Friday, 18 September 2009

Week 5 Match Previews

As always I've 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 5 Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Rosicky, Fabregas, Diaby, Bendtner, Eduardo, Van Persie
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Figueroa, Diame, Thomas, Gomez, Koumas, N’Zogbia, Rodallega

Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, Young, Agbonlahor, Carew
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Ben Haim, Belhadj, Mokoena, Brown, O’Hara, Boateng, Smith, Piquionne.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Samuel, M Davies, Muamba, Steinsson, Gardner, Taylor, K Davies.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Faye, Huth, Collins, Delap, Whelan, Whitehead, Fuller, Kitson.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Blake, Elliott, McCann, Paterson, Fletcher.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Turner, Richardson, Malbranque, Henderson, Cana, Reid, Jones, Bent.

Hull: Myhill, McShane, Zayatte, Sonko, Dawson, Olofinjana, Kilbane, Ghilas, Hunt, Geovanni, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Birmingham: Hart, Carr, R Johnson, Espinoza, Parnaby, Ferguson, Bowyer, Tainio, Fahey, Larsson, O’Connor.

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Parker, Noble, Kovac, Jimenez, Hines, Cole.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Essien, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Jenas, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Rodwell, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Cahill, Saha.
Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Grella, Andrews, Pedersen, Diouf, Dunn, Roberts.

Man Utd: Foster, O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Park, Berbatov, Rooney.
Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Barry, De Jong, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Petrov, Bellamy.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Bera, Mancienne, Elokobi, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Keogh, Maierhofer, Doyle
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora.

I'm not sure about Everton (Heitinga) & Arsenal (Rosicky) as I've found 4 or 5 different reports with conflicting news, so take these line-ups with a pinch of salt.

Obviously I'm sure some of you will have heard some team news that may affect other players...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.

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Good luck!



Anonymous said...


Defoe twists his knee in a freak accident!!

It seems that he was on his way to training and a rider rammed into his side of the vehicle!!

He's been rushed to the Tynemouth Road Health Centre!!

Some papparazzi got the pics and it luks NASTY!!


Harry reported -
" The docs say it's really bad and our physios expect him to be sidelined for the next 5-6 weeks.It's a huge blow to us and certainly affects our Top 4 Finish. "

Looks like i'm gonna have Crouch next week!!..
But i do pity all thos spurs fans out there..!
First Modric.. now Defoe..!
You've got my condolences.. :'(

Anonymous Papparazzi

raymond said...

suggestions for my team?

Fidan said...

@ Anon Papparazzi - Quit the bullshit...This is a professional blog. Go to Fantasist. You're cut for each other...!!!

@ AM - Chucho (Benitez) and Diamanti are set to start this, as you said, these predicted line-ups are not to be taken for granted, at all...!!!


Anonymous said...


Major blow!! ... :(

Looks like i'll be going for Nando and not Defoe..

So what changes r y'all gonna make for week 6 with Defoe out??


Anonymous said...


So ignore my post ..
I'll stick with Defoe


@AnonPapparazi -
STFU C*nt!!


Doctor Teeth said...

AM - do you seriously think that Tuncay is not going to start for the Potters this weekend? Especially considering that Beattie is injured?

Bryan said...

Jones or Crouch?

Both with tough tough final forward spot is between them and the Yak but i really doubt if the Yak will start or not..

What do you guys think?

Douchebag United said...

Anyone want to give an opinion on this choice?



K. Davies?

Anonymous said...

Can anyone give me their opinion about picking one of the following forwards for this weekend?

Torres or RVP or Rooney

I appreciate it

Douchebag United said...

My opinion you can't go wrong with Rooney, RVP has the better match up and he has been producing points at a good clip, but I think if you are going to spend the units Rooney is the guy that does it all for Man U.

Naning said...

I will make a bad saturday morning change this week :)

I am 100% sure of it.

Anonymous said...

@6:09: Bearing in mind I don't know what I'm doing, I'm sticking with Rooney for the reasons Douchebag United gave. I also have him at a minor discount.

@Naning: Despite having said on an earlier post that I'd probably leave well enough alone, I've made more changes. I chickened out on Fabregas. I'm remarkably low on Arsenal players this week, but both he and the team overall have looked flat of late. Now of course he'll bag a hat-trick.

