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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2: Sunday Live Chat

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Two game left as gameweek 2 rounds off today. Sunderland v Boro and West Ham v Bournemouth see's four teams looking for their first win and three their first point.

I'm hoping he doesn't start the game with a bib on
I'm hoping he doesn't start the game with a bib on
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With no Monday game in gameweek 2, Sundays matches will finish off the week.

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

First up we have a derby match between two sides who look evenly matched.  Boro started brightly against Stoke City last week but faded at the match progressed into the last 30 mins.  Sunderland meanwhile came away from Manchester CIty pointless but the scoreline and manner of defeat will have seen them take plenty of positives from the game.

Gaston Ramirez was a bright spark in the second half of Boro's promotion season and will be a key player for them in this one.  Meanwhile old EPL favourite Stewart Downing may be in the latter years of his career but has a huge amount of experience to call on.

Jermain Defoe has arguably been as good as any forward in the league in the last 15 games or so.  Like Downing, no longer in his prime years but still a deadly and most importantly still a hungry goal poacher.

Boro were strong in defence last season but the likes of Defoe will test them today.  Sunderland have problem with last week's 1st choice central defenders missing.  Any result is possible in this one.


West Ham United v Bournemouth

The Hammers open their new stadium (well it's not theirs but you know what I mean) and it will be interesting to see how they find the change of home.  Much of the success at Upton Park came down to the tight pitch with a loud and at times aggressive home support.  Particularly in night games under the lights the environment got to opposition and/or inspired the home players.

With injury to record signing Andre Ayew, Dimitri Payet is expected to start.  Last season's hero was brilliant in the Euros and while things could change, the Hammers have held onto him easier than I thought they would in this summer's transfer window.

The injury to Ayew should mean Andy Carroll is likely to start plenty if fit and on his day he is a nightmare for defences.

The Cherries meanwhile have that awkward second season in the league.  No more will their players or talented young manager catch opposition underestimating them.  Callum WIlson looked full of potential before injury ended his season too early in 2015/16.  Now fit again a strong performance in this game could even see his opponents considering a late window bid.

The home win does look the pick but there is only pressure on West Ham in this one.  B'mouth have only lost 4 of their last 15 away games and won at West Ham last season.  Goals look likely.

I've have a disappointing Fantrax week after a great start on Friday night.  Sat on 86 points I still have Payet to play and I hope he starts.  With a target 100 points min per week I will need a strong performance from him.  To get to my ideal 110-120 points I need a monster game.  Here is hoping for a brace of goals, an assist and 10 more in phantoms from Mr Payet.

In FPL I've had a second solid week with 64 points.  With two free transfers in my pocket I will hope to exploit some of the early season form lines for gameweek 3.

How has your week gone?  Who do you have playing today?

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