In Squad Sheet, Strategy on February 11, 2012 at 12:50 am
For all the Fantasy Premier League managers who frequent not just our Twitter feed (@FantasyGaffer) but also this site, you may have noticed we’ve devolved into just a “Tinkers” column on each Friday. We’re working to remedy that situation but the truth is that there are a number of conflicts with time that have prevented that. Apologies for all our loyal readers getting less content but we hope you continue to find value in our flagship column. Onwards to Tinkers.
Record (home or away) with the respective goals for:allowed in those matches. We’ll frequently address the first meetings between the sides in question as well. As always, long term injuries are typically omitted unless there has been news about them so we’ll point out that Jack Rodwell’s hamstring appears to had a setback but not be discussing season-ending injuries to Vidic.
Big match first this weekend with Manchester United and Liverpool the first to kick-off.
Manchester United (9-1-2 35:14) v Liverpool (6-1-5 14:13)
Jose Enrique should be back in time for this match. Man Utd also expect that Tom Cleverley will be passed fit and play for the first time since 29 October. The recent returns of Ashley Young and Nani, as well as the end of Suarez suspension and the full fitness of Steven Gerrard should make this a match of each sides best options. We expect that the scoring will be there, particularly from the under-performing LFC offense. Held without a goal in the recent match by visiting Tottenham, the Merseyside Reds will have to push the attack if they’re to emerge from Old Trafford with anything to show for their efforts.
However, we’re not investing in Liverpool players. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on February 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm
Arsenal (7-2-2 17:8) v Blackburn (1-6-4 17:23)
The Gunners were held without a goal for the first time in 7 EPL matches. Fantasy premier league managers were out of luck as Robin van Persie earned 2 points in the match against a Bolton side that had kept just 2 previous clean sheets. They will have a chance to make amends for the shutout as well as take a measure of revenge against a Blackburn side that defeated them 3-4 last time they played. Still without Gervinho, we’re expecting a good deal of attacking from Oxlade-Camberlain. OX hasn’t gotten full matches, but his skill and pace make him difficult to contain. With 17 goals in 11 home matches, Arsenal look to be good for 2 more in this one as they face a side that allows better than 2/game on their travels. Sagna was back for 90′ with a clean sheet in the last match. At £6.1m he’s a solid buy if you’ve extra funds.
For Blackburn, there is the news from Kean’s press conference that Chris Samba is fit and ready to play. And that he is not going to be selected for this match.
Kean said: “I’m prepared to say he’s fit and he’s available but he’s not in the squad for the Arsenal game.
“I’d rather speak about people who are available to play against Arsenal. Chris has trained well today but he’s not going to be in this squad.”
There isn’t much else to report. Yakubu remains suspended and there isn’t anyone else in this squad worth owning in general, let alone on the road at the Emirates.
Norwich (4-4-3 17:15) v Bolton 4-0-7 14:22)
The Canaries had an uncharacteristic poor outing in their last match while Bolton continued their own two match run of form, beating Liverpool and keeping the clean sheet draw against Arsenal. Read the rest of this entry »