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Weekend Wrap Up: Week 19

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Things are busy around the Premier League and here at Rotoworld at this time of the year and we’re doing everything we can to keep you ready for every game.  We just finished the third set of games in just over a week’s worth of time and we have another gameweek on New Years Day.  I’ll keep this wrap up short and just try to mention most scores and some fantasy relevant information from the matches.


West Ham and West Brom opened up the weekend with a 3-3 shootout that saw a lot of fantasy contributions.  West Ham are missing some defenders and have a goalkeeper controversy at the moment so Dimitar Berbatov might be an interesting option on Wednesday if healthy(interesting but very, very risky option).  Aston Villa and Swansea tied 1-1 and no one really impressed too much.  Villa’s Christian Benteke could be returning when Villa visit Sunderland on Wednesday but he’s in really poor form and it would be extremely risky to play him in fantasy.


Hull City destroyed Fulham 6-0 and once again showed they are much better at home than on the road.  The Tigers visit Liverpool next so the fantasy appeal there is very little.  Fulham are struggling mightily right now and there aren’t any reliable fantasy options on their team right now.  Manchester City continued to play well at home with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and I would consider a few of their players for their next match at Swansea.  Yaya Toure was rested and is very likely to return to the lineup, making him an appealing choice. 


The other Manchester club also continued their winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Norwich.  Manchester United are on a winning streak right now and get a big test against Tottenham next.  Wayne Rooney missed the game yesterday; he status is 50/50 for the Spurs clash but I think he’ll end up playing.  Check our player news before Wednesday for an update and get him in your squad if he’s likely to play.  Cardiff and Sunderland had a fantastic game at Cardiff City Stadium that saw plenty of action going both ways.  Cardiff seemed to have the game under control but Sunderland made a late comeback to tie the game 2-2.  That was the final score and both teams shared a point that didn’t help them too much in the relegation battle.


Sunday’s action was even better.  Everton beat Southampton 2-1 and find themselves back in the top four.  Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal in six games and considering he is very streaky, I wouldn’t mind using him next week at Stoke City.  Ross Barkley was great again and is also up for consideration next time out.  The Saints have a tough match against Chelsea and I would avoid them right now. 

Arsenal defeated Newcastle 1-0 at St James’ Park and showed a lot of composure in winning a scrappy game on the road.  They missed Aaron Ramsey and will hope he returns sooner rather than later.  Mesut Ozil also missed the game and will probably miss out on Wednesday with a shoulder problem. 


The two late Sunday games were just as entertaining as the first two.  Chelsea edged out Liverpool in a tightly contested game.  Liverpool took the early lead but Chelsea had things turned around by halftime and defended for their lives in the second half.  Suarez was kept scoreless for the second game in a row but he’s too good to not use when Liverpool host Hull City next week.  Frank Lampard left with an injury and will miss some time.  Branislav Ivanovic also left injured but will miss very little time if any.  In another part of London, Tottenham beat Stoke City in comfortable fashion.  The team is improving under new manager Tim Sherwood but have a long way to go if they want to challenge for a top four spot.  Next week’s match at Old Trafford will be a good test but it’ll be a game in which I would want no part in fantasy wise.  I wouldn’t feel comfortable using anyone not named Wayne Rooney.


We’ll have a player picks post and an injuries and suspensions column for you in the next two days so make sure to check in and get ready before Wednesday.  In the meantime, Follow the RotoWorld_PL team on Twitter: Galin | Jeremy | Neal | Nik | Steve as you get ready for the next set of matches.

Galin D. is a Rotoworld contributor who enjoys writing about soccer (football). He can be found on Twitter at @GalinDragiev.
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