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Hello once again, DesiEPLFantasyManager is back after last week’s unplanned hiatus.. i don’t reckon anybody was holding their breath for the next post.. still, i’d have been very happy if somebody at least fainted from the lack of air..!!

So the blog’s been getting a lot of comments (mostly spam :p ), and very few page visits… i’d be lying if i say it doesn’t disappoint me, but all i can do is chin up and soldier on for the few loyal readers i’m aware of…

Also, i’ve decided that i will have to modify my post pattern… instead of posting player performances AND predictions in the same post, i will post twice a week – the review right after the Gameweek ends, and a preview before the next one starts.

Hopefully that’ll give me more time to analyse performances and explain/elaborate my tactics and selection criteria… (also, that’ll mean more posts!)

  • Goalkeepers:
  1. Jose Reina (High) – Liverpool’s woeful start to the season needs no reminder. But with a seemingly easier schedule ahead, the Reds can be expected to start mounting the “Top 6” finish challenge that seems to be long overdue. They have the best possible opportunity this week, against Norwich City, who have yet to win a single game this season. A lot will depend on the Spaniard, will this be the week he finally delivers?
  2. Cesar (Medium) – Perhaps one of the biggest transfer coups across the entire EPL, the Brazilian is earnestly performing for the Rangers. A dream clean sheet debut against Chelsea was followed by a loss to Tottenham. With  QPR hosting West Ham at home, a second clean sheet in three matches seems a reasonable accomplishment.
  3. Steve Harper (Low) – With Tim Krul injured, Harper is expected to start against bottom of the table Reading. The Toons’ forwards and midfielders will dominate possession, giving the home team barely any chance of a goal scoring attempts. Expect Harper to have a leisurely day in the office.
  • Defenders
  1. John Terry (High) – A clean sheet will be a highly unlikely situation in the North London Derby this week. However, with off the field troubles cast side, the Blues Captain will be looking for an opportunity to start his 4 match ban after a blockbuster performance.  A valuable asset during set pieces, JT might score off a corner. A man to watch out for.
  2. Ryan Shawcross (Medium) – Stoke at home are always be a formidable opponent. With Swansea having misplaced their scoring boots, this might well be the best chance the Potters have to record their first win of the season. Their skipper will have to step up to the plate, and don’t be surprised if he delivers. But his tendency to pick up a card might just do his inclusion in your FPL team some harm..
  3. Billy Jones (Low) – Injuries to the West Brom defense has provided young Billy Jones the opportunity to start in the match against Aston Villa. With Wes Brom battling to extend their fairy tale start to the season, a trip to Aston Villa, who could be tired after a long midweek Capitol One match against Manchester City. Easily the bargain basement buy of this week.
  • Midfielders:
  1. Juan Mata (High) – The one match that Chelsea rested Mata was the only one in which they dropped points. Although Eden Hazard has dazzled the EPL, it is Mata’s intricate and intelligent passing that will be key to a victory at Arsenal. Expect the Blues’ crucial plays of the day to heavily involve the Spaniard.
  2. Hatem Ben Arfa (Medium) – Newcastle will be aiming for a solid performance against Reading. With their forwards seemingly in goal scoring form, expect the mercurial Frenchman to dance around the Royals’ defense.
  3. Raheem Sterling (Low) – The Reds are away to Norwich City, and while the Canaries have managed to shore up their defense after the 5-0 opening day loss to Fulham, they will struggle against the lively 17 year old. With a lot of pressure and responsibility to be shouldered among the Liverpool midfield, this might just be the occasion when the new “Merseyside Messiah” delivers.
  • Forwards:
  1. Lukas Podolski (High) – The German international has settled down fantastically at the Emirates. Great work ethic, combined with a fierce drive and an even fiercer left foot make the former Cologne one of the best buys across the league. HE was largely absent in the previous match against Manchester City. Expect him to make for the lost time. Adept at set pieces, he will look to impress the home crowd against title contenders Chelsea.
  2. Demba Ba (Medium) – Week 3 of the “Demba Ba Audition Show” promises to be as fruitful, if not more, than the previous two. Unsettled by the lack of playing time and seemingly wanting to move out during the January transfer window, expect the Senegalese hitman to put yet another impressive display against a Reading team that languishes at the bottom of the table.
  3. Steven Fletcher (Low) – If he scores today, he will be only the second player in the history of the EPL to score all the first five goals for his side. A comfortable fixture against Wigan should pose a great opportunity for the record to be matched – and possibly bettered.

That’s it for this week’s predictions! Here’s hoping these picks come in handy for your FPL team!

Cheers!

DesiEPLFantasyManager.

 

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It’s great to finally have some EPL action after the terribly timed inter-lull!

