Gameweek 27 preview

March 3, 2017

Man Utd v Bournemouth
Leicester v Hull
Stoke v Middlesbrough
Swansea v Burnley
Watford v Southampton
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Arsenal
Spurs v Everton
Sunderland v Man City
West Ham v Chelsea
Man City v Stoke

Brilliantly throwing all best laid plans for gameweek 28 into complete disarray – it’s our first double gameweek – featuring two games each for Manchester City and Stoke. Time for a rethink.

Does next week really matter? Realistically how many points are you going to score with only eight teams playing. If you’ve doubled or even trebled up on West Brom defenders and Everton attackers, one is probably going to cancel the other out.

This week has huge potential. City haven’t gone away. They’re away to Sunderland and at home to Stoke. That’s Sunderland, who are….Sunderland. And Stoke, who are, judging by last week’s performance against Spurs, already on the beach. Might this even result in two clean sheets. They might have the creakiest ever defence of any title challengers in the history of the Premier League, but they have managed to keep two clean sheets in their last three league outings.

I get the impression that those of us stung by Aguero’s indiscipline and inconsistency earlier in the season have completely washed their hands of him, no matter what. Well, might that attitude have to change? We don’t have to worry about Gabriel Jesus anymore. Aguero is it. And he has four goals in his last two games. City have ten goals in their last two games. They play Sunderland. As well as Aguero, both Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane look to have cemented their positions either side of the attack with both coming in at under £8 million. Even Yaya Toure could be worth a punt. On penalties and a starter in all of the last ten league games.

Is it even time to roll out the triple captain? There may not be a better double gameweek fixture combination than this.

And we shouldn’t rule out some Stoke players, particularly defensively, considering they’ve got Middlesbrough in their first game. Triple captaining Phil Bardsley might be a step too far though.

It’s cup quarter final weekend. Check the page. There are some low lying teams left in. It could be your only chance of a prize. I like an underdog win.

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Gameweek 23 preview

January 31, 2017

Arsenal v Watford
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Leicester
Middlesbrough v West Brom
Sunderland v Spurs
Swansea v Southampton
Liverpool v Chelsea
West Ham v Man City
Man Utd v Hull
Stoke v Everton

 

Its the last gameweek in January. By Wednesday evening we will know our January manager of the month. We’ll also know the ten teams joining FC Caligula in the first round proper of the Buckets Cup. That draw will be made and published on the Cup page ahead of gameweek 24 which kicks off on Saturday.

The final of the cup will take place in gameweek 29 – so to get there you’ve got to negotiate gameweek 26 – which now has a reduced schedule due to it being League Cup final weekend. Manchester United and Southampton’s fixtures have been cancelled giving them, and Manchester City and Arsenal, a week off. Forward planning needed. Probably even from now. I’m sure there are many teams carrying both Zlatan and Sanchez. They’re the most owned attacker and midfielder in the game. Positioning yourself for a two free transfer week is a must. The wildcard is much better utilised for the double gameweeks up ahead. Gameweek 28 will see another reduced week as it’s FA Cup quarter final weekend, although it’s debatable as to whether there’ll be any Premier League teams left in it the way things are going. Sutton v Lincoln final all the way.

Last season the double gameweeks popped up at 34 and 37 due to the gaps in the fixture caldendar. I’ve no idea whether that will be repeated this season. It depends on how well our teams perform in Europe I suppose. With three of the four teams sitting out gameweek 26 still involved in European competition, we may have to wait that long.

The transfer window will close midway through this gameweek. It’s notable the amount of players that have swapped one Premier League side for another. All could come into future contention. Morgan Schneiderlin, Jeffrey Schlupp, Saido Berahino, Tom Carroll, Oumar Niasse and Tom Cleverley should get more game time at their new clubs. Their lack of action has seen their values drop. Schneiderlin (£4.6m) and Berahino (£6m) look particularity attractive.

