After the international break, it is time to shift our focus to the league games once again and the Barclays Premier League demands a bit more attention since most of us are managers of our very own fantasy teams. So, we are going to discuss the fixtures, recent injuries and the tactics that may prove to be helpful after the gameweek.
This week is going to start with a bang as two heavyweight teams Arsenal and Manchester City go head to head at the Emirates. On the other hand, Chelsea and Swansea City, the two teams sitting at the top with three wins in a row face each other at the Bridge while, surprisingly enough, bottom two teams Crystal Palace and Burnley are going to meet each other too. Southampton and Liverpool will enjoy home comfort against Newcastle United and Aston Villa respectively.
In other matches of the week, Stoke City, after the overwhelming win against the Citizens in their last match, are going to welcome Leicester City while Spurs and Everton will travel to Sunderland and West Brom respectively. On Sunday, Manchester United, still in search of their first win, are going to host newly promoted QPR and finally, the curtain will be drawn when Hull and West Ham go head to head on Monday.
Stoke City managed to get a clean sheet against Manchester City last week and can hope to continue their dream run when they meet a relatively easier opponent Leicester City. On the other hand, the Red Devils should expect another clean sheet against QPR. Among other teams, Southampton and Tottenham defenders have shown good resistance so far and can leave the pitch this week without conceding a goal.
As we have already discussed, David De Gea (5.5), Begovic (5.0) or Forster (5.0) should be good choices between the sticks. Begovic should be much confident after his outstanding performance against Manchester City, which even earned him a place in our top eleven of gameweek 3. On the other hand, if you already have Krul (4.5) or McGregor (5.0), you can go with them too.
So far as the defenders are concerned, Ivanovic (7.2) and Rose (5.0) or Dier (5.4) must be there in your team. Though the Tottenham duo are suffering from some fitness issues, they should feature in the starting eleven. You can also select Janmaat (5.0) who, as we predicted before the match, used his attacking mentality to score a goal last week. Besides, Clyne (5.1), Pieters (5.0) and Hutton (4.1) are some of the cheaper options and can prove to be useful in the long run. Finally, we must mention the name of Manchester United’s new signing Marcos Rojo (6.0) who has finally got his work permit and is expected to start this week. With an easy fixture ahead, he is definitely a good option to transfer in.
Swansea duo Sigurdsson and Dyer are currently the best two midfielders in the league and are really good options, considering that they will cost only 6.4 and 5.6 respectively. On a different note, Cesc Fabregas (9.3), along with his compatriot David Silva (9.0), are two expensive choices but can rack up quite a few points in coming weeks. The latter was behind four of the five goals in his country’s 5-1 win last week. The Euro qualifiers also proved that England youngster Raheem Sterling (8.6) is in the form of his life at present in both club and international level. With an easy fixture in the next seven gameweeks, he should be given a permanent berth in your team.
Stewart Downing (5.5), statistically the best crosser in the Premier League at present, has already scored this season and looks poised to get some points again. Schneiderlin (5.6), Matic (5.5) and Noble (5.5) are some other budget-friendly options in the middle. Besides, Crystal Palace midfielder Puncheon (5.9) has already scored once and claimed an assist in the two matches he played. Being a permanent set-piece taker for his team, some more points are on his cards in the next few weeks.
Eden Hazard currently sits in more than 16% fantasy teams but he is doubtful this week and with the first Champions League match only three days away, the coach may choose to sideline him against Swansea. Same goes with Aaron Ramsey who limped off the ground in Euro qualifier match against Andorra.
Diego Costa (10.6) and Rooney (10.4) are two of the most popular choices up front, closely followed by Naismith (5.4) who has scored in all the matches so far. Adebayor (8.6) and Aguero (12.1) can also prove to be lethal in the final third and chalk up some points this week. With regard to a cheap option as the third forward, we will suggest you to select Ulloa (5.5), Weimann (5.6) or Berahino (5.6).
Managers having defenders from Arsenal and Manchester City should go with three backline options this week. In our opinion, a 3-4-3 formation will probably be the best if you have three of the forwards we mentioned.
The transfer season being over, some might be thinking about including the newcomers in the team. We will suggest you to keep an eye on Falcao, Di Maria and Remy for the first few weeks but Welbeck and Rojo, expected to start for their respective teams, can be transferred in if you want.
So far as the captaincy is concerned, Naismith, Sterling or Ivanovic are good options while Rooney, despite losing his touch of late, can also prove to be valuable against Queens Park Rangers, a team that conceded 5 goals in the first two matches.