fantasy premier league line ups – game week 4


Here’s my  fantasy premier league prediction of  line ups for GW4  Injuries are from the Physio room site  Updated 14/9/2012.

ARSENAL (Southampton H)

OUT

L Fabianski Shoulder Injury no return date
V Diaby Muscle Injury 18th Sep 12
T Walcott Illness 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
M Chamakh Illness no return date
W Szczesny Rib Injury 15th Sep 12
T Rosicky Calf/Shin Injury 6th Oct 12
B Sagna Broken Leg 6th Oct 12
E Frimpong ACL Knee Injury 29th Sep 12
J Wilshere Ankle/Foot Injury 6th Oct 12

LINEUP 4-2-3-1

Szczesny – Jenkinson Gibbs Vermaelen Mertesacker – Ramsey Arteta –  Podolski  Oxlade – Chamberlain Cazorla – Giroud

Its hard not to see Szczesny not returning.  You would think with 3 clean sheets that Mertesacker will keep his place over Koscielny.  I’m banking on the Ox keeping his place over Gervinho.

best performers:  Cazorla

value:  Jenkinson short term

Cheapie:  Jenkinson

Best value defensive cover:  Gibbs

%th best next 6 fixtures.

ASTON VILLA (Swansea  H)

OUT

F Delph Knee Injury 15th Sep 12
C Herd Thigh Muscle Strain 15th Sep 12
J Bennett Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
K El Ahmadi Calf/Shin Injury 15th Sep 12
G Gardner ACL Knee Injury May 13
S Carruthers Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
R Dunne Gilmores Groin 30th Sep 12
M Albrighton Metatarsal Fracture 30th Sep 12
S Petrov Acute Leukaemia no return date

LINEUP 4-4-1-1

Guzan – Lowton Clark Vlaar Lichaj –  Bannan El Ahmadi Holman Ireland -Benteke Bent

Impossible to predict but here goes anyway.  I think Guzan will hold his place after a MOTM performance last time out.  A better defensive performance should see the back 4 line up the same so I’m going for Lichaj to keep out Baker and Bennett out.  NZogbia could return for the home game but I’m going for 2 strikers for the home game and with Ireland holding his place.  After encouraging words about new boy Benteke I’m going for him to line up.  But dont listen to any of that, Vlaar and Bent are the only players even remotely safe.

best performers: Bent

value:  Ireland £5.3m

Cheapie:  El Ahmadi midfield £4.5m

Defence:  Wouldn’t touch it but if you have to Clark for attacking returns

£rd best next 6 fixtures.

CHELSEA (QPR A)

OUT

J Terry Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
A Cole Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12

LINEUP 4-2-3 -1

Cech – Ivanovich Terry Luiz Cole – Mikel  Lampard – Hazard Bertrand Ramires –  Torres

Cole and Terry are fit according to RDM.  Given the comments re Mata and international rest I expect Bertrand to take his place

19th next best 6 fixtures

Ivanovic, Hazard Torres and Lampard have been the star performers

value:  No one stands out maybe Ramires at £6.6m

Best value route in to defence:  Ivanovic £6.8m

cheapie:  Mikel at £4.5m

EVERTON (NEWC H)

OUT

S Pienaar Hip/Thigh Injury 17th Sep 12
D Gibson Thigh Muscle Strain 21st Oct 12

LINEUP 4-4-1-1

Howard – Hibbert Baines Jagielka Distin –  Naismith Neville Osman Pienaar- Fellaini Jelavic

I’ve kept with Fellaini behind Jelavic although Mirralas must be pushing for a start

best performers:  Fellaini Pienaar Jelavic and Baines

Best route in to defence. Hibbert is the cheapest route. Baines is the Rolls Royce

$th best next 6 fixtures.