Robert Snodgrass has been a permanent fixture in and around the top 10 midfielders since the season started. You’d think more assist points would be on the table providing balls to Andy Carroll than there would be hoping Adama Diomande gets his 50p head pointing in the right direction.

Patrick Van Aanholt has jumped out of the frying pan – although you have to say he does have better players around him at Palace. He played well under Allardyce at Sunderland, and in the same way he provided many an assist for Jermain Defoe (who’s going to do that now?), he may be the key to Christian Beneteke getting a few more goals.

 

Gameweek 13 preview

November 24, 2016

Burnley v Man City
Hull v West Brom
Leicester v Middlesbrough
Liverpool v Sunderland
Swansea v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Spurs
Watford v Stoke
Arsenal v Bournemouth
Man Utd v West Ham
Southampton v Everton

Can Chelsea keep seven consecutive clean sheets? Their defence is in for it’s sternest test since they shipped three to Arsenal back in September. Tottenham are still unbeaten, and Harry Kane is back and has scored four of Spurs’ last five goals. Three of those have been penalties, so they’ve got their diving boots on. It’s worth remembering Spurs’ pretty shocking record against Chelsea though. There have been no victories at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and only six victories in the last sixty encounters. Spurs have the league’s stingiest defence, but all their good clean sheet work was done early in the season. It’s been seven games since they last had a shut out. The odds seem to be in Cheslea’s favour, unless Spurs get a pen.

All of a sudden Liverpool’s home tie against Sunderland isn’t the banker it might have been a few weeks ago. Sunderland have an in-form strike force and Liverpool still can’t be relied upon to keep a clean sheet. Their two previous clean sheets have both come in 0-0 draws. If Liverpool score, they tend also to concede. You should probably expect both of those things to happen on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero continues to frustrate. He’s working on a two weeks on/three weeks off rotation at the moment. You just know that as soon as you cut ties he’ll do what he’s meant to do and hit a double figure score. His previous three big scores have all come in convincing victories away from home. Maybe this is another one of those weeks. You have to question whether he’s worth the outlay? Both Jermain Defoe and Etienne Capoue have scored more than Aguero. Their combined price is cheaper than the £13.2 million you’d have to fork out for him this week.

We’re a third of the way through the season and we’re one weekend from knowing who the November manager of the month is. Here’s the table…

up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 128
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
32 119
up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
54 114
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
44 112
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
52 112
up FTM
Stu Smith
52 110
down Cooksters
Peter Cook
33 107
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
66 106
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
40 106
10  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
54 105
11  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 103
12  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 102
13  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
58 101
14  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
36 101
15  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 101
16  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 100
17  up Dj daz
darren frankland
46 100

Gameweek 12 results

November 22, 2016

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
39 662
same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
33 655
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
38 653
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
36 652
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 651
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
34 647
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
36 645
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
52 643
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
47 632
10  down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
33 630
11  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
40 624
12  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
43 622
13  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 622
14  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
36 622
15  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
36 613
16  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
40 607
17  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 605
18  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
66 603
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
33 602
20  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
24 596
21  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
29 595
22  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 592
23  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
40 590
24  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
42 588
25  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 584
26  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
58 584
27  same FTM
Stu Smith
52 580
28  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 573
29  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
32 570
30  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 569
31  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
31 568
32  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
35 561
33  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 559
34  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
30 553
35  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
41 549
36  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
38 549
37  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
50 527
38  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
54 527
39  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 525
40  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
40 524
41  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
40 523
42  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
39 517
43  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
45 517
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
44 515
45  same jetty city
scott mcgow
53 513
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
42 492
47  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
52 486
48  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
29 475
49  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
33 465
50  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
54 457
51  same Dj daz
darren frankland
46 452
52  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
23 440
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
26 421

 

It was a weekend of comebacks. Yaya Toure marked his first league start of the season with a double and 15 points. Of course – nobody had him. Not even Yaya Toure has Yaya Toure in their fantasy squad. At £7.6 million he’s a far cheaper way into the Man City midfield than Sterling, Silva and Nolito, who have all been poor on the points returns of late. Question is, how often is he going to play?

