Gameweek 6: Fantasy Preview

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John Powell/Getty ImagesLuis Suarez's return to Premier League action after a 10-game suspension and Sunderland is on the menu.

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez returns after a ten-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Since manager Brendan Rodgers said that Suarez is "champing at the bit now to come back and help the team," lunch will be served at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

There is one early game to check announced lineups: Tottenham-Chelsea.

Saturday, September 28
Tottenham (4-0-1) vs. Chelsea (3-1-1)
Jermain Defoe's brace highlighted the 0-4 midweek Cup drubbing of Aston Villa. Danny Rose is due back.
Chelsea's team rotation is anyone's guess. Eden Hazard, a fantasy failure through five games, was left off the team sheet in midweek. Juan Mata started. Fernando Torres scored. Ramires is injured.

Aston Villa (2-0-3) vs. Manchester City (3-1-1)
Christian Benteke and Ashley Westwood are among the walking wounded for Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor is due back.
Fresh off the dismantling of Manchester United, and with the highest number of PL goals (12), City's tails are up after Stevan Jovetic's brace in the 5-0 dump in midweek against Wigan. At home, City has scored 10 goals and conceded just one. Sergio Aguero comes off a brace but a knock has him out until October 2 along with David Silva. Yaya Toure is fantasy lethal.

Fulham (1-1-3) vs. Cardiff (1-2-2)
Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent started in midweek and each scored in the victory over Everton.

Hull (2-1-2) vs. West Ham (1-2-2)
Steve Bruce showed his team could win on the road and now after a midweek cup victory, Hull is home against a Hammers team that has only scored four goals. West Ham found three goals to beat Cardiff in midweek. Stewart Downing returns.

Manchester United (2-1-2) vs. WBA (1-2-2)
Robin van Persie has a late fitness test for eighth place United. Wayne Rooney is in outstanding fantasy form but Marouane Fellaini's role under David Moyes lessens his chances for points. In midweek Man Utd beat Liverpool on a Chicharito Hernandez goal. Of note, Rafael and Phil Jones played 90 minutes. Moyes insists on playing Ashley Young while Wilfried Zaha is rotting on the bench and Shinji Kagawa is gathering moss.
The sterile Baggies have scored only four goals and hope Stephane Sessegnon will add offensive punch. Albion played Arsenal in midweek and lost in a shootout.

Southampton (2-2-1) vs. Crystal Palace (1-0-4)
The Saints had little trouble in midweek. Rickie Lambert was not on the team sheet and will be primed for the 19th place Eagles that face PL extinction and offer zero fantasy possibilities.

Swansea (2-1-2) vs. Arsenal (4-0-1)
Michu is back in fantasy scoring form. He did not play in the Swans' midweek 3-1 Cup elimination loss. Wilfried Bony scored.
Theo Walcott will miss four games with abdominal surgery. Santi Cazorla is still out. Mesut Ozil has three assists in two games. In the midweek shootout, Nacho Monreal got the winner. Mikel Arteta started while big fantasy stars Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud were rested. Ramsey is dealing with a slight thigh injury but should start.

Sunday, September 29
Stoke (2-1-2) vs. Norwich (1-1-3)
Stoke has only four PL goals (two by defenders). Midweek they won on goals from Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch.
Gary Hooper's midweek extra time brace gives Norwich fantasy hope at forward. Sebastien Bassong has a late fitness test.

Sunderland (0-1-4) vs. Liverpool (3-1-1)
Sunderland and its caretaker manager, buried in the drop zone, beat a League One team in midweek.
The Black Cats have let in a PL high 11 goals and scored only three.
Luis Suarez returns to a team lacking goal production. Daniel Sturridge has four; however, Victor Moses has the team's only other goal. GK Simon Mignolet is the top fantasy point guy for goalkeepers, but the Reds' defense is dealing with injuries, although Daniel Agger returns. Steven Gerrard has been an awful fantasy pick. He had no shots in the midweek Cup ouster against Man Utd.

Monday, September 30
Everton (2-3-0) vs. Newcastle (2-1-2)
Romelu Lukaku, a sub last week, scored the winning PL goal. He started in midweek in the Cup loss against Fulham. Leighton Baines is the highest fantasy point producer, having nailed a brace against West Ham. Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone are available.
The Magpies midweek Cup victory included goals from Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran.


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