystal Palace side. A lot (for both teams) depends on their Europa League showing tonight, but Roberto Soldado (9.5) should provide value for money, as should Bony (8.0).

Benteke (9.0) has started the season in swashbuckling manner, and with Villa’s fixtures easing off considerably from the initial gameweek, he is a definite buy-and-hold option. Sturridge (9.0) started scoring since joining Liverpool and hasn’t stopped, and can be counted on not to stop. Aspas (7.0) is a good option to have, at least until Suarez returns.

Arsenal had a terrible initial game but bounced back midweek with a convincing win over Fenerbahce in their own backyard. The Gunners had the best away defence last season and were the second best away team overall in terms of points. Giroud (8.5) is the man in form, and the man to lead your line.

Looking to score

Man City’s lollipop start to the season sees them travel to Cardiff City next. Like last week, one would be well-served going the full distance with City players – Any of Hart (6.5), Zabaleta (6.0), Navas (9.0) or Dzeko (7.5) should do the job.

The Other Guys

Sunderland haven't had an ideal start to the season, losing at home to Fulham and the Bardsley shenanigans following. Southampton on the other hand head into the game riding on the high of winning at the Hawthorns. Lambert (7.5) is a sure thing, has always been, and is cheaper than new signing Osvaldo. Anelka will not play as he has asked to be relieved from playing duty for personal reasons.

Everton served up a fantastic game last weekend with a striking performance from Barkley. This should be the week Jelavic (7.5) makes good on his pre-season form and the starting berth handed to him by Martinez. Coleman (5.1) looks to be a fantastic investment already, playing in an attacking role wide of a back three.

Hull began with an expected defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and Norwich are no pushovers. van Wolfswinkel (7.0) found the net against Everton, and who's to say he won't do it against the Tigers?

Newcastle were put to the sword at the Etihad. They will be looking to bounce back at home, which Nolan (7.0) will be looking to deny them. Stay away from the Geordies for now - they look every bit the team that almost went down last season.

Stoke City almost nabbed a point at Anfield, but make no mistake about the role Begovic (5.5) had to play in that. He won't have it quite as hard against Palace, but shouldn't concede either.

The Blogger's Team

 
Benched Coleman last week. Kill me.

7 comments:

  1. Awesome.Thanks for posting :)
    -Samuel Thomas

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  2. Zabaletta for cole it is :)
    -GP

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  3. Meme of the week?

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    1. I stopped doing that for now. Let the focus sink in before the fun :P

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  4. No Transfers?

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    1. None this week for me, saving it up for number 3.

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