@Doctor Teeth: The lure of the "Tuncay money" isn't paying off yet. Hopefully the higher-priced players I bought with it will make up the difference. Of course, as filler goes, he'd give up fewer points on the bench than Mokoena would on the pitch :). I'd feel better though if he gets the chance to generate a few points. I'm not sure why you'd start Kitson instead.


Anonymous said...

no love for a.johnson this week?

mehicoradio said...

@Bradley, i'd personally also stick with Rooney (I did the same :D). Interestingly enough the offical PL site fantasy game as a pundit and they tracked on a graph the points scored by Drogs, Defoe, Rooney and Ade, which showed Rooney and Drogs basically staying consistent in point scoring.

Or basically Rooney has been consistent bar a game or two in getting points so far and i fancy him to keep it going.

As for me, i'm glad to see Sonko and Heiti are both predicted to start. Was pretty sure on Sonko and a toss up on Heiti.

An interesting player brought up in that newsletter was Stefan Maierhofer at Wolves. Ended up with a goal for them last week. Not going to pick him up right now but be interesting to watch.

And supposedly Yak is close to returning and possibly may see Tevez back for City

Anonymous said...

Thank you guys for your responses about Torres or RVP or Rooney for my forwards dilemma

Chris said...

after reading through the recent posts i'm still on the fence about my team selection. 8 spots are filled i just can't figure out the final 3. foster, fabregas and tuncay or myhill, young and rosicky/yakubu. i like both but i would like to hear what others think. thanks

Naning said...

I am fairly confident that Heitinga will get a start. I am more nervous about Rosicky and RvP. I made the mistake last season to field RvP when he didn't get to play. It really hurts.

Anonymous said...

I am quite sure on my team, but having thoughts on Tuncay. I could drop Tuncay, MTAY, Ro-Jo for Hunt, Sonko, and a striker from 9.96 and under maybe Saha? I think I'll give Tuncay some time, though, cuz you gotta love Matty Tay. Anyone else thinking about abandoning Tuncay? Though a filler at 1 is ideal.


mehicoradio said...

@ Dan, I plan to keep him because its allowed me to bring in some players that have been good for points week in/week out, and figure he has to get the start sooner then later.

Anonymous said...

There is a good chance that RVP will play this weekend.
I go this quote from Arsenal website on the injury news:

September 18
Robin van Persie has been passed fit to face Wigan Athletic at the weekend. The Dutch international missed the midweek win at Standard Liege with a knee injury but he will make an immediate return on Saturday. “We have Robin van Persie available compared to the game on Wednesday night,” confirmed Wenger. “He is the only player coming back".

Kellz said...

I am taking a bit of a risk this week. I have been on a train from Minneapolis/St. Paul back to Portland for 36+ hours so I haven't been able to set my team. Thus all my choices are friday trades.

I decided to get major on Arsenal. Since I had Gerrard at near to his current value, I found dropping him easy for this weak to put on the sure bets (However Livepool will win this game).

So far I arrived at:

Given, Vermealen, Heitinga, Wilk
Fabregas, Rosicky, Hunt, BFAY
RvP, Drogba, Tuncay

I am concerned I have put too many eggs in one basket and considering dropping RvP for Torres or dropping Fabregas for MTAY. Gabby has burned me so many times before now that I still snub him he will have a 30+ week. Hope BFAY can come up with some of his 20+ performances like last season.

Good luck guys :D

Anonymous said...

Pardon my ignorance but - who is BFAY???

Kellz said...

Ashley Young -> BFAY = Blog Favorite Ashley Young

Anonymous said...

I think i just comitted the WORST BLUNDER by changing RvP at 17.41 to a full price Rooney!!

Will someone plz temme that this aint a dumb move??

I was hasty and jus swapped them!

I followed my hunch!


Doctor Teeth said...

Kellz - wow, glad to see that someone still rides the train in the States.

