Gameweek 5 preview - surely Rooney can't do it again?


Firstly, sorry for the recent lack of new articles. A disappointing start to my fantasy season has left me cursing my luck, while I’ve been distracted with other things too.

Fear not, I’m now raring to go with renewed optimism ahead of what could be an interesting Gameweek. Here’s my thoughts on the upcoming weekend.

Let’s start with the heavyweight clashes. Chelsea travel to Old Trafford and face a Man United side that have scored 18 goals in their first 4 matches.

Can they stop Rooney and co? It seems unlikely, despite having Cech and Luiz back from injury.

Rooney intrigues me here. Fantasy managers, particularly the ones at the top of their leagues, have captained Rooney every week, so I’m interested to see their next move. There aren’t too many obvious captain choices.

Chelsea are no Arsenal. They’ll be well organised and have been one of the best defensive teams so far.

Tottenham face Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Big game. Spurs already need the points, while Liverpool need to bounce back from their defeat at Stoke.

Adebayor and Suarez are the men to keep an eye on here. There’s a bandwagon going already for Adebayor, after his debut goal at Wolves, while Suarez’s recent blanks have seen surprising sales and he’s suffered a price drop.

I fancy Liverpool to narrowly win this one. Spurs have conceded the most shots on goal of any team (and are missing Michael Dawson), while Liverpool look tight and will be rested after no European football midweek. A 1-0 or 2-1 win for Liverpool with Suarez involvement would not surprise me.

Adebayor is definitely one to watch at £8m, although I’ll be waiting for this fixture to pass before considering him.

The weekly Man City headache mainly revolves around the strikers again. Aguero played the full 90 minutes against Napoli in midweek, while Dzeko was replaced on 80 minutes by Tevez.

Aguero looks favourite to be rested here, despite his hat-trick last weekend. After all, 4 goals wasn’t enough to save Dzeko from the chop, and Mancini recently said he’ll constantly rotate Aguero, Dzeko and Tevez. It’s a lottery!

Fulham looked average against Blackburn at Craven Cottage last weekend, and I think Man City will win this at ease. A 3-1 victory seems likely to me, but it’s anyone’s case who’ll come away with City’s attacking points.

Arsenal go to Blackburn and fantasy managers will be hoping Robin van Persie can redeem himself after last week.

The Dutchman has scored 8 goals in his last 10 games against Blackburn, while he’s also scored in 11 of his last 12 away games, including a midweek goal at Dortmund. Encouraging signs.

Blackburn won’t be easy on their own patch, especially with Samba (if fit) and Dann in the heart of their defence. They’ve not been conceding too many shots on goal, and I think this could be a draw or a narrow Arsenal win.

Bolton and Everton will be desperate for 3 points this weekend as both sides have hard matches to follow.

I fancy Everton to beat Wigan. I’m not convinced of a clean sheet but Leighton Baines looks a very good option here.

If you’re tempted to sign him up, take a look at the fixtures first. Everton next face Man City (away), Liverpool (home), Chelsea (away), Fulham (away) and Man United (home), so I’d question his value at £8m, even though he’ll be on penalties, free kicks and corners.

I also fancy Bolton for a comfortable victory over Norwich. Norwich are all over the place defensively and Martin Petrov and Ivan Klasnic are my picks here.

Petrov has started the season on fire, bringing back memories of his form for Man City. He’s actually created 11 goalscoring opportunities for Bolton in their first 4 games, and looks good value at £5.7m, especially as he’s on set pieces too.

If Chris Brunt fails his Friday fitness test, Petrov could be an option for my Alicante XV side!

Can Swansea score their first goal of the season against West Brom? Scott Sinclair has rattled the woodwork in the last couple of games so he’ll be one of the favourites to score if Swansea break their duck.

Aston Villa v Newcastle, Wolves v QPR, and Sunderland v Stoke could all be tight affairs. If there is to be a winner, I’d back those 3 home teams.

Charles N’Zogbia loves playing against his former club Newcastle and this might just kick start his Villa career!

Here’s my predictions then.

Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal
Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle
Bolton 3-1 Norwich
Everton 2-0 Wigan
Swansea 1-2 West Brom
Wolverhampton 1-1 QPR
Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
Fulham 1-3 Man City
Sunderland 0-0 Stoke
Man United 2-1 Chelsea