Here’s my fantasy premier league match analysis for gameweek 4 part 2. Games covered are Aston Villa v Newcastle, Stoke v Man City, Fulham v WBA and Hull v Cardiff
All lineups and ratings from the Daily Mail
Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2
Aston Villa: (4-3-3) Guzan 7, Lowton 5, Okore 6, (Clark 30, 6) Vlaar 6, Luna 5; Westwood 6, Delph 7, El Ahmadi 5; (Kozak 67, 6) Weimann 5, (Tonev 88) Benteke 6, Agbonlahor 5.
Subs: Steer, Bacuna, Helenius, Sylla.
Goals: Benteke 67 Assists: Westwood
Newcastle United: (4-2-3-1) Krul 5, Debuchy 6, Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Coloccini 7, Santon 6; Sissoko 7, Anita 6; (Tiote 74, 6) Ben Arfa 8, Cabaye 7, (Ameobi 88) Remy 6; (Gouffran 63, 6) Cisse.
Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, Taylor, Dummett.
Goals: Ben Arfa 18, Gouffran 74 Assists: HBA and Cisse
Booked: Cabaye, Yanga-Mbiwa Debuchy, Gouffran
Cheapie Baker didnt make it to the bench for Villa and El Ahmadi became the 3rd midfielder which are the only areas of debate in the Lambert line up now. Anita kept his place over Tiote and Sissoko played in the defensive midfield 2 while Cabaye played in the advanced central midfield position
We know that Villa cando counter attack but can they break teams down in a structured way when they have no real creativity in the 3 midfieders and 2 wingers flanking Benteke. the jurys out today. A game that Newcastle won through some individual skill from HBA. Maybe we do have a credible mid priced midfielder
Neither defence covered themselves in glory today and after Villa looked so good in the first 3 games this was about poor defending and individual errors. Stats were pretty ordinary from both teams.
Scored from a corner assisted by some woeful goal keeping. Shooting stats were pretty ordinary and Norwich away next week will be interesting.
Missed an absolute sitter. Doesnt get into the box or shoot enough and this was replicated today with little attacking output.
No returns today but solid underlying stats. The question is with so many great strikers to choose from do you really want him occupying one of these slots. Not for me by a long chalk.
Good shooting stats again but just cant seem to hit the target. At least an assist today by the skin of his teeth looking at the replays. Like WEiman to many otehr good options.
I’ve been a little sceptical about him as he plays so wide and his repitoire last year consisted of seemingly shooting from the half way line.
Today he got in to the box more and shot from closer in and his average position was closer to centre and more advanced. Bale was probably the best example of someone who didn’t need to shoot inside the box to score and HBA, while not nearly in his class, has potential to make shots from outside the box work
Newcastle next week are home to Hull so if you’re going to buy this is the week to do it
Stoke 0 Man City 0
Stoke: Begovic 6; Cameron 7, Shawcross 6, Huth 6, Pieters 6; Walters 5, Nzonzi 7, Wilson 5, Adam 8 (Arnautovic 70, 6), Etherington 5 (Ireland 70, 6); Jones 7 (Crouch 77, 6). Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios.
Man City: Hart 7; Zabaleta 6, Garcia 5, Nastasic 6, Kolarov 5; Toure 5, Rodwell 5 6; Milner 5, Jovetic 5 (Aguero 63, 6), Nasri 5 (Navas 73, 6); Negredo 7. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Dzeko, Fernandinho, Boyata.
Booked: Javi Garcia
Fairly predictable line up now with Jones leading the line. A load of changes for City with Aguero also not immune from rotation
In truth this was shockingly comfortable for Stoke with virtually no player apart from maybe Hart emerging with any credit. The creativity was non existent and Silva certainly wont have been worried about his position while in his sick bed. City’s structured attack had a tempo that a snail would have been ashamed of andthe defence was just as bad with the left side especially looking terrible.
