Friday, 13 September 2013

Gameweek 4 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul at the weekend. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Robin Van Persie- It's not often when Robin Van Persie blanks two weeks in a row. However, this week I still back him to be among the top point scorers versus promoted side Crystal Palace at home. The Dutchman is coming off a red hot international display, scoring 3 goals in two games for the Netherlands, and hopes to continue finding the back of the net at the weekend. 

Christian Benteke- Coming off a solid gameweek 1, Benteke failed to find the net versus Liverpool. Not to worry though, as the Reds have not conceded thus far through 3 gameweeks. This week Benteke is up against a lackluster Newcastle side, who have been lucky to keep their oppositions out the past 2 games. Benteke will cause havoc for the Toon, and surely be involved in the scoring in his first home game this season.

Roberto Soldado- Soldado is coming off a frustrating week 3, having two good opportunities in the box blocked by Arsenal players. Many fantasy owners are saying Soldado has been lucky to find the scoresheet twice in three weeks, but I disagee. Soldado is still adapting the the Premier League and has shown great movement, finding gaps in behind defenders. It is now up to his teammates to find him in those gaps, and with Lamela and Erikson joining the Spurs attack, it is likely that Soldado's attacking returns will increase over the next couple of weeks, where he has favorable fixtures. This weekend he has a great chance to continue his great scoring record against Norwich at home, and is likely to be among the goals.

Theo Walcott- This weekend Walcott is up against a struggling Sunderland, who have only been able to total 1 of a possible 9 points in their first 3 games. Sunderland will be at home at the Stadium of Light, and are unlikely to sit back and defend, as they really need something going forward if they're going to get anything out of this game. With this being said, I think an open game will benefit Walcott, as he can use his speed to find gaps behind defenders.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 2 teams for a clean sheet; Manchester United and Tottenham.

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- With Palace coming off a huge win in gameweek 2, I feel like they will be in for a shock when they arrive at Old Trafford. Manchester United are looking to avenge their 1-0 loss to Liverpool, and have been shutout for two weeks straight in the Premier League. I expect nothing less than a complete blowout in this game, with Palace not even getting a sniff at goal.

Tottenham vs. Norwich- Norwich are a team that have always struggled in the opposition's third. This weekend versus Tottenham will be no different, with Spurs looking solid in the back. Hugo Lloris looks well on his game, and with him commanding his defence, I don't see Norwich getting on the score sheet.

FLYING UNDER THE RADAR- Two players I fancy this week that have not yet flourished this season are Hatem Ben Arfa and Alvaro Negredo.

Hatem Ben Arfa- Still on the radar this week is Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa. Having scored last gameweek, he looks to be Newcastle`s main attacking threat. Also on penalties and corners, Ben Arfa may well be the best mid-priced midfielder to pick up over the next 2-3 weeks.

Alvaro Negredo- Having taken the Premier League by storm, Negredo has scored 2 goals in a mere 77 minutes. Trying to impress his new manager, Negredo has come off the bench in all 3 games he has featured, scoring in two of them. His red hot form suggests that he should be a starter in no time, and with his current record, I can see him causing trouble to the Stoke defenders, even the big men Shawcross and Huth. Keep and eye on him in the next 2-3 weeks.

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