Friday, 28 August 2009

Week 3 Match Previews

As always I have scoured the various websites/Sky Sports News to come up with these predicted starting XI's.

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

If you have any team news you have may contridict these starting XIs then please post them up in the comments section below:-

Week 3 Predicted Line-Ups

Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Givet, Samba, Chimbonda, Pedersen, N’Zonzi, Andrews, Diouf, Roberts, McCarthy
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Upson, Tomkins, Spector, Collison, Parker, Noble, Dyer, Jimenez, Cole

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Davis, Muamba, M Davies, Taylor, K Davies, Elmander.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Gerrard, Riera, Kuyt, Benayoun, Torres

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Essien, Ballack, Deco, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, McCann, Elliott, Blake, Paterson, Fletcher

Man Utd: Foster, O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Diaby, Arshavin, Bendtner, Van Persie

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Faye, Higginbotham, Whitehead, Delap, Lawrence, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Collins, Ferdinand, McCartney, Cattermole, Cana, Malbranque, Richardson, Jones, Bent

Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios, Huddlestone, Lennon, Modric, Defoe, Keane
Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Quedrue, Vignal, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Bowyer, McFadden, Benitez

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Mancienne, Craddock, S Ward, Edwards, Henry, Halford, Milijas, Keogh, Doyle
Hull: Myhill, Zayatte, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Olofinjana, Kilbane, Ghilas, Hunt, Geovanni, Altidore

Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Davies, Cuellar, Warnock, Petrov, Sidwell, Milner, A Young, Carew, Agbonlahor
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Etuhu, Murphy, Greening, Duff, Dempsey, Zamora

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Neville, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Saha
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, Gomez, Koumas, N’Zogbia, Rodallega

Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Wilson, Belhadj, Mokoena, Brown, Kranjcar, Utaka, Smith, Piquionne
Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Tevez, Adebayor


Right, thats it. Sorry for the briefness of the posts & lack of comments over the past couple of days - I've been hectic with work. Good luck to everyone, I'll post my final Week 3 team up tomorrow morning just after the deadline.



ray said...

why warnock will take the place of shorey? i tot shorey takes kicks for AV?

nd said...

jarvis for wolves not playing?

Anonymous said...

First off.. Assistant Manager - thank you for keeping this blog up and running. Kills loads of time on a Friday afternoon at work.

My team for the week after replacing injured players ia a big gamble. Let me know what you think:

Vermaelen, Mancienne, Lescott
Gerrard, Ireland, Deco, Milijas
Drogba, Tevez, Keogh

SK said...


There are 2 set of options for Mid

1. Ashavin / Mokoena
2. Nani / Koumas

Which one will you prefer?

If Koumas, Milijas, Jimenez and Jarvis which one of them will you prefer?

Anonymous said...

SK - I'd personally go for Nani and Milijas. Arshavin is the only player in the other alternative that will score good points and he has an awful fixture away at Man U.

My dilemma is Adebayor/Gomez or Robinho/Mokoena. Any advice would be appreciated.

Steve LUFC

Anonymous said...

Really struggling with the Lamps or Gerrard decision. Lamps hasnt been himself fantasy wise yet but they are at home vs Burnley while Stevie G has been consistant even though Liverpool havent been. What do you think? Also im trying to choose 2 of the 3 Nani, Modric or Tevez. I feel Modric is more likely to score around his value while Tevez and Nani will be either hit or miss.


SK said...

Steve LUFC,

Thanks for your advice. I have watch Wigan previou games and found that Koumas is a huge potential. He likes to shoot and looks like will score goal soon.

My original choice was Nani & Koumas. I know that Milijas is a good potential as well but I haven't see how he play. Therefore I think I'll stick with my original choice.

How about others player? Do you have any comment on it?

If I was you I definatly go for Adebayor/Gomez.

Anonymous said...

