News Wrap – GW2

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Well another gameweek down, how are we all looking?! Look out for a massive transfer wrap tomorrow as deadline day plays out! For now I will take a look at all the injuries and team news so far this week.


  • Odemwingie is a slight doubt for this weekend as is teammate Lukaku. However I feel both will be right to host Everton on Saturday.
  • Kaboul looks to be out for an extended period of time (4 months), so Gallas may be assured of a starting role in the Spurs back 4. One to watch at 5.0, however due to his age Vertonghen might be your best bet in the centre but at 6.5 Walker and Assou-Ekotto provide more secure, better options.
  • Silva is still not at peak fitness level admits Mancini and may start, but if so it will not be for the full 90. Over the next few games expect him to continue to be eased back into the action, either off the bench or being subbed around 60 minutes. Avoid for now, whilst Toure and Nasri provide great replacements for the near future.
  • Aguero looks like he will miss this week’s home game to QPR, and is in line for a return in gameweek 4. However he has been called up by Argentina for international duties over the break, which has frustrated Mancini. He may not be a great option until at least gameweek 5, Tevez seems secure for now.
  • Rooney will continue to recover from that nasty leg gash he received in the dying minutes against Fulham and is expected to miss at least another month, leaving the door wide open for Van Persie to leave his mark, while Kagawa looks set for a starting role until Rooney’s return.
  • Koscielny has returned to Arsenal’s squad for their clash against Liverpool but is no certainty to start, Jenkinson looks good for at least one more week. Hold for now if you have him but don’t trade him in, please.
  • Lucas suffered another unfortunate injury and looks set to miss the next 2-3 months. This will leave the door wide open for Sahin to fill the hole, which could provide a fantastic prospect for fantasy managers depending on his entry price. Watch him for sure.

Team news/Form:

  • Mirallas played a huge part in Everton’s 5-0 win over Lorient, continuing their fantastic form. He looks a great future fantasy prospect, but tired early in the second half and should not be considered yet.
  • McClean enjoyed himself to a brace against Morcambe with Johnson providing both assists. Fletcher failed to impact but Johnson’s impact was immediate. McClean continues on many radars including mine and must be watched, as should Johnson.
  • Bent finally got on the scoresheet in Aston villas recent 3-0 win. Don’t get too excited yet but we all know what he can produce on his day, patience is key. Holman chipped in with an assist also.
  • Good news for Reading owners with Pogrebnyak and Guthrie getting amongst their 3-2 win over Perterborough. They got a goal and an assist respectively and looked the goods, Guthrie especially in a more advanced midfield role. His manager was clearly impressed and could be a sign of things to come. If this is so owners should certainly reconsider selling him, give him a chance in his new role as returns and game time look set to continue.
  • Beausejour looks set to move to a LWB position in Wigan’s 3-5-2 on his return from a hamstring injury. This is due to Alcaraz‘s red card and suspension. His fantasy prospects are hazy for now but with Moses now gone he may be their most potent wide man. Don’t write him off just yet.
  • Long scored a brace as West Brom comfortably accounted for Yeovil 4-2. Brunt also served a reminder of his fantasy potential with a goal and a pair of assists. Both don’t look set for immediate investment but with West Brom’s promising form they could be set to increase in value.
  • Nolan grabbed another assist in Fulham’s 2-0 win and looks the goods. At 6.0 I like him as a budget option differential and with a healthy fixture list to come definitely look at him for that final mid-pricer.
  • Swansea continued on their merry way winning another game 3-1, Graham once again on the scoresheet and looking the best option as far as budget forward line options go. With Sinclair on the outer and Hernandez coming in there is plenty going on at the Liberty, but more on that in tomorrow’s transfer article. However long story short, invest invest invest for the next 6 gameweeks, they are on fire!
  • Stoke leaked 4 goals in their loss to Swindon and are looked shaky, interestingly coming off a clean sheet against Arsenal they are proving hard to read. They kept a reasonably similar backline to the weekend so maybe it was a one-off. Sorenson replaced Begovic in goals which is good news for those with Begovic, Walters also grabbed a goal and assist off the bench. He still provides a threat.
  • Finally some negative news for fantasy managers. Fulham failed to score in their 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. Petric was rested, however they played a relatively full strength squad otherwise. They are also proving hard to read, maybe we shouldn’t read too much into these cup games, although Jol was clearly very disappointed at their first round exit. Good news for us though, less cup distractions for the BPL!

Well a lot going on this week as we lead up to the final gameweek before the first international break. Keep your eyes peeled for my massive transfer wrap to come tomorrow with Deadline day sure to provide us with plenty of chaos! The number of signings has already reminded us why we keep our wildcard until this 2 week break, well done to those who did… for the rest of us we sit and hope! That’s about it for now as far as fantasy relevant players go, hope you guys enjoyed it!



18 comments on “News Wrap – GW2

  1. The Plagiarist

    Brilliant write up. You blokes are worth your weight in gold.

    Nervous about this game week. Bench is Hazard, Torres and Ivanovic! Should I trade one of them for points this week or play my bench fodder and pray for luck? I want those Chelsea boys long term and would have to trade them back in next week.

    • tseagrim Post Author

      Look at Chelsea’s fixtures the next four weeks upon returning. QPR (A) , Stoke (H), Arsenal (A), Norwich (H). Wank wank money in the bank. Keep Torres unless you can sneak him out and back in before prices rises. That’ll mean trading him now then trading him back in almost as soon as lockout starts!

  2. adzman78 Post Author

    you have 2 free trades i assume? Out of those three i reckon Torres is the only one that hasnt changed much in price yet? (could be wrong)

    maybe just sneak him out and then back in?

    finding a clean sheet these days is like the lottery, whos to say you dont trade in another defender and they score the same as clyne?

    • Liam

      I want Gallas but am 0.3 short…

      Yeah I have made 2 trades with a 4 point hit, looking at a third why?

      have tierney on the field he won’t play
      IF I TRADE: no clean sheet is an extra 2 points (-2)
      a clean sheet is 6 points total (so 2 overall) but it also sets me up for future gameweeks.

      Thoughts? I have 0.7 in the bank a move will leave me with 0.2-0.7 while I will need to make two trades to get hazard next week (for vdv).

        • Liam

          trade for who? I can’t afford gallas looking at a fellow 4.0 or 4.5.

          Wonder what Julio Cesar is going to come at will be all over it if it is 4.5 his a great shot stopper (I see it being 5.0 though)

    • The Plagiarist

      Ok. Torres out for one week only. Can’t have Adebayor for moral reasons. Berba or Carroll worth a punt?

  3. Bayswater Toffee's gaffer

    Andy Carroll to West Ham on loan makes him fantasy potential. Lets be honest he was never going to succeed at Liverpool. Being the centre of attention for Big Sam may see him start banging them away.

  4. Hplate

    I think the loss of Dembele will have a pretty severe effect on Fulham. He’s been in fine form so far this season and his ability to boss the pitch will be missed.

  5. Brian Hwang (@BriannnnHwannng)

    I realllyyyy need help.. freakin silva apparantly won’t play full game until a while, and is out of form.. do i trade him out for michu and take -4 point hit.. but will michu score 4 points more den silva? or maybe i should trade someone else in for silva?? HELP!!

    • mattcraigdt Post Author

      Tough one, to save money probs trade in Michu now but Silva still has the potential to score decent against QPR… Quite honestly toss of the coin but I feel Michu is a must have.

  6. Fitzy

    Whats wrong with Silva, just unfit? Not good enough (Doubtful), or out of form? Why isn’t he getting full time on field? When will he get full time?

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