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Tactical review: Take Hart

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Blimey,
what a weekend.

On
Friday, The Fantasist said the following: "As long as you pick players who feature in two home
games this match week, you should be absolutely fine."

In the next
48 hours or so, only one out of 10 home teams managed to win. And it's unlikely you had a team packed with Birmingham players.

Other than
Joe Hart (18pts) and the ever-reliable Didier Drogba (26), The Fantasist had a
nightmare weekend, and it suspects it wasn't
the only one.

Hands up
anyone who thought Wolves would beat Spurs, Manchester United would fail to
score, and Chelsea and Manchester
City would concede three against
Everton and Bolton respectively.

If you've got your arm raised, you're
a dirty, stinking liar.

Still, the
beauty of those double-game weeks is that there is time to redeem yourself.
Those picks might yet come good. Might. We'll
revisit on Thursday.

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Some notable
trends: Alberto Aquilani still isn't starting. If he doesn't
get 90 minutes against Wigan... well, he doesn't
represent much value even at a piddling 5.37.

Perennial
basement boy Paul Robinson is now the sixth-highest-scoring goalkeeper in the
game and is now worth 7.51 - if you got him cheaply, he is definitely worth
holding on to.

A whacking
great 27 players scored negative points over the weekend, with Petr Cech bottom
of the pile on minus seven. Other notable players in the red included Tomasz
Kuszczak
(-0.5), Shaun Wright-Phillips (-0.5), Pepe Reina (-2), Shay Given (-6)
and Mark Noble (-6).

Lee Bowyer's points totals for the last four weeks: 11, 21,
7.5, 24.5 (and counting - it's Birmingham v Blackburn on
Tuesday). Hot.

Cesc Fabregas's points totals for the last four weeks: 4.5, 4, 5.5,
5.5. Freezing cold.

Of the 10
highest-scoring midfielders this season, Bowyer was the only one to reach double
figures at the weekend.

Points
scored by Bolton's
back four this season: Jlloyd Samuel 22, Zat Knight 42.5, Sam Ricketts 52, Gary
Cahill
121.5. Inexplicable. Well, not quite inexplicable. The man's a goal machine. Still no clean sheets for the
Trotters, though.

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