A good day for the Merseysiders sees Luis Suarez grab three goals and an assist for Liverpool, while Nikica Jelavic is at the double as Everton move to second. Demba Ba bags a brace for Newcastle, Juan Mata has a hand in both Chelsea’s goals at Arsenal, Peter Crouch scores both Stoke’s goals against Swansea, Gareth Bale runs amok at Old Trafford and Steven Fletcher’s scoring streak shows no sign of slowing down:
It’s bandwagon time for the Uruguayan after his sensational Carrow Road hat-trick and assist. This is made all the more sweeter for The Next Big Thing as he was selected as Gameweek5’s Captain. Suarez hit Norwich for three for the second season running on the road and with home games against Stoke and Reading up next, he looks in the mood once again. While City and United forwards are subject to rotation, Liverpool’s threadbare first-team squad and current injury situation means there is no chance he will be rested for the league matches. Suarez sees so much of the ball in the opposition box he will be afforded chances aplenty over the next couple of matches and has the perfect platform to continue his form as Brendan Rodgers’ side looks to register their first home win of the season.
Sent on as a sub late on in the Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds in midweek, it was far from certain whether Jelavic would start on Saturday but the Croatian’s return to the Everton starting XI saw him grab a double against Southampton. While Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines have picked up most of the Fantasy interest on the back of the Toffees’ brilliant start, Jelavic – with a single goal in the opening five Gameweeks – had dropped off the radar. Yesterday’s showing put him firmly back in our sights with a strong run of fixtures still to follow. The next seven Gameweeks all look hugely prosperous for David Moyes’ men and with Jelavic back amongst the goals, points could be in the offing.
It’s five goals in the last three Gameweeks for the Newcastle man. His recent displays have shown Alan Pardew just what he’s capable of if kept in a central role – the disappointing second half to last term is already a distant memory.
Roberto Di Matteo once again fielded Mata alongside Eden Hazard and Oscar and the Spaniard thrived in a more attacking role at the Emirates. Mata supplied the assist for Ashley Cole’s winner last week against Stoke and produced a goal and two assists in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Wolves – with his fitness improving with every passing fixture, he was instrumental in ending Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the season. Di Matteo made no qualms in stressing the improvement in Mata in his post-match comments…
“Mata seems to be back in very good shape having had that little break we gave him. Since then he has been very good.”
Crouch bagged a brace in the 2-0 triumph as the Potters picked up their first win of the season to heap further misery on an out-of-sorts Swansea. Tony Pulis described him as “unplayable”. At the heart of virtually all his side’s attacking endeavours, Crouch has played a part in five of their six strikes, with four goals and an assist already to his name. While trips to Liverpool and United may deter many, he then has (SUN, nor, QPR, whm, FUL, NEW) in the following six fixtures, affording him plenty opportunity to add to his strong start to the campaign.
There’s simply no stopping the Sunderland man right now. Fletcher maintained a scoring record that has seen him notch in every game for the Black Cats since moving to Wearside from Wolves this summer – indeed, he has scored every one of his side’s goals since making his debut at Swansea in Gameweek 3. Next up is a trip to City but with the champions failing to keep out any one of their six opponents thus far, Fletcher’s eye for goal could well see their backline breached once again at the Etihad next Saturday.