Stokes was fantastic and now Wilson a £4.5m fantasy premier league defender playing as a midfielder looks good value although I would leave the transfer until after the Arsenal away game. As said above Citys defence was terrible and the stats proved it. How they have kept 2 clean sheets is beyond me.
A bargain at £4.9m if you’re looking for a cheap Striker although there’s too many good options for a filler for me.
26% of fantasy premier league teams have him. Today he didn’t have a shot didn’t have a pen box touch and was the deepest of all the midfielders.
Both on the bench. Aguero for the champions league and Dzeko for Negredo. Interesting contrast to RVP and Rooney at home to Palace. I think they will suffer minimal rotation
Hull 1 Cardiff 1
Hull (4-4-2): McGregor 6; Elmohamady 6, Chester 6, Davies 7, Figueroa 7; Koren 6, Huddlestone 8, Livermore 7, Brady 6 (Quinn 67, 6); Aluko 6, Graham 5.
Subs not used: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, McShane, Boyd.
Goal: Davies 40. Assist: Huddlestone
Cardiff (4-5-1): Lewis 7; Theophile-Catherine 7, Caulker 7, Turner 6, Taylor 6; Gunnarsson 6, Medel 6, Cowie 7 (Mutch 90), Kim 5 (Maynard 46, 6), Whittingham 7; Campbell 5 (Gestede 65, 6).
Subs not used: Moore, Hudson, Odemwingie, Noone.
Booked: Campbell, Turner.
Goal: Whittingham 59. Assist Cowie
No surprises in the Hull Line up. Lewis becomes the 2nd £4.0m GK to play and KTC gets the RB spot over Connolly.
A game I expected Hull to hold on to but they didn’t succeed. A surprisingly entertaining game judging from the highlights
The Hull defence performed well. Stats for Crdiff weren’t that good though
These are the games you expect your cheapies to produce. Brady had virtually no attacking output in the 67 minutes he was on the pitch and Koren did most of the set piece work. Only 1 game but not positive at all.
Aluko and Graham
Together they had the best shooting stats buy far and Graham missed a absolute sitter. Aluko would be my choice of the 2 if I had to pick
A fairly quiet day for the once 2 goal bandwagon player of gameweek 2. I go back to my original statement that there are 2 many good forwards for a budget filler at the moment
Fulham 1 WBA1
FULHAM: Stockdale 7, Riether 7, Hangeland 6, Senderos 7, Richardson 6 (Amorebieta 6, 67), Sidwell 8, Parker 8, Kasami 7, Kacaniklic 7, Ruiz 7 (Duff 90), Berbatov 6,
Subs not used: Etheridge, Zverotic, Karagounis, Taarabt, Rodallega
Scorer: Sidwell (21)
WEST BROM: Myhill 6, Olsson 6, Ridgewell 7, McAuley 7, Jones 6, Yacob 6 (Morrison 63), Brunt 7, Amalfitano 6 (Sinclair 6, 63), Mulumbu 5, Anichebe 6 (Berahino 78), Anelka 6
Subs not used: Daniels, Popov, Dawson, Rosenberg
Scorer: MCAuley (90+)
Senderos surprisingly started over Amorebieta. Kasami and Kacaniklic started Taarabt was on the bench. Berba was in front of cheapie Kasami as a striker
Anichebe started for WBA as well as new boy Amalfitano.
Fulham really should have won with Berba having 2 goals rules out for offside but were pegged back by an injury time equaliser from the only player on the WBA side that you needed to look out for in that situation McAuley.
Good shooting stats and was unlucky not to score. Fulham seem far more dangerous with him in that position rather than behind Bent.
Seems good on paper a cheapie who plays behind the striker but despite being involved in the play there was negligible attacking output. that combined with Jols unpredictable selections then I’m giving him a wide berth at the moment.
Another quiet game with virtually no attacking output. If you haven’t sold him I would hold off until after GW5 when he’s home to Sunderland and sell him before WBA go to Old Trafford for GW6
Promising start, should have scored and good all round stats. Although this was against one of the worst league defences.
Thats it .
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