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  • Baseless Speculation

    1. Fergie 'losing hope' over Berba deal
    2. Van Basten: Huntelaar Is Settled
    3. McCarthy considering Rovers future

    All of a sudden it makes perfect sense! 

    Here you have an international striker with Champions League experience - and better yet, experience against ManU which SAF loves to buy!  He's a poacher to complement Rooney/Tevez rather than compete with them.  He isn't cup-tied in any way, and he should come so much cheaper than the options being paraded on the back pages day in and day out.  McCarthy to Manchester United.  Remember, whether it happens or not, you heard it here first.

    Elsewhere,

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    I feel remiss at having not commemorated Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's retirement at the beginning of the week.  JFH was probably the first player I really followed closely as a fantasy entity.  And for good reason.  He led friend of the blog Mike's team past mine way back when, and Mike is the proud owner of a blue/yellow #9 Chelsea road jersey to prove it.

    The closest "modern' parallel that I can think of is Torres.  Last season when Torres stepped on the field you knew he was due ten points minimum.  And from there he could really go off.  JFH was that kind of player but more so as he took

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Three weeks to go.  Time to close out the season with a bang.  Or just have a little fun.  So why not take a gamble on a scrub coming in to prove himself.  Or a player on a team still fighting for survival.  Or someone on a team already down playing with a little bit of abandon.  Time to break the rules a bit... or stick to them at all costs.

    Confused?  You won't be after this weekend's matchday open thread (to steal from Soap). 

    So who makes the team this week?  Pennant and Cesc are the only barn door purchases who lasted the week.  Walcott is another picked up last weekend, but I missed the

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    No Friday trades.  And this time we mean it!  So though I'm desperate to sell Bale for Cech, Traore or Mokoena/Nelsen, I won't.  And though I'm sure Deco's opening match was a fluke (he should have been sent off for that tackle!) and I would be better off with DDunn, Denilson, Faubert or Guthrie, I'll stick with the Portugese schemer.

    So where does that leave us?  Heavy on Villa after their demolition of Citeh and Stoke's capitulation at Bolton.  From front to back it's Carew, BFAY, Barry, and Big Bad Brad Friedel.  Torres and Dossenna come in for Liverpool's home opener.  Torres began this

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Derbies in the north east and west.  A battle in London.  And meaningful matches up and down a still-congested table.  Should be an interesting weekend of Premiership football.

    For my team... I've sold Aurelio due to his injury, which is a real shame.  But I've moved to Ryan "paRTay" Taylor with the money.  I've also decided to shift out Ivanovic just in case Alex is back healthy (he was on the bench midweek).   In his place is Belhadj who will hopefully play in midfield against Rovers.  If not, hopefully he'll play!  Same front three of Geovanni, Robinho (ankle and matchup not-withstanding),

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Not a great deal to report this morning on the injury front...

    Samir Nasri might make it back for Arsenal but a) the schedule is difficult and b) he hasn't been that great so, as far as news goes, not too exciting.

    On the "out/not ready to return" front we still have Torres, Carvalho, Jenas, Hutton, Gio dos Santos, Gordon, and Kolo Toure sounds like he's most of the way into this category as well.

    In the "late fitness test" category you will find half of the Spurs squad - DBent, Modric, King, Lennon, Woody - as well as Oba Martins and Robinho.

    I guess out of all of that the only items of real

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    The big weekend starts early and with arguably the biggest story of the day - if not the week.  Rooney returning to Everton in the midst of an incredible run of form and looking for his 100th goal against his boyhood club.

    Hot of the heels of that is the Tyne-Weir derby; a top half of the table clash (almost) that most would have expected to be a relegation 6-pointer; and a mid-table clash most would rather just not happen.  No offense.

    Sunday starts with another bang as the big Four meet again.  This time it's Liverpool travelling to pace-setters Chelsea.  And then a lot of other matches that

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    5. Sell Beckham

    New rule for this year named after an old joke. If there is a player
    who is head and shoulders above the rest of the league, just buy him.
    Suck it up. Gut the defence, and buy him. In the last few years I would
    put Beckham, Thierry Henry and CRon in this category. Big Fat Frank
    Lampard (BFFL or Lamps) and possibly Ruud van Nistelrooy (RvN) are on
    the outside of this group looking in.

     --- 

    I don't know what to say.  I guess I'll just have to come out and admit that I did it.  I sold Beckham.  As I'm typing this, I'm tabbing over to my team page to see that it's true...

    Yep.  I

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  • Movers and shakers: Frank exchange

    During the season our regular feature will detail whose value is rising and
    falling.

    UP

    Steve Simonsen (GK, Stoke, 10.00) +3.85
    Blimey, bet you didn't see that one coming. A late stand-in for Thomas Sorensen, Simonsen bagged 26 points at Spurs.

    Hugo Rodallega (FW, Wigan, 14.43) +3.63
    The Colombian's excellent two-goal salvo at Burnley pushed his price into the stratosphere. Better to stay away now.

    Ivan Klasnic (FW, Bolton, 8.35) +3.59
    The Croatian could be a Fantasy gem if he manages to nail down a refular starting place for the Trotters.

    Frank Lampard (MF, Chelsea, 21.87) +3.22
    That's more like

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  • Foreign View: Ronnie’s back

    Milan playmaker Ronaldinho finally
    delivered on his reputation this week, the Brazilian's virtuoso goalscoring performance
    against Fiorentina bringing in a whopping 31 points.

    But what goes up, must eventually go down,
    as proved this week by Cristiano Lucarelli's spectacular drop in price
    following his incredible hike last week.

    In Spain, Nikola Zigic's brace in
    Valencia's win over Espanyol makes him head boy in La Liga, ahead even of
    Cristiano Ronaldo, while Nancy midfielder Chris Malonga wins top billing in
    France despite being on the losing side against Lille.

    SERIE
    A - UP

    Ronaldinho (FW,

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