FULHAM (WBA H)

OUT

M Diarra Knee Injury no return date
K Richardson Hip/Thigh Injury no return date
A Dejagah Knock no return date
B Ruiz Hamstring Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
P Senderos Ankle/Foot Injury no return date
K Frei Groin Strain 15th Sep 12
S Davies Neck Injury 15th Sep 12

LINEUP 4-4-1-1

Schwarzer – Reither Hangeland Hughes Riise – Duff  Sidwell Diarra  Kacaniklic – Ruiz Berbatov

Richardson out so cheapie favourite  Kacaniklic should start. Berba starts according to Fulham.  Ruiz 50/50 and Im going for him to line up or Rodallega if he isnt fit.  Petric likes playing as the most advanced forward and was subbed for Berba last time out.

best performers:  Duff

value: Hughes £4.5m  Kacaniklic £4.6m

1st  next best 6 fixtures

Best route in to defence:  Hughes is the cheapest route in to the defence but Hangeland represents great value if you’ve got the spare cash

cheapie:  Kacaniklic £4.6m

LIVERPOOL (Sunderland A)

OUT

M Kelly Knock 15th Sep 12
J Enrique Knee Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
O Assaidi Gilmores Groin no return date
L Leiva Hip/Thigh Injury Nov 12
J Cole Hamstring Injury 23rd Sep 12

LINEUP4-3-3

Reina – Kelly Johnson Skrtel Agger – Allen Gerrard Sahin – Suarez Borini Sterling

Enrique seems very doubtful so I’ve gone for Kelly to start with Johnson at LB

best performers to date:  Suarez, Gerrard and Johnson

value: Sterling  but maybe short term

Cheapie: Sterling £4.5m

best route in to the defence:  Skrtel and Enrique at £6.0m and £5.9

8th best next 6 fixtures

MAN CITY (Stoke  A)

OUT

J Rodwell Knee Injury 15th Sep 12
P Zabaleta Hamstring Injury 15th Sep 12
M Balotelli Eye Surgery 15th Sep 12
S Aguero Knee Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
M Richards Ankle/Foot Injury no return date

LINEUP 3-5-2

Hart – Maicon  Zabaleta Kompany Lescott Kolarov – YYT  Nasri  Rodwell-  Tevez Dzeko

Ive gone for  3-5-2 being the defensive away formation.  I can see Zabaleta starting instead of Kolo and Maicon debuting as a wing back.  I think Rodwell will start with Garcia spared an introduction to premier league football through Stoke.    I cant in a million years see Aguero being risked and Dzeko will continue up front.  I also think the pattern of only 1 of Nasri and Silva playing away continue.

Best performers:  YYT Nasri Tevez

value: Zabaleta

best route in to defence:  Zabaleta subject to Maicon risk. Kompany is the Rolls Royce option

cheapies:  none

12th next best 6 fixtures

MAN UTD ( Wigan H)

OUT

R Van Persie Hip/Thigh Injury 15th Sep 12
S Kagawa Back Injury 15th Sep 12
P Jones Cartilage Knee Injury 20th Oct 12
A Young Knee Injury 15th Sep 12
W Rooney Deep Leg Laceration 23rd Sep 12
C Smalling Metatarsal Fracture 7th Oct 12

LINEUP 4-2-3-1

De Gea – Rafael Evra  Vidic Ferdinand –  Carrick Scholes  – Nani Valencia Kagawa  –  RVP 

SAF words gave encouragement to De Gea returning.  Despite Evans being fit I expect Ferdy to start after Evans exertions in the international break.  Scholes performance at Saints should earn him a start over Cleverly who played mid week.  It will be interesting to see if Kagawa plays as he is fit.  Young could play behind RVP instead if SAF chose to rest him.   Nani should start over Young with Young in the recovery process.

best performers stats wise was Rafael, Valencia, Kagawa, RVP

cheapies:  none

value: Cleverley Rafael

Best route in to defence:  Value in defence only Rafael for those willing to gamble on selection.  Vidic is Rolls Royce option

18th next best 6 fixtures

NEWCASTLE UTD (Everton A)

OUT

T Krul Arm/Elbow Injury 29th Sep 12
F Coloccini Hamstring Injury 17th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
H Vučkić Groin Strain no return date
D Simpson Hamstring Injury 29th Sep 12
J Perch Neck Injury 17th Sep 12
R Taylor ACL Knee Injury Mar 13
C Tiote Calf/Shin Injury 23rd Sep 12
S Ameobi Hamstring Injury 17th Sep 12
LINEUP 4-4-2

Harper –  Perch Santon S Taylor Willimson – Gutierrez  Anita Cabaye Ben Arfa – P Cisse Ba

Defensive injuries all over the place here.  Anyone could be at RB if Perch doesn’t make it.

