There is still one match to be played tonight. Stoke is taking on Aston Villa. It will be Villa’s first match under new manager Gerard Houllier and it will be interesting to see how they respond.

The big news of the week was that Chelsea finally allowed a goal. It was their first in four matches and only came right at the end of their match against West Ham. Former Chelsea player, Scott Parker knocked it in.

No goals for Didier Drogba or Florent Malouda this week, instead they came from Michael Essien and Soloman Kalou.

Speaking of African stars, it was a good weekend for Sunderland’s new signing, Asamoah Gyan. He scored his first goal for the Black Cats and will be one to keep an eye on.

In the nine matches played there were only two clean sheets. One to newcomers Blackpool and the 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Birmingham. Pepe Reina was in great form last season and he looks like he is continuing from where he left off. Still the goals are a concern for Liverpool. They have only scored  two in four matches which is a pretty poor return. Their schedule hasn’t been the easiest and maybe the goals will start to flow once the quality of their opponent eases up.

Everton will wish they were able to play the whole 90 minutes against Manchester United like they played the last two where they scored twice. If you had difficulty knowing who to select from Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Steven Pienaar it didn’t matter as they all scored. Maybe this be the jumpstart Everton needed to start their season.

The Everton match was notable for the non-appearance of Wayne Rooney. This highlights how important it is to have good information. If you can get a whiff of this early on, it will mean you won’t select him for your fantasy football side. Following his goal against Switzerland, there were probably plenty who counted on him to do well against his old team. Instead they wasted a spot.

Will he be back to take on the other half of Mersey?

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