In Sorted, Strategy on November 7, 2012 at 2:46 am
EPL Fantasy saw a number of fine performances from Barclays Premier League players in their midweek Champions League encounters. Both Arsenal and Manchester City finished the day with 2-2 draws, one leaving the Gunners in second place and the other all but closing the book on the Citizens European aspirations. We’ve already published one post this week, yesterday’s Up The Tweets!, and will endeavor to have more new content tomorrow.
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Manchester City 2-2 Ajax
Yaya Toure 22′
Sergio Aguero 74′
Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Nastasic Zabaleta Kompany Clichy; Nasri Garcia Barry Yaya; Tevez Aguero
Substitutes: Balotelli (Garcia 45′); Dzeko (Tevez 66′); Kolarov (Barry 85′)
While the result does nothing for Roberto Mancini’s side but stave off the inevitable, the goals for Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero are a welcome site for a side with two goals in their previous three fixtures. In Barclays Premier League action, City was held scoreless against West Ham last time out and managed only one goal in their 1-0 home win over Swansea the weekend before. Read the rest of this entry »
In Up The Tweets on November 6, 2012 at 3:24 am
We’ve been missing from the fantasy EPL scene for more than a week following a loss of power, television, phone and more. Back and ready to dive headfirst into one of the more interesting weeks of Fantasy Premier League gameweeks.
Sunderland are a one-man show and unfortunately that one man does not create many chances of his own. Steven Fletcher has scored five goals, still level-fifth in the Barclays Premier League, but has not found the net in four gameweeks having failed to score in October. In the Top 50 most creative players in the BPL only one Black Cat finds his name – Seb Larsson. Larsson’s 13 chances created are level-44th in the BPL with Baggies forward Peter Odemwingie and just one more than players like Leon Osman — fourth among Toffees — and Andy Carroll — who has played 443′ in the League this term. We love Fletch, but he is playing in a side that lacks the creativity to provide him with consistent opportunities in front of goal.
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 News of the Day, Strategy on October 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm
A bit of EPL fantasy analysis following the Wednesday Champions League action. The capitulation of Arsenal and Manchester City have left the two English clubs with difficult roads to qualify from the group stage.
Arsenal 0-2 Schalke 04
Arsenal sXI: Mannone; Santos Mertesacker Vermaelen Jenkinson (Gnabry 82′); Arteta Coquelin; Ramsey Cazorla Podolski (Arshavin 82′); Gervinho (75′)
The Gunners were under the management of Steve Bould as Arsene Wenger served the final match of his three-match touchline ban. Based on their play, it is unlikely The Prof’s presence would have made much difference. As Bould noted after the match:
He also rather astutely noted that the Gunners could do with the odd first-goal:
In News of the Day, Player Projection on October 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Fantasy EPL managers note: Carlos Tevez an unused substitute; Nasri played 57′; Garcia departed injured; Gervinho scored again. We have quick recaps and all the fantasy EPL analysis of Wednesday’s Champions League action as fantasy premier league managers prepare ahead of gameweek seven.
Manchester City 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Balotelli (90′ PEN)
Manchester City sXI: Hart; Clichy Nastasic Kompany Zabaleta; Yaya Garcia; Nasri Aguero Silva; Dzeko
Substitutes: Rodwell (Garcia 34′); Kolarov (Nasri 57′); Balotelli (Clichy 81′)
Carlos Tevez was an unused substitute in this match after having played 120′ last midweek in City’s Carling Cup loss to Aston Villa and a further 65′ in the win over Fulham. The mad rush to transfer Tevez out following comments from Roberto Mancini may have been a bit of an over-reaction by fantasy EPL managers. Read the rest of this entry »
In Player Projection, Squad Sheet on September 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm
There were several Barclays Premier League sides in League Cup action on Tuesday and we examine the EPL fantasy impact of each fixture. Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Man City, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, West Ham and Wigan experienced different levels of success and fielded different portions of their BPL starting XI.
Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa
Balotelli (27′), Barry (OG 59′), Kolarov (64′), (Agbonlahor (70′), N’Zogbia (96′), Agbonlahor 113′)
Manchester City sXI: Pantillimon; Lescott Nastasic Kolo Kolarov; Barry Milner Razak; Tevez Balotelli Suarez
Substitutes: Sinclair (Suarez 62′); Dzeko (Lescott 74′); Helan (Razak 106′)
Aston Villa sXI: Given; Bennett Vlaar Clark Lowton; El Ahmadi Delph N’Zogbia; Weimann Agbonlahor Benteke
Substitutes: Albrighton (Weimann 66′); Herd (El Ahmadi 72′); Lichaj (Bennett 86′)
It was a massive win for the Villans, not only because of the opposition but because they finally found a scoring touch that had eluded them over their opening five Barclays Premier League fixtures. With five goals in five games – the floodgates opened against a Citizens defense that has failed to keep a clean sheet in any competition this term. The game ran into overtime and many key fantasy premier league players added another 120′ to their early-season tally. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on September 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Fantasy EPL managers will need to watch Capital One Cup contests this midweek with a bit of concern as a number of Barclays Premier League sides have already sustained substantial injuries. Liverpool were the latest side to succumb to the wave of injuries carrying defenders into physio’s rooms across England and Wales.
