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Pre-Deadline (Week 4) Chat

With the International break finally over, we can now turn our full attention back to the Premier League. Big questions surround many players hopeful of making their debut, and no player more so than Falcao. But the big quetion is are you willing to risk Falcao in your starting 11? The match up is right and United need a spark, but will that mean the mercrucial striker will start? Let's discuss!

All eyes will be on Utd manager Louis van Gaal and how he will integrate his new toys into the starting 11
All eyes will be on Utd manager Louis van Gaal and how he will integrate his new toys into the starting 11
Chris Brunskill

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

Crystal Palace v Burnley

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?