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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 8

    Manchester City have selection issues ahead of their 3pm kick-off at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Carlos Tevez has returned to training following his suspension after the events of Munich but further disciplinary action awaits the striker and he will not be considered for the game at the Etihad Stadium.

    Sergio Aguero, who has scored eight goals in seven games following his summer move from Atletico Madrid, is suffering from a groin injury sustained against Blackburn and he is likely to miss out against Villa.

    Mario Balotelli is also a doubt due to a back strain but he has a much better

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 9

    Manchester City are full strength for the derby against Manchester United, although Carlos Tevez is unlikely to feature as his disciplinary investigation continues.

    United's only absent starter is Tom Cleverley, who has an ongoing foot problem: Antonio Valencia or Ryan Giggs should start in midfield, while Rio Ferdinand is expected to return after being rested in midweek.

    Tottenham Hotspur have serious defensive issues ahead of their Sunday clash with Blackburn Rovers.

    Ledley King (groin) has joined Michael Dawson (Achilles), William Gallas (calf) and Vedran Corluka (ankle) on the sidelines,

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 10

    Didier Drogba has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions. The Ivory Coast striker has hit eight goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, joint-most against any other side along with West Brom.

    So, it's just as well for the Gunners that he is suspended for this weekend's London derby at Stamford Bridge, then.

    Drogba serves the second game of his three-match ban this weekend following his straight red card against QPR last Sunday.

    Chelsea also have reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull suspended after he was sent off in the midweek Carling Cup win over Everton, who

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 5

    It looks as though Didier Drogba is losing his race to be ready for Sunday's clash away to Manchester United.

    The big Ivorian suffered a concussion during the home win over Norwich at the end of August, and it is thought he will still not have recovered in time for the trip to Old Trafford.

    Arsenal have three players returning from suspension ahead of their trip to Blackburn for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off - Gervinho, Emmanuel Frimpong and Carl Jenkinson - but Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere are set to be out until mid to late-October through injury.

    Tottenham will be without key

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 4

    Two likely title contenders welcome back important players ahead of the latest round of Premier League fixtures, as a raft of deadline-day signings prepare for their debuts.

    Chelsea are boosted by Petr Cech's quick return to fitness and the Czech Republic international is expected to reclaim the gloves from Henrique Hilario for Saturday's trip to Sunderland.

    The Blues also have young forward Daniel Sturridge available after he completed a three-match ban but concussion rules out Didier Drogba following his nasty fall against Norwich.

    Also back from suspension is Kolo Toure as his ban for

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  • Top 10 new players

    Player values are not arbitrarily decided by a person, but
    by a complex calculation based on previous performance.

    What this does mean, however, is that players who are new to
    the Premier League are given a nominal value that can often make them
    tremendous bargains.

    Let's take a look at the top 10 signings among this year's
    batch of newbies.

    10-Grant Holt (FW, Norwich City, 6.55)

    Okay, so the forward is as slow as John Carew running on sand, but Holt is an out-and-out goalscorer and he will throw his weight around to ensure that he nets a decent tally of goals for the Canaries. At this

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 3

    Arsenal will be even more depleted than they were last weekend when they travel to face champions Manchester United on Sunday.

    In addition to losing Samir Nasri to Manchester City, the Gunners will be without the services of Emmanuel Frimpong and most likely Laurent Koscielny for the trip to Old Trafford.

    Frimpong's red card in last Saturday's home defeat to Liverpool means he joins Gervinho and Alex Song on the club's suspended list, while Koscielny had to be replaced after just a quarter of an hour of the same match.

    For United, captain Nemanja Vidic is sill sidelined for a few more weeks

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  • How to score points

    A surprising amount of people pick their Fantasy team without having any
    real idea how the game works.

    It should hardly need saying that a player who is good in real life is not
    necessarily going to excel in Fantasy.

    So, without further ado, let's find out how your players actually get points
    on the board.

    A full list of scoring categories can be found here.

    ATTACKING: A goal might officially be worth seven points,
    but in reality you get more than that, as there is an additional three for a
    shot on target to make 10.

    Furthermore, you get two more if it is a match-winning goal - if a player

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  • Fantasy Football’s fast starters

    The Fantasy Football
    season is off and running, and the debate is raging as to which players demand
    selection.

    As is often the best way, Fantasists the world over will be busy scrutinising the results from the opening week of action, and noting which players have made electric starts and deserve consideration.

    The top-scoring player in
    gameweek one remarkably did not even start for his club, Manchester City.

    Sergio Aguero lit up the
    opening week of Premier League action with a scintillating display in which he
    scored two goals and set up another.

    Aguero scored 27.50
    points in all, with Gary

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek 2

    Manchester United could potentially be forced to try the untested partnership of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre half as their first-choice back four may all be unavailable following the West Brom clash on the opening weekend of the season.

    Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael are definitely out whilst Patrice Evra is a doubt.

    Tottenham only have two major concerns ahead of the match at Old Trafford with Steven Pienaar and Sandro the two missing players. However, more are doubtful.

    Arsenal are without both Abou Diaby, who is suffering with an ankle injury, and Alex Song, who is

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