Fantasy Football Blog

  • Internationals: Paris marathon

    Below The Fantasist gives you a rundown of how the Premier League's international contingent fared during the midweek World Cup play-offs and friendlies.

    Several of them were involved in France's controversial match with Ireland. The play-off went into extra time, with many stars completing the full gruelling 120 minutes in Paris, so some managers with larger squads may look to give their players a break at the weekend.

    You can also check out previews of the weekend's action in Italy, Germany and Spain.

    ARSENAL

    Bacary Sagna (France v Ireland) - played 120 minutes

    William Gallas (France v

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek three

    Cesc Fabregas (16.66) is this week's injury headliner, and his hamstring strain will give managers a real headache.

    The Arsenal skipper has already been ruled out of the Champions League game against Celtic, which is not a concern in itself as the Gunners are all but through. But Fabregas is a major doubt for Saturday's trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United.

    Fabregas has had a brilliant start to the season, but given the quality of the opposition and the danger he may not feature, you might be better off looking elsewhere.

    Here is this week's full injury table:

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    Club Gameweek
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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Stoke have a fantastic record at the Britannia Stadium, and goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen (9.38) could be in line for a clean sheet against Sunderland.

    Top-heavy Manchester City have surprised everyone by getting three games into the season without conceding a goal. Yet another reason to sign up Shay Given (9.02) for their trip to Portsmouth.

    Lose 'em: Manchester United's Ben Foster (8.17) is no longer the bargain he was following his eye-popping 22.5 point haul against Wigan. Even more expensive is Arsenal's Manuel Almunia (12.73), and with the two sides both in

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  • Tactical review: Lennon glad

    The Fantasist is a little worried about just how it's going to blog for the next two weeks without any Premier League football, but at least it can look back on the weekend and share its thoughts on that today.

    Aaron Lennon (14.13) is currently enjoying some of the best form of his career, and has deservedly earned a recall to the England squad. The winger notched up five shots on target against Birmingham, culminating in his match-winning goal. With Luka Modric (8.53) out injured for at least six weeks, expect Lennon to see even more action for high-flying Spurs in the near future.

    Lennon's

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  • Movers and shakers: Bobby on the beat

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

    UP

    Bobby Zamora (FW, Fulham, 10.89) +4.64
    A goal and an assist for the normally punchline-worthy Fulham striker almost doubled his price.
     
    Heurelho Gomes (GK, Tottenham, 11.15) +3.71
    The Brazilian announced his return to the Tottenham team with seven saves and a win against Portsmouth.

    James Beattie (FW, Stoke, 11.75) +3.70
    Scored both goals in Stoke's win against West Ham, but he is now best avoided.

    Ledley King (DF, Tottenham, 11.93) +3.67
    The non-training Spurs stalwart scored a towering header and also clocked

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  • Tactical review: Carlo Good-icini

    The Fantasist takes a look back at the weekend, reviewing its Choose 'em or Lose 'em picks and pointing out some other notable performances.

    If you followed the headline advice of 'Buy Liverpool' you couldn't go far wrong as Hull were duly trounced 6-1. Elsewhere it wasn't all plain sailing, though.

    Starting in goal, Carlo Cudicini (20 pts) proved a very sound selection, while Craig Gordon (3.5pts) did less well but his points haul still exceeded his value.

    The big miss was 'Don' Vito Mannone who landed a stonking 26 points and is now the most expensive goalkeeper in the game at 14.96. Anyone

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  • Movers and Shakers: Sweet Vito

    Throughout the season we'll be updating you on whose value is going up and whose is going down, down, down.

    UP

    Vito Mannone (GK, Arsenal, 15.01) +6.02

    The young Italian's astonishing eight saves secured Arsenal a 1-0 win at Fulham and saw his value rocket. Kudos to anyone who picked him - you deserve every one of those 26 points.

    Robbie Keane (FW, Tottenham Hotspur, 16.66)  +5.42

    Everyone expected Peter Crouch to start up front alongside Jermain Defoe against Burnley, but it was Keane who rediscovered his eye for goal as he banged in four for Spurs.

    Martin Petrov (MF, Manchester City, 11.42)

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  • Matchday open thread

    England
    defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's visit to league leaders
    Chelsea on Sunday due to a persistent calf injury. Serbian defender Nemanja
    Vidic has been passed fit along with midfielder Darren Fletcher.

    Chelsea's Deco said a win
    would be worth four points to the Londoners: "An extra one for the blow to
    United's morale because they also failed to beat Liverpool."

    Liverpool's Fernando Torres has flown back to Spain for a second
    opinion on the groin strain that could require surgery and a long layoff, local
    media reported.

    Captain Steven Gerrard also has a damaged groin and

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    Choose 'em: Manchester City
    stopper Shay Given (10.85) may be a
    touch on the expensive side, but Burnley simply
    do not score away from home. Well, that's not strictly true, but nevertheless
    their paltry tally of just two goals on their travels this season tells all you
    need to know. And yes, the Fantasist knows that Liverpool are a club in crisis,
    but Birmingham are
    unlikely to do much to test Jose Reina
    at Anfield on Monday. At 9.79, the Spaniard is a justifiable luxury this week.

    Lose 'em: Burnley's
    Brian Jensen (7.99) comes face to
    face with a Manchester
    City strike force threatening
    to

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  • New signings: the full list

    Fantasy Football is taking a weekend off, so we have no Choose 'em or Lose 'em today.

    Instead,
    here is a (hopefully) definitive list of all the players that have
    moved clubs since the start of the Premier League season, i.e. after
    August 15.

    There are a number still to be added to the game,
    but they should be in place in time for next weekend. Let us know if
    there is anyone else you'd like to see added.

    DEFENDERS
    James Collins (DF, Aston Villa) - 10.39
    Richard Dunne (DF, Aston Villa) - 8.83
    Stephen Warnock (DF, Aston Villa) - 8.36
    Pascal Chimbonda (DF, Blackburn Rovers) - 11.31
    Michel Salgado (DF,

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