In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on November 10, 2012 at 4:22 am
We’ve returned with our signature fantasy premier league tips production – Last Minute Tinkers. All 10 Barclays Premier League fixtures chatted-up, brought home and kicked out before breakfast. Enjoy.
Arsenal v Fulham
The top defense in the Premier League will face Martin Jol’s high-powered offense in gameweek 11. Long-time readers will know how frequently we tout the cost-effective defensive options and both sides here are deep in the defensive ranks with several inexpensive selections on either side. For that reason we have split this match differently and we’re looking at the players by position.
Defensively, we’re not trusting anyone. With Arsenal having been blanked only once at home in the League and Fulham sitting on 21 goals to day, both sets of defenders are likely to concede at least one. Only 3.3% of fantasy premier league managers own Gunners’ ‘keeper Mannone and 4.9% of managers own Mark Schwarzer. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on October 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Fantasy Premier League tips: read LAST MINUTE TINKERS! Set lineup. We’re starting strong because we’re ending quickly. Hot out of the gate in an attempt to overcome this crushing head cold that has us bedridden heading into the weekend.
Aston Villa v Norwich
Key Injuries: Clark
Chris Hughton’s Norwich put in a top shift against Arsenal a week ago to earn three unexpected points in a 1-0 victory. However, if there is one man who should be acutely aware of the Canaries defensive frailties it is former boss Paul Lambert, now managing Aston Villa. Lambert will have to once more decide between Christian Benteke and Darren Bent. We would be more interested if either striker had shown the ability to score this term. Additionally, one time FantasyGaffer favourites Barry Bannan and Charles N’Zogbia are not receiving enough playing time to justify owning in Fantasy Premier League. Bannan (38′ in last three BPL fixtures) and N’Zogbia (105′ in last six BPL fixtures) should not be owned at this point.
A quick fantasy premier league tip from Opta stats: NO Aston Villa player has created more than 11 chances (Darren Bent). Bannan (nine), Holman and Lowton (eight each) are the only players with more than seven chances created. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on October 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm
With Fantasy Premier League tips needed as the League returns to action, Last Minute Tinkers are back following the international break a few players light. Theo Walcott, Bryan Ruiz, Kieran Gibbs and David Silva all look set to miss out while Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric are reportedly fit to return. Plenty more names face late fitness and we recap the season to date below. Part 1/2 Available Here.
Manchester United v Stoke City
The Red Devils will welcome back Ashley Young following two months on the sidelines with a foot injury. The trio of Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia will likely continue to rotate. While the offense is remarkably consistent, the plethora of attacking options make owning any of the midfielders a difficult proposition.
We’re not covering United in much depth because until we see the rotation of a fully healthy squad we can not handicap the value in FPL against playing time and price. Our love of Nani is well documented and we do not care to own Shinji Kagawa at this point in the season. Low cost options like Tom Cleverley provide an inexpensive route to playing a five-man midfield but frankly we’d prefer to start James Morrison, Matt Jarvis or Raheem Sterling. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on October 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm
A few more quick notes coming out today that are important for EPL fantasy managers. First are the comments coming from Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs that he has been given license to press the attack. From Arsenal.com:
Gibbs’ average position in the 0-0 draw at Stoke was more advanced than striker Lukas Podolski’s. The England international says that is not just down to his instincts. “The boss is always telling me, ever since pre-season, to play high and wide and stretch the team, to let the midfielders have more room,” Gibbs told Arsenal Player.
We’ll cover Gibbs below, but the news on Podolski is less encouraging. Podolski has a world of talent but has not performed as well as EPL fantasy managers may have expected. Four of his six matches have ended with 2 points, while he has yet to finish more than 81′ in a single appearance. Opta stats (via EPLIndex.comd) illustrate that he is not created many chances for his teammates — eight chances created in six matches — but is shooting well. The shooting stats are also important. His two goals have come from 10 shots and Opta has his shooting accuracy at 57% through six BPL fixtures. We liked Podolski at the start of the year as the heir to Robin van Persie’s goals, penalty duty and free kicks. He is not currently creating enough to contribute EPL fantasy points through assists, though his shooting is on pace to see him netting a respectable 12 goals. Back to Gibbs. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on September 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm
We were half joking when we said ESPN was all-in on the coverage of Radamel Falcao, but it’s two articles in two days, this time with a quotes from Gil Martin, the son of former Atletic Madrid president Jesus Gil y Gil:
“You only have to look at what happened this summer,” he said. “Apart from Athletic and ourselves, everyone has had to sell big names because they needed to survive in the current environment of bankruptcy. A French club [PSG], a Russian [Anzhi] and two English [Chelsea and Man City] came for Falcao and he stayed because we took a risk we would be able to make our payments.”
Arguably the biggest news yesterday was the arrival of Michael Owen at Stoke. A good bit of optimism has followed the striker, and Stoke City addressed his recent time with Manchester United in their presser:
He arrives in the Potteries on the back of a three-year stay at Old Trafford, whereby despite his well-documented injury problems, he still managed to score 17 goals in 52 appearances – including three in four games last season.
Sam Allardyce is expecting Andy Carroll to work miracles for West Ham, the Club’s official site posed in an interview, though we’ve pulled the quotes from The Independent: Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on September 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Hulk will not be joining a Barclays Premier League club in the Winter Transfer Window. The last bastion of football new, CNN:
Russian club Zenit St Petersburg joined Europe’s biggest spending clubs of the summer transfer window after splashing out a reported $101m to sign Brazilian striker Hulk and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from Portuguese clubs Porto and Benfica. The 26-year-old Hulk, who played for Brazil during the 2012 Olympics, joined Zenit on a five-year contract in a transfer deal worth $50.7m, while the 23-year-old Witsel signed for a similar fee and length of contract.
Let’s all quickly turn our attention to Falcao, ESPN has:
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao could be set to move to the Premier League in the near future, with his father predicting it may even happen by the end of January.”Yes, it’s very likely,” Radamel Sr said when asked if his son could move to the Premier League in January. “There are three teams interested – Manchester City, Chelsea and a Russian team. Falcao has always wanted to play in the Premier League.”
We expect this will not stop speculation that he follow Fernando Torres path and has a stop at Anfield. Speaking of strikers linked with joining Liverpool in January, it’s interesting news on two fronts for Andy Carroll today – from Sky:
Liverpool are believed to have the option to recall Andy Carroll in January but West Ham United are hopeful of keeping the England international until the end of the campaign. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day, Strategy on September 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm
There will be two posts with Transfers In. The first will be the transfers that occurred between teams in the Barclays Premier League. These players were already registered with the league and have prices within the Fantasy Premier League. The second will come following the addition of the new players to the Fantasy Premier League game. As always, price and selection data are via Official FPL, and we make no representation of ownership of that data – just our discussion. All prices and selection current as of publication: 2 September, 2012.
Dimitar Berbatov (£6.9m, 1.7% selected)
The Bulgarian looked his usual self in the second 45′ gameweek three. He got his debut out of the way, created five chances, gave the appearance of putting in no effort while being the most influential player on the pitch and should be able to fill the recently departed Dempsey’s boots. His ownership is going to skyrocket shortly. While we’ve been typing this paragraph he moved from 1.6 to 1.7% selected. Berbatov will score goals. He will score them in bunches, and bushels, and barrels. Read the rest of this entry »