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  • Tactical review: Fulop delivers

    After all the controversy surrounding Manchester City's emergency loaning of Marton Fulop from Sunderland due to Shay Given's injury, the Hungarian proved to be worth the fuss.

    Fulop brought in 9.5 points in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa, a handy return for his lowly price. It turns out that Gunnar Nielsen's absence from the game wasn't crucial after all.

    Nigel de Jong (7.5) delivered and Carlos Tevez (15.5 points) came up trumps once more, while Emmanuel Adebayor (11.5) shook off an injury doubt to get his name on the scoresheet. The Villa contingent of Friday's choose column, however,

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    Heads up! It's a double-week for four teams: Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Stoke City.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: They may be gearing up for a European final, but Fulham's next two fixtures are against similarly disinterested opposition: West Ham are all but safe and Stoke were already on the beach before they went to Chelsea, so Mark Schwarzer (11.48) could prove a worthy investment.

    Alternatively, if you're looking for a cheaper option, Chris Kirkland (3.17) and David James (3.31) should be in for easy rides against  the toothless Hull and Wolves respectively.

    Lose 'em: Will it

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 33

    Last weekend was a bad one for goalkeepers.

    Manchester City lost Shay Given at a crucial stage in their fight for a Champions League place after the Irishman dislocated his shoulder against Arsenal.

    Not only that, but Stoke's Thomas Sorensen had his elbow dislocated by Salomon Kalou as the Chelsea forward lunged in to score the second goal of his hat-trick.

    Meanwhile, Birmingham defender Scott Dann will also miss the run-in with a troublesome calf problem.   

    Club Gameweek 27 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal OUT Cesc Fabregas Fibula
        Thomas Vermaelen Calf
        William Gallas Calf
        Kieran
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  • Foreign View: Luca who’s talking

    Cristiano Lucarelli is back at Livorno and banging in the goals. As a man of decidedly left-wing politics, he might dismiss Fantasy Football as capitalist claptrap, but the market says 'Si' to the veteran striker.

    In Spain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned from injury in impressive style, while over in France, Paris Saint-Germain keeper Gregory Coupet plummets in value after a 4-0 drubbing at Grenoble.

    SERIE A - UP

    Cristiano Lucarelli (FW, Livorno, 19.22) +8.48
    Marco Di Vaio (FW, Bologna, 18.15) +5.28
    Vincenzo Iaquinta (FW, Juventus, 20.12) +5.15
    Federico Marchetti (GK, Cagliari, 14.66) +4.55

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  • Tactical review: Kalou has a ball

    The Fantasist had a pretty good week for predictions, but cruel fate wrecked its Choose 'em or Lose 'em picks for Chelsea's goalfest against Stoke.

    The 'lose' of Didier Drogba was actually a decent call since he scored 15 points, less than his 23.32 price tag, but the claim that Stoke's defence would make life hard for Chelsea proved badly wrong.

    The Fantasist warned there was a chance Joe Cole might not start. He didn't (5.5 pts).

    Clearly, it was Frank Lampard (29 pts), Florent Malouda (16.5pts) and the remarkable Salomon Kalou (36.5pts) you wanted.

    And Friday's Choose 'em or Lose 'em said:

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    Your weekly guide to the good and bad of Fantasy Football.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Don't get us wrong - Lukasz Fabianski (4.39) is awful. But he's a mighty tempting proposition in nets for an Arsenal home game. Ditto Robert Green (4.93), whose useless outing at Anfield has caused his price to fall through the floor. Wigan visit this week. And Jussi Jaaskelainen (6.46) is another affordable option, with Bolton at home to Portsmouth on Saturday.

    Lose 'em: Heurelho Gomes (13.38), Brad Friedel (13.70) and Mark Schwarzer (11.89) might just be the three best keepers in the Premier League this

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    England defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown will be available
    after injury for title-chasing Manchester United's Saturday lunchtime kickoff
    against Tottenham Hotspur.

    Ferdinand missed last week's win over Manchester City with a groin
    problem while Brown has been out since early March.

    Manager Alex Ferguson had hoped to include long-term absentee Owen
    Hargreaves in his squad but the midfielder has missed the last two days'
    training with a calf injury, United said on their website.

    Tottenham, who are fighting Manchester City for fourth place and
    Champions League qualification, could welcome

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 30

    First Wayne Rooney was crocked, then he was OK, and now he's crocked again. Watching him limp around Old Trafford on one leg last night was pretty harrowing stuff for England fans, and you surely have to imagine he will not feature against Blackburn this weekend unless he absolutely, positively has to.

    A few suspensions to keep an eye on, too: Pablo Zabaleta (one game left to serve), Scott Parker (two games to serve), Gary Caldwell (two games to serve) and Karl Henry (three games to serve).

    Club Gameweek 30 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal OUT Cesc Fabregas Tibia
        Kieran Gibbs Foot
      Aaron
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  • A message from Neal and Jeremy

    Fantasy
    Football Blog Fans,

    As you can no doubt tell, there have been some changes
    with the Fantasy blog and Jeremy and I will not longer be appearing in this
    space.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our blog
    here at Yahoo UK for the last
    few seasons.  We can't tell you how much fun it has been writing the blog and
    having people from all around the world read it, send comments, and even tell us
    what idiots we are (and from time to time it's certainly deserved).  Before you
    get all tearful over our departure, FEAR NOT - we are not leaving the world
    without access

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 32

    Bad news for Arsenal fans: goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is set to return to action this weekend after shrugging off a wrist injury.

    Thankfully for Gunners fans it's not all bad news, with Andrei Arshavin also likely to return from his calf strain as they host Manchester City.

    City boss Roberto Mancini has had a boost with the news that Stephen Ireland and Wayne Bridge are both fit and likely to play this weekend.

    And across Manchester Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney are fit again for the potentially crucial clash with Spurs, who should welcome back Tom Huddlestone for the trip to Old Trafford.

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