Friday, 11 September 2009

Week 4 Match Previews

As always I have scoured various websites & pieces of team 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 4 Predicted Line-Ups

Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Samba, Givet, Chimbonda, Grella, Nzonzi, Andrews, Dunn, Pedersen, Roberts
Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Mancienne, Elokobi, Halford, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle, Keogh

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Ensua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Blake, Elliott, McCann, Paterson, Fletcher.

Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Bellamy, Adebayor
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Bendtner, Diaby, Van Persie

Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Ben Haim, Belhadj, Mokoena, Brown, O’Hara, Utaka, Smith, Piquionne
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Samuel, M Davies, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Ab Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Tuncay, Kitson
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Mikel, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba

Sunderland: Carson, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Turner, Mensah, Malbranque, Cattermole, Cana, Richardson, Jones, Bent
Hull: Myhill, Zayatte, Sonko, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Olofinjana, Kilbane, Ghilas, Hunt, Geovanni, Folan

Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Keane, Crouch, Defoe
Man Utd: Foster, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney

Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, Koumas, Gomez, N’Zogbia, Rodallega
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Collins, Upson, Spector, Parker, Noble, Collison, Jimenez, Stanislas, Cole

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, R Johnson, Queudrue, Vignal, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, Benitez, O’Connor
Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Petrov, Sidwell, Reo-Coker, Milner, A Young, 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

I'm hoping Tuncay does start vs Chelsea & I'm leaning towards Robbo in goal (although if it sounds like Gordon is back I may keep him - last minute decision!). I've got a feeling Portsmouth could beat Bolton so a couple of Pompey players have entered my thoughts and I'm backing Liverpool to hammer Burnley, with 3 'Pool players in my side.

We now have a really good following on the blog so I'm sure that some of you will have heard some team news that may affect the line-ups this weekend...if so then please post in the comments section. I'll continue keeping an eye on injury news this afternoon/tomorrow morning and post up any last minute information I find.

Good luck for Week 4!



Anonymous said...

That gives me second thoughts about Rodwell, but I think I'll keep him as I have him under 4. I'm still not sure about skrtel in my team. What do you think about both players, AM?

Assistant Manager said...

Rodwell may find it tough to get a starting spot with all Everton's players now fit and ready to go, but I expect Skrtel to start & he's great value.

fidan said...

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is a doubt for Blackburn.

The midfielder was the only member of the first team squad not to train, after picking up an unspecified injury with France Under-21s in midweek.

Not that anyone was keen on him...just a confirmation, thats all...!!!

Looks like my team stands the same for 11 days in row :D. I'm sure I deserve an award for that :P...!!!

Keep it up, AM

Mehicoradio said...

big problem i'm running into right now, and hoping maybe someone can give a litt help. I have J. Gomez in my mid but if i sell him i'll have 10.77 to spend on a middlefield

I can go with either Lawrence, Ballack, or Nani

Lawrence i think should start, but have doubts on Stoke having a good game

Ballack i think will start, but not sure on if he is worth the price

Nani, don't know for sure if he will start, and not an easy match-up

don't really see anyone worth it outside of those 3. Should i take one of them (and which)? or is Gomez a better option?

Also how sure is it that Palacios will get the start? Being Wednesday he played a full 90 minutes for the Honduras side and had the long flight back.

Doctor Teeth said...

Still can't believe that Wilko keeps his starting role for Stoke but maybe...

No sign of Dini in the projected Toffee midfield.

Will be interesting to see if Harry goes with three up front rather than playing Niko "Replacement Croat" Kranjcar in the midfield at WHL.

Did I actually just read that AM thinks Pompey might beat another team? Lord have mercy. In any event, O'Hara is the value pick there in my opinion...

Assistant Manager said...

LOL @ Doctor Teeth - I know I can hardly believe I'm saying it, but maybe all the new signing will give them a boost...if they can't beat Bolton at home they're not going to beat anyone else - that should scare them into some sort of performance!!


Anonymous said...

Mascherano major doubt for liverpool according to Liverpool Echo:
This could mean Gerrard takes one step down to cover for Mascherano and benayoun coming into the supporting striker role....


Anonymous said...

Which leaves me with this question:

Benayoun & O'Hara or Pedersen & Mokoena?


Assistant Manager said...

Andy - Benayoun & O'Hara for me.

To be honest even if Gerrard plays in Center Mid I expect a huge week from him.

Gordon said...


Should I stick with Bassong and Lampard or get a better defense + young/fabregas?


Fidan said...

Bad news for Tuncay bandwagon-ers...!!!

Seems like Tony Pulis thinks that Tuncay needs time to adjust...non-sense...!!!

Anonymous said...

Should I keep or drop Kyrgiakos?

Anonymous said...

@ AM-

please hit us up if you hear that Gordo's gonna start....

~ CrazyEyed-Sam

Anonymous said...

On Yahoo's starting line-ups Rodwell is in!!!
I think I'll keep him - even if he's on the bench he's usually the first substitution, and for me he's still under 4...

Good luck everyone!

Doctor Teeth said...

Tony Pulis was commenting on how it took Kitson a year to settle into playing in the Prem...seeing as Tuncay played in the Prem all last season, I don't see him having a transitional issue. Choose 'em or Lose 'em mentions Tuncay's 1 million price tag so so much for the worst kept secret in fantasy footie being kept in the bag.

I guess I should have seen this coming but, of course, I am second guessing my line-up (which has been "finalized" for days now) on the eve of Saturday's matches. Thinking of dropping Torres for Kuyt and using the difference in price to bolster a few other positions.

OS said...

Alright AM,
Got 5.92 to spend on a midfielder... toss up between Lucas, Jiminez, Olofinjana & Utaka...

pretty grim choice - what do you reckon?


OS said...

... or O' Hara who has just snuck in for the time being...???

Anonymous said...

gerrard/kuyt or torres/mtay?

Assistant Manager said...

OS - probably O'Hara

Anonymous said...

I have a dilemma and it all revolves around who will play. I can drop bassong and mok for givet and tuncay (due to my worry about bassong).

also I can drop bosingwa and palacios for givet and stephen hunt.

who will get more pts in your opinion this week tuncay or mok?

fantasymixx said...

Just curious. Why would you leave Rodwell out of your projected starting lineup for Everton when he's started the last 3(including the Europa league game)?

Of course I want to know since I have him at a discount.

Max said...

ow no!.. both rodwell and billy not listed here.. my lineup is either one of them.. this is bad..


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