Fantasy Football Blog

  • Spurs keen to strike Crouch deal

    for a little variety in your rumour diet 


    Tottenham want to sign Liverpool's Peter Crouch - but will turn to James Beattie or Juan Pablo Angel if they fail to land the beanpole hitman.Crouch began his career as a trainee at White Hart Lane and The People claim Martin Jol wants to bring him back to the club.

    The gangly goalgetter has been struggling to claim a regular starting place at Anfield and Newcastle have already failed in a bid to land him.

    Spurs are desperate to bring in another forward before the transfer window closes on Wednesday - and Aston Villa star Angel is another

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  • Chelsea stars lead African exodus

    Twenty-one Premier League players have left their clubs for
    the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.

    It represents a significant decline on the 34 who went to the 2008 tournament in Ghana.

    This can be partly explained by the failure to qualify of Senegal and South Africa, who between them
    supplied six Premier League players last time.

    Additionally, Reading and Newcastle had seven
    players away two years ago and have subsequently been relegated.

    It may also reflect managers'
    uncertainty about signing players who will disappear for a month every two

    Chelsea and Portsmouth are the

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  • Defoe on the bench!?!?

    Is Adams drinking again?  It's bad enough that Gordon is a big fat zero this week with an unannounced ankle injury... but this is ridiculous.


    Feel free to vent your frustrations as this is your official midweek matchday open thread (OMMDOT).


  • 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.


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  • Movers and shakers: Frank exchange

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


    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.

    A - UP

    Ronaldinho (FW,

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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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  • 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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  • A message from Neal and Jeremy

    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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