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Tactical review: Top four = No score

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The Fantasist broke the habit of a lifetime by sticking its neck out on a big four clash, and wishes it hadn't.

Not so much because the Manchester United players it tipped failed to deliver, but the low scores from their Chelsea counterparts proved that backing either side in such a match is a mug's game.

Of the United players fancied in the match at Old Trafford, only Patric Evra (8 points) provided something approaching good value while Rio Ferdinand (3.5), Nani (2), Park Ji-sung (1), Antonio Valencia (2.5) and, predictably, Dimitar Berbatov (3) all underwhelmed.

At least Didier Drogba (11) salvaged something from his 20-minute cameo, while Paulo Ferreira (2), Yuri Zhirkov (5) and Frank Lampard (6) all justified their place in the 'lose em' category.

Following his form against Barcelona last week, Manuel Almunia (16) proved a worthy pick, as did the two Gunners defenders, Mikael Silvestre (12) and Sol Campbell (8), that you were warned not to pick, on the basis that it would be one or the other alongside Thomas Vermaelen (7.5). Gael Clichy was rested ahead of his reunion with Lionel Messi. Samir Nasri (1), however, disappointed.

Craig Gordon (13) came up trumps in goal for Sunderland, while Darren Bent (19.5) scored highly despite having two penalties saved. Just think what might have been. Jermain Defoe (3) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (-0.5) both struggled on Wearside, although Eidur Gudjohnsen (8.5) managed to stealthily acquire more than his value at the Stadium of Light.

Of the other two keepers, avoiding Boaz Myhill (-5.5) was a no-brainer, while Burnley's Brian Jensen (-14) got his backside handed to him by Carlos Tevez (20) and co.

There was a double-whammy for this blog when it came to Liverpool: you would have been right to pick Steven Gerrard (13.5) and just as right to forget about Yossi Benayoun (0.5), while Michel Salgado (10) continues to confound the critics and his value by picking up points for Blackburn.

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