Thursday, 28 November 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 13

The Blogger is leaving for Seoul at midnight, and has managed to churn out this piece right on time. Sorry if I can't respond to your messages and comments (here or on social media) after today.

Have a good gameweek!

Gameweek 13 fixtures

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

Player Picks


Forwards

Luis Suarez (12.2), Sergio Aguero (12.1) and Wayne Rooney (11.1) - The gifts that keep on giving. A booking at Cardiff took Rooney to four yellow cards, however, so a booking in any of the next 8 league games will see him serve a one-match ban.

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal striker
"Victoire est mienne!"

Olivier Giroud (9.1) - Delivered the goods against a highly-rated Southampton team after blanking against Liverpool and Man United. Could start a scoring run as he looks at a trip to Cardiff and a home game against Hull

Loic Remy (8.1) - Is in sublime form having netted 8 times in the last 8 gameweeks, and should keep delivering.

Midfielders

Philippe Coutinho (8.5) - Comes cheaper than Gerrard, and with good underlying stats and a goal in the Merseyside derby, looks set to finally start delivering consistently.

Eden Hazard (9.4) - Registered two assists against West Ham to keep his run going, and should keep delivering the goods till well into December along with Oscar.

Samir Nasri, Manchester City midfielder

Samir Nasri (8.1) - City have performed phenomenally of late. Backed by a good performance last night and the continued absence of Silva, the Frenchman could prove his worth in the weeks to come.

Ravel Morrison (4.9) - He and his team have had better gameweeks than the last, but the upcoming schedule looks good for the lad. He, like Rooney, is on 4 yellows though.

Robbie Brady (5.2) - Hull's firecracker winger has finally recovered from his hernia troubles.

Defenders

James Collins (4.3) - Playing without a striker has not gone well for the Hammers, but hosting Fulham and Sunderland and travelling to Palace over the next four games promises good defensive returns. Collins is the most budget-friendly pick.

Glen Johnson, Liverpool defender

Glen Johnson (5.7) - A series of three great fixtures should see the Liverpool right back gather some serious points.

Danny Gabbidon (4.0) - Crystal Palace have registered back-to-back clean sheets, and now have Tony Pulis in charge. They host Cardiff and toothless West Ham and travel to Norwich in the next three weeks. Gabbidon would be a more than handy fifth defender to have around.

Martin Olsson (4.2) - Palace don't possess the most potent attack, particularly away from home. There's also the added chance that Olsson could take up a berth in left midfield in light of Pilkington's hamstring injury.

Ron Vlaar (4.4) - Sunderland have the worst attacking road away from home this season. Villa have kept two clean sheets in their last three games and look likely to register another one this gameweek.

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet (5,7) - The schedule makes him a must-have.

Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham goalkeeper
Finnish the job

Jussi Jaaskelainen (5.5) - Competes with Mignolet for schedule strength and a trip to Anfield aside, should deliver over the next four weeks.

The Blogger's Team


The Blogger's Team
Midfield and defence still far from the best, but it'll more than do

Friday, 22 November 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 12

No long-winded intro. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Captain Picard meme celebrating the end of the international break


Gameweek 11 fixtures

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

Player Picks


Forwards

Luis Suarez (12.0) - Merseyside derby aside, most of the upcoming schedule makes good reading for the Reds, and the Uruguayan wizard will be a huge favourite among FPL managers. Make sure not to miss out.

Loic Remy, Newcastle United and France striker
Staying in these stripes for now

Loic Remy (7.9) - Seven goals in the last seven gameweeks is testament to the Frenchman's form. Newcastle have two home games in a row coming, starting with Norwich who have shipped 14 away goals this season.

Wayne Rooney (11.0) - Rooney's form has been instrumental in turning United's league season around, and a trip to Cardiff shouldn't put the brakes on what has been an inspired season for him so far.

Sergio Aguero (11.9) - All talk of fixture difficulty go out the window when someone is red hot.

Midfielders

Eden Hazard, Chelsea and Belgium midfielder
Top Dog

Eden Hazard (9.3) - The Belgian is Chelsea's in-form midfielder at the moment. Aided by 3 goals and 2 assists in the last five, he has fired himself to fourth in the FPL midfield standings after a very underwhelming fist six gameweeks. Chelsea's schedule over the next 30 days isn't exactly unforgiving.

Samir Nasri (8.1) - The Frenchman has got a goal and 3 assists from his last five starts, and comes much cheaper than City's alpha male Ivorian midfielder. Silva's injury should pretty much confirm his game time.

