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.
- 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!