The Reds will be without first-choice defenders Martin Kelly and Daniel Agger as both sustained injuries in the 1-2 loss against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, with Kelly facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines:
The England international [Kelly] will now require ACL reconstruction. Meanwhile, fellow defender Daniel Agger, who was stretchered off the pitch 13 minutes before Kelly limped out of action, has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee. No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training. To add to Brendan Rodgers’ woes, Fabio Borini has considerable swelling to the inner aspect of his right ankle though no fracture was detected on the X-ray.
Brendan Rodgers made headlines recently for his statements that Liverpool need to shoot more and that his side lacks a player with the “DNA” necessary to pull the trigger:
Rodgers wants his players to threaten the goal more, especially as they have scored four times in five Premier League matches, but is happy with the way everything else is developing despite his side being in the bottom three. ”You have to shoot otherwise you don’t score – that is something we know across the board we need to improve on. Read the rest of this entry »
In Up The Tweets on September 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm
All new Up The Tweets! touches on Fantasy EPL implications of owning Arsenal’s defense, rating the Manchester City forwards and find inexpensive midfielder who create chances and see the pitch.
The man who would win “Best Mustache” amongst all our followers asks about Vermaelen and Arsenal’s slated fixtures:
We’re not opposed to owning Arsenal’s defense, but we’re uncomfortable investing the £7.1m necessary to select Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal still face Chelsea September 29, but their schedule is considerably easier for the following three gameweeks in which they face: West Ham (a), West Brom (h) and QPR (a). Gibbs (£5.7m), Mertesacker (£5.1m) and Jenkinson (£4.9m) have each played the full 450′ this term in the Barclays Premier League and any of the three present substantial value over their Captain. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy, Uncategorized on September 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Fantasy Premier League managers your long wait is over. Last Minute Tinkers is here to address all of your needs. It’s a short one this week. We’ve written at length about the Champions League here and here and the injury news for the week seems set, with few impact players – from a fantasy premier league standpoint – due to undergo late fitness tests. Onward with part 2/2.
Wigan v Fulham
Dimitar Berbatov lived up our hype with a brace in his first start with Martin Jol’s side. Beratov will look to build on his already impressive resume with the Cottagers when they travel to Wigan. The Latics have scored four and allowed eight, including four goals at home where they have failed to win in two attempts. Fulham will be getting back Bryan Ruiz and will be without Diarra. Jol said “It could be the next couple of games…it could be longer” in relation to a knee injury the midfielder suffered while on international duty with Mali. This is good news for Kacaniklic owners as it limits the number of competitors for a midfield place, but significantly diminishes the prospect of keeping a cleansheet.
That said, we’re still invest in the Cottagers defenders Hangeland and Hughes as low cost options with a friendly set of fixtures and the ability to keep a cleansheet every other match. Low cost, low risk, but also low ceiling as neither present much in the way of attacking value.
For the Latics, we like Shaun Maloney (£5.0m, 1.4% selected; 1 goal 1 assist with 16 FPL pts) and have come to accept that Franco Di Santo will score goals. Di Santo has scored two goals in 300′ this term after scoring seven goals 2025′. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day, Player Projection on September 19, 2012 at 1:13 am
Champions League Group Stage matches started on Tuesday and EPL fantasy managers had their first chance to see squad rotations for Manchester City and Arsenal for the first time this season. Both English sides were playing their opening match away from home and each had a number of long-term injuries that ruled players out of contention well in advance of Tuesday’s kick-off.
Roberto Mancini and Manchester City have drawn Real Madrid in the Group Stage and clearly took this match-up into consideration in gameweek 4 of the Barclays Premier League. Carlos Tevez with withdrawn after 62′ in that match, and City went on to draw 1-1 away at Stoke City. Tevez had a profound impact on the BPL match, creating City’s only goal, and his withdrawal could have cost them two points. Tevez was in Mancini’s starting XI against Real and played the full 90′ for the visitors as they lost 3-2 following a frenetic final 15′. EPL fantasy managers did earn a modest return from Tevez, but perhaps future BPL fixtures preceding the Champions League midweek will necessitate handing the captains armband to another member of your EPL fantasy side.
Mancini’s starting XI to face Madrid was yet another incarnation of the 4-2-3-1 with Gareth Barry partnering Javi Garvia in the defensive midfield positions. The tactics shifted twice, first with the introduction of Aleksandar Kolarov for the injured Samir Nasri after 36′ and again with the introduction of Eden Dzeko for David Silva after 63′. Read the rest of this entry »