United’s Tri-force shattered by Rooney red
Initially, it was all looking rosy for United – Wayne Rooney’s opening strike against West Ham meant that he has now scored seven goals in his last five Premier League games at Old Trafford, whilst the home team’s second came courtesy of a link up between United’s other heavy-hitting strikers, with Radamel Falcao slipping in Robin van Persie to score. However, a rush of blood to the head midway through the second half from Rooney saw the United captain given his marching orders, leaving Louis van Gaal’s men to cling on to their 2-1 lead for the remainder of the 90 minutes. Rooney will now miss three crucial league matches (EVE, wba, CHE). Juan Mata should, resultantly, be brought back into the United frame for the duration of Rooney’s suspension.Elsehwere, Van Gaal will need to assess Ander Herrera ahead of next weekend’s clash with Everton; he was forced off with a back injury on 73 minutes.
Goal-a-game Sakho Delivers for Hammers
Having been awarded a debut goal by the dubious goals panel, the Senegal striker has now delivered a goal in every one of his league starts after yesterday’s headed strike against United. Whilst Enner Valencia is continuing to find his feet at Upton Park, and Mauro Zarate has dropped out of the first-team picture in recent weeks, the 5.5-priced Diafra Sakho is going from strength to strength.
Liverpool Still Struggling for Cutting Edge
It’s now just two goals in their last three league outings for Brendan Rodgers’ side after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with neighbours Everton. Star striker Daniel Sturridge failed to recover from a thigh injury to make his return, leaving Steven Gerrard to earn his team a point with a characteristically precise free kick. Nonetheless, despite their current form, the Merseyside outfit have very kind fixtures to follow (WBA, qpr, HUL).
Pelle Goes On Convincing
The Saints’ victory over QPR saw Graziano Pelle grab his fourth goal of the season and maximum bonus points in a week that has witnessed huge Fantasy interest in the Italian. Pelle’s winner, courtesy of an assist from the impressive Dusan Tadic, will surely guarantee that interest continues to grow. It was also Ryan Bertrand’s turn to deliver – the left-back notched his first goal for Ronald Koeman’s side since his summer move from Chelsea.
City Strikers off the leash
Edin Dzeko got off the mark for the campaign in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Hull City with a brace. Sergio Aguero will continue to be the big attraction, however, after firing his fourth league goal despite having made just four starts so far this term.