Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 9

European midweeks are wonderful, aren't they? Nights when dream matches like Arsenal - Dortmund and Real Madrid - Juventus take place. It's quite an adventure in the far east, where watching your favourite team perform on the biggest stage requires something little short of an all-nighter.

Lewandowski's winner was a cruel blow on Arsenal's performance, and the Gunners will be looking to bounce back instantly. Torres-inspired and Mata-less Chelsea continue to get results, with a very good 0-3 win at Schalke. United's experience showed as they overcame Sociedad, while Man City might have finally come of age in Europe with a great result in a difficult ground. It's worth keeping an eye on the Europa League games tonight for FPL purposes.

Gameweek 9 fixtures

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Aston Villa vs Everton
Liverpool vs West Brom
Man Utd vs Stoke
Norwich vs Cardiff
Southampton vs Fulham
Sunderland vs Newcastle
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Swansea vs West Ham
Tottenham vs Hull City

Player Picks


Sergio Aguero (11.2) - With braces against West Ham and CSKA (both away), the Argentine is showing the sublime form that fired City to the title two season ago. Is fast becoming a must-have.

SAS (Suarez 11.4, Sturridge 10.0) - Following the third week in a row where both delivered points, is there any reason to not buy/hold?

Christian Benteke (8.8) - There's no dearth of in-form strikers, but Benteke is better than most and almost always seems to deliver when fit. Besides, this is probably as low as his price will get.

Wilfried Bony (7.5) - Has started both the previous league games after starting the season with sporadic cameos


Eden Hazard (9.0) - Oscar is now matched for price (and almost points) by Hazard, whose value dropped like a stone as several managers jumped ship following a series of disappointing displays. With 4 goals in his last 3 Chelsea appearances though, Hazard has waltzed back into form and favour and is worth considering.

David Silva (9.3) - Manchester City have followed up the crushing defeat to Bayern with a series of goal-laden performances, and Silva looks primed to improve on last season. With the likes Toure attracting a bunch of attention (37% ownership), it could almost be said that Silva (5%) is differential as far as City are concerned.

Michu (9.0) - The biggest achievement of Michu's Swansea career was failing to score or assist in the 4-0 win last week. Fully expect him to fail in that respect from now.

Ravel Morrison (4.5) - The Hammers firecracker extended his run with an assist against Man City, and is a fantastic low-price option as the fixtures take a turn for the better.

Adam Lallana (6.2) - The Southampton skipper has been raking in the points of late, and is primed to keep doing so with Fulham and Hull to visit before the international break.

Aaron Ramsey (6.9) - At some point, you just have to give in.


Neil Taylor (4.4) - Ben Davies' injury makes Taylor an enticing option given his price and the schedule. Fully expect him to drop back to the bench in a month though.

Nathaniel Clyne (4.5) - With two favourable home games and a trip to low-scoring Stoke in the next three gameweeks, Clyne could pack quite a short-term punch. Plus, he's cheap.

Michael Dawson (5.2) - More of a hold than a buy, given the visit from Hull City.

Glen Johnson (5.7) - Not the cheapest investment, but Liverpool should register two clean sheets before the next international break. Plus, he played in right midfield at St. James'.


Michel Vorm (5.0) - The Dutchman continues to be the pick of choice as the schedule is enticing for a while yet.

Artur Boruc (4.7) - See Clyne, Nathaniel.

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Got Boruc and Vorm. Selection dilemma.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 8

Between the International Camp and the International Break (with one much more enjoyable than the other), this blogger's keyboard has had quite a rest over the past three weeks. It's time for this blog to undergo Hwan Gol Tal Tae (I'm really into manhwa since I got here) now, Let us begin.

Gameweek 8 fixtures

Newcastle vs Liverpool
Arsenal vs Norwich
Chelsea vs Cardiff
Everton vs Hull City
Man Utd vs Southampton
Stoke vs West Brom
Swansea vs Sunderland
West Ham vs Man City
Aston Villa vs Tottenham
Crystal Palace vs Fulham

Player picks


Wayne Rooney (10,9) - Man United run into North London opposition soon, but there is plenty of points to be had before the trip to White Hart Lane. Rooney is considerably cheaper and delivering better returns than van Persie. So why not?

Daniel Sturridge (9.9) - The duo are in red hot form, but Sturridge's cost is much lower and he has edged out Suarez in terms of points since the Uruguayan's return.

Olivier Giroud (9.5) - With four good fixtures sandwiching games against Liverpool and Man Utd, the Frenchman remains part of the blueprint for a successful front line. He will be an increasingly important pick as the return to fitness of Walcott, Cazorla and later Podolski could pose selection and rotation headaches for Wenger and fantasy managers.

Romelu Lukaku (8.0) - Fast becoming part of the template for everyone's front three, the in-form Belgian followed up his Everton goals with a match-winning brace against Croatia. If someone can't stop scoring, you pick them.

Christian Benteke (8.8) - The Belgian goal machine (they're everywhere, huh?) made the Belgium bench during the international break. There are better purchase options but he's one to watch as he will never be this cheap again.


Michu (9.0) - Michu has held on to his role from last season in the Premier League while Bony's starts have largely come in the cup and European games. Swansea's favourable schedule over the next five weeks makes him a must-have.

Andre Schurrle (7.3) - Oscar has cemented his spot in Mourinho's team, has done very well and remains the best midfield pick from Chelsea. But it's also worth noting that Schurrle has started four of the last five, and is coming off a hat trick against Sweden. He could be a real under-the-radar option. All well and good, but Schurrle has been confirmed as injured and will miss the Cardiff game. Oscar remains the one to pick.

David Silva (9.3) - The Spaniard picked up an assist on his return from injury, and is cheaper than Yaya Toure. With City scoring at least twice in every game apart from the Stoke trip, Silva could be in for points.

Ravel Morrison (4,4) - Not the ideal time to buy him, given the fixture, but he is definitely one to shortlist having won Allardyce's confidence and put in sterling performances for club and the England U-21. Another great affordable option to add to Barkley and Ramsey.


Chico Flores (5.0) - As said earlier, Swansea have a good run of games. Chico is the best (read: cheapest) route into the Swans' defence.

John Terry (6.3) - The visit from Man City is the only stern defensive test that Chelsea face over the next few weeks. The skipper has started every league game so far and isn't out of reach for his price.

Seamus Coleman (5.6) - Everton have a better-than-decent schedule prior to the Merseyside derby, and Coleman doesn't command the royalty that Baines does.

Nemanja Vidic (6.0) - Rio Ferdinand's injury should cement the Serbian's place in the team, and despite sub-par performances, the schedule remains promising enough to consider.


Michel Vorm (5.0) - The ideal mix of price and schedule.

David de Gea (5.9) - The fantastic schedule hasn't been off to the best start, but United face Southampton and Stoke at home before travelling to out-of-form Fulham and in-turmoil Cardiff in the next five weeks. Not bad for those in possession of the Spaniard.

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