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Week 4 of the Premier League fantasy season is starting following an extended break for international World Cup Qualifiers. There are a few players that will be missing due to injury following the break so keep an eye out for those in your teams.
This weekend has some tricky matches coming up and will mean that EPL fantasy team owners will need to take a careful look at their lineups. With Chelsea and Everton facing off it might pay off to bench some of those players since that will likely be low scoring. Be sure to keep Romelu Lukaku on the bench this weekend since he will not be allowed to play against his parent club, Chelsea.
This weekend owners may want to look at picking up Simon Mignolet. In most leagues he is still mid-range in terms of cost and his value should continue to increase.
You could also look at Jussi Jaaskelainen who is always solid as well as Cardiff’s David Marshall (although he is listed as questionable with about 50-75% chance of playing). With Cardiff facing off against Hull City, there is a good chance that he could end up with a clean sheet.
As far as defenders go picking from any of Liverpool’s back line is a solid choice, particularly Jose Enrique who tends to get forward often and get involved in attacking.
If you are looking for some more risky picks you could go with Southampton’s Jose Fonte as they face off against West Ham United. He has scored this season and could get some points with his ability to get forward. The same could be said of Kyle Walker as Tottenham takes on Norwich. Also from Southampton you could look at youngster Luke Shaw.
Marouane Fellaini looks likely to make his first start with Manchester United and could be a difference maker for David Moyes. Mesut Ozil is another player that should make his debut this weekend, although he could be a risky buy considering how often he only played 60-70 minutes for Real Madrid.
With West Ham taking on Southampton there’s a chance for goals and Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble could make for some decent low money buys.
Southampton’s young midfielder James Ward-Prowse could be a good cheap buy to fill a spot since he has been playing this season and could eventually come good.
At the front Danny Welbeck might be a good addition for teams looking for a decent mid-range cost striker. His two goals for England will only build his confidence, which has already been growing this season.
Another England international who played well was Rickie Lambert. He is another decent buy who’s confidence could only be helped by playing in two World Cup qualifiers.
Gary Hooper could be making his Norwich debut this weekend, though, having not played yet, would most likely be a sub.
Injuries and Suspensions:
For week 3 there are several players that are out through injury or suspension and several more that are questionable.
Arsenal: Jack Wilshire: ankle/foot; expected back against Tottenham
Aaron Ramsey: groin/pelvis; expected back against Tottenham
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: out for 6-12 weeks (early October)
Lukas Podolski: hamstring; out 8-10 weeks
Tomas Rosicky: Thigh injury – out till late September
Mikel Arteta: out till late September
Thomas Vermaelen: back injury – questionable
Diaby: out indefinitely
Yaya Sanogo: back injury – questionable
Charles N’Zogbia: Achilles – out indefinitely following surgery
Steven Caulker: Ankle injury – questionable
Andreas Cornelius: ankle sprain; questionable against Everton
David Marshall: hip injury – questionable
Samuel Eto’o: knock – questionable
Eden Hazard: Achilles – questionable (75%)
Yannick Bolasie: out indefinitely: hamstring
Jack Hunt: broken ankle – out for several months
Jimmy Kebe: groin – unknown return date
Patrick McCarthy – groin injury; out indefinitely
Glenn Murray: Knee – out till October/November
Jonathan Parr: questionable; match fitness
Jerome Thomas: ankle – questionable (25%-50%)
Jonathan Williams: ankle – out for several months
Antolin Alcaraz: out till September; hamstring
Seamus Coleman: knock – questionable
Darron Gibson: knee – questionable
James McCarthy: knock – questionable
Aaron Hughes: thigh – questionable (75%)
Kieran Richardson: out till late September; hamstring
Maartin Stekelenburg: shoulder – questionable (25%-50%)
Sone Aluko: hamstring – questionable (75%)
George Boyd: ankle – questionable (75%)
Allan McGregor: groin – questionable (75%)
Yannick Sagbo: out with 3 match ban following red card (returning 9/21)
Joe Allen – Hamstring; questionable (25%)
Aly Cissokho – ankle sprain; questionable
Sebastian Coates: out for the season with ACL knee surgery
Glen Johnson: knee – questionable (25%)
Kolo Toure – groin injury; questionable (75%)
Daniel Sturridge: thigh – questionable (50%-75%)
Luis Suarez: serving 10 match ban; tentative return on 9/21
Martin Demichelis: knee – out till at least mid October
Vincent Kompany: out at least a month; groin
Micah Richards: out till September; hamstring
David Silva: thigh – out till 9/22
Darren Fletcher: out indefinitely; illness
Phil Jones: ankle – questionable (75%)
Wayne Rooney: head injury – questionable (50%)
Rafael: out till mid-September; hamstring
Jonas Gutierrez: hamstring – questionable (50%)
Gabriel Obertan: hamstring – questionable (75%)
Ryan Taylor: out indefinitely; knee
Michael Williamson: out till end of August/early September; knock
Elliott Bennett: Knee – out for several months
Ryan Bennett: knock – questionable (50%)
Guilherme Do Prado: Illness – questionable (50%)
Jos Hooiveld: Illness – questionable (50%)
Charlie Adam: Knock – questionable (75%)
Kenwyne Jones: Ankle – questionable (75%)
Glenn Whelan: Hamstring – questionable (75%)
Phillip Bardsley: out indefinitely; broken foot
Wes Brown: out till end of August/early September; knee
Lee Cattermole: questionable; knee
Craig Garnder: knock – questionable (50%)
John O’Shea: one match ban returning 9/21
Connor Wickham: Knock – questionable (75)
Nathan Dyer: Hamstring – questionable (50%)
Jonjo Shelvey – knee; questionable (75%)
Neil Taylor – thigh; out 4-6 weeks
Emmanuel Adebayor: listed as out due to personal reasons – unknown return
Etienne Capoue: Ankle – out till early October
Aaron Lennon – foot; questionable
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Leg injury – questionable (75%)
West Bromwich Albion:
Ben Foster – foot; out for up to 12 weeks
Zoltan Gera: out for the season; knee
James Morrison: groin – questionable (75%)
Steven Reid: out till September; knock
George Thorne: out for up to 8 months; knee
Matej Vydra – hamstring; out 2-3 weeks (late September)
West Ham United:
Andy Carroll: out till mid-September; foot
Joe Cole: hamstring – questionable (50%)
Alou Diarra – knee; questionable
Stewart Downing: Leg – questionable (50%)
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