A week after the blue half of Manchester drops points, the red half follows suit as the well-oiled outfit that is Stoke held them to a 1-1 draw. More worrying for Man U fans though was that their stop scorer Rooney missed the match with a hamstring injury and looks to be out for a couple weeks at least. Javier Hernandez limped off too after a bad tackle that should have resulted in a penalty so it’s left to the likes of Wellbeck, Berbatov & Owen to put the ball in the back of the net for the next couple weeks.
Man City got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 win over Everton where Aguero was again in the thick of things. Chelsea had a comfortable 4-1 victory over plucky Swansea but still the clean sheet eludes them! That boy Torres was again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons getting a straight red for a rash tackle. He now leaves the door open for Drogba to regain his place in the side. At Anfield, Liverpool should have made things a lot more comfortable in their 2-1 win over Wolves, they look good going forward but defensively they were all over the place.
The top scoring player of the week was Demba Ba with a hattrick against Blackburn for 17 pts to maintain his side’s unbeaten start. Ba, after flattering to deceive the first few weeks of the season, could be a worthwhile pick-up for the same reasons I had picked out Leon Best to as a pick last week; he at least got me an assist! Robin van Persie scored twice in his side’s 3-0 win over Arsenal for 13 pts and repaying many punters who captained him. In midfield, Ramires is beginning to look the player that we thought Chelsea signed last season picking up 2 goals for 15 pts against Swansea. In Lampard’s absence, Ramires is getting forward a lot more and could find himself amongst the goals more often this season. Other notable high-scorers were Song & Ramsey with 10 pts for the Gunners; Van der Vaart & Bale also with 10 pts for Spurs & Nani, 10 pts for Man U.
In the SNI League, Keith Wallace just about holds onto first place still but he had a fairly lackluster gameweek, scoring just 37 pts, captaining Dzeko who scored just a point. Hot on Keith’s heels is Brendan Lynch who’s 53 point score moved him up to 2nd, just 6 pts behind. Alan Massey remains in 3rd, a point behind Brendan. The top score of the week went to Stone Cold? Steve Austin who picked up 75 pts who captained RVP. He still remains in last place though.
My scout picks did alright last week. Enrique picking up an assist & a bp, Danny Murphy didn’t score any real pts while Leon Best got an assist up front. I promise to improve this week! In defense fresh from picking up 9 pts against WBA and down to a low price of 5.8m, John Arne Riise could be worth a punt with a home match against QPR who are actually unbeaten since the transfer window. In midfield, I picked him the 1st or 2nd week but it’s taken him a bit longer to settle but I’m backing Nathan Dyer for Swansea again. He’s hit a bit of form scoring against WBA 2 weeks ago and he hit the bar against Chelsea. He’ll be confident ahead of Stoke’s visit. Up front, I mentioned him already and in the absence of Rooney & Hernandez, Danny Wellbeck has a fantastic chance to rack up a hefty score against Norwich especially fresh from his exploits in mid-week. Look for the likes of Seb Larsson & Gabi Agbonlahor to produce this weekend too.
Best of luck.