Aston Villa (2-1 vs Hull)
4-4-2: Guzan, Cissokho, Vlaar, Senderos, Hutton, Delph, Westwood, Richardson (75’ Graelish), Weiman, N’Zogbia (64’ Sanchez), Agbonlahor (85’ Bent)
One of the only unchanged lineups this week and the one of only 2 teams with Burnley to feature the same starting XI across all 3 gameweeks so far, although a slight change here to the 4-4-2 formation. Plenty of interest is being shown in Vlaar, Hutton and Guzan at the back although the next few fixtures are far from favourable.
Burnley (0-0 vs Manchester United)
4-4-2: Heaton, Mee, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Taylor (88’ Reid), Jones, Marney, Arfield, Ings (78’ Barnes), Jutkiewicz
Unchanged from GW1 so there’s plenty of consistency in this squad who have shown they can defend against a big team, albeit an out of sorts Manchester United. £4m Duff looks a safe option into a decent home defence.
Crystal Palace (3-3 vs Newcastle)
4-4-1-1: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Ward, Jedinak, Bolasie (83’ Murray), Puncheon, Chamakh (52’ Campbell), Gayle (70’ Zaha)
With Warnock back at the helm there were a couple of changes here to take note of. Mariappa was recalled at right back with Martin Kelly switched to the opposite flank, although both players are naturally left backs. As too is Joel Ward, who was pushed into central midfield here in Joe Ledley’s absence with a groin injury. Ledley was missed on the pitch, and Warnock has moved to set a new club transfer record in signing James McArthur from Wigan. Loan signing Wilfred Zaha (£5.4m) looked impressive off the bench and will be pushing for a start for GW4, possibly pushed up behind the lone forward.
Hull (1-2 vs Aston Villa)
3-5-2: McGregor, McShane, Dawson, Davies (45’ Rosenior), Elmohandy, Livermore, Huddleston (71’ Aluko), Quinn, Robertson, Jelavic, Ince (57’ Brady)
Michael Dawson makes his Hull debut in place of the suspended James Chester although the latter will be expected to return to the back three for GW4 against West Ham in place of McShane. Robertson (£4.5m) holds down his left wing back berth whilst £4M Alex Bruce looks set for a bench role from now on. Quinn (£4.5M) has come in and looks to be the creative player in midfield ahead of Livermore and Huddlestone and in Snodgrass’ absence. Tom Ince (£5.5m) kepts his role up front alongside Jelavic although regular early substitutions and Hull’s new record signing Abel Hernandez may well result in Ince losing his place or dropping into a midfield role, perhaps in place of Quinn.
Leicester (1-1 vs Arsenal)
4-4-2: Schmeical, Konchensky, Laet, Moore, Morgan, King, Hammond, Schlupp (70’Vardy), Mahrez (64’ Albrighton), Nugent, Ulloa (77’ Drinkwater)
Fairly consistent starting XI from Leicester who are holding there own in the Premier League despite being handed the toughest start of any team. Mahrez (£5.0m) is keeping insideFPL’s favourite £4.5m cheapie midfielder Albrighton out of the team.
QPR (1-0 vs Sunderland)
4-4-1-1: Green, Hill, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Barton, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett (83’ Traore), Fer (89’ Taarabt), Austin (69’ Zamora)
A lot of change and the 3-5-2 abandoned for now. Hill is preferred at left back over Onouha with Dunne dropped. Hoilett comes into the left of midfield and £5.5M Leroy Fer preferred in the advanced midfield position behind Austin. Fer was busy with 5 key passes and an assist for his efforts. Redknapp is hopeful of landing Sandro from Spurs who would presumably sit in midfield and allow Barton or Mutch a more attacking role from the right of midfield and ousting Phillips from the first XI.
West Brom (0-3 vs Swansea)
4-4-1-1: Foster, Wisdom, Davidson, (72’ Gamboa), Olsson, Dawson, Gardner, Mulumbu, Brunt (72’ Morrison), Berahino, Dorrans (45’ Sessegnon), Ideye
New signing Ideye gets his first start at the expense of Victor Anichebe. The Nigerian missed the game with a knock but is only expected to make the substitute bench from now on. Wisdom retains his right back role. however, the player many expect to threaten the gametime of the £4M FPL prospect in Cristian Gamboa made his first appearance off the bench replacing Davidson who had started at left back with other new signing Pocognoli missing out with injury. Widsom switched to left back once Gamboa came on. This looks ominous for Wisdom long-term but for now Pocognoli’s thigh injury should see him retain his place for a few more weeks.
Sunderland (0-1 vs QPR)
4-3-3: Mannone, Vergini (82’ Altidore), O’Shea, Brown, Aanholt, Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell (69’ Giaccherini), Johnson,
Wickham, Fletcher (69’ Buckley)
Sunderland are starting to look like a settled side with the only change of note from Adam Johnson’s return from illness to the starting XI replacing Buckley. Giaccherini’s return to fitness after a pre-season injury could see him threaten any player who loses form and in particular Wickham and Johnson - although he’ll have a lot to do earn a first team place. The loan signing of Coates from Liverpool is expected to provide cover for O’Shea and Brown who will remain the first choice centre-backs.
Southampton (1-3 vs West Ham)
4-3-3: Forster, Clyne, Bertrand, Fonte, Yoshida, Scheiderlin, Davis, Ward-Prowse (71’ Cork), Long (66’ Ramiers), Tadic, Pelle
Wanyama was excluded (not sure why) with Long coming in to get his first start in a slight tactical tweak here by Koeman. It’s unclear currently how Shane Long fits into this side long term; Long, Wanyama and Davis look likely to battle it out for 2 spots. The transfer to St Mary’s of Toby Alderweireld who can play centre of right of defence will likely see Yoshida drop out. 22 year old Sadio Mane is also expected to join Koeman’s team before the transfer deadline, the striker would initially provide back-up and competition for Pelle.
West Ham (1-3 vs Southampton)
4-2-3-1: Adrian, Cresswell, Reid, Tomkins, O’Brien, Kouyate, Noble, Vaz Te (58’ Diame), Zarate (57’ Morrison), Downing, Cole (79’ Valenica)
An unchanged line-up from the Hammers with Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll the most notable absentees. Nolan is expected out ‘til GW5-6. CArroll forever. Last week’s star turn Zarate was an early sub here and FPL mangers will be aware of Ravel Morrison’s potential after his exploits last season. Alladyce’s most notable new signing is the arrival of Alex Song on loan from Barcelona although whether he’ll directly replace another new signing Kouyate is debatable, even more so would be ousting Noble from the team. It may be Allaydyce sees Song playing alongside these two in a 4-3-3. Up-front Enner Valenica will be pushing to make his first start after the international break.