Nothing to be ashamed of with that line-up. It looks pretty similar to mine before I jumped off of the Arsenal bandwagon. The Gunners have looked totally flat recently, RVP is questionable (granted, looks like he will play but he is coming off two knocks from last week), Fabregas seems to have lost his stellar form of the first few weeks and Wigan can be a decent squad...I instead have opted to load my team with Villans with the claret and blue looking great recently and with a home game against Championship-bound Pompey. So, barring any further last second changes:

Vermaelen GJohnson Warnock
MTay Milijas O'Hara AYoung
Drogba Tuncay Agbonlahor

I went with this line-up partially with a view towards next week as well....definitely want to have GJohnson on my side for the Reds match against Hull (I would have had to drop him this week if I fielded RVP) and for current prices (i.e. I will BD) I can swap out Agbonlahor and AYoung for Defoe and Lennon (already salivating at Spurs thumping Burnley at the Lane).

RVP has never brought me big points in the past...true, he can always erupt for a hat trick but given his past under-performance and his injury, it's not worth the risk of spending 18-19 million in my opinion when there are plenty of good Aston Villa options available.

Good luck.

Doctor Teeth said...

By the way, looking for Milijas to finally come through with a goal and more than 45 mins of PT this week at home against The Cottagers...I am queasy about dropping a discounted Jordi Gomez to keep the Serb on my side but Wigan has two tough games in a row (Arsenal and Chelsea) and so I think there is a potential for Gomez to come down a bit in value over the next two weeks in the event I wanted to pick him up again. Gomez also might have been dropped in favor Billy after this week anyway....still, he's a top ten point scorer amongst all MFs thus far and I have him at under 7 million. Tough to drop.

Anonymous said...

Need some input on keeping Benayoun cheap or switching up to Hunt or Dunn

Anonymous said...

G. Johnson / Vermaelen / Heitinga
Fabregas / O'Hara / Rosicky / M. Taylor
Drogba / Tuncay / Saha

Sticking with Jensen til he tanks. :-)

Still not settled on Saha or Rosicky but could trade down to Gomez and Chucho or Diamante. Have to decide soon, though. I don't get up before the deadline on Saturday (about 7:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern tme) for anything.

Why is Yahoo so slow to add JVoH? Is his name too long for their system to handle?

Assistant Manager said...

DT - I'd had Milijas since week 1 but he's gone this week...if he scores I will be FURIOUS ;)

Kellz - Team looks really good, not bad for someone with no time!

Nick - If it was your hunch then you've made the right decision. Whether it goes well or badly at least you went for it. Rooney will do well.

@9:45 - I'd get Hunt in.

Everyone asking about the abbreviations/nicknames on here, follow the link below to Jeremy & Neal's excellent blog.

They were the inspiration for this blog and I still love reading them so if you're not checking them out already, please make sure you do.


Assistant Manager said...

Good team bill...out of interest, how much is Johnson costing you?

Anonymous said...

Oh I pay premium prices for just about everyone, AM (except Tuncay). GJ cost me 13.10.

Anonymous said...

Darren Bent is doubtfoul??

Kellz said...

Just decided to put in MTAY for Fabs. I feel like Stoke will be a rough game, meaning many more fouls which equal more spot kicks for MTAY. Even if he doesn't score atleast hes the kick taker. However Fabs recent poor form YFF wise could see him have a stormer tomorrow. Maybe another criss cross back to Fabs? lol I'll be punished so hard for this choice!

Fidan said...

I feel inferior to you guys at the moment. Partially because I dumped Tuncay (which I don't regret, AT ALL) and partially because missing some bargains at bd... is what I've come up with (and I'm fairly confident...surprisingly :D):


Lets just...HOPE...!!!

See you...!!!

Anonymous said...

@Kellz: I already had MTay, so I swapped Fabs out for BFAY. Neither one has been justifying his price of late, but seeing Fabs mid-week vs. Standard Liege scared me off. If he reverts to his Week 1 form tomorrow, I'll be suffering right with you.


Despite its lack of any Arsenal players beyond season-keeper Verma, I can't help but be satisfied with that line-up. Hopefully all that talent comes through for me.


Anonymous said...

Hey AM + randoms,

Can anyone let me know if there are any weak areas of my team & players you don't believe will play, thanks & potential replacements. Thanks.

B. Foster
Verm, L. Baines, Warnock
Duff, BFAY, M. Taylor, M. Jarvis
Drogs, Tuncay, C. Benetez



Kellz said...

@Crispy: If your picks pay off I can see you skyrocket in the standings as your team has many players not many are choosing.

