WK32: Liverpool at the top

Galin Dragiev
Ben Dinnery is back with all of the latest Premier League news on player availability ahead of the early kick off at Old Trafford

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Ben Dinnery is back with all of the latest Premier League news on player availability ahead of the early kick off at Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 – 1 Aston Villa

Villa took an early lead through Ashley Westwood but Manchester United weren’t having any of it and willed their way to a win.  Wayne Rooney has been spectacular as of late and considering that Robin van Persie is out for a while, Rooney is a must own in fantasy for those who can afford him.  Juan Mata has also been playing well lately and deserves a look.  He has averaged 11.7 points in his last three matches but his upside is not as high as Rooney’s (but neither is his price).  Danny Welbeck did not play and should be avoided unless he somehow established a consistent role.  Another United player who is worth a look is Shinji Kagawa, but he is a very risky pick due to a lack of an established role.

Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Chelsea

Chelsea dominated big parts of this game but never broke down Crystal Palace’s defense.  It seemed like the Blues were looking forward to the Champions League as they lacked a bit of concentration.  Despite that, Crystal Palace must be given credit.  Julian Speroni was absolutely fantastic.  He made a few critical saves, came off his line when he had to, and controlled the defense in order to keep Chelsea out.  He can be trusted in home matches, as Palace are very unlikely to concede many goals and are often good for a clean sheet at home.  On Chelsea’s side, John Terry scored an own goal that ended up being the only goal in the game.  The result of that was his price dropping to £ 11.23M.  With Chelsea playing Stoke City at home next, Terry is worth his price.

Southampton 4 – 0 Newcastle United

Southampton dominated the entire game.  Jay Rodriguez scored twice while Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana added one each.  In home matches against lesser oppositions, Rickie Lambert is one of the most consistent strikers.  He has averaged 16 points per game in his last three but isn’t recommend for the Saints’ next game as they visit the Etihad.  Adam Lallana had a quiet period recently but has registered 17 and 22 in his last two games and seems to be doing just fine again.  He should be avoided next week for the same reason as Lambert.  On Newcastle’s side, there is no one playing well at the moment and their players should be avoided.  It seems as if the Magpies have given up on the season with nothing to play for and it’s showing on the pitch. 

Stoke City 1 – 0 Hull City

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this on here but Stoke City are great at home.  They are in sixth place in the home standings (17th in the away column) and this win over Hull City was nothing out of the ordinary.  Asmir Begovic and the defense should be considered for every home match.  Peter Odemwingie has four goals in his last three matches and is averaging over 17 pts/game in that stretch.  There is no way I would pay £ 15.28M for Odemwingie, especially when playing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  Buy at your own risk.

Swansea City 3 – 0 Norwich City

Swansea haven’t had the best of seasons but they are getting healthier and won comfortably against Norwich.  They are now seven points clear of the relegation zone and have most of their players healthy.  Michu is back and can easily exceed his value of £ 8.66M against Hull City next week.  Bony didn’t score but he had an assist and makes it three weeks in double-digit points.  He is also worth a look.

West Brom 3 – 3 Cardiff City

This was one of the wildest finished I’ve seen this season.  Thievy Bifouma put West Brom ahead four minutes into added time but Mats Moller Daehli equalized a minute later.  The point was certainly valuable for Cardiff City, as they are still within striking distance of West Brom.  Fantasy wise, there aren’t too many players here who are worth a look week in and week out outside of Steven Caulker.  He is amazing at the back and occasionally scores goals, making him a high floor, high upside type of player.

Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester City

Manchester City came out trying to win this game but as Arsenal pushed back in the second half, they were more than content with the draw.  David Silva played well the entire game and his price is fair for the matches ahead.  Santi Cazorla has quietly been putting up great numbers and has averaged 12 points/game over the last three.  He is consistent and reliable.  Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany had really poor fantasy games, partially because of getting booked, but should be able to rebound well soon.  I would play both next week.

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Fulham 1 – 3 Everton

Fulham were the better side for a big part of the game but Everton capitalized on their chances and had luck on their side as they took all three points.  Tim Howard and Leighton Baines did well despite the lack of clean sheet but Romelu Lukaku disappointed with only five points.  Lukaku continues to be inconsistent and is frustrating to own at such a high price.  Kevin Mirallas has produced 17 and 15 in his last two games, respectively.  Just like Lukaku, Mirallas has very high upside but lacks consistency.

Liverpool 4 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

The score in this game summarized everything you need to know about both of these teams.  Liverpool are rolling through everyone with ease.  Tottenham have been horrific against the top four this season and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.  The good news about conceding so many goals is that Hugo Lloris’ price has dropped in fantasy, making him a decent option when Spurs face Sunderland next weekend.  As for Liverpool players, there is nothing to say that I haven’t said in previous weeks.  Enjoy as many as you can afford.

The question for many managers this week will be whether or not Wayne Rooney is worth £ 26.32M for those who don’t already own him.  What do you think?

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