Stephane Sessegnon (6.6) - Recent form has seen the Benin international turn heads in his direction. While hosting Villa and travelling to St. James' is a decent enough upcoming schedule, West Brom's fixtures take a significant upturn from Gameweek 15. There's no harm getting in early.

Robbie Brady (5.2) - Hull's firecracker winger appears to be over his hernia problem, and Palace home is the perfect way to get back on the bandwagon.

Aaron Ramsey (7.3) - If you need a reason, you're doing it wrong.

Defenders

Liam Ridgewell (5.1) - Has got a goal and assist this season, is priced lower than McAuley and the schedule could be worse.

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal and Germany midfielder
Big F*****g German

Per Mertesacker (5.5) - Has notched up 7 bonus points and is the highest scorer among the Arsenal defenders. Home games against Southampton and Hull plus a trip to Cardiff should see him deliver the goods.

Erik Pieters (5.0) - Stoke have been quietly effective at the back at home. Two favourable home games coming up making him a decent buy.

Goalkeepers

Asmir Begovic, Stoke City and Bosnia goalkeeper
"Zlatan did a 30 yarder? Bitch Please"

Asmir Begovic (5.4) - Cardiff and Sunderland feature among the poorest away attacking outfits of the season so far. Hosting both in the next three gameweeks is promising for the Bosnian.

Tim Krul (5.0) - Heads into a couple of decent home fixtures following two clean sheets against Chelsea and Tottenham. You could do worse.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team
About the defence: "Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue."

Friday, 1 November 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 10

With a quarter of the season gone and taking Daylight Savings with it, we have a better of idea of what to expect from the teams and the TV listings in the coming months. The winter ball has been something of a curse for my team Chelsea in recent seasons, so it was great to see them win the first two games with it, against Manchester City and Arsenal to boot. Let's hope the winter period is good for us all.

Gameweek 10 fixtures

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

Player picks


Forwards

Luis Suarez, Liverpool forward
A good shout for the armband

Luis Suarez (11.6) - Liverpool host Fulham, Norwich and West Ham in three of the four gameweeks following the trip to the Emirates. The Uruguayan will be a huge armband favourite in that period, and with good reason.

Sergio Aguero (11.4) - What can I say? He's red hot.

Christian Benteke (8.8) - Was unfortunate with the penalty last week, but should start delivering the goods as Villa embark on a schedule that sees them face only one of the current top half teams in the next 6 gameweeks.

Fernando Torres (8.3) - I know what you're thinking. We've been here before. But a season of unstoppable brilliance so far has him at 5 goals and 3 assists in just 542 minutes in all competitions. He will not get a better run of fixtures to take advantage of this purple patch.

Midfielders

David Silva, Manchester City midfielder

David Silva (9.3) - Besides the games against Stoke and Chelsea, Man City have not failed to score less than twice. Bar a visit from Spurs in Gameweek 12, there isn't much standing in the way of Aguero and Silva in terms of returns.

Eden Hazard (9.1) - Drew a blank against City but the reasons mentioned last week remain valid, just with better fixtures.

Aaron Ramsey (7.0) - Extended his run with an assist against Palace. The gift that keeps on giving.

Stephane Sessegnon (6.6) - West Brom have home games against Villa and travel to Newcastle in the next three gameweeks, which should be a source of much joy for the Benin international who is playing behind the striker.

Michu (8.9) - Has been a let-down so far in the plum schedule, but surely deserves another chance. If he doesn't score in the derby, he never will.

Defenders

Ashley Williams, Swansea defender
Chasing the points

Ashley Williams (4.8) - He is back from an ankle injury, and is the kindest-priced among the Swansea options who are always guaranteed a start.

Neil Taylor (4.4) - He is just as valid a pick as Williams for the next couple of weeks as Ben Davies remains injured.

Curtis Davies (4.5) - Hull City have let in just one goal at home so far this season and hosting Sunderland and Palace in the next 4 weeks should make Davies a good squad player.

Matija Nastasic (5.5) - He doesn't come cheap, but City play at the Etihad thrice in the next four gamewkees, and they have let in just 2 goals at home so far to build on last season where they had the best home defence in the division.

Goalkeepers

Michel Vorm, Swansea goalkeeper
Safe hands

Michel Vorm (5.0) - The Dutchman scored 15 points over the last two gameweeks, and will continue to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Artur Boruc (4.9) - This section is becoming a bit of a theme, but the Croat has also put in strong numbers and should do for a couple of weeks yet.

Boaz Myhill (4.5) - The Anfield result was put a dent in a record that saw West Brom concede just twice in the four games prior. Expect Myhill to deliver returns as The Baggies host Crystal Palace, who have the worst away attack in the division.