Thursday, 12 September 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 4

Between Transfer Deadline Day, Sepp Blatter's comments saying awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar "might" have been a mistake (no shit, Sherlock) and several interesting international matches, there has been quite a lot to enjoy in the last two weeks. But nothing's quite like the Premier League, is it?

Gameweek 4 fixtures


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

The Premium Players


Robin van Persie, Manchester United forward

Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford in this weekend's early kickoff. Robin van Persie (14.0) hasn't exactly been value for money since his opening day brace, but this is a fixture crying out for him to leave his mark. Man United's fixtures get considerably easier post-derby, which would make Vidic (6.0) an enticing prospect from that point.

Brendan Rodgers will take Liverpool to his old haunt looking to build on a good start to the season. Three matches, three wins and three goals for Daniel Sturridge (9.2) is a pretty telling story. Mignolet (5.7) is the top-scoring FPL player so far, and the coming fixtures favour an extension of that run. The signing of Sakho (5.5) is good news for Liverpool's defence but bad news for owners of Kolo Toure, who will probably have to drop the Ivorian.

Arsenal are another team whose fixtures are looking up, while Sunderland's are going downhill. Giroud (8.8) looks set to benefit most from Ozil's signing, he should build on his good start to the season with improved service. Theo Walcott (9.5) and his attacking runs may also profit. Sunderland have a nightmare schedule (Arsenal, WBA away, Liverpool, Man United), so keep distance.

Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar, Chelsea midfielders

Chelsea's fixtures don't get easier after Old Trafford and Prague, with trips to Goodison Park and White Hart Lane on the agenda this month. Fixture difficulty didn't deter their best players last season, so keeping Hazard (9.3) and/or Oscar (8.6) wouldn't be foolish given that they will recover from their knocks in time. Keep an eye on Mata (9.9) - Minutes for him are points for you, so nothing's better than knowledge of him starting (or not).

Tottenham's 6 fixtures post-derby are generally kind and should allow for some good points all round. Eriksen's inclusion in the team should result in heightened service for Soldado (9.6), who has so far had only penalties to thrive on. The Dane himself is priced at 8.0 and could be an astute pick with his share of set pieces.

Manchester City have had unconvincing recent performances, and away to Stoke is never easy even if the team is changing from its old, rugged self. It would be unwise to invest on retail, given that there is a derby next week and that there is much uncertainty about Dzeko vs Negredo

The Other Guys


Villa are back playing matches, and that should put Benteke (9.1) back in everyone's radar, given that the schedule over the next four games isn't the worst.

The next four weeks are as good as the schedule will get for Hull City, making it a really good time to get in Brady (5.1) if you're looking for a good budget-price player. Cardiff's schedule blows hot and cold, I'd stay away from them.

West Brom are the only team in the league yet to find the net, and with Foster out for 3 months, there is little value to be had from them. Things are looking up for potential owners of Darren Bent (6.5), however. Fulham host Cardiff and Stoke, and travel to Crystal Palace in the weeks following the derby against Chelsea.

Southampton and West Ham have been hit and miss so far, and with their schedule going the same way, it would be wise to avoid most retail purchases from these camps at the moment, though holding on to Lambert (7.6) would be wise. Ward-Prowse (4.5) is cheap and starts all the time, he could make an excellent fifth midfielder.

8 comments:

  1. Is it time to sell coutinho??

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    1. Actually LFC's fixtures really pick up from here, I think it's better to have patience with him.

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  2. Chelsea's fixtures don't get easier after Old Trafford and Prague, with trips to Goodison Park and White Hart Lane on the agenda this month. Fixture difficulty didn't deter their best players last season, so keeping Hazard (9.3) and/or Oscar (8.6) wouldn't be foolish given that they will recover from their knocks in time.
    I expected you to be less biased.With the arrival of Willian,we don't even know who's gonna start.It is kinda risky to have Chelsea's midfielders at this moment.
    Oscar,Hazard,KDB,Schurrle,Mata,Willian for three positions.We don't know who are starters yet.

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    1. Hazard and Oscar have started every Chelsea match so far, and there's nothing wrong in expecting them to get the lion's share of minutes through the season. And what's this about bias?

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  3. hazard or walcott??..whom to get in on free transfer??

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  4. Chelsea's fixtures don't get easier after Old Trafford and Prague, with trips to Goodison Park and White Hart Lane on the agenda this month. Fixture difficulty didn't deter their best players last season, so keeping Hazard (9.3) and/or Oscar (8.6) wouldn't be foolish given that they will recover from their knocks in time. Keep an eye on Mata (9.9) - Minutes for him are points for you, so nothing's better than knowledge of him starting (or not).
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

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    1. What's the laughter for? van Persie was a much costlier mistake on my part over the last two weeks, didn't mean he would score ducks forever, nor will these players.

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