Gameweek 3 Preview - Time to RVP?


Every Gameweek one of the FPL Dugout team will take it in turns to look forward to the upcoming Gameweek. Oh and if you didn’t notice (shame on you), the Gameweek “3” and “RVP” was meant to be a clever rhyme… so with cheesy jokes like that who else but Dudu could be writing this preview!

A quick roundup of last weekend’s action then, before we begin.

Swansea, Everton and Chelsea are the only clubs to have won all their games. A bulk of our Fantasy points continues to come from the Blues, however with a blank this week they will have to come from other sources.

Swansea’s Michu and Nathan Dyer once again delivered against West ham with Danny Graham finally deciding to join the party. Everton meanwhile are throwing away their “slow starters” status with a comfortable win over Villa.

Man United got their campaign going with a somewhat nervy win over Fulham with RVP on the scoresheet. Wayne Rooney, whose right thigh was sliced open by the studs of Hugo Rodallega, is speculated to be out for 1 to 2 months.

Arsenal and Spurs continue to disappoint with both sides still to register their first win of the season.

Liverpool put in a much improved performance against Man City but two defensive lapses was all City needed to get back into the game and earn themselves a point. Carlos Tevez continues to shine for the Sky Blues.

So what does Gameweek 3 hold for us Fantasy Managers? Here’s a look at the key games.

Southampton Vs Man Utd

No better place to start off than Man United! Last week we were killing ourselves over whether to go Wayne or Robin. Now with Rooney reported to be out for at least a month, Van Persie looks pretty much nailed on to start against Southampton and with Wigan (H) after that, he is a tempting prospect.

Injuries have taken its toll on United and as a result they have looked unsettled at the back but with Evans edging closer to full fitness the back four could return to some normalcy against the Saints – and with it hopefully, those ever reliable clean sheets!

Southampton are yet to win a game despite a fine showing against Man City in Gameweek 1 – they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Wigan last week.

Man City Vs QPR

It’s hard to see anything but one way traffic for City in this game. By all accounts QPR have not played badly in their first two games but several defensive lapses including a few howlers from Rob Green have cost them dearly. Brazilian number one, Julio Cesar, has this evening signed for QPR so that is bad news for Robert Green owners.

Tevez looks like he’s going to be in pole position for the Captain’s armband after netting another goal and assist against Liverpool, much to the annoyance of those who initially went with Sergio Aguero instead!

City once again dished out the 3-4-1-2 last week and could do the same against QPR. The rotation could be a nuisance with Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Tevez the only viable sure starters regardless of formation.

Newcastle Vs Aston Villa

Newcastle have seen a surge in investment this week in the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba (and not surprisingly) as they take on last placed Villa. Villa looked poor against West Ham and were brushed aside by the Toffees last week.

Ba and Arfa, both priced at 7.6 and scored a goal apiece, are likely to be involved in any goals scored by Newcastle. Now after Ben Arfa took that penalty against Spurs there was some confusion over whether Ba was dropped from spot kick duties. My guess is Ba is still on penalty duty and the reason Arfa took it was because it was him who earnt it.

Aston Villa have failed to score in their last 4 away matches in the Premier League and by the end of the week I see that being 5.

WBA Vs Everton

The Toffees look to make it 3 wins in 3 with West Brom up next. Leighton Baines is proving to be a popular pick this week as Everton look sound in defence – not to mention his attacking threat.

In just two games Everton have had a mammoth 40 shots on goal and the attacking options are well spread in the form of Marounne Fellani, Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic (and all on a budget price)!

West Brom will prove to be no pushovers however after an impressive win over Liverpool and a late draw against Spurs last week. Chris Brunt is pushing for a start after scoring a goal and couple of assists against Yeovil (Capital One Cup).

Tottenham Vs Norwich

Some transfer news: Spurs have today completed the signing of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele.

Tottenham have been a source of frustration for Fantasy Managers with the likes of Gareth Bale, Van der Vaart and Sigurdsson all disappointing.

Of course it’s only been 2 games but with a healthy amount of options to choose from in midfield it’s hard to stay patient. Still a home game against Norwich is an ideal fixture to bring home some points! Emmanuel Adebayor might be in contention for a start if he proves his match fitness.

A few words on the other games…

Liverpool Vs Arsenal- this looks like the pick of the games this weekend but certainly not Fantasy wise. With Arsenal struggling for goals and Liverpool’s terrible run of opening fixtures the investment in both teams has been limited so far. Reports of stalled contract talks for Theo Walcott is hardly good news for the Gunners.

West Ham Vs Fulham – Dembele is a big loss for Fulham but I reckon they have enough fire power in Mladen Petric to bring home the points.

Swansea Vs Sunderland – With Adam Johnson on board Sunderland look a better team already and I reckon they will give Swansea a good game. O’Neill handed starts to Johnson and Steven Fletcher in their midweek Capital One game and Johnson in particular, who was fielded on the right, was impressive – bagging 2 assists.

Captain choices

As I mentioned I fully expect Tevez to be the most captained player this week against a very leaky QPR. With Aguero out for a while and Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko both looking out of touch… Tevez is very much nailed on to start and expected to deliver.

RVP? The “Default” Captain choice for last season looks to have nailed down his starting place thanks to Rooney’s injury and will want to add to his fantastic debut goal at Old Trafford, when Man United travel to Southampton.

Other options include Bale, who is yet to give us any attacking returns, and for many this game against Norwich will be his last chance to shine.

In other news… despite a blank for Chelsea this week, Edin Hazard, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic have been transferred in at an alarming rate, and all 3 have been subject to price rises. One word: Casuals.

That or a large amount of Wildcards have been played this week with a bid to increase their team value in mind.