I am sure many of us are still bemoaning the International Break and its tendancy to return valuable fantasy players injured (Daniel Sturridge, P. Jones, Aaron Ramsey, S. Jovetic, etc). But the good news is that a whole host of players look ready to make their respective debuts this weekend. Adam Lallana looks primed to start for Liverpool given the injuries to Allen and Can, Hatem Ben Arfa looks to revive his career at Hull City after nearly becoming te walkin dead at Newcastle, and United will potentially blood up to 4 new signings including Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, with Di Maria expected to make his home debut.
But the most interesting debutant will undoubtably be Ramadel Falcao. After running our blog piece on the Falcao deal, the new Red Devil's striker will now have to prove himself center stage in front of the Untied faithful at Old Trafford. The big question, however, is how many minutes will he play? United have been dire in their opening matches and are still looking for their first win of the season. Falcao was the markee signing that United fans are hoping will turn their team's fortunes, so I for one, am taking the risk of slotting the Colombian into my starting 11. Falcao will no doubt make an appearance at Old Trafford against QPR, so as a fantasy manager, I only pray he takes his chances with what ever minutes he may get.
Here is a quick review of the weekend's fixtures:
Arsenal v Man City
Chelsea v Swansea
Liverpool v Aston Villa
West Brom v Everton
Sunderland v Tottenam
Stoke v Leicester City
Southampton v Newcastle
Man Utd v QPR
Hull City v West Ham
I am currently sitting on: Courtois, Moreno, Bertrand, van Aanholt, Sterling, Di Maria, Tadic, Fabregas, Balotelli, Costa, Falcao. Bench: Puncheon, Kelly, Moore, Gazz. Pretty happy so far, although Falcao and Costa may be doubtful to start, I feel they are still worth the risk this week. As long as you have solid bench coverage, I wouldnt worry too much. But we will collectively pray Falcao can score with a 20min debut if worst comes to worst and he doesn't start.
How have your teams shaped up during the extended break? Who are you looking to draft into your starting 11?