Gameweek 3 produced euphoria for Manchester citizens and fans of both sets of the city’s teams while damning North London’s football fans to depression. Judging by early season form the Premier League will be a two horse race between The Red Devils and The Blues.
Man City convincingly outplayed Tottenham. My, how things have changed from last year’s opening game between Tottenham and Man City where Tottenham battered their opponents. Dzeko looked every bit the striker he was in Germany, and Aguero continues to impress. Nasri slotted right in with three assists. Oh, how he must be relieved not to be part of that Arsenal team.
Speaking of which, what an amazing game. I wouldn’t even have predicted an 8 – 2 score in Premier League game this season, let alone in a Man Utd – Arsenal match. Owners of Rooney and/or Young must be salivating with joy, and not even bothering mopping it up if they held Dzeko as well.
Liverpool and Chelsea continue their good starts to the season. The Liverpool new boys all impressed and Juan Mata looked sharp in his cameo for Chelsea. Drogba will hopefully recover quickly from his horror knockout.
In other news, Newcastle and Wolves continue to impress while Everton and Stoke grind out somewhat lucky victories.
- Manchester City lineup: Edin Dzeko must have cemented his place (at least for now) in the City lineup with his performance. I rated him as a decent punt for this gameweek, and he seems likely to be the focal point of service for three of the Premier League’s most creative players: Silva, Nasri, Aguero. With Dzeko in this form, my guess is that Tevez will rotate with one of the Three Musketeers rather than the big striker. I’m a little wary of Nasri’s effect on Silva’s game. He looked dangerous, with 4 shots on goal, and had an amazing 94% pass completion rate. However, he only created 1 chance this game compared to 3 against Bolton and 4 against Swansea. It’s too early to tell, but if Nasri keeps up at this rate, he could be a more valuable Fantasy player for the same price (9.5).
- Manchester United lineup: Rooney is on fire. I’m fairly certain he will be the season’s top Fantasy scorer, barring injury and/or heavy resting in league games come the latter stages of the Champions League. For now, he is the golden boy. I’m officially trading Nani for Ashley Young, even though Nani scored. Young seems to fit in the team like a glove, and has more set piece duties as well. That first goal of his, holy bejeezus, what a goal. Anderson is on the Fantasy score sheet again, this time with an assist. He is playing well in the middle of the park and could be a value purchase at 6.0.
- Liverpool’s Charlie Adam has consecutive Fantasy points in three games with an assist, bonus point, and a goal. He’s rather expensive at 9.0, but warrants consideration, especially if you are holding on to Cahill or (gasp) Arshavin. Downing (8.5) looked impressive again, but I would rather have Adam at his stage, if I had the 0.5 extra lying around. As I said in the gameweek preview, I rate Suarez as a must-own. He was the heart of the Liverpool attack and unlucky not to score.
- Speaking of non-scoring strikers, if you haven’t already, sell Torres right now. There is so much more to do with the money. In the Chelsea team, I would rather take a punt on Lampard or Bosingwa, who is playing like a wing back. New boy Juan Mata looked the part.
- Wolves have only let in two goals in three games. Pick up Ward (4.5) or Johnson (5.0) as rotation defenders if you wildcard or need to ship out non-playing or Arsenal defenders.
If you intend to pick up Dzeko, Young, and Rooney consider doing it now before prices rice for the set of them. If the transfers you want to make have no margin of price error (i.e. you would have 0.0 in the bank after the transfers) every day you delay is a risk of not being able to complete the transfer. Note, however, that the risk of finishing your transfers early is injury in the internationals. I would take that risk. Another option is if you wildcard you can stock up on popular players, watch their stock rise, and then pick your team on the Saturday morning before kick off.