Last week, we said there was no way in hell Manchester United will get anything but 12 points from Premier League fixtures against Norwich, QPR and West Ham. They lost. This week, we’re saying there is no way in hell United will come away with anything other than six points from back-to-back home games against the Hoops and the Hammers. It just can’t happen. We’re also looking at West Brom to continue their good form in their next two Premier League encounters at Sunderland and Swansea.
Ok, no one expected Norwich to turn United over last weekend, but surely you’d have to back Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to bounce back at home to struggling QPR, despite ‘Arry coming in to save the day at Loftus Road. With Luis Nani and Shinji Kagawa out injured, Antonio Valencia (£8.6m) looks like the biggest threat among the United midfield. Following last weekend’s disappointment at Carrow Road, the Red Devils will also be delighted to welcome back Wayne Rooney (£11.7m).
One question that seems to have been answered fairly quickly this season was ‘Can Steve Clarke cut it as a manager?’. The answer appears to be a resounding ‘Yes’ and back-to-back away fixtures at Sunderland and Swansea should be nothing to fear for the Baggies right now. James Morrison and Shane Long at £6.3m and £6.2m respectively have been the driving force behind West Brom’s early Premier League success this season and when you consider the prices of Clint Dempsey and Darren Bent, you’d have to say the Baggies pair are an absolute steal.
Others worth considering
Chris Hughton certainly appears to have tightened up the Canaries’ defence in recent weeks and there’s no Premier League ‘keeper in better form than John Ruddy at the minute. And at £4.7m, he’ll certainly save you a few quid. Staying with Norwich, Javier Garrido (£4.6m) and Anthony Pilkington (£5.7m) also have to be worth considering, despite a tough fixture at Goodison Park this afternoon.
Liverpool have also dramatically improved of late, with Luis Suárez (£10.3m) and José Enrique Sánchez (£5.8m) the pick of the bunch.
Finally, if Arsenal are going to beat Aston Villa, you’d expect all the play to be going through Santi Cazorla (£9.4m). If you’re unable to afford the Spanish magician, it might not be a bad idea to bring in Jack Wilshere (£6.4m).
Best of luck
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