Koumas and Wigan in general may struggle v. Everton. I feel this is a match to avoid (I think Sinclair deserves a start, as well. Something else to consider w/regards to Koumas Finally, No one ever mentions Thomas/Wigan. Taking a share of free kicks) As for Shorey, I think the lads on talkSport nailed it yesterday; Shorey simply hasn't been good enough, and Cuellar is someone who should be starting from the bench. Perhaps Shorey moves before deadline? Any Villa fans have opinions?? I would also be surprised if Jarvis/Wolves started tomorrow's match on the bench. Any inside news on this? (Donegal 08)

Anonymous said...

Just FYI ... Sky Sports predicts Jo and Cahill up front for Everton (no Saha).

bean said...

@Fidan - Bent away at Stoke? The Potters have traditionally been pretty good at home.
@OS - keep in mind Distin coming into Everton's lineup which could shift Neville back to midfield and JRod to the bench. Or Neville sits, but it's a risk.
@Dr.Teeth - very interesting approach, I think with this year's 75 min clean sheet rule, it makes sense to load up a bit on defenders. I would question both Lescott and Vidic. Lescott because he's just coming into the squad and I don't think he has produced as much as he used to (when he plays). Vidic because of the matchup. I would look at better matchups like Chelsea and Spurs: Bosingwa/Cashley Cole/Carvalho or Assou-Ekotto/King.
@Max - I have been looking to upgrade from MyHill, but looking at the upcoming schedule the more premium keepers have a tough couple weeks: Given (ARS, @ManU), Foster (@Spurs, ManC), Green (@WIG, Liv, @ManC), Cudicini (ManU, @Chel). Not saying that they won't be putting up a bunch of saves and potentially points, but likely no clean sheets. Henessey could be an option as Wolves don't have a terrible upcoming schedule, but would like to see how they settle into the premier league.
@Kress - Rooney could either score huge or get a red card for punching Gallas in the face, or put up 1.5 points in a nil nil draw.
@Skip - thinking of selling Hunt? I think he'll be putting up some good points.

Jamie said...

what do you think of my team?

Bassong Stearman McCartney
Lampard Mokoena Mascherano Palacios
Drogba Defoe Adebayor

My defence and keeper are weak but I want a strong attack. Your info AM says that Fulop will not be starting for Sunderland. Is this a mistake or is he injured/benched.
Also, any tips for who I should barndoor for next week, thanks in advance

Ian Sanderson said...

Bosingwa now has his clean sheet points and it's put me 36th overall.
To answer AM's question I am punching above my weight at the moment but have always finished in the top 1000.
My team at moment...
B. Foster
P. Evra J. Bosingwa S. Bassong M. Richards
N. Milijas W. Palacios L. Modric
W. Rooney D. Drogba J. Defoe

A bit Spurs/Man U heavy, but Spurs are in form with a good match up and Man U defence should see a bit of action.

Assistant Manager said...

Fulop has a heel injury so Gordon could replace him.

Anonymous said...

Jamie O'Hara is w/Pompey on loan until January. I am intrigued, regardless of matchup. (Donegal08)

ace1234567890 said...

Looks like I've settled on a lineup for the weekend.



Milijas/Gomez/Abou Diaby/Arshavin


Feel like there's a good mix of standard picks and some unorthodox choices which could seperate myself from the crowd if this squad pays off.

Rob said...

Lampard/K Jones or Gerrard/Altidore

It's a tough one. After Raffa complaining about Gerrard I just know he is going to have a stormer! But I can also see Jones doing better than Altidore or anyone else for 10 points...

mehicoradio said...

i feel pretty happy with all my fantasy line-ups (playing French, Italy, Spain and England games) for the first time.

Of course I'm still getting a feeling deco will end up not playing just to screw me over.

Anonymous said...

Hey Meh

Any tips for me with the Spanish fantasy football? First time i've done it and my knowledge of La Liga is sketchy at best!


Anonymous said...

Hey I got a question... Rodwell or Mokoena?

