The Manchester duopoly was secured with City winning in dramatic fashion at Etihad Stadium while United won away at the Emirates. The wins underline the the Manchester dominance with it looking likely that City and United will battle for the title.
Tottenham acquitted themselves well and Arsenal’s defensive problems were their undoing as United targeted the fullbacks.
Analyzing the Fantasy impact of the gameweek, we look at notable performances, possible punts, and players out of sorts.
Man of the weekend, Dempsey, registered a hattrick in Fulham’s 5 – 2 mauling of Newcastle. Zamora produced a strong display, scoring and netting three assists. Also in on the action where Murphy, Duff, and A. Johnson. Despite the loss, Ben Arfa scored and assisted and was Newcastle’s only bright light of the weekend.
Manchester City’s Balotelli came on as a substitute and won the game in the last minute of injury time with a self-earned penalty. Silva shone again, assisting a lively Nasri, while Lescott latched onto a Dzeko flick. Bale was Tottenham’s man of the match with a superb goal and Defoe capitalized on Savic’s mistake before missing an open goal in injury time to secure the points for Tottenham.
Despite Fantasy-wonder Van Persie equalizing from an Oxlade-Chamberlain assist, Arsenal lost 1 – 2 to a man of the match Valencia goal and assist, who registered a BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal) Gameweek. Assisted by Giggs in the first half, he turned provider with a wonderful slaloming run and interplay, setting up the winning goal for Welbeck.
Sessegnon, a major Fantasy hype recently, proved his worth with an emphatic first half finish and second half assist to an equally impressive Gardner strike. Another hyped up prospect, McClean, provided Sessegnon with the assist. Mignolet registered a clean sheet, only one of three this Gameweek.
Helguson scored and missed a penalty in QPR’s 3 – 1 victory over Wigan. Rodallega scored an impressive set-piece and Al-Habsi again proved his worth, both in reality and in Fantasy terms, with an excellent penalty save. With Wright-Phillips and Barton assisting (Barton also picked up bonus points), QPR could be worth investment with an excellent run of fixtures in their next six games. However, Mark Hughes is said to be trying to recruit new faces so Fantasy purchases are a risk, especially QPR’s front line.
Robbie Keane was Aston Villa’s hero in their 2 – 3 away victory at the Molineux. Grabbing a game-winning brace for the maximum bonus points, he supplemented Bent’s goal to punish Henry’s red card.
Bolton supplied the shock result of the weekend, dispatching Liverpool with ease. This season is turning out to be a peach for strange and surprising results. I could have guessed trouble for Liverpool scoring, considering their lack of end product, but the lack of fight in the squad must be distressing for Dalglish. N’Gog outshone Carroll, despite both providing assists, for M. Davies and Bellamy, respectively.
Nothing much of note happened in the Norwich – Chelsea scoreless draw, with the major standout being Norwich’s first clean sheet of the season. Ruddy had an excellent game, making some spectacular saves. Norwich were a bit lucky and will not keep many more clean sheets with that kind of defensive display.
Also producing this gameweek:
- Eagles provided an assist for an excellent Reo-Coker in Bolton’s victory. Neither are that exciting as Fantasy prospects but will be on the radar should Bolton stage a comeback this season.
- Giggs supplied the cross for Valencia’s goal.
- Dorrans rewarded Hodgson with the winning goal in West Brom’s victory over Stoke.
Keep an eye out for…
- …Buzsaky, who scored in his second start for Mark Hughes’s QPR as well as registering maximum bonus points. Priced at only £4.4, he is another cheap option in midfield to accommodate your RvP’s and Silva’s.
- …Morrison scored with a long-range effort and is, statistically considering shots per target, a great Fantasy prospect.
Out of Sorts
- Walters missed a penalty for Stoke in their 1 – 2 loss to West Brom. Despite his upcoming home games, there are more exciting midfielders in his price range (e.g. Sessegnon). Walters has more goals than his shots per game tell us he should have, indicating that the latter part of the season is likely to return less rewards for his owners. I have him and am considering selling, despite the upcoming fixtures.
Next weekend is FA Cup weekend so the next Premier League Gameweek will be played on Tuesday the 31st of January and Wednesday 1st of February. This is the last Gameweek to play the January wildcard so don’t forget to use it.