Fantasy Football – Week 5

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The first rounds of the Champions League and Europa League group stages are behind us and we now look forward to this weekend’s Premier League action. At TKTG we have studied the squads and match-ups to bring you our Fantasy Football picks for the week. Remember to join our league at the official game using the code: 101892-53185.

It is important to note that several teams played in Europe midweek and their managers will certainly be rotating players due to injuries and to ensure fresh starting XIs. Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham played at home while Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle had challenging games away. Most of the participating sides fielded their strongest squads except for Liverpool and Newcastle, therefore one should only expect a few changes from most of the managers as they look to win their upcoming fixtures. The rest of the clubs got a short break in comparison and as a result Stoke City, Norwich and QPR could hold a slim advantage over Chelsea, Newcastle and Spurs in their respective fixtures.

Swansea v Everton

Michael Laudrup’s side is buoyed by recent results, which have launched them into 5th place. Swansea’s midfielders provide excellent value for money at the moment, Michu did not do well in the last game but continues to be joint top-scorer with 4 goalsMeanwhile, playmaker Nathan Dyer and winger Wayne Routledge are better options and priced lower than the Spaniard. Meanwhile, Danny Graham is an injury doubt so it would be wise to stay away from him although he is the only established striker at the club. That being said, The Toffees are unlikely to keep a clean sheet away to the Swans, but Baines is still a good pick and should chip in with an assist or a goal. Meanwhile, with Jelavic probably out, Anichebe and possibly new signing Mirallas are primed to make an impact if Everton are to get anything from this away fixture.

Chelsea v Stoke City

Look out for some changes at Chelsea this week with Mata and Moses probably coming in as Oscar seemed to have a picked up a minor knock in midweek. In the meantime, Eden Hazard should remain in the starting eleven and is a no-brainer even if he only gave a minimal return last week. The London club’s defensive cohesion has been improving with each game and it should be able to easily deal with misfiring Stoke. A win and a clean sheet are both likely for Di Matteo’s team and Ivanovic is the best pick from his defenders. On the other hand, if Stoke are to pull a surprise at Stamford Bridge, Crouch and Walters are the probable architects.

Southampton v Aston Villa

The Saints have been very unlucky to still not have a single point to their name despite playing progressive football and scoring a few goals. Their form can only improve over the next 5 games as 3 of them will be at home so Puncheon and Lambert could prove valuable if you are looking for cheap options to complement your star picks. Bannan is the standout point-scorer from Villa this season but Bent should find his scoring touch sooner or later and, against a porous Southampton defence, this may be his week.

West Bromwich Albion v Reading

West Brom are flying high and are yet to concede at home this season. The trend appears to continue this season against struggling Reading, as a result Foster and the back line led by McAuley will surely rack up the points. Midfielder Morrison and forward Lukaku are the other picks from the Baggies this week, especially with Odemwingie suspended for the next 3 games. Reading are already in trouble this season and there are no outstanding performers to choose from so far but if anyone can pull them out of their slump it has got to be Guthrie or Pogrebnyak.

West Ham v Sunderland

Sam Allardyce’s side have been performing well defensively and that should continue against the Black Cats with Jaaskelainen a good choice if you are still looking for an affordable keeper with potential. Although Reid is the team’s highest fantasy scorer, our pick is Demel who has been sneakily picking up the points and offers a steal at £4.1m. Sunderland are another team that are winless so far and it is doubtful that they will change that at West Ham, though that has not prevented Steven Fletcher from scoring goals and features as the third striker in many a fantasy team.

Wigan v Fulham

If you went with last week’s pick Berbatov, then you must be pleased as many fantasy managers who did not will be scrambling to make space for the Bulgarian in their side. Duff & Kacaniklic continue to perform for the Cottagers, with the latter a good filler at £4.6m. Meanwhile, Maloney and Di Santo have been consistent for the Latics and are poised to contribute at home.

Liverpool v Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers fielded a younger team against Young Boys, probably with one eye on Sunday’s derby match against United, and therefore can be expected to bring in the key players that were rested in midweek. Liverpool will be pumped up against their rivals and could repeat their rousing performance against City a few weeks ago. There will be goals in this game and Suarez should get on the score sheet but if you do not have him in your team yet, you may find him expensive at £9.4m. Shelvey, who came off the bench to score two in midweek, is on form and at £5.3m is a decent buy. Robin van Persie is on fire for United and will lead the the line with Rooney still out which means he will also be on spot-kick duty. If you already have the Dutchman then hold on to him, otherwise you could probably spread £13.5m more wisely. The goalie situation at United is still unclear and you should steer clear of both De Gea and Lindergaard until Sir Alex decides which one will be his stopper for the rest of the season.

Newcastle v Norwich

Norwich have only kept 1 clean sheet yet this season and that was at home, so Newcastle will surely exploit their defensive weakness at St. James’ Park. Demba Ba should return to the starting lineup after his brace against The Toffees last week especially with Cisse missing out in midweek with flu. The young frenchman, Hatem Ben Arfa, should dismantle the Canaries and is our choice at an affordable £7.7m. If you bring him in, he should be your captain for this gameweek.

Manchester City v Arsenal

Szczesny is out for Arsenal so Mannone will be in goal again but his clean sheets will surely come to an end against City. Podolski and Cazorla are in excellent form and should contribute as City’s defence is conceding with alarming regularity. Mancini has a deep squad to select from and will surely rest a few players who played the full 90 minutes in Madrid. Carlos Tevez could be benched as his compatriot Aguero is expected to return with either Dzeko or Balotelli joining him. Nasri is out injured but David Silva should provide the spark in midfield and finally live up to his price of £9.7m.

Tottenham v Queens Park Rangers

Spurs had a tough encounter in midweek but should triumph over their cross-town rivals who are still struggling to gel as a team. Nevertheless, there will be a couple of goals in this one and we expect Adebayor to pass his late fitness test to feature in this game. Dempsey caused problems against Lazio and is our pick to score points in this fixture. Taraabt has been a disappointment so far and only Zamora can be considered from a disjointed QPR side that is still to click.

Injuries:

Stay up to date with the latest round of injuries at Physio Room.

Further reading:

If you feel like you still need to do some further research in order to top your fantasy league then have a look at Fantasy Gaffer or Fantasy Football Scout

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2 Comments on “Fantasy Football – Week 5”

  1. Amin September 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Some interesting picks. Can’t wait for Super Sunday!

    • Asfand September 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      The picks aren’t looking half bad if I do say myself!

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