Best performers.  Cisse Ba Ben Arfa

Value:  Ba £7.7m

Cheapies:  None

Best Route in to defence:  No one stands out as value.  I would probably go with Steven Taylor or Santon for attacking value

8th best fixtures in the next 6

NORWICH CITY (West Ham  H)

OUT

R Martin Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
S Lappin Ankle/Foot Injury no return date
E Bennett Knee Injury 23rd Sep 12
E Ward Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
S Whittaker Ankle/Foot Injury no return date

LINEUP 4-4-2

Ruddy- R Martin Bassong Barnett Garrido – Pilkngton Howson Johnson Snodgrass – Jackson Holt

I think Hughton will revert back to 4-4-2

best performers:  Pilkington Snodgrass

value: snodgrass

cheapies:  Barnett £4.0m Def, seems to be holding his place

15th best  next 6 fixtures

Best value in to defence:   looking more solid.  Barnett is the cheapie.  Martin at £4.5m is the quality

QPR (Chelsea H)

OUT

S Mbia Knock no return date
A Ferdinand Shoulder Injury 15th Sep 12

LINEUP 4-5-1

Cesar – Boswinga Ferdinand Nelsen Fabio – Park Granero Faurlin Mackie Hoilett- Cisse

I’m going for Nelsen to hold his place over Hill after a reasonable performance at City.  With Diakite out for personal reasons I’ve gone for Faurlin to step in to a 5 man midfield.

17th best next 6 fixtures

cheapies;  Nelsen £3.9m  but  risky game time wise.

best performers:   None

value:  Nelsen.

best defensive option:  best value is Fabio at £4.4m

READING (Spurs H)

OUT

LINEUP 4-5-1

Federici- Gunter Gorkss Pearce Harte – Leigerwoot Guthrie McAnuff McLeary Karacan – Pogrebnyak

cheapies: Gunter Gorkss at £4.0m and £3.9m  Guthrie at £4.$m is the best in midfield  bet over Karacan at £4.3m whos place is not certain

best performers:  Guthrie

value:  Guthrie at £4.4m Harte at £4.4m for attacking prospects  Pogrebnyak at £4.9m compared to other cheap  strikers

Best defensive value:  Gorkss at £3.9m

16th next best 6 fixtures

SOUTHAMPTON (Arsenal A)

OUT

D Fox Groin Strain 15th Sep 12
S De Ridder Knock 15th Sep 12
J Cork Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12

LINEUP 4-5-1

Davis – Clyne Fonte Hooveld Fox  – Schniederlin Davis Lallana Ward – Prowse Puncheon – Lambert 

Cheapies:  Defence Clyne and Fonte at £4.0m midfield Schniederlin and WP at £4.5m.  Puncheon at £4.4m although Do Prado may have the long term spot

best performers: Lambert Lallana

Best value:  Lambert looks good value at £6.0m when the fixtures improve also the defensive pair above

best route in to defence:  as above

fixtures: 13th best next 6

STOKE CITY (Man City H)

OUT

A Wilkinson Concussion 15th Sep 12
J Ness Groin Strain 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
M Etherington Hamstring Injury 15th Sep 12

LINEUP 4-4-2

Begovic – Wilkinson Wilson Huth Shawcross – Kightly Cameron Adam Pennant – Walters Crouch

Etherington or Pennant is the main area of doubt.

cheapies none

best  performers:  Walters Kightly

value:  walters at £6.4m in mid playing as a striker

best route in to def:  Wilson seems the most secure  £4.5m

20th next best 6 fixtures

SUNDERLAND (Liverpool H)

