Gameweek 13: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal for Man City against Viktoria Plzen.AssociatedSergio Aguero has enjoyed a sparking start to this season at Man City.

There are five EPL games starting at the same time on Saturday, allowing a look at announced lineups for 10 teams before the week locks.

Saturday
Aston Villa (4-3-5) vs. Sunderland (2-1-9)
Villa is getting goals from everyone except Christian Benteke, who last scored Sept. 14. Bottom-table Sunderland will have Wes Brown after his red card was rescinded. The Black Cats have been ripped for a league-high 24 goals.

Cardiff (3-4-5) vs. Arsenal (9-1-2)
Cardiff come off an emotional and dramatic late draw against Manchester United. Frazier Campbell and Jordan Mutch are in good form.
The Gunners had a solid 2-0 UCL victory in midweek, but don’t let Jack Wilshere’s brace fool you. He is still a weak Premier League fantasy player with only 37 points in 11 matches. With Mikel Arteta not starting, Mesut Ozil was the designated penalty kicker and had his spot kick blocked. Olivier Giroud’s brace last weekend has him on seven goals.

Everton (5-6-1) vs. Stoke (3-4-5)
Everton is without injured Leighton Baines. Romelu Lukaku had a brace last time out. Stoke’s Charlie Adam leads the Potters with three goals.

Norwich (3-2-7) vs. Crystal Palace (2-1-9)
The Canaries shaky bottom-half status could deteriorate further with Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass sidelined for several weeks with injuries. Crystal Palace are buoyed by two straight clean sheets and will have new manager Tony Pulis in the technical area for the first time.

West Ham (2-4-6) vs. Fulham (3-1-8)
This is a meeting of two of the dreariest teams in the league with managers who are sinking in quick sand. The Hammers have Ravel Morrison and not much else for fantasy consideration while illness may prevent the Cottagers lackadaisical fantasy dud Dimitar Berbatov from making another stroll on the pitch.

Newcastle (6-2-4) vs. WBA (3-6-3)
Revived Newcastle have Loic Remy on a streak with three goals in three games. The Baggies' Shane Long scored a brace against Aston Villa.

Sunday
Tottenham (6-2-4) vs. Manchester United (6-3-3)
There are spider webs in the nets of Tottenham’s opponents. Spurs, who have scored just nine goals, conceded six to Manchester City, double what they had given up until that game. Roberto Soldado is not the answer. In Europa play, Tottenham had a road result in Norway and got a goal from Moussa Dembele. Message to Andre Villas-Boas’ impotent offense: Dembele’s goal is a reminder of how he was deployed while playing for Fulham.
The fitness of Robin van Persie, who was left home for United’s UCL game, is in doubt. In that match against a strong opponent, United had their best game of the season with five goals. Wayne Rooney was superb and did everything except score. He was lucky not to have been red-carded against Cardiff and has three goals and three assists in his last four Premier League matches.

Hull (4-2-6) vs. Liverpool (7-3-2)
Hull have lost four of five, while the Reds are enjoying life in second place and possess the best one-two punch in the Premier League. Luis Suarez has nine goals in seven games and Daniel Sturridge also has nine goals.

Chelsea (7-3-2) vs. Southampton (6-4-2)
Chelsea was anemic in their 1-0 UCL loss in midweek. Unbelievable: two shots and none on goal. Sameul Eto’o was injured. Frank Lampard comes off a brace against West Ham. The Saints have only conceded seven goals, two of them howlers from GK Artur Boruc. Defensive fantasy favorite Dejan Lovren is due back but brittle Luke Shaw is a fitness doubt.

Manchester City (6-2-4) vs. Swansea (4-3-5)
Sergio Aguero is on fire; he has 10 goals, nine in his last seven games. City is 6-0-0 at home with 26 goals scored and only two conceded. Jesus Navas scored twice against Spurs. In UCL play, City had a shaky 4-2 result against a poor team with goals from Aguero, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo, and Edin Dzeko. Swansea are better on the road than at home, but they are beat up. Wilfried Bony will be sidelined for several weeks after injuring his hamstring in the 1-0 loss to Valencia in Europa League play. Michu is still out injured.

Best picks for fantasy captain:
Sergio Aguero; Luis Suarez; Loic Remy

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