Fantasy Football Blog

  • Matchday open thread

    All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge on Saturday and on whether Wayne Bridge takes his place in the Manchester City side to face Chelsea - and John Terry.

    If the left-back, who ruled himself out of contention for the England team on Thursday because of his personal differences with Terry, does play he could have an awkward moment in the pre-match handshake ritual.

    City, who have looked desperately short of ideas in recent weeks, welcome back Carlos Tevez after the striker returned from Argentina where he had spent time with his wife and premature baby.

    Emmanuel Adebayour will be out as he

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  • Fantasy Europe Cup: Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    The Champions League is back, and so is Fantasy Europe Cup!

    Here's the Fantasist's rundown of who to pick in your team and who to kick to the kerb for the eight ties that make up the last 16.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em:  Arsenal have travelled to Potugal without several key players, including Manuel Almunia (12m). He was a bit on the pricey side anyway, but if you still fancy the Gunners to beat the Dragons, then Lukasz Fabianski (4m) looks a steal.

    Bordeaux conceded just four goals in the group stage, the least of all the teams in the first half of the tournament. The French champions face

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  • Movers and shakers: Pav lover

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

    UP

    Roman Pavlyuchenko (FW, Tottenham, 11.14) +4.75

    The Russian
    bagged a brace from the bench to become this week's top dog.

    Stewart Downing (MF, Aston Villa, 13.49) +4.45

    The Villa
    wide man also netted two to help down Burnley.

    Nicky Shorey (DF, Fulham, 11.84) + 4.27

    Played well
    in front of Fabio Capello to see his price soar with his England chances.

    Landon Donovan (FW, Everton, 10.28) +3.78

    The
    American shone for Everton in their stunning victory over Manchester United.

    Valon Behrami (MF, West Ham, 9.40)

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  • Tactical review: Downing on the up

    The
    Fantasist doesn't blow its own trumpet much, mainly because it generally has no
    cause to, but once in a while it comes up trumps, like this week in the
    goalkeeping department.

    Friday's
    Choose 'em or lose 'em was pretty much spot on between the sticks with
    Arsenal's Lucasz Fabianski (6.11, no points) dropped and Manuel
    Almunia (11.36, 16.5pts)
    coming back in to put in a decent performance in
    shutting out Sunderland.

    West Ham's Rob
    Green (9.83, 16.5pts)
    was an even better shout though in terms of value for
    money, the Hammers shot stopper keeping Hull City goalless, while the Fantasist was

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Arsenal's
    injury crisis could be eased a little for the home match with Sunderland on
    Saturday if first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia comes through a fitness test
    on his injured finger.

    He would
    replace Lukasz Fabianski, blamed for both goals in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at
    Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    Arsenal
    will still be without William Gallas and Abou Diaby, although Alex Song could
    return after a knee injury.

    Sol
    Campbell who scored on his return to Champions League action after a four-year
    absence, could keep his place in the heart of defence.

    Leaders
    Chelsea welcome back

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    It's time
    to load up once again with Manchester United players as the champions are one
    of two teams to play twice during this game week.

    First up
    for United is a tricky clash at on-form Everton before they play host to West
    Ham on Tuesday in an entirely more comfortable-looking fixture.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose
    'em
    : With Edwin
    van der Sar
    (15.28) far too pricey, you'll have to look elsewhere for a
    keeper this week. Why not take a punt on Arsenal's Manuel Almunia
    (8.63), who Arsenal may rush back into action against Sunderland, considering
    how bad Lukasz Fabianski (6.22) is. And there's always the

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 22

    All the injury news ahead of a potentially decisive double week in Fantasy.

    Club Gameweek 22 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal OUT Robin van Persie Ankle
        Johan Djourou Knee
        Kieran Gibbs Foot
      QUESTIONABLE Fran Merida Ankle
      Eduardo da Silva Hamstring
      Abou Diaby Calf
    Aston Villa OUT Nigel Reo-Coker Ankle
      Stephen Warnock Shin
    QUESTIONABLE John Carew Knee
      Wilfried Bouma Toe
    Mark Albrighton Knock
    Birmingham OUT Lee Carsley Ankle
    Garry O'Connor Groin
      QUESTIONABLE Teemu Tainio Knee
        Stuart Parnaby Knock
        Kevin Phillips Groin
        David Murphy Knee
    Blackburn QUESTIONABLE
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  • Injury report: Gameweek 23

    All the latest injury news ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures.

    Club Gameweek 23 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal OUT Robin van Persie Ankle
        Johan Djourou Knee
        Kieran Gibbs Foot
      QUESTIONABLE William Gallas Calf
        Manuel Almunia Wrist
        Alex Song Knee
      Eduardo da Silva Hamstring
      Andrei Arshavin Hamstring
    Aston Villa OUT Nigel Reo-Coker Ankle
      Gabriel Agbonlahor Calf
    QUESTIONABLE Emile Heskey Groin
      Wilfried Bouma Toe
    Mark Albrighton Knock
    Birmingham OUT Lee Carsley Ankle
    Garry O'Connor Groin
      QUESTIONABLE Teemu Tainio Knee
    Blackburn QUESTIONABLE David Dunn
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  • Fan groups: Fantasy reflects reality

    As the Premier League title race begins to take shape, so too does the table of Fantasy Football players representing each club.

    In a spooky coincidence, the highest scorers in each fan group reflect the real life Premier League. The top four teams in our league are not only the traditional top four clubs, but they're in the same order as the current table too. Below that... well, below that the similarity completely falls away, but it's still pretty weird, no?

    Topping the table, representing Chelsea, is Glory Glory ZiZo Kuwait, overall leader in the entire game. Their current team is:

    GK:

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  • Foreign view: Ronaldo rising

    Our weekly look at the values that have rocketed and sunk in the European leagues brings forth bad news: Cristiano Ronaldo is now even more expensive.

    SPAIN

    UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo (MF, Real Madrid, 38.68) +6.81

    Weligton (DF, Malaga, 9.38) +4.73

    Inaki Gabilondo (MF, Athletic Bilbao, 10.53) +4.46

    Eliseu (MF, Real Zaragoza, 12.34) +4.43

    Victor Obinna (FW, Malaga, 11.48) +4.12

    DOWN

    Fabio Coltorti (GK, Racing Santander, 9.73) -4.29

    Ricardo (GK, Osasuna, 9.92) -2.58

    Nacho Monreal (DF, Osasuna, 8.28) -2.58

    Victor Valdes (GK, Barcelona, 18.52) -2.51

    Carlos Puyol (DF, Barcelona, 7.35) -2.47

    - - - 

    ITALY

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