While it was well worth loading your fantasy team with Reading and Chelsea players early on in order to take advantage of the double gameweek, this weekend you might find yourself paying the price, with neither side in Premier League action. For gameweek 3, we’re again looking to avoid gambling too heavily as it’s still early days. With that sentiment in mind, we like the look of Manchester City at home against QPR.
If you’ve watched Roberto Mancini’s side this season on television, you’ll have noticed that it is impossible for the commentators to avoid mentioning (several times) what happened back in May when QPR travelled to the Etihad. And fair enough, it’s certainly a game worth reliving. You might also have noticed that Yaya Touré (£8m) has been absolutely pulling the strings from start to finish for City. And while Dave Silva has not quite managed to replicate his form from Euro 2012 in the early stages of the season, Samir Nasri (£8.6m) has looked very impressive. Carlos Tévez was a player we backed from the start and although his price tag is stacking up at the minute, at £9.5m there’s obviously still value to be had by shipping out the likes of injured Sergio Agüero or Wayne Rooney.
We’re also keen to get in on Everton’s impressive start to the campaign, with David Moyes’ side set to travel to unbeaten West Brom on Saturday. While West Brom have far from struggled since Steve Clarke succeeded Roy Hodgson, we feel that the Baggies offered both Liverpool and Spurs some decent opportunities during their opening two Premier League games and Marouane Fellani (£6.8m), Steven Pienaar (£6.5m) and Nikica Jelavić (£8.5m) will prove tough to handle.
Others worth considering
We mentioned last week that Manchester United were a team worth backing, with fixtures against Southampton and Wigan to come. Obviously if you’re yet to jump on the Eden Hazard bandwagon, you’re regretting it as his value looks like increasing every time he sets foot on the pitch. But looking at United, another player we’d argue you can’t afford to be without, is Robin Van Persie (£13.1m). With Wayne Rooney out injured (and mutterings of a possible Old Trafford exit for the England striker), selecting RVP for your fantasy team is looking as much a no-brainer as it was last season, particularly after he got off the mark for United in such splendid style last weekend.
Best of luck.
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