"Fantasy Football," once America's baby, is now everybody's favorite child.
Not only has it been adopted across the Atlantic, it is fast becoming a way of life for Premier League aficionados. Fridays are spent scouring the newspapers and the web for team news and match previews, and miles of column space are dedicated to fantasy football tips, tricks and results.
Manchester City play Wigan Athletic at the Etihad Stadium in the pick of the fixtures. High-flying City are in top form, having won all three games so far. They have an in-form strike force in Sergio (Kun) Aguero and Edin Dzeko, creative midfielders in David Silva and Samir Nasri and a solid—yet versatile —rearguard of Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott.
Wigan are expected to be nothing more than cannon fodder.
Arsenal also find themselves at home against newly-promoted Swansea City. The Gunners have been misfiring this season, but buoyed by their new signings, with Walcott and van Persie in goal-scoring form and Swansea yet to score this season, a tennis score is expected at the Emirates Stadium.
In another attractive fixture, league leaders Manchester United travel to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton. Their strike force of Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Nani are going through a purple patch at the moment, and if Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez finds his goal-scoring touch too, there will be goals aplenty.
So without further ado, let us take a look at the likely suspects for each position. Read on, fantasists...