Friday, 18 January 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 23

Keep any eye on the weather situation in England, and the match cancellation news. It’s suggested  that you don’t spend your transfers till close to the deadline. Let’s be frank - if you swotted over fixture lists for an hour and picked a guy, and then his game got postponed, it would suck.

Gameweek 23 fixtures


Liverpool v Norwich
Man City v Fulham
Newcastle v Reading
Swansea v Stoke
West Ham* v QPR
Wigan v Sunderland
West Brom v Villa
Chelsea v Arsenal*
Tottenham v Man Utd
Southampton v Everton
Arsenal* v West Ham*

The Big Boys


Theo Walcott, Arsenal midfielder

Arsenal have a double gameweek away to Chelsea (which is becoming less and less daunting a fixture by the week) and home to West Ham. It’s certain most of you will load up on these guys. The best of the bunch are Walcott (9.2), Gibbs (5.7) and Podolski (8.3) who is rated as a doubt but will play. Cazorla has big gameweeks followed by several small ones, and is too pricey to take the risk. Speaking of risks, how about Wilshere (6.4), who has started taking set pieces and is getting further forward? As for their first opponents Chelsea, Juan Mata (10) and Eden Hazard (9.4) should be held on to, but nothing more.

Spurs take on Man United in a fixture where they have a terrible home record. The Lilywhites have tightened up at the back lately, but since when has that been a problem for Robin van Persie (14.1)? Hold on to Bale (9.8) if you have him, but there’s no retail value from Spurs players this week.

Fulham travel to the Etihad, and it’s hard to look beyond a City win with points across the lineup. The pick of the bunch are Zabaleta (6.0) and the in-form Dzeko (7.4)

Liverpool looked very good with Sturridge (7.3) on the pitch at Old Trafford, and after scoring on his cup and league debuts, there’s little doubt he’ll start against an opponent Liverpool love. Hold the old premium boys Suarez (10.4) and Gerrard (9.4), but go easy on Reds defenders.

The Other Guys


West Brom are playing Villa, and that’s all it should take really. Romelu Lukaku (6.5) has been among the goals, and Villa among the, er, concedes. There’s not much doubt who West Brom will put up front anymore given the Belgian’s recent form.

Newcastle – Reading is a fixture between two improving teams, and while Pavel Pogrebnyak (4.3) has begun scoring regularly, I suggest you don’t dig too deep into this game.

Wigan v Sunderland. Steven Fletcher (7.0) is a minor doubt but he should play.

Everton travel to a club which has had defensive troubles all season and (inexplicably) just had their manager sacked. All the platitudes about lack of gratitude aside, this means a good day out for Marouane Fellaini (7.6).

West Ham play twice, and after Nolan (6.5) and Joe Cole (5.6) were off the starting lineup against United in the cup, one presumes they will play a big role in this double gameweek. Nolan has the tools to trouble Arsenal and I’m still big on Cole after his debut. If you’re looking at a cheap striker, Carlton Cole (4.9) is your man – all he has to do to score his price is show up.

Stoke have been leaking goals lately, but after looking at the quality of the opposition they can hardly be blamed. This fixture should be a much better one for the Potters. All I can say about this game is, hold Michu (8.3).

The Blogger’s Team



Meme of the week


A rather dark tone to this one

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