OUT

A Johnson Thigh Muscle Strain 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
L Cattermole Dead Leg 15th Sep 12
W Brown Knee Injury 22nd Sep 12
P Bardsley Ankle/Foot Injury 22nd Sep 12

LINEUP 4-4-1-1

Mignolet –  Oshea Cuellar  Gardner Rose – Larsson Cattermole JohnsonMcLean – Sessegnon Fletcher

cheapies:  Cattermole £4.5m.  Dont select as YC magnet

Best performers : Fletcher

value:  Cuellar

best route in to defence:  Cuellar at £4.5m

14th next best 6 fixtures

SWANSEA CITY (Villa A)

OUT

Monk Back Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
K Bartley Thigh Muscle Strain Dec 12
N Taylor Ankle/Foot Injury May 13

LINEUP 4-3-3

Vorm – Rangel Davies Williams Tate- Britton Michu De Guzman – Dyer Routledge Graham

Davies will start according to the manager but it will only be short term. Routledge is in fantastic form and should hold his place over Hernandez.

cheapies:  Britton £4.4m mid Davies £4.0m short term

best performances: Michu  Rangel Dyer Routledge

best value:  Michu  Dyer

best value route in to defence:  Rangel  £5.2m

7th best next 6 fixtures

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Reading A)

OUT

Y Kaboul Knee Injury Dec 12
Gomes Ankle/Foot Injury no return date
S Parker Achilles Tendinopathy 23rd Sep 12

LINEUP 4-3-3

Friedel – Walker Assou-Ekotu Vertonghen Gallas – Sigurdsson  Sandro Dembele – Adebayor Bale Defoe

comments about jet lag make me think Dempsey wont play.  I’ve gone for Lennon to miss out for Adebayor.  AVB has shown a willingness for them to play together.

cheapies:  none

best performer: Defoe BAE

best value:  Gallas

best value route in to defence:  Gallas although comes with game time risk

6th best next 6 fixtures

WBA (Fulham A)

OUT 

R Lukaku Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
Z Gera Knock 15th Sep 12
S Reid Hamstring Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
J Thomas Knee Injury 6th Oct 12

LINEUP 4-4-2

Foster – Reid McAuley Ridgewell Olsson – Morrison Dorrans Yacob Mulumbu -Long Odemwingie

I’ve gone for Odem to start ahead of Lukaku and Fortune after a great substitute appearance last week

9th best next 6 fixtures

cheapies: none

best value:  McAuley Ridgewell

best performers: Ridgewell Morrison McAuley

best value route in to defence:  Ridgewell and McAuleyfor attacking potential

WEST HAM (Norwich A)

OUT

A Carroll Hamstring Injury 22nd Sep 12
M Jarvis Thigh Muscle Strain 15th Sep 12
G McCartney Ankle/Foot Injury 15th Sep 12
J Collison Knee Injury no return date

LINEUP 4-3-3

Jaaskelainen – Demel Collins Reid McCartney  -Diame  Noble Nolan   – Vaz Te Cole  Jarvis

Ive gone for Cole to replace Carroll. Taylor was excellent but I’ve gone for Big sam to go for the crossing ability of Jarvis

Cheapies:  Demel and McCartney £4.1m and £4.0m in defence.

best performers last week:  Nolan

value: 2 defenders above  Noble Nolan

best value route in to defence: 2 defenders as above

2nd best  next best 6 fixtures

WIGAN ATHLETIC (Man Utd A)

OUT

A Alcaraz Groin/Pelvis Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test
J Beausejour Hamstring Injury 15th Sep 12 Late Fit Test

LINEUP 3-2-3-2

Al Habsi – Boyce Ramis Caldwell – Figueroa Beausejour – Mccarthy McCarthur Moloney – Di Santo Kone

11th best next 6 fixtures

cheapies:  none

value:  Di santo

best value route in to defence:  figueroa

best  performers : Di Santo Figueroa