Anonymous said...

I'd probably go with Rodwell even though his starting status is uncertain. If he comes on i'm sure he'll rack up more points that Mokoena.

Kellz said...

@12am: Moke will definately start, but Rodwell is questionable because Distin is coming in which could push Neville back to mid. I don't like either but Moke is the sure thing, but he has the chance to give you negative points. Your choice :D

Anonymous said...

Saha will play?? He is only 7.14! Anyone who knows??

Douchebag United said...

I promised myself I wouldn't do this but here I sit on Friday night tinkering with my team...

I have two teams in mind PLEASE help me out...

Team 1

Verm, Bassie, Richards

Gerrard, Moks, Rodwell, Modric

Drogba, Robinho, Defoe

Team 2


Verm, Bassie, Richards

Gerrard, Modric, Hunt, Deco

Drogba, Keane, Altidore

Team 1 is a better play obviously safer

Team 2 feels like I'm trying to go for the fences...


Anonymous said...


bean said...

@Douche - I like Team2 personally, though I'm not sure of Foster in goal against the Gunners. I'm guessing you have him at a discount? Maybe Gordon as a cheap option? I think with Team1 Mok & Rodwell could hurt if Mok gets a yellow/red card and Rodwell sits. I think Keane is due (though so is Robinho) and you gotta love Jozy for the price, hopefully he can keep his little streak going.

Douchebag United said...

No one will know for sure until line ups are announced, best guess? Saha won't start but again this is based purely on speculation. In that price range a player who will start is Altidore...

bean said...

@12:32 - Saha? probably, but there are better options out there for the price, in my opinion. Rodellaga, Altidore or any of the scores of decent midfield picks just under 8 if you are willing to change formation.. Yak is pretty much back (been on the bench past few matches), Jo is healthy, so not sure about picking Saha.

Douchebag United said...

bean - Thanks for the advice, I like Foster just because he's been playing well and I do have him at a discount. I'm fairly certain that I'll keep Foster because I have a hunch about him.

A little scary to invest too heavily in Hull especially on the road, you have to think the Wolves will be gunning for the W. I'm almost positive I will barn door Altidore but I'm nervous to go away from more of a sure thing in Robinho. I'm confident in Keane, at least confident enough to sell Defoe for him.

I could go for a modified line up of


Verm, Bassie, Richards

Gerrard, Moks, Deco, Modric

Drogba, Keane, Robinho

Allows me to eliminate the Rodwell question mark...

mudwalkerz said...

damn.. broke the friday rule too.. hope it wont turn on me.. changed richards, rodwell to wilkinson, jimenez.

Douchebag United said...

Okay here it is tell me I'm a fool... although I can still change it back...

Foster - Not willing to give this guy up

Verm - Same thing

Bassie - Good discount and fixture

Richards - Good discount and fixture

Gerrard - PK @ Bolton

Modric - Please put up some fantasy value

Deco - Please play...

Moks - Please don't get a red card

Drogba - Won't sell...again

Keane - Why not he's due right?

Adebayor - Over Robinho although I can still go back to Robinho very easily...

bean said...

Douche - Only thing I would say, which you've already kind of pointed out, is the risk of Deco sitting the bench. But hey, if he does play, I think he's great value. But there are options in that price range that are more certain to play: Milijas, Jordi, Palacios, Fellaini, Koumas, Malbranque, Huddlestone, Jimenez.

Douchebag United said...

The risk/reward is killing me!

I like Deco over

Milijas - Subbed out at half and didn't do too well last week, could be better but meh...

Jordi - Wigan hasn't looked the same since they first burst on the scene

Palacios - Already have Modric and Keane don't want too many Spurs, although I am a fan : )

Fellaini - I don't trust Screech

Koumas - See Jordi

Malbranque - Villa is intriguing this week

Huddlestone - See Palacios

Jimenez - Not ready to jump on the Hammers band wagon

What about Adebayor vs. Robinho? This is my biggest question now. I realize that Robinho scores more point without goals but he looked like do-do against Crystal City, Crystal City??? Adebayor is in form and seemingly scores every week this year. I go and say that and he goes in the toilet...