Most of us can’t wait for the action to start once again – but this week might just be a little unpredictable, what with the players returning from international duty (maybe) not having fully recovered yet…

Plenty of changes to be made – injuries and players being rested mean this weekend is very crucial as your FPL points might take a slight hit – if you’ve stocked up on international superstars!

Before we go into the GW4 player prospects, let me quickly highlight performances by last weeks’ picks’:

Goalkeepers:

Joe Hart (High) – Round Score : 3

Michel Vorm (Medium) – Round Score: 1

***Vito Mannone (Low) – Round Score: 7***

Predictions’ Success – 1/3

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Defenders:

Vincent Kompany (High) – Round Score: 2

Sylvain Distin (Medium) –  Round Score: 0

Danny Simpson (Low) – Round Score: 1

Predictions’ Success – 0/3

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Midfielders:

Gylfi Sigurdsson (High) – Round Score: 1

Yao Gervinho (Medium)  – Round Score: 0 (DNP)

***Shaun Maloney (Low) – Round Score – 7***

Predictions’ Success – 1/3

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***Robin van Persie (High) – Round Score: 15***

Nikica Jelavic (Medium) – Round Score: 2

Danny Graham (Low) – Round Score: 2

Predictions’ Success – 1/3

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Okay, so i’ll be the first to admit my calculations were waaaaay off the mark…

Here’s hoping this week’s picks have better returns!

  • Goalkeepers:
  1. Petr Cech (High): The game agains QPR will be in the spotlight mainly due to the Terry-Ferdinand drama, but it will an intense match nonetheless. QPR have had many new signings but whether they have found their rhytem is debatable. Expect the Blues defense to play for pride and produce a top-drawer performance – which bodes well for the Czech.
  2. Brad Friedel/Hugo Lloris (Medium) – This one’s a gamble. Spurs have had a nightmarish start to their season. New Andres Villas Boas is under a lot of pressure. A new distraction for the Portuguese gaffer is which keepr to pick. American Friedel is an EPL veteran. Frenchman Lloris is one of most prodigious young keepers – and Captain for his national side. Whoever DOES get picked will have to perform impressively or risk losing their spot. Keep the pop corn ready…
  3. Jussi Jaaskelainen (Low) – West Ham United had a great game against a weakened Fulham. Norwich have had a less than decent start to the season – with 2 points from their first 3 games. They’ve only scored twice this season, but let in 7. Jussi might jaasst make it two clean sheets in a row. Couldn’t help myself.
  • Defenders:
  1. Thomas Vermaelen (High) – With the Gunners seemingly finding their goal-scoring form up front, all eyes will now focus on the only defense across all 4 leagues in England who haven’t conceded a goal after three rounds of matches. A fourth clean sheet against the menacing but extremely unlucky Southampton team looks achievable – and the Belgian will have to take charge for that to happen, by keeping Lambert & Co. in check.
  2. Pablo Zabaleta (Medium) – No matter what formation Roberto Mancini puts out this weekend – expect the Argentine to be in the starting XI. Having quietly established himself as an indispensable part of the City team, he will play key role if the Citizens finally end their erratic defensive performances and reclaim last seasons’ form.
  3. Winston Reid (Low) – Reid had a fantastic outing against Fulham. A clean sheet and a well taken header to show for the teams well deserved victory. With Norwich attack not really posing a major edge, another clean sheet might well be on the cards.
  • Midfielders:
  1. Eden Hazard (High) – The Belgian is in irresistible form. Having scored a truckload of points in the first 3 matches already, Hazard is being hailed as the man who will lead Chelsea to their next domestic title – some say as early as this season itself. The Blues will play a League match after almost three weeks, and should be well rested and well prepared to run riot against a seemingly clueless QPR side. Hazard for FPL Captain!
  2. Hatem Ben Arfa (Medium) – That Ben Arfa is talented is clearly stating the obvious. But the mercurial Frenchman fails to churn out consistent performances and deeply divides opinions among EPL fans. If Newcastle are to mount a challenge for a top 4 finish, they will have to defeat teams like Everton en route. Expect a cracking match at Goodison Park. The Toon Army will be praying the prodigy arrives.
  3. Moussa Dembele (Low) – Dembele is widely tipped to be handed his first start for Spurs. The former Fulham man will be key to their attacking moves, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Gareth Bale not having found their edge just yet. A great buy, and a sound investment.  And yet another Belgian to feature on today’s list.
  • Forwards:
  1. Carlos Tevez (High) – The Argentine has put last seasons troubles firmly behind and given the Citizens many reason to cheer – 3 goals and 3 assists to be specific. If the Sky Blues want to stamp their authority at Stoke – where many top teams struggle – Tevez will be the key to unlocking the stingy Potters defense.
  2. Peter Odemwingie (Medium) – West Brom are having a fairy tale start to the season. The Nigerian has enjoyed a mini-rejuvenation as the elder statesman for the young West Brom team. If  the Baggies are to to sustain that run, expect Peter to a play a major role and pile on pressure on the Cottagers.
  3. Franco Di Santo (Low) – Can Wigan pull off a repeat of last season’s performance when they defeated the Red Devils? Possibly. With a suspect defense and an even more suspect David De Gea, don’t be surprised if Roberto Martinez’s men manage to upset the Old Trafford faithful. A clean sheet by United seems highly unlikely, though a win can surely be achieved. Expect Di Santo to pester the red Devils back line convincingly.

