Gameweek 4 Premier Fantasy Preview (Part 2)

Yesterday the fantasy preview looked at matches on Saturday. Today the concluding segment covers games on Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, September 16
Reading-Tottenham
The lone Sunday game features the lone stranger who gazes blankly at his players from the Spurs’ sideline. AVB’s Tottenham is still winless and at 0-2-1 are off to a smelly start. This will be the first game with Clint Dempsey available. In the two matches against Jamaica the Texan was noticeably rusty; however, some reports have him in the first XI for Spurs.

One would think Villas-Boas would start Moussa Dembele (although nothing is certain with AVB). How Dempsey, Dembele, Bale, and Adebayor play together is yet to be determined. Tottenham has scored only three goals and conceded four; however, Brad Friedel was sensational the last time out and should start despite Hugo Lloris’ pout.

Reading is in 16th position and with a waterlogged postponement in Week 3 is 0-1-1. Reading has scored three times and conceded five.

Monday, September 17
Everton-Newcastle
The final match of Week 4 on ESPN is an evenly matched encounter between Everton (6th and 2-0-1) against tenth position Newcastle (1-1-1). David Moyes’ team did not play well the last time out. Steven Pienaar is out with an injury.

The Magpies are looking for the magic to return for Papiss Cisse. Thus far, the striker has pretty much struck out. Alan Pardew’s charges have only scored three goals in three matches and Tim Krul - normally the author of many clean sheets - has been short-sheeted for four goals. Krul was injured during the international break and is out until September 29. Fabricio Coloccini is out hurt, while Chiek Tiote is listed as very doubtful.

As for matches on Saturday, there are conflicting reports on the playing status of Man Yoo’s Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa ahead of their home match against Wigan. Some indicate the two will play, others forecast the opposite.

Enjoy your three-day PL weekend, fantasy football and life the way it should be.

Yours faithfully,
Sir John

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