Gameweek10 Premier Fantasy Preview part 2

Posted by John Culea

On paper the Premier League matches on Sunday and Monday seem tame compared to the wild games last weekend and the Capital One Cup craziness on Tuesday and Wednesday—but you never know.

Sunday, November 4
Liverpool-Newcastle
After blowing a two-goal lead and only getting a draw at Everton last weekend and then going soft against Swansea City on Wednesday in a 1-3 loss, Brendan Rodgers 12th place Reds play at 10th place Newcastle. Liverpool is less than stagnant with a 2-4-3 record and only 12 goals scored in nine games and 14 surrendered. Glen Johnson was missed against Everton and his status is shaky for the Sunday match.

Newcastle is still looking to find the magic it had last season and hopes to have their leading scorer Demba Ba on the pitch. Ba has seven of the Magpies 11 goals this season. Fantasy scoring sensation last year, Papiss Demba Cisse has just one goal. Fiery Ismael Chei Tiote is suspended and will cool his heels until November 17.

Newcastle has several players with high fantasy percentage ownership including Ben Arfa (22.6%), Ba (17.4%) and Coloccini (6.2%). After a fast fantasy start, Ben Arfa has had four straight three-point matches.

QPR-Reading
The early game features two teams that are winless and possibly hopeless to survive relegation. QPR at 0-3-6 is last in the league and gives up on average, two goals a game while only scoring seven in nine matches. The Hoops will be without suspended Stephane M’bia for three matches and likely will have to go without injured Fabio for another week and Zamora is a doubt.

What is wrong when players like Zamora, Taarabt, Granero, Bosingwa, Onuoha, Traore, and Hoilett toil in such futility? That is a million dollar question QPR chairman Tony Fernandes can ask 400 times.

Reading is in 18th place, and with a game in hand has got to consider this a must win to move out of the drop zone. Also winless, the Royals 0-4-4 mounted a spirited game against Arsenal on Tuesday night, leading 4-0 only to lose in extra time 5-7. Roberts, Pogrebhyak, Hunt and Leigertwood, who all scored will be looking to test Rangers’ GK Cesar.

Monday, November 5
WBA-Southampton
You would think this would be an easy match for the Baggies, currently enjoying ninth place with a 4-2-3 record and the expected return from injury of Brunt, Reid and Yacob. WBA will be hosting 19th place Southampton, a team with the most losses in the PL (1-1-7). The Saints have the worst goals conceded record in the league, having had their nets ruffled 26 times in nine matches.

WBA might be the most anonymous team in the PL with no high-priced, big star players and a low-key manager in Steve Clarke. However, the Baggies are a strong defensive team with three clean sheets in their first five PL matches. They have lost their last two games and will be looking to get well against Southampton.

Fantasy picks to score include WBA’s Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku and Rickie Lambert and Jose Fonte for Nigel Adkins’ team.

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