GW3 Lineup Lessons (Part Two)

Our weekly look at the starting lineups of the Premier League teams and who is likely to get the nod in future weeks. Part two features Everton, Spurs, Swansea, Newcastle and Stoke.

Everton (3-6 vs Chelsea)

4-2-3-1: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady (70’ Eto’o), Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku (89’ Besic)

Martinez’s possession play is always venerable to this kind of results when the defence and midfield misplace their passes. McGeady got a second start of the season after Pienaar’s injury last week. Pienaar is likely to return to the starting lineup for GW4 in what is an otherwise stable starting XI. Samuel Eto’o will prove a useful back-up player for the Toffees and give them fresh legs for the final 20 minutes of games but won't threaten the likes of Naismith and Mirallas unless they suffer a major loss of form. 

Tottenham (0-3 vs Liverpool)

4-2-3-1: Lloris, Dier, Rose (72’ Davies), Vertonghen, Kaboul, Capoue, Bentaleb (59’ Dembele), Chadl, Eriksen (59’ Townsend), Lamela, Adeayor 

Adebayor looks very secure as Spur’s starting striker and although this was a bad day at the office for the London club they’ll have better days. The midfield trio is also starting to look settled and Chaldi at £6.1M could be one to look at over the next few weeks – he hit the most shots here for Spurs. Eriksen being deemed sacrifical after just 59 minutes is obviously concerning to FPL managers who own the Dane. Defensively, Rose was substituted due to a minor leg injury so should hold his place over Davies for GW4 with a 2 week break to recover. Kyle Walker is also pencilled in for a return to fitness by GW4 and will challenge the early FPL bandwagon Eric Dier. Finally, Kaboul is looking to establishing himself alongside Vertonghen although new signing Fazio (£5.5M) may threaten continued starts.  Fazio was not signed in time to make the squad against Liverpool.

Swansea (3-0 vs West Brom)

4-2-3-1: Fabianski, Taylor, Rangel, Williams, Amat, Shelvey (84’ Carroll), Ki, Routledge (66’ Montero), Sigurdsson, Bony (76’ Gomis)

The Swans continue their excellent start to the season with a third successive win over the Baggies with what is looking like a very settled lineup for FPL managers for rely upon. The biggest rotation threat comes from Jefferson Montero who replace Dyer on the 60 minute mark in the first two games but this time replaced Routledge after a similar time. Whether Garry Monk see’s Montero as a regular starter once given time to adapt, or if the trio of Montero, Dyer and Routledge will rotate is the dilemma for FPL managers who look to one of Dyer or Routledge as an alternative to Sigurdsson. New centre-back Fernandez was an unused sub who could vie with Amat for a start in GW4.

Newcastle (3-3 vs Crystal Palace)

4-2-3-1: Krul, Haidera, Janmaat (79’ Anita), Colocinni, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran (67’ Aarons), De Jong (79’ Perez), Cabella, Riviere

The hotly tipped Siem De Jong gets his first start although looked off the pace only managing 1 shots and 1 key passes in his 79 minutes. De Jong got a start over Anita with Sissoko dropping back into the double pivot alongside Colback, whilst Gouffran retaining an attacking berth. At the back Paul Dummet was given the shoulder with Haidera £4.4m) coming in at left back and the impressive Janmaat shifting to the right. 18 year old Roland Aarons (£5M) stole the show with a goal (from 5 shots) and assist and is certainly one to watch if he can claim a place in the first team (probably over Gouffran).

Stoke (1-0 vs Man City)

4-4-1-1: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters, Wilson, Shawcross, Walters (45’ Odemwingie [65’ Adam]), Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses (80’ Muniesa), Diouf, Crouch

Hughes looks very ready to adapt his starting lineup to the opposition this season with a lot of variance from week to week already. Bojan again sat out and his 10% of owners in Fantasy Premier League will be looking to get rid (likely to Steven Naismith). Arnautovic also missed out again with Stoke preferring the more physical Walters and N’Zonzi in midfield and the height of Crouch up front with Diouf, and evem preferring Odemwingie from the bench after an injury to Walters. Defensively, they look more settled at least. Huth confined to a unused bench role again.

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