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  • Injury Round-up


    The African Nations Cup champions [Egypt] did not quite deliver the goal deluge expected but started Sunday's match without injured English-based strikers Mido and Amr Zaki...

    On Saturday, Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed four goals in a dramatic last-minute return to Togo's team as they snatched a place with a 6-0 thrashing of Swaziland in Accra.

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    It seems that Zaki has been struggling with a calf injury and now may have torn it.  I would say he's a definitely a doubt for the Liverpool match, which was going to be a lousy match-up anyway.  If you have him at a discount you may just

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    I think this is going to be an interesting week in fantasy football.  And when I say that I mean intersting in the fashion of the old curse that says "may you live in interesting times". 

    In some ways this is the first weekend of the rest of the season.  There are still big questions outstanding.  Questions about club's true form and intent.  But I feel that this weekend we'll start to get past the roller coaster of the early season and begin to get some answers.

    CRon is back... isn't he?  What about Drogba? Is Citeh an all-conquering attacking side?  And if so, who are the must haves.  Have

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Transfer window is starting to heat up and it may affect this weekend's games.  Palacios to Spurs seems likely so he might held out of Wigan's match @Citeh.  Citeh who have Robinho back, Bridge debuting and SWP at no better than 50-50 to make the match.  But RSC should be back for them... sorry, RSC and Dunn will be back for Rovers. ;-) 

    ManU have Rooney and Evra out, with Evans and Tevez late fitness tests.  That means O'Shea might have to play centrally which would ding his value a bit.  On the other end of the pitch Berba is the sure starter - but which Berbs will play?  The goal-and-assist

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  • Midweek Blues

    Time to start counting the cost of missed 'man games' in these midweek fixtures.  I've already lost one to Ashley Young's flu and now another as Wenger seems to have Flamini playing at left back instead of Clichy.

    Those of you who own Fabregas are bitter too, but at least he's on the bench.

    Chelsea name an unchanged XI, but neither Robben nor Joe Cole make the bench.  

    For United, in reverse of expectations, Ronaldo is fit enough to start but Saha only makes the bench.  He's joined there by Scholes, replaced by O'Shea, while Giggs doesn't even make it to the bench and is replaced in the XI by

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  • Injuries and Suspensions [Updated]

    [Updated]
    Sunderland v. Arsenal - Arsenal's prospects improve with Miller, Bardsley, Leadbitter, Tainio, and KJones all on the sidelines.  Relatively speaking, Arsenal are healthy with Song back in contention.  The big question in this match is who will sit?  With Eboue, Nasri, and Walcott likely fighting for 2 places on the wings and RvP, K2, and Bendtner rotating to some extent fantasy managers are left to wonder at least a little bit.  Given the dropped points last weekend, I'd expect that Wenger would go with Nasri and Walcott in midfield and RvP and K2 up top and Jeremy (who has had pretty

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  • Double blow for Gunners

  • Monday Morning Manager

    Two thoughts this morning.

    One, is the definition of a gambling problem when you keep making the same bets, but to cover your previous losses you just make the bets bigger?  That's how the Manager felt this weekend.  Last week he bet on Chelsea @Wigan.  And how did that turn out?  Drogba and JCole combined for a -3 on the way to probably the worst fantasy weekend ever.  And this?  Wigan travelled to Spurs so the Manager loaded up on Keane, Malbranque, Lennon, and of course poor lost Gareth Bale.  And how did that turn out?  Well, Lennon had a monster 22pt match.  But Keane and especially

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Due to technical issues, for the time being please follow the link to your match day open thread. Please feel free to vent, rant, spill, dish, kvetch and discuss.

    Good luck to all!

     

  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Here's your early team news and notes in advance of the weekend's matches. I promise a bit more analysis after I can sit down and read and digest it all myself. Along with a bagel and a cup of coffee. Be right back.

    A bit later...

    Okay, have we learned anything? Seemingly we have two top-tier stikers with managers not willing to fully commit to their status one way or another. Rafa is hinting strongly that Torres will play @Reading while Grant is "90% certain" that Drogba will not face Sunderland. How hard would it be for either of them to just come out and say, "Yes, he'll play." or

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