Harry Kane bagged a brace and 13 points to pinch Spurs a last minute victory against West Ham. I’m not sure anybody had him either, but his return to goal scoring form introduces another option in attack for those of us getting a bit bored of relying on just Costa or Aguero.

Etienne Capoue has had a quiet few weeks – in which the majority of us got fed up waiting and shipped him out. His value has dipped back below £5 million, so it’s a perfect time to draft him back in. His fourth double figure score, a feat only matched by Hazard, Coutinho and Sanchez, helped Biscuitmen to the manager of the week prize this week.

That, and the 22 points gained (as captain) by the game’s in form striker, Jermain Defoe. Who is part of the league’s in form strike partnership with Victor Anichebe. Anichebe’s sudden appearance on the fantasy radar comes courtesy of two consecutive double figure gameweeks consisting of 3 goals, 1 assist and 5 bonus points. Two consecutive double figure scores is impressive among any player in the £4-5 million bracket, but particularly among strikers. Those dudes rarely even get on the bench.

Scores were pitched relatively low this week, probably as a result of Chelsea and Liverpool, who scored eleven between them in the last gameweek, scoring only one between them this time out. Romelu Lukaku was expected to score big against Swansea and didn’t. And the fact that Toure dominated Man City’s scoring, meant those handing Aguero the armband had another disappointing return.

All of the top seven teams and eight of the top ten failed to score higher than the game average. The higher scores came much further down the table. Even Pudding And Pie outscored the title chasers and crept onto page one of the league table for the first time this season. Their comeback is on.

 

Player of the week – Nathan Ake – 15 points. First start, first points. Much like Toure only cheaper.

Bargain of the week – Victor Anichebe – 13 points. His price has started to rise.

Donkey of the week – Danny Rose – 0 points. Conceded two, booked and now banned.

Goal of the week – Roberto Pereyra. 

 

Gameweek 10 preview

October 28, 2016

Sunderland v Arsenal
Man Utd v Burnley
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
Spurs vLeicester
Watford v Hull
West Brom v Man City
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v West Ham
Southampton v Chelsea
Stoke v Swansea

Just when you thought it was time to abandon all hope in Manchester United you realise they’ve a home fixture against Burnley this weekend, and that comes off the back of a victory over Manchester City in the midweek League Cup game. A game in which they kept a clean sheet and prevented City from having a single shot on goal. One defender you can discard once and for all is Eric Bailly, who not only got himself booked in the process of shipping four to Chelsea last weekend, but also managed to get himself crocked. He’ll be out for two months.

United are a better bet for a positive result than their neighbours at the moment. City haven’t won in six games in all competitions. Their ‘form’ player is Claudio Bravo who has an average score of five points in six games. Even that’s a bit of a misnomer, as it’s purely from the penalty save and subsequent top bonus score in the defeat at Tottenham. Most of the rest of the City regulars aren’t even averaging their appearance points.

Hull and Sunderland are losing games. They’re conceding goals – with only one clean sheet between them – and struggling to score. Hull have lost their main creator and goal threat, Robert Snodgrass, to injury. They face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, who must offer good differential options with Jose Holebas and Troy Deeney the most tempting choices. Arsenal visit Sunderland who are yet to keep a clean sheet or win a league game. It’d be a major surprise if they kept their first shut-out against the league’s second top scorers. Though, we probably felt that way last weekend ahead of Middlesbrough’s visit to the Emirates.

It’s the deciding week for the October manager of the month and the table looks like this…

same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
50 120
up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
49 109
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
52 108
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
45 106
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
48 105
up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
59 104
down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
45 103
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
40 102

 

Yeboah’s Right Foot are the monthly leaders, winning two manager of the week awards in the process. They lead the way and are favourites for the prize, although maybe keep an eye on Cooksters who are the highest climbers of the chasing pack jumping 12 places overall since the start of the month.

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