Weekend Wrap Up: Week 4

Galin Dragiev
A quick overview of what happened this weekend in the Premier League and in fantasy

Weekend Wrap Up: Week 4

A quick overview of what happened this weekend in the Premier League and in fantasy

Everton 1 – 0 Chelsea

This was by far the surprise of the day Saturday.  Chelsea were away to Everton but were expected to win comfortably over a side who hadn’t won a game so far this season.  This wasn’t the case, despite the fact that Chelsea dominated for long periods of time and missed a series of chances to score.  Steven Naismith's header proved to be enough to give Everton the three points and spoil Chelsea’s day.  Jose Mourinho shuffled his lineup once again and went with John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, and Andre Schūrrle in midfield with Samuel Eto’o leading the attack.  This was the first game for Eto’o since joining Chelsea but it wasn’t a good one as he failed to score despite having a few half chances.  Avoid Chelsea’s midfield for fantasy purposes until things clear up.

Tottenham 2 – 0 Norwich

It had been a while since Tottenham scored from open play, but Gylfi Sigurdsson changed that with two goals – one in each half.  Tottenham looked good with some of their new signings, the most impressive being Christian Eriksen.  Soldado only had one fantasy point in this game and his fantasy production has now declined in each one of his games this season.  I’m still don’t believe Soldado is as good as other forwards, but his price and penalty taking duties make him a viable option.

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Sunderland 1 – 3 Arsenal

Mesut Ozil was quick to make an impact in his first game as an Arsenal player and registered an assist to Olivier Giroud to open up the scoring in the 12th minute.  He is as good as they come, so make sure you own him on your fantasy team while he’s still cheap.  The game slowed down a bit but shortly after halftime Koscielny brought down Adam Johnson for a penalty and Craig Gardner tied up the game from the spot.  That opened up the game a bit more and the result was two goals from Aaron Ramsey.  Ramsey is playing the best football of his life right now and has five goals this season(two in the Premier League).  He is fantasy relevant and Arsenal’s top fantasy performer so far.

Stoke City 0 – 0 Manchester City

Manchester City lost more points this weekend when they tied Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.  The concern for Manuel Pellegrini is that Stoke looked more dangerous than his side and was closer to scoring a goal.  There are certainly fantasy options on City’s squad but so far many of them have been hit or miss, so until City start playing better, I would avoid their players.

Hull City 1 – 1 Cardiff

Two promoted teams shared a point in a tight game that ended 1-1 with goals from Peter Whittingham and Curtis Davies.  Cardiff now sit in 12th place while Hull are 15th with a point less.  There is not much going on here fantasy wise except maybe Peter Whittingham or Robbie Brady so you can avoid these teams for now.

Fulham 1 – 1 West Brom

Another 1-1 draw here and this one came from a late equalizer from Gareth McAuley.  The opening goal came form Steve Sidwell, who volleyed one in after a corner.  Bulgarian striker Dimiter Berbatov starter up top for Fulham but failed to score again as he’s in a mini goal drought.  There is even less fantasy relevant players in this game, so there isn’t much more to say.

Aston Villa 1 – 2 Newcastle

Christian Benteke continued his fantastic form by scoring another goal but that wasn’t enough to win any points for Villa.  Newcastle came away with three points at Villa Park with goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran.  Ben Arfa has been spectacular lately and has 43 points in his last two games.  He is a good choice going forward.  On Villa’s side, Benteke is a must own premium striker.

Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Wayne Rooney received a surprise start and helped Manchester on the way to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.  Robin van Persie returned to his scoring ways with a goal from the penalty spot and scored well in fantasy after two horrible games in weeks two and three.  The game was slow and uneventful and lacked chances on both sides of the pitch.  People are beginning to ask questions about Davis Moyes’ ability to lead this club to another title and Manchester will be under pressure to perform better in the coming weeks.  Things are also not great for Crystal Palace, as they are in 17th place and a little closer to the relegation zone than they’d like.  They only have three points and will struggle to stay in the Premier League with this quality of play.

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Southampton 0 – 0 West Ham

This was another uneventful game as the two teams failed to score.  The highlight of the game was Jussi Jaaskelainen who saved several big shots to keep the score level.  The Saints had a few opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize on any of them.  They need to work on their finishing as they’ve had trouble scoring this year; they have only two goals in their first four Premier League games.  On the other hand, West Ham failed to look dangerous and only had one shot on target, making this the third straight game without a goal.  Andy Carroll is the most missed man in football right now and West Ham will continue struggling until they get him back.

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