Thursday, 19 September 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 5

The return of the Champions League made for an eventful midweek. Wayne Rooney well and truly waltzed back into the hearts of Manchester United supporters with his brace+assist performance against Bayer Leverkusen. Theo Walcott was another Englishman who impressed with a great strike in France. Manchester City won on Matchday 1 for the first time ever. Messi and Ronaldo notched hat tricks (yawn) while Chelsea put in a performance that showed eerie signs of willingness to defend the Europa League title.

Back to domestic matters.

Gameweek 5 fixtures

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

The Premium Players

The derby showdown at the Etihad is the biggest match of the season yet for the Citizens. I said in an earlier post to keep an eye on Rooney (10.5). If your eye has been following orders, it will know that he should be considered for your team now. City's frontline is in a flux but Toure (9.0) has been dominating from midfield and is a definite keep if not a buy.

Arsenal's next favourable fixture in a delicious run sees the now-attractive Stoke travel to the Emirates. In what is becoming a tiresome habit, I'll tell you to have Giroud (9.0). Aaron Ramsey (5.9) has also become too hot to ignore.

Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur forward

Tottenham have a fixture lead that is similarly favourable, and will set up camp at Selhurst Park this weekend. Eriksen (8.1) put in a good performance against Norwich and can be relied upon to keep delivering value for money. Keep using Lilywhites defenders, and this should be the match where Soldado (9.7) starts scoring again.

Liverpool are yet another top side with a good run of games, and in the form they're in, Southampton won't be fancying a trip to Anfield; Liverpool have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 home games. That is good reason to stay invested in Liverpool's defence and in Sturridge (9.3), who can't stop scoring. Coutinho (8.9) will be out till mid-October after shoulder surgery, which makes dropping him a much easier decision. Also remember that it is not long before Suarez (10.9) returns to the team.

Chelsea seem to have hit an early rut and the fixtures aren't exactly favourable, so stay away on retail. Hold on to Oscar (8.6) if you have him - he has been the best performer by far for Chelsea this season, and is one of admittedly few bright spots.

The Other Guys

Swansea have had a slow start to the season, owing largely to a tough opening schedule. It gets pretty good for them from here though - barring the visit by Arsenal, their next six fixtures look pretty good. Michu (8.9) got on the scoresheet last week, and this is a good chance to start a scoring run like only he can. Bony (7.7) is an unknown quantity thus far, but his price will probably not get lower, and the team Swansea face from this point don't exactly field Nestas.

Hatem ben Arfa, Newcastle United midfielder

Newcastle had a difficult 2012-13 campaign, but have started this season very well after the rout at the Etihad on opening day. Much of that is down to inspired performances from ben Arfa (7.3), who is fantastic when fit. Yanga-Mbiwa (4.5) could be a good one-week pick seeing as Hull have been rather goal-shy so far.

West Ham are another goal-shy team, and Everton haven't conceded since opening day. Despite the away match, Coleman (5.5) is set to have another good week. Jelavic has had minutes and hasn't delivered, and given his performance last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Lukaku (7.4) start this and many a game for Everton. Refrain from buying him now, but he's definitely one to watch.

Norwich have had a strangely subdued start to the season, not exactly the takeoff one expected after a good transfer window and previous season. Villa performed much better away than at home last season, and that has been the template of this fledgling season as well. Benteke (9.3) is in awesome form, and should keep delivering.

West Brom and Sunderland. You don't want players from them.

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  1. "..while Chelsea put in a performance that showed eerie signs of willingness to defend the Europa League title."

    Incisive. Hilarious. Excellent.

  2. Don't u think hazard may sit out, and mourinho may try KDB or schrulle

    1. Hazard should sit out, his performances since Bayern have been shit. I don't know if he will though. The reason he's in my team is purely because I didn't have enough free transfers to change him (I also had Coutinho).

      Personally I'd be overjoyed to see KdB, Oscar and Mata play together on Saturday, there's a perfect blend of individual and selfless creation.

  3. Thoughts about ozil?

    1. Brilliant player but probably a bit overpriced in FPL

  4. Captail kaun rakhu be? ozil walcot toure bony?
    pls bol na

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  6. Please Suggest me a captain. My mid-field has Lampard, Whittingham, Ben arfa & Ramsey while my forwards are V.persie, Naismith & Giroud.


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