The first week of Premier League 2014/15 started with a bang at Old Trafford and eventually turned out to be too eventful with three red cards, a few penalties and some exceptionally good performances from the defenders. We will discuss the fantasy options for the second week, which is about to kick off tomorrow at Villa Park as Aston Villa welcomes Newcastle United.

The last week saw Villa defender Ron Vlaar in good form and along with a clean sheet, he also picked up two bonus points. With Newcastle still trying to bounce back from the loss against Manchester City, the managers can rely on Vlaar (4.6). On the other side of the pitch, Weimann, with a goal already to his name in the last week, is a good option and comes only at 5.5.

Chelsea and Southampton are going to enjoy favorable home encounters against Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion respectively. Similar to the last week, Fabregas (9.1), Costa (10.5) and Schurrle (7.5) have a good chance to find the net against the newcomers. The Blues should also manage to hold on to a clean sheet this week. In the other match, the Saints, in spite of losing the last match, are the favorites against West Bromwich. Last week Pelle (7.5) showed that he can be a real goal-threat and a shaky Baggies-defense may help him find his first goal in the league. Also, keeping in mind that Southampton has some easy fixtures ahead, Fonte (5.5) or Clyne (5.0) can be good transfer choices too. West Bromwich frontman Berahino (5.6) was the only player to score more than once in the last week and some might consider including him in the line-up.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (6.2) was the best midfielder of the last week with a goal and an assist to his name and he may repeat the heroics once again as the Swans meet Burnley. Bony (8.5) also looks poised to open his account for the season. In another match, Crystal Palace is going to miss the services of Puncheon and they will be relying on Campbell (5.5) who played really well against Arsenal and on a few occasions, looked threatening in the box. Downing (5.5), Hangeland (5.0) and Mark Noble (5.5) are some other budget-friendly options to consider.

Saturday is going to end with the big clash of Arsenal and Everton. Ramsey (9.0), Sanchez (10.5) and Naismith (5.0) were brilliant in the first week and are expected to rack up some points this week too. On the other hand, we suspect both teams will score in this match and thus, choosing a defender might not be a good idea.

On Sunday, Hull City meets Stoke City in a home match and should maintain a clean sheet once again. Chester, the best defender of the last week with a clean sheet and a goal, may prove to be crucial again. Up front, Ince (5.5) has been handed the role of a striker in the absence of Long and has a good chance of scoring this week. The Potters, on the other hand, will rely on Arnautovic (6.5), Diouf (6.5) and Bojan (5.5) to score their first goal of this season.

Spurs managed to win narrowly against West Ham United, thanks to an injury-time-goal from the defender Eric Dier. As they are going to meet QPR this week, Dier (5.1) and Rose (5.0), who threatened the Hammers’ defense time and again, can get some points from both ends of the pitch. Besides, Adebayor (8.5), Eriksen (8.0) and Lamela (8.0) may prove to be vital in the final third.

Manchester United, in the last match of Sunday, will face Sunderland and with the inclusion of Argentine defender Rojo (6.0), should emerge victorious. Rooney (10.5), once again, is the most popular player and looks to score again against the Black Cats.

The gameweek will conclude with the last year’s top two teams going head to head in the Etihad. Raheem Sterling (8.6), with a goal and an assist in the last week, is set to show his brilliance once again and Daniel Sturridge (11.5) may find the net as well. For the Citizens, Sergio Aguero (12.0), in the last match, came off the bench at the 82nd minute and scored a goal. Along with the Argentine forward, Silva (9.0), Dzeko (8.5), Toure (11.0) and Jovetic (8.0) are the others you should keep an eye on. However, both the teams having not-so-easy fixtures in the next five gameweeks, the managers should think twice before selecting a defender from them.

 

Nova Eleven : De Gea (MUN); Ivanovic (CHE), Vlaar (AVL), Rose (TOT); Sigurdsson (SWA), Hazard (CHE), Sanchez (ARS), Eriksen (TOT); Pelle (SOU), Weimann (AVL), Rooney (MUN).

Under Nova’s radar : Kolarov (MNC), Rojo (MUN), Clyne (SOU), Davies (HUL), Clichy (MNC), Dier (TOT), Arnautovic (STO), Mata (MUN), Cazorla (ARS), Sterling (LIV), Montero (SWA), Cabella (NEW), Fabregas (CHE), Herrera (MNU), Costa (CHE), Bony (SWA), Adebayor (TOT), Naismith (EVE), Sturridge (LIV), Dzeko (MNC).

Small-budget surprises : Chester (HUL), Hangeland (CRY), Mutch (QPR), Colback (NEW), King (LEI), Campbell (CRY), Austin (QPR), Nugent (LEI), Kane (TOT), Noble (WHU).

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