Saturday, October 16, 2010

On the Forecast: Gameweek 8

A sleeping giant this week?
Latest breaking news; Drogba's out but not injured. Fabregas is not ready, Lampard also out. So the star of this weekend, could it be Mr Tevez?

For this week forecast, I would like to try a paragraph style of writing on the upcoming games. In my opinion, there are three favorable matchups this weekend that could lead to high fantasy points to us. The first one MANU vs WBA. Berbatov is good, Nani is even better. The best captain pick this weekend. Rooney; I'm not sure. He could surprise us this weekend I reckon. The two tormentors of Arsenal, Jerome Thomas & Peter Odemwingie probably not gone a make it this weekend. A comfortable win with a clean sheet for MANU. The second best fantasy fixture; ARS vs BIR. With all the hype about Fabregas fitness, Wenger said he's not ready. Maybe he save him for the MANC game next week. Nasri will be the playmaker for Arsenal and again this week; expect Chamakh to perform (we've been saying this every other weekend though). Few players are coming back from injury; Diaby, Walcott, Bendtner but both CBs Vermaelen & Koscielny were confirmed out. BIR could fancy something with Squillaci and Djorou patnership at the back. Sagna still out. Cameron Jerome is doubtful and Craig Gardner still serving the 3-match ban for Birmingham. Arsenal's win but both side scores. The third game will go to BLP vs MANC. I know Charlie Adam will run the show for them but this is MANC we're talking about. With the strongest defense in the league I expect Tevez and co will come out top. Some trivia; the whole BLP players wage bill is less than some of the weekend salary of MANC stars. MANC will win but not run riot.

The highlight of the weekend must be the Merseyside Derby EVE vs LIV. Most of us expect Everton will win their home game (with Liverpool's current situation about the takeover issue) but I think Liverpool will come back strong. Not as strong as before, but very resilient. High scoring draw for me. Liverpool's injury boost; Torres & Konchesky, notable absentees remained Kuyt & Agger. For Everton; Jagielka is out. After scoring in the qualifiers for Belgium, Maroune Fellaini will be out for six weeks. Chelsea has the toughest game this week against Villa away AST vs CHE. Terry was confirmed in the lineup by Ancelotti but the most disappointing of all; Drogba's out with a flu. Many of us got Drogba before the price rise and a quality reserves bench will be crucial for managers who want to keep him. Note that Bosingwa start on the bench. Agbonlahor is out and Heskey is doubtful. The highlights will be Anelka versus Carew. A low scoring draw or tight win for Chelsea.

Other premiership games; FUL vs TOT. Dembele's return will reduce Dempsey attacking points. Duff & Etuhu both out. Spurs attacking duo VDV and Bale will prove a hatful for FUL steady defense. Their undefeated record this season provide to one conclusion; a draw. NEW vs WIG is quite an interesting matchup. NEW was coming from back to back home defeats and WIG remain very unpredictable. NEW will not disappoint their fan this weekend but WIG prove a tough nut to crack. BLA vs SUN Blackburn welcome a wounded Sunderland with no Darren Bent (major doubt). A 0-0 draw with both defenders cancel each other. BOL vs STK Notable injuries; Kevin Davies and Thomas Sorensen are doubtful for their respective side. BOL to nick this one for me but can easily be a 1-1 draw. WOL vs WHAM is the bottom table clash. Could be a blockbuster this weekend with nobody want to be in a losing side. High scoring draw. Injury boost: Stephen Hunt on the bench. Good luck everybody.

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