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This week’s tip: pick Chelsea

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We all know it's a good idea to play the match-ups, but how far
can you take the strategy?

Next weekend's fixture list contains one absolute banker - Chelsea v Wolves - top
against second bottom.

What if you tried to cram as
many Chelsea
players as possible into your Fantasy side - would it pay off?

If you had had every one
of Chelsea's
starting 11 for the 4-0 win at Bolton, you
would have picked up 145 points.

It wasn't even a particularly convincing win, it was away
from home, and one of the goals was scored by a Bolton
player.

You can expect a similar
team haul, if not higher, against Wolves. With the exception of last weekend's win against Manchester United, Chelsea have been crushing opponents, and
scored four or more goals in four straight games last month.

So, how many Chelsea players can you
fit into your team?

Well, The Fantasist has
managed to get nine, with one small wrinkle - we are counting Didier Drogba at
his pre-season price of 10.76, not his present price of 17.08.

It's
a bit sneaky but a reasonable tactic, since over 40 per cent of managers have
had the Ivorian since the start of the season. The rest of the players are at
their current price.

Frank Lampard's thigh injury means you can get all but two of Chelsea's likely starters in your side - the only players
missing are Petr Cech and Nicolas Anelka.

Even with Lampard out, Carlo
Ancelotti's squad rotation makes the
midfield a bit of a lottery. The Fantasist has tipped Deco to miss out, but if
you fancy to Portuguese to play, he can be drafted in at a cheaper price than
Michael Ballack and Florent Malouda.

The Fantasist's
(nearly) all-Chelsea team:

Boaz Myhill (Hull, 3.94)

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea,
10.17)
John Terry (Chelsea, 12.65)
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, 11.84)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea, 12.66)

Michael Essien (Chelsea, 8.85)
Michael Ballack (Chelsea, 9.14)
Florent Malouda (Chelsea, 10.52)
Joe Cole (Chelsea, 6.66)

Didier Drogba (Chelsea, 10.76 - current price 17.08)
Kanu (Portsmouth,
2.78)

Total value: 99.97

Even with Kanu likely to
score nothing and Myhill a bit risky at home to West Ham, The Fantasist reckons
that's at least 100 points right
there.

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