Monday, 2 December 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 14

Saturday was well-spent even if it meant missing the Premier League games. The most "relevant" thing to take away from daylight was a visit to a museum, where there were some football memorabilia among a few other interesting things.

Korea cheering prop from 2002 FIFA World Cup
A preserved cheering prop from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which remains Korean football's most glorious month.

Dusk was experienced in the company of the the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Star Street. The Olympic Stadium is a bit run-down since its glory days, with some hockey (think NHL) played outside it by some Canadians the only visible activity that day. Plaques of the Korean heroes from 1988 and other years adorned the Star Street.

The Blogger at the Seoul Olympic Stadium


The World Cup stadium (propped up by the familiar sight of HomePlus) was a good visit as well. Going at night rendered photography a bit pointless, but it was a grand sight all the same. It took a while to walk around the entire stadium. It's a shame the home team could not retain the title, but they have made the Champions League and I wish FC Seoul all the best for next season.

(That is the most I will ever write about me or something I did. Moving on...)

Gameweek 14 fixtures

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

Player Picks


Forwards

Any three of Suarez/Rooney/Remy/Aguero/Lukaku form the ideal template forward line at this time.

Midfielders

Ravel Morrison (5.0) - His owners' hearts sank when he wasn't starting, but he redeemed the points with an assist in his 14 minutes of play and should start (and deliver) midweek. The threat of suspension still looms.

Philippe Coutinho (8.6) - Was unable to start against Hull due to a late knock. Should return to the lineup against Norwich and deliver the goods.

Alex Pozuelo (4.2) - A schedule of Newcastle, Hull, Everton home and Norwich away over the next four gameweeks is enticing. Pozuelo has started the last three for Swansea, assisted at Fulham and is really cheap.

Aaron Ramsey (7.4) - Why wouldn't you?

Defenders

John Terry (6.5) - Trips to Sunderland and Stoke (who are found languishing near the bottom of the home attack table) and hosting Crystal Palace over the next three gameweeks makes Chelsea defenders hot premium property. Terry has 2 goals and an assist and has registered 22 points more than second top Chelsea defender Ivanovic.

James Collins (4.3) - Following a shutout against Fulham, hosting Palace is next in line for the Hammers with a home game against Sunderland also in the offing two gameweeks later. Expect Collins to keep delivering.

Jon Flanagan (4.5) - Liverpool have been leaking goals lately, but their home defence remains a force to be reckoned with, letting in just 3 from 6 games so far. The schedule shouldn't put a dent in that record.

Erik Pieters (5.0) - Stoke face Cardiff at home, making him a good short-term choice.

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet (5.7) - See Flanagan, Jon.

Petr Cech (6.2) - One clean sheet in the last 8 games isn't a good record but Chelsea should start delivering some shutouts as they face far-from-flashy opposition.

The Blogger's Team


The Blogger's Team
Self-motivation: "Better-looking teams have scored less"

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