Gameweek 21: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Matthew Peters/Man Utd/Getty ImagesManchester United forward Danny Welbeck will be carrying the offensive burden with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie out injured.

Fantasy Segment 2 begins with one early game (Hull hosting Chelsea) to check announced lineups.
Fantasy managers fear injuries in tournaments outside the Premier League and the FA Cup matches last weekend took their toll on key players with Theo Walcott the biggest name casualty.

Saturday, January 11
Hull (6-5-9) vs. Chelsea (13-4-3)
Robbie Brady is out.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic are out injured. Oscar and Eden Hazard are putting in goals and registering assists.

Cardiff (4-6-10) vs. West Ham (3-6-11)
New Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his first game with an FA Cup home result over Newcastle.
Ravel Morrison likely will start. Kevin Nolan begins a four-game suspension. West Ham come off an FA Cup 5-0 embarrassment at Nottingham Forest. The Feather Dusters then took only three shots and were destroyed 6-0 in the League Cup by Manchester City.

Everton (10-8-2) vs. Norwich (5-5-10)
Leighton Baines scored a penalty goal last time out. Romelu Lukaku runs hot and cold. Nikica Jelavic had a brace in FA Cup play. Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka are injured. Ross Barkley is questionable.
Gary Hooper has three goals and an assist in his last six outings. Leroy Fer returns.

Fulham (6-1-13) vs. Sunderland (3-5-12)
Dimitar Berbatov has three goals and an assist in four games. Clint Dempsey started in the FA Cup match and seems a natural to be in the first XI at home.
The Black Cats are bottom-of-the-barrel but their silverware hopes are alive after beating Manchester United in a semi-final League Cup game. John O'Shea and Adam Johnson's return will help.

Southampton (7-6-7) vs. WBA (4-9-7)
Pablo Osvaldo is serving a three-game ban. Rickie Lambert, injured in the FA Cup game, is expected to play.
Saido Berahino has two goals in two games for the light-scoring Baggies. Victor Anichebe may return.

Tottenham (11-4-5) vs. Crystal Palace (5-2-13)
Paulinho misses with an injury. Other injuries to Roberto Soldado, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sandro, Kyle Naughton, and Erik Lamela leave Spurs depending more on Christian Eriksen who has two goals and an assist in his last four starts.
The Eagles top the league in losses but catch a break with so many Tottenham players sidelined. Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh scored in their FA Cup win at WBA.

Manchester United (10-4-6) vs. Swansea (5-6-9)
Swansea ousted Manchester United from FA Cup play and now United meet the Swans six days later. United's woes continued, losing to Sunderland in their first leg League Cup semi-final. Danny Welbeck has five goals in six games. Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, and Nani are out. Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, and Rafael may play.
Pablo Hernandez could return to help Wilfried Bony who had a brace last time out and an FA Cup goal against the Red Devils. The Swans are winless in more than a month of Premier League play.

Sunday, January 12
Newcastle (10-3-7) vs. Manchester City (14-2-4)
Mathieu Debuchy is banned for three games. Yohan Cabaye seems ready to return. Tim Krul has a bum shoulder. Loic Remy has ten goals but only five since October 5th.
Sergio Aguero is not fit. David Silva returns from suspension. Yaya Toure has overcome an ankle injury. His five goals in six games make him the leading fantasy midfielder. Toure scored and Alvaro Negrego had a hat trick while Edin Dzeko got a brace in the West Ham rout.

Stoke (5-7-8) vs. Liverpool (12-3-5)
Oussama Assaidi, on loan from the Reds cannot play against his home club.
Luis Suarez thrives against lesser quality teams and the Potters are definitely "lesser". Daniel Sturridge could return. Defender Mamadou Sakho is due back but Daniel Agger is a doubt.

Monday, January 13
Aston Villa (6-5-9) vs. Arsenal (14-3-3)
Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored two goals in two games but has a hammy issue. Four-goal scorer Libor Kozak is out with a broken leg.
Theo Walcott wrecked his knee in FA Cup play and is out for the season. Aaron Ramsey and Nicklas Bendtner remain out injured. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil will return. Lukas Podolski has a bigger role to play. Santi Cazorla scored in the FA Cup win over Spurs.

Recommended fantasy captains:
Luis Suarez, Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Negredo, and Christian Eriksen


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