After a less than impressive return last week, can this weeks picks possibly perform any worse? Highly unlikely…

Here’s hoping for a great weekend!!

🙂

Hello once again, my sparse yet loyal followers! (i sure hope so)

Gameweek3 is upon us; and the with some some smart planning and a little tweaking, you can enjoy another successful outing in the FPL…

Listed below are the players i recommended last week, and a gist if their performances –

Goalkeepers:

David De Gea (High) – Round Score: 2

*** Michel Vorm (Medium) – Round Score: 7***

Kelvin Davis (Low) – Round Score: 1

Predictions’ Success – 1/3

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Defenders:

***Leighton Baines (High) – Round Score: 7***

Kyle Walker (Medium)- Round Score: 2

***Carl Jenkinson (Low) – Round Score: 8***

Predictions’ Success – 2/3

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Midfielders:

***Shinji Kagawa (High) – Round Score: 7***
***Miguel Michu (Medium) – Round Score: 10***
***Steven Pienaar (Low) – Round Score: 10***

Predictions’ Success – 3/3

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Forwards:

Wayne Rooney (High) – Round Score: 1
Papiss Cissé (Medium) – Round Score: 2
Rickie Lambert (Low) – Round Score: 2

Predictions’ Success – 0/3

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So a few hits and misses.. hope my predictions fare better this GW… The technique remains the same: i’ll recommend players across the various positions (G’keeper/Defender/Midfielder/Forward) from three price bands – Low/Medium/High.

Here are the top choices for this weekend:

  • Goalkeepers:
  1. Joe Hart (High) – After 2 erratic defensive performances, expect Mancini to crack the whip and the City to defense to sort their act – which will ensure Hart is rarely troubled in goal.
  2. Michel Vorm (Medium) – Expect the Dutchman to be in control once again. The rampant Swans host Sunderland at home. Another clean sheet seems almost obligatory.
  3. Vito Mannone (Low) – Wojciech Szczesny’s absence means the Italian will take his place once again. With Arsenal’s defense looking confident, Don Vito might just earn their third clean sheet in a row.
  • Defenders:
  1. Vincent Kompany (High) – City will have to start imposing their authority over their opponents. It has been missing this season, and expect their Captain to put in a match winning performance.
  2. Sylvain Distin (Medium) – The Toffees’ central defender is performing exceptionally well, defying age and marshaling the Blues with rock solid defending. Expect an encore!
  3. Danny Simpson (Low) – Newcastle would love nothing better than to bounce back from the defeat last week. They host Aston Villa, who are woefully short in the attacking department.
  • Midfielders:
  1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (High) – With Rafael Van der Vaat’s departure, the Icelandic midfielder’s attacking responsibilities are heightened. Expect him to deliver.
  2. Yao Gervinho (Medium) – “Le Forehead” has dazzled in Arsenal’s opening matches, but hasn’t delivered. Liverpool’s shaky defense represents his best chance to finally realize his true potential.
  3. Shaun Maloney (Low) – Maloney has been one of Wigan’s better performers this season. Expect him to up the ante, now that Victor Moses has left for blue-r pastures.
  • Forwards:
  1. Robin van Persie (High) – The Dutchman will enjoy being the lone striker to complement the Red Devils’ attack. Rooney’s month long absence will mean he becomes indispensable. For some people, when it rains….
  2. Nikica Jelavic (Medium) – The Croatian will threaten to run riot against the West Bromwich defenders. Excellent movement on – and off the ball – means that Nikica will be a constant threat can simply not be ignored!
  3. Danny Graham (Low) – The Englishman finally opened his goal scoring account last week. Against Sunderland at home, don’t be surprised if he adds to the tally.

Hope this exhaustive compilation helps! Here’s to a great Gameweek ahead…

And here’s Stewart Downing continues his “fine” run against the Gunners!

After his successful loan move to West Ham United, here’s hoping Andy Carroll features on this list soon….

🙂

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