Fidan said...

@ bean

I was talking about picking Bent on BD for week5 (which is actually at home vs HULL) you kinda missed that one...

@ Douchebag Utd
I'd go for Robinho ahead of K2. If you look at the stats you'll see that Robinho doesn't have yet any assist or goal and he actually scored almost same pts as Ade did. But...WHO knows...!!!
I have Robinho on my team btw, if that helps :D...!!!

@ Everyone
I checked on some sites and possible line-ups but I'm kind of confused...!!! Nani seems LIKELY to play, but hey, I'm a Fantasy manager, I need something more SPECIFIC and more CERTAIN... ANYONE got news of his starting status???

Good luck...!!!

Hasta la Vista

Douchebag United said...

Thanks bean and Fidan for the advice anyone else want to weigh in on the Ade vs. Robinho debate? Or for that matter the team 1 vs team 2 debate from 12:25 am? Your advice could be crucial!

Fidan said...

Why don't you do some rearrangment in team 2. Play 3-5-2, sell Altindore (buy Jimenez or Milijas instead) and upgrade Keane to Robinho (or Ade if you fancy him)...I hope I didn't mess up even further your choice :D...!!!

Douchebag United said...

I appreciate the creativity but it seems to make sense to have both a Tot striker and a Man City striker?

mehicoradio said...

@James, sorry haven't been at the comp for awhile. I wish i did have some tips but it my first year too so i haven't a clue what i'm doing. I will say you can get some real cheap defenders (Abiol is at a dollar as well as someone else). Personally i think Messi is a great pick and Aguero will be very good.

mehicoradio said...

Also forgot to mention Xabi is only at 5.23 which is really cheap in my opinion.

Geobfree said...

have DECO and ROBINHO- looking to switch to ESSIEN @ KUYT,anybody?

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Jamie said...

question about fantasy la liga, I just went on it to create a team but then noticed how expensive every one is. Ronaldo is 30, there are 10 players above 21, I dont see how anyone could have a decent team?

Anonymous said...

Is Nani playing or not??

Anonymous said...


Rob said...

Thoughts on this team?

Drogba - Addy - Jones
Gerrard - Gomez - Milijas - Deco
Bassong- Wilkinson - Richards

I got Gerrard at 21, but am sure he is going to have a stonker after Raffa said he wasn't at his best.

I could sell jones for 10 and get a midfielder, but after his 2 goals I have a feeling he could have a good weekend

Anonymous said...

@Geobfree - I'd personally definately stick with Deco and Robinho.

@Jamie - I've tried to do a team but only managed to put a couple of 'good' players in and had to surround them with v averagely priced players. Albiol for Madrid is only 1 point, thats a good starting point.

@Anon 8.39 I'd fully expect nani to play having scored last week.

@Anon 10.13 I don't think Sunderland will be an easy game for Blackburn even though they are at home. I think there's better value strikers around for this week's matches. If you think he'll do well, stick him in though. Yahoo's all about instinct and i doubt many others will have him so it could really pay off for you!!

Does anyone know of any good sites to help with the La Liga Fantasy Football? Predicted Lineups etc.. Gona try to get into it this year but find that most of the sites are Spanish (No suprises there!)


Jamie said...

any tips for improving my team?

Bassong Corluka Stearman
Lampard Mokoena Mascherano Palacios
Drogba Defoe Adebayor

Anonymous said...

Please help, Foster/Mokoena or Robinson/Fellani?

Douchebag United said...

Anyone hear if Deco is playing?

Douchebag United said...

Go with Foster/Moks you won't be able to get a better keeper after going Robbo...

Douchebag United said...

Please help quickly...

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