Happy Friday everyone and I hope that all of you in the States has a great, safe holiday weekend. Let's look at the midfielders and forwards that will have an impact in the EPL during Week 3.
- Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) - The Aussie is looking to help Palace earn their first points after being promoted to the Premier League for this season. Playing at home against Sunderland, I think Jedinak will have a good game. (VERDICT: PLAY)
- Yaya Touré (Manchester City) - In my mind, Yaya is underappreciated for City. With one goal already, look for him to hit the back of the net again this week. (VERDICT: PLAY)
- Scott Parker (Fulham) - I'm a big Scotty Parker fan. I was always jealous of Spurs supporters because they could yell "THERE'S ONLY ONE SCOTTY PARKER!" Now, I get to yell this and I could NOT be happier. Oh, wait, where were we? Oh right, fantasy. Parker will find playing for the Cottagers not as simple as it was with Spurs. (VERDICT: BENCH)
- Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) - Gerrard is getting up there in age so every battle versus Manchester United will bring out his best due to knowing he doesn't have many left. (VERDICT: PLAY)
- Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur) - With Gareth Bale gone, Spurs are going to have to find a new leader and clutch scorer. They will not find that guy this week at Emirates. Dembele, fairly new to the north London derby, will struggle against a (somehow) revived Arsenal side. (VERDICT: Bench)
- Robin van Persie (Manchester United) - All he does is score goals. He's a machine. Until further notice, play him if you have him. (VERDICT: PLAY! For the love of all things holy PLAY!)
- Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) - A running joke between me and my friend Aidan is saying "Have you heard about Berbatov?" to each other. This stems from one day last year when, excited that Dimitar had scored two goals in Fulham's win, I asked this question three different times to Aidan in a two hour span. A little bit of alcohol might have been involved but I digress. Berbatov is so frustrating to me because, when he gives effort, he can be absolutely magnificent. The other 90% of the time he loafs and looks like he would rather be anywhere else but the pitch. His lackadaisical play will continue this week. (VERDICT: Bench)
- Any Manchester City Forward - Take your pick. They are going to run crazy on Hull City this weekend. (Oh, I'm sorry. Hull City TIGERS.) (VERDICT: Play)
- Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) - Off to a great start, let's see if he can continue this against the big boys at United. I think his play comes down a notch this week. (VERDICT: Bench)
- Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) - I'm totally in on Campbell. I expect a goal or two from him again this week. (VERDICT: Play)
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Let's have a great weekend and enjoy the matches.