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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Why have the French got so many good goalkeepers? Depending on which way you think the all-French quarter-final will go, then either Lyon's Hugo Lloris (15m) or Bordeaux's Cedric Carrasso (10m) could be a good selection. The Fantasist would plump for the latter, as he's been a key reason for the French champions boasting the meanest defensive record in Ligue 1 this season - he saved two penalties in the same match a few weeks back.

    Edwin van der Sar (22m) has been in fine form of late. The way United play away from home in Europe, expect them to keep it tight and hit a

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  • Tactical review: Drog abuse

    A decent week for the Fantasist was ruined by its recommendation of both Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, who were rested against Bolton on Saturday.

    What with Didier Drogba also putting his feet up, there were plenty of misfiring attacks in Fantasyland.

    On the face of it, Frank Lampard had a tough match-up against Aston Villa, but he was the week's stand-out performer by far, bagging 47.5 points.

    Ferdinand aside, the defensive selections went well. Heurelho Gomes (16 pts) and Nemanja Vidic (22.5 pts) were superb, while Jamie Carragher (7 pts) did a decent job.

    Jimmy Bullard (21.5 pts) was the

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 28

    Chelsea's title charge took another blow at the weekend as right-back Branislav Ivanovic injured his knee in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

    Not only that, but centre-back Ricardo Carvalho has been ruled out for a month with an ankle injury. 

    The Blues were already without right-back Jose Bosingwa for the rest of the season, and left-back Ashley Cole is not due back for a few weeks yet.

    Two sides battling it out for fourth have also lost defenders as the business end of the season dawns. Manchester City will be without centre-back Joleon Lescott for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, while

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  • Foreign view: Roma Empire

    Roma's astonishing unbeaten run in Serie A was extended to 18 matches last weekend with their 4-2 win over Udinese.

    Mirko Vucinic bagged a hat-trick in the win in the Eternal City, with wily French forward Jeremy Menez setting up two of Roma's goals, and the duo top the list of price-risers in Italy.

    Can the Giallorossi mount a late smash and grab for the title, or will they run out of steam?

    ITALY

    UP

    Mirko Vucinic (FW, Roma, 26.00) +10.09

    Jeremy Menez (FW, Roma, 11.94) +6.00

    Sergio Pellissier (FW, Chievo, 17.27) +4.93

    Stephan Lichtsteiner (DF, Lazio, 9.65) +4.18

    Maxi Lopez (FW, Catania,

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    After a couple of curtailed weeks' worth of action, we now approach one in which no fewer than 10 teams play twice.

    Chelsea, Villa, City, Everton, Pompey, Sunderland, West Ham, Wolves, Birmingham and Blackburn all have double gameweeks, so the right selection could really pay dividends.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: It may be a double gameweek, but that does mean double the risk of goalkeepers conceding a couple of goals. We all know how poorly Burnley travel, so Wigan's Chris Kirkland (2.64) could be your ticket to a cut-price clean sheet.

    If you are going to take the punt of a keeper playing

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  • Movers and shakers: Artistry of Arteta

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

    UP

    Mikel Arteta (MF, Everton, 16.70) +7.65

    A virtuoso goalscoring
    performance from the Spanish midfielder against Bolton makes him top dog this
    week.

    Roman Pavlychenko (FW, Tottenham, 16.25) +5.49

    The Russian
    striker may not have been on the scoresheet against Stoke but his value soared
    nevertheless.

    Caleb Folan (FW, Hull City, 10.03) +4.21

    A brace for
    the Hull striker see him enter double figures in price.

    Tommy Smith (FW, Portsmouth, 8.87) +3.95

    Pompey's
    forgotten man jumped into the limelight with a goal

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Liverpool will look to in-form duo
    Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard to inspire an upset at leaders Manchester
    United on Sunday.

    "Everyone knows (Torres's)
    partnership with Stevie is really good for us and now we can look forward to a
    very important game," midfielder Javier Mascherano told the club website.

    United welcome back Ryan Giggs, Rafael and
    Jonny Evans while midfielder Owen Hargreaves stepped up his comeback from a
    long injury lay-off with a reserve team appearance on Thursday.

    Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was in
    confident mood ahead of Sunday's trip to Blackburn Rovers.

    "Only

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  • Tactical review: Fired up Gunners

    Okay, so suggesting you pick several Arsenal players at home to Burnley was never going to be the most controversial call, but you certainly would have been rewarded.

    Andrei Arshavin (14.64, 11.5 pts) announced his return to action with a goal, while Samir Nasri (10.02, 16 pts) proved a decent value pick if you didn't already have Cesc Fabregas (21.29, 10.5 pts) in your team.

    Given his underwhelming performances of late, The Fantasist is sure it can be forgiven for excluding Theo Walcott (10.76, 25.50 pts) from its selection. The England winger's well-taken goal contributed to Brian Jensen's

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  • Fantasy: Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    Aston Villa players look a good bet for this week's Fantasy game - games against Stoke and Wigan mean Martin O'Neill's men have double the occasion to score points.

    Less of a good bet are Fulham, West Ham and Hull City players with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively coming up.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Look no further than Ross Turnbull (6.18) as your keeper this week -Chelsea's third string keeper will get a rare start thanks to injuries to Petr Cech and Hilario as the Blues welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge. If you've got a bit of extra cash lying about,

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  • Movers and shakers:Villa villains

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

    Look away
    now if you took the Fantasist's advice and loaded up on Aston Villa players this
    week - they pack the 'down' section, although there is still time to rectify
    the situation with Tuesday's game against Wigan.

    UP

    Florent Malouda (MF, Chelsea, 16.41) +5.39

    Malouda was
    sensational against West Ham - one goal and two assists sees his value rocket.

    Fernando Torres (FW, Liverpool, 21.81) +5.18

    The
    Liverpool hitman is back in the goals - and assists. Two of each means a bumper
    week for the Spaniard.

    Alberto

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