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Will surprises keep coming?

Will surprises keep coming?


The Premiership season has begun with a host of stunning results, as newly promoted teams upset EPL heavyweights during an unpredictable week

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas was the top point-scorer from last weekend's fantasy league fixtures. AFP
Carlos Tevez looks set to make his Manchester City debut at Eastlands against Wolves on Saturday. AFP

WHAT was apparent from the opening rounds of EPL fixtures is that nothing can be taken for granted, and every match is almost always competitive. On Wednesday night, David truly slayed Goliath.

Burnley's incredible victory over the champions proved yet again why the Premiership is the most watched league in the world. As far as the Post's fantasy league was concerned, anyone who chose Fabregas (44 points) last week as their teams captain, or Defoe midweek, is riding high and should be feeling rather good about themselves right now.

This proves naming the right captain is far and away the most important element to a successful week, and a glance at the current fantasy league table will reveal almost half of the leading pack's points were gained by their captains. Without a single draw last week, plenty of away victories and shocks through the week, everything seemed to be against the form book. So is it possible for the surprises to keep coming this weekend?

After thumping Everton for six, and almost certainly guaranteeing their progression through to the group stage of the Champions League with a 0-2 triumph at Celtic Park Tuesday, Arsenal should be brimming with confidence, and look set to tear apart Portsmouth, who visit the Emirates Saturday. Portsmouth has already sold their star assets to raise much needed cash, and further players seem desperate to leave a club looking set for a season of sorrow. I expect the Gunners to lay siege to David James's goal, and any Arsenal players should bag you good points. Fabregas, Van Persie or Arshavin would seem the stand out players in this fixture.

Mark Hughes laid his cards on the table against Blackburn last Saturday. The big spenders played without any real defensive midfielders or ball winners, and opted for a bold attacking line up. With Man City at home to Wolves, I see no reason why he would change his tactics. With competition for places up front rife, hopefully this game should produce plenty of goalmouth action. Teves is likely to make his home debut up front alongside Adebayor and they'll fancy their chances against the newly promoted side. Wolves do come into this match off the back of a fine win at Wigan, but I doubt there has ever been so much anticipation coming into a City match, and with all their pricey talent on display I expect a chorus of blue moon to be sung loud and proud come the final whistle.

Man United only have to travel a few miles up the road for their trip to Wigan, having made a similarly short jolt to Burnley midweek, which ended in embarrassment. I doubt Ferguson will allow his team to make the same mistakes twice, and Sir Alex is almost certainly going to play his strongest available 11. I expect the Red Devils to take to the pitch determined to prove they are still the United of old.

On Sunday, the west London derby offers Chelsea their sternest test to date against a Fulham side still surpassing all expectations. Against Sunderland midweek, Chelsea's new diamond formation dominated and pulverised the Black Cats to win 3-1. The performance was so impressive that I think the Blues will continue their winning run, despite the tough opposition. Drogba seems revitalised since he penned a new contract, and with Lampard leading Ancelotti's new look midfield, they look the most likely to secure all three points for their team, that are currently the bookies' favorites to lift the title.

Out of the remaining ties this weekend, West Ham v Spurs should be the easiest on the eye, with both sides committed to offensive passing games, and with Redknapp's squad in scintillating form. As with last week, on paper there appears some rather dour looking matches, but these inevitably produce some of the finest moments. With the season still in its infancy, picking the correct results or players for your fantasy team inevitable ends up with a few sore heads.


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