Friday, 21 August 2009

Week 2 Match Previews

Last week I listed up Sky Sports' predicted line-ups and a large proportion of them were incorrect, including some pretty basic errors. This week I've taken information from a variety of sources & produced what I believe to be fairly accurate predictions for Week 2.

However, please remember that nothing is certain, so only use these as a guide.

Predicted Starting XI's
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Arshavin, Bendtner, Van Persie
Portsmouth: James, Kaboul, Wilson, Distin, Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Mullins, Basinas, Belhadj, Kranjcar, Piquionne

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Quedrue, Parnaby, Carsley, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, McFadden, Jerome
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Faye, Higginbotham, Whitehead, Delap, Lawrence, Etherington, Beattie, Fuller

Myhill, Mouyokolo, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Mendy, Olofinjana, Boateng, Hunt, Geovanni, Folan
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Davis, Muamba, McCann, Taylor, Davies, Elmander

Man City:
Given, Richards, Toure, Dunne, Bridge, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Bellamy, Adebayor
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Elokobi, Mancienne, Craddock, Ward, Henry, Halford, Jarvis, Milijas, Vokes, Keogh

Fulop, Bardsley, Collins, Ferdinand, McCartney, Cattermole, Cana, Henderson, Richardson, Jones, Bent
Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Givet, Samba, Warnock, Gamst-Pedersen, N’Zonzi, Andrews, Diouf, Roberts, McCarthy

Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Brown, Gomez, Koumas, Sinclair, Rodallega
Man Utd: Foster, O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Scholes, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Berbatov, Rooney

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Blake, Elliott, McCann, Paterson, Fletcher
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Neville, Baines, Rodwell, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Jo

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Etuhu, Murphy, Greening, Duff, Dempsey, Zamora
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Essien, Ballack, Deco, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka

West Ham:
Green, Faubert, Upson, Collins, Ilunga, Collison, Parker, Noble, Dyer, Jimenez, Cole
Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios, Huddlestone, Lennon, Modric, Defoe, Keane

Reina, Johnson, Ayala, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres
Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Davies, Cuellar, Shorey, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Milner, A Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey



Remedial Spastics said...

Rodwell doubtful - knee problem.

Neville possibility, Ferguson: "Gary Neville played 15 minutes at Burnley and he could be ready too, and that gives us experience at an important time after defeat on Wednesday. Experience is important. And the kind of experience that Gary brings is great for us"

Remedial Spastics said...

Pienaar also a doubt:

Assistant Manager said...

Thanks RS - I think it's a good idea for people to post injury news they're aware of that some of the major sites aren't.

Robinho & Adebayor both doubtful... :(

Remedial Spastics said...

Ryan Nelsen returns:,,10303~1763470,00.html

Malbranque may return:,,10281~1763303,00.html

Anonymous said...

AM, I really need your advice and you still haven't answered me. In two free spots of midfield, should I use:
Milijas&Palacios - both pretty good, but with difficult match-ups.
S. Hunt&Rodwell - both likely to start, in good form and have good match-ups.
My senses tell me to go with the second option, but maybe the first will be much smarter?
I'll be glad if you help me!

Assistant Manager said...

I doing my best to answer everyone, sorry if I can't always. Rodwell is doubtful so I'd go with Milijas & Palacios.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Fidan said...

Follow your senses then...I think it is a no-lose situation with these two choices. Did you consider Fellaini/Milijas though (I think the value is similar)...I'd have gone with the second one myself. I know Palacios scored big this week, but that was because of his goal @Hull. I expect more physical game @WHam and Palacio conceding some fouls or even a card as well. I like Milijas though, even against City...GO WITH THE SECOND choice!!!
Good Luck...!!!

I hate friday changes so my team is gonna remain as it is:

I thought of dropping Torres for Tevez and put Fellaini for Cress, know!!!

Good luck with your choices...!!!

Assistant Manager said...

Good luck Fidan, I'm making no changes either... unless I hear for certain that Adebayor won't start.

Anonymous said...

I think I'll go with Milijas&Palacios anyway, especially because Rodwell is doubtfull.
But thank you anyway, Fidan!

Kellz said...

Biggest question for me is Hunt/Tevez, currently running the 3-5-2. Never bet on or against Bolton, unless you do. Hunt does get involved and without his goals he still racked up some good phantom points, however now Tevez has come into contention, I see no issue with Friday trades if they are based in logical forethought (I was tracking Tevez to see if he would reportedly start).

Anonymous said...

A few random thoughts. We will all know how good Hammers are after this weekend. And Ilunga is out, it appears. No one seems interested in Davies on the road at Hull? Ditto Zat Knight?? Don't be surprised if Lescott starts at Burnley. I think Blackburn may give a lot of teams trouble in low scoring affairs. We shall see If Villa gets shut out again, one must wonder about Heskey over Carew (and about Villa, in general) As I look at many of your starting lineups, on many sites (we all seem to be posting at the same places!) one thing is clear - 80% of you have the same players, or at least 80% of the same players. Something to consider, along with Michael Carrick, who would have had a lot of points if he didn't miss that penalty. Robbie Keane look splendid so far. Really in form. Finally - how about Cardiff in the Championship?! (Donegal08)

Kellz said...

The players here may have 80% the same team but that doesn't compare to the thousands playing who don't know about this blog. If you ask me it doesn't matter who knows what I have, I can help others with getting good picks even if its the picks I have. Thanks again AM!

Dave said...

What about Saha? Will he start? Definitely on form after bagging that brace in Europa play, but does get another run out?? He's nicely priced with a good match-up...

SK said...

Hi AM,

Will Deco start? Do you think is it worth to buy him in?

Anonymous said...

I would not pick Deco this weekend, I would wait it out. A good barn door pick though if he looks like a man for the first eleven in the near future...

Hard week this week, I have a bad feeling about it. Feels like I´m missing out on something big and I don´t know what. Anyone feel the same way...?

Anonymous said...

Milijas is a star and going to be a season long permanent member of my team. I think it's a calculated risk to have Deco in your side and plus Chelsea still have 2-3 more weeks a favourable fixtures and my other risk pick for the week is Benitez. He looked very lively when he came on against United.
I'm really suprised with the new Yahoo scoring system that more teams dont place more investment on their defensive players so with that in mind here is my team for you to speculate on.

G - Given
D - Vermaelen, McCartney, G.Johnson
M - Lampard, Milijas, Deco, Lucas
F - Torres, Drogba, Benitez

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