Personally I don't like choosing defenders over 8mil, so I would downgrade Baines to Heitinga and upgrade Benetez to a lower premium striker, and if you can afford it, Torres, possible others that I like KJones/Bent/Jo/Saha/Eduardo (if he starts)/ or maybe outside gamble of Bendtner.

Otherwise I like the outside picks :D

Good luck!

greginho said...

saturday, i am leaving for a waterfall at 8am Sao Paulo-time and might be gone most of the day, so i might not be able to barndoor anyone and this is going to be the week for it. last week i didn't need to barndoor so many people.

the only question i have is ohara or kightley from wolves or w elliot from burnley,

Anonymous said...

Verm, Heitinga, Dunne,
Gerrard, Lampard, Benayoun, Rosicky, Rodwell
Drogba, Tuncay

Any advise?


Kellz said...

Drop Lampard, pick up RvP or Torres

Anonymous said...

Hi AM,

Thks for this great blog and the efforts put in especially on your match analysis! Pls give me some advise on my team:

Jarvis,BFAY,Rosicky,A Reid

I'm tempted to change either Rosicky or Jarvis to Hunt... Or even A Reid(but I'm sitting on a gd discount)
Can I have your opinion on this. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Bare in mind I have Bent and MTay at a discount .... Nando, Rosiky, Heitinga OR Bent, MTay, Distin?

mehicoradio said...

@Anon, Personally i'd stick with the 2nd, both MTay and Bent have good match-ups for the next week (from the looks of it). Distin, as long as he starts, will have about 8 weeks before a real tough game pops up.

mehicoradio said...

Oh, according to Martin O'Neill on the team's website, Reo-Corker will not be playing Saturday (sent home friday due to a spat he and O'Neill had on thursday)

Anonymous said...

Nando OR MTay ??

Anonymous said...

MTay/Drogs/Moko OR Nando/Warnock/O'Hara

I'm personally leaning towards the second opt. but would like your opinions.

Anonymous said...

Douchebage United, in the derby last week Villa looked like it would settle for a draw until Carew came on and there was more firing power. Young and Abon the Whore have the quickness but Milner the creativity and Carew the target. Counterattack goals come from Young and Gabby.

I have a hunch that your hunch is K. Davies and so go with him. If anyone breaks 20 pts from Villa, it'll be A.Young or Gabby. I see Carew with 8-12 points.


Anonymous said...

Would appreciate any advice on the following

RVP Rooney Drogba with Mokoena

RVP Drogba Tuncay with Lampard

basically RooneyMokena vs Lampard/Tuncay


Anonymous said...

Milijas or Kightly? Which one will start?

Assistant Manager said...

Fr:AOJK - Keep Andy Reid...try getting Hunt in for Jarvis (maybe downgrade Cueller to Sonko)

@7.28am - Nando/Warnock/O'Hara

Justin - RVP Drogba Tuncay with Lampard

8.24am - Milijas


Anonymous said...

Rosicky with Taylor
Lampard with Rodwell

Any advise?

Razesh said...

is rosicky starts today?

Anonymous said...


Assistant Manager said...

I think Rosicky has a decent change of starting, maybe 70-30

I'm sure Bent will start.

Razesh said...

@ am
well in that case i may drop wilko and pick clichy

Bryan said...

Kenwyne Jones, Crouch or the Yak?

Anonymous said...

Yossi Benayoun will start?

chris said...

i'm thinking of finally dumping lampard. i've had him since week 1 but he's just not as effective in the diamond midfield. i'm just not sure if i wanna replace him with RvP. my current team is:

verm, warnock, sonko
gomez, o'hara, BFAY, rosicky
rooney, drogba, RvP

or i can keep my old line up:

verm, warnock, sonko
lampard, gomez, o'hara, fab
rooney, drogba, tuncay

how many of you are still on the tuncay bandwagon? it kinda sucks with him there as i can't get a third striker in my squad but it sure helps having the extra funds to splash elsewhere. what a dilemma! any thoughts? thanks

Anonymous said...

Van persie or Torres?

Fidan said...

I sold Tuncay, and I kinda feel relieved. He makes your team more rigid...but,hey, you said it well, he really gives you spare money to play with...

Follow your...LOGIC!!! Look at his next 5 match-ups he worth the FORWARD spot...!!!

Anonymous said...

Fabs, Matty Taylor ... I'm in heaven.

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