Round 5 is already upon us!, it feels like the champions league was only yesterday.. that can only mean one thing.. rotation! the FPL managers nightmare. Anyhow lets take a look at this weeks round preview *results may vary
Swansea v Everton
After a stunning start Swansea are stuttering a bit on the back of some defensive injuries, they still look to pass the ball but seem a lot more fragile in defence. Everton have been good and should have had 4 in the net on Monday night. They will come to Swansea with a defensive mindset and try to see if the Swans can break them down. Personally I don’t know how to call this one, Swansea will poke and prod the ball around but Everton are good in defence, I think a 1-1 may be the end result. FPL nightmare score. Players to watch- Baines, Pienaar, Michu, Dyer.
Chelsea v Stoke
Chelsea has been ok without being dominant, they have a lot of new players and it is taking time to bed in. They have been solid at the back however. Stoke have been the same old Stoke, playing tough football and usually sneaking a goal somehow. I’d reckon Stoke keep Chelsea at bay for long parts of this fixture but Chelsea will eventually unlock them for a 1-0 win. Players to watch- Mata, Hazard, Ivanovic. (this game could have rotation, beware)
Southampton v Villa
Southampton have had a horror fixture list so far, they acquitted themselves well early but are starting to unravel a bit. They still stream forward in attack but look calamitous in defence. Villa are slowly starting to get it together, they still are not firing on all cylinders but are looking a more solid team. I reckon both teams score here… maybe even two goals apiece, 2-2 in a free flowing encounter! So there will be some FPL points going here! Players to watch- Lambert.
West Brom v Reading
West Brom suffered their first defeat at the hands of a red hot Berbatov, they get the chance to go back home against a mediocre opposition now and re-establish their solid defence. Reading have been so/so this season, showing good glimpses at both ends but no real quality that sees them staying up. Chalk this is a regulation 3-0 to Albion. Players to watch- Long, Ridgewell, Lukaku.
West Ham v Sunderland
After a horror start West Ham have tightened right up at the back, they seem as solid as a rock under Big Sam but going forward there isn’t a lot there until Carroll returns. Sunderland have also been good defensively and are getting better now they have Fletcher poaching for them…. However he won’t get any scraps this time around 0-0 for mine! Players to watch- Tomkins, Jaaskalinen, Fletcher.
Wigan v Fulham
Wigan have been found out in recent weeks, their 3-5-2 isn’t working that well but they are the kind of side that can pull a great victory from nowhere. Fulham have been brilliant at home but horrible away. What do we put our faith in this week? The home/away stat? Or just on pure form? I’m leaning towards a 2-1 win to the Latics here… I want proof before I pick Fulham away. Players to watch- Betbatov, Di Santo.
Liverpool v Man U
In truth Liverpool have been playing some OK football, they just can’t get the ball in the net, they have however been committing some fairly bad mistakes in the back half. They have had a tough run of fixtures so things should be looking up soon. Man U is cruising along scoring lots of goals but they are not water tight at the back. In this fixture I would expect Liverpool to come out breathing fire as they normally do vs Man U, it should be a cagey affair with a few goals in it, I think it will be 2-1 but I can’t actually pick which way! I’m leaning towards 2-1 to Man U. Players to watch- RVP, Suarez, Gerrard, Valencia.
Newcastle v Norwich
Newcastle have had a horrendous run with injury so far but have been resolute getting results in games you wouldn’t expect them too. You can never discount a side with the attacking talents they have at their disposal. Norwich have been just OK but can’t crack it for a win. They are fairly well organised but don’t show any real standouts in any one area. I’d reckon Newcastle can cruise to a 2-0 win here, a good points game for Newcastle coming up! Players to watch- Ba, Ben Arfa.
Man City v Arsenal
City have been OK but by no means flying, they are still scoring goals but are always coming from behind after conceding. Arsenal are clicking into gear nicely, they are still solid in defence but are now scoring the goals their play has deserved. Hard game to pick this one, I actually have no idea! I think Arsenal will score, which will force City on the attack which will have them scoring also… from there… I don’t know… how about a 2-2 draw? Players to watch- Podolski, Gervhino, Cazorla, Tevez.
Tottenham v QPR
Our final game sees Spurs take on QPR. Spurs have finally won a game last week looking far better than they had, but still don’t look as fluid as Harry had them playing. QPR were resilient in the West London Derby but they are always up for that game! I don’t really see them getting much out of this game, I reckon spurs may tuck 2 goals away leaving the scoreline 2-0. Players to watch- Bale, Lennon, Defoe.
So that’s about it for the preview, hopefully some of it comes true but I fear a low scoring week this week with many of our favourites in tough match ups. Keep a look out tomorrow for Seags selection,