On Wednesdays we take a whiff of the Fantasy League blogs, as well as other relevant Premier League articles. This week, we turn our attention to Fantasy analysis, Premier League analysis, reviewing Gameweek 5, the fixture list, key-pass analysis, value defensive signings, comments on Adebayor, Torres, and Aguero, injuries and suspensions, and the weekly whiffs.
- Pondering the fixture list, Fantasy Football Cheat and Fantasy Football Scout agree that favorable fixtures loom for Newcastle, Liverpool, Fulham, Chelsea, and possibly Tottenham. Fixtures are looking tougher for Everton, Blackburn, Stoke, QPR, and Bolton.
- PL Fantasy has an excellent write-up on assists and “key pass” analysis.
- In the ongoing “Funny Feeling Friday” series, Never Captain Nicky Butt continues his incredible hot streak of predicting unlikely Fantasy point scorers.
- Recapping the weekend, we have posts from The Fantasy Gaffer, Fantasy Football Scout, PL Fantasy, Fantasy Premier League Transfers, and Peacemaker-J.
- FPL Blog warns against Arsenal’s defence but advocates purchasing Arteta, as well as Aguero, Wright-Phillips, and Adebayor.
- Fantasy Football Scout points out the value opportunities in the Swansea defence.
- Fantasy Football Cheat argues for early transfer moves and going with your gut.
Premier League Analysis
- You should feel more comfortable starting with Aguero or Dzeko in your Fantasy lineup. Daniel Taylor explains how Tevez has become marginalized at City, quoting Mancini: “At this moment, there are players who are better than him.” However, Mancini had earlier talked about rotating his forward players this season.
- Until City have De Jong back the defence could struggle, as Zonal Marking points out in his analysis of their draw against Napoli.
- QPR played with “pace, movement, fluidity and imagination” against Wolves, according to Richard Rae. The Fantasy value of Wright-Phillips and Barton increase.
- Lambert has now deployed four formations in five games, making six changes for Norwich’s game against Bolton. It is hard to count on Norwich players, even as cheap rotators.
- Zonal marking disseminates Tottenham’s dominance of Liverpool, even at 11 v 11, praising the successful partnership of Defoe and Adebayor. Twohundredpercent.net agrees, noting that Adebayor’s “accomplished performance was arguably the highlight of a very good afternoon for Harry Redknapp“, while Four Four Two illustrates Adebayor’s influence.
- Four Four Two comments on Manchester United’s dodgy defence; United have “allowed more shots this season than any other Premier League team so far“.
- Gerry Cox lauds FantasyFormation.com pick Cabaye’s “vision, passing and willingness to shoot“, while Paul Doyle claims that “Yohan Cabaye was the best player on the pitch against Villa“.
- Mark Ogden feels Lampard’s “end is nigh“, noting his withdrawal at half-time against United. Daniel Taylor agrees that “Lampard is fading fast” suggesting that he reinvent himself in a “more deep-lying role”, an opinion Henry Winter agrees with, saying that Lampard should “reinvent himself as Chelsea anchorman“. Peacemaker J highlights Torres’ “miss of the century“, while Cech wants us to focus on his improved form. Alan Smith also puts the focus on Torres’ great game instead of the much publicized miss, and Never Captain Nicky Butt also notes his superb game.
- Guardian’s chalkboard analysis demonstrates Bent’s lack of influence in Aston Villa’s new style of play.
Football News and Opinion
- Villas-Boas advocates the use of B-teams in the lower tiers of English football, citing the successful examples in Spain. On the subject of Villas-Boas, Amy Lawrence argues that the Chelsea manager is trying to transform the way Chelsea play, to a possession based football based on speed, while Chris Mann notes the evolutionary look of Chelsea, hinting that they will become better as the season progresses.
- Manchester United players continue to receive plaudits, with Paul Wilson celebrating the gifted Rooney, Daniel Taylor praising the more professional Anderson, and Ferguson himself confirming his belief in David de Gea. Mahesh Balas believes United’s recent success is partly thanks to their new style of play, based on lessons learned from the Barcelona losses. Amazingly, Ferguson is not fully satisfied with United’s performance.
- Fulham fight back against City, prompting Mancini to moan about the lack of City’s squad depth! Amy Lawrence puts it nicely: ”The Italian summoned the chutzpah to curse the fact that his squad was lacking numbers. With a straight face.“
- From the Arsenal – Blackburn game Alan Gardner writes that “a top-four finish is beginning to look beyond Arsenal” and Blackburn manager “Kean deserves the chance to change his luck”.
Injuries and Suspensions
- Heskey is sidelined for up to three weeks after pulling his hamstring.
- Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley will serve a four-match ban after stamping on Juan Mata.
- Glen Johnson damaged his hamstring again in the game against Stoke. The extent of the damage is unknown.
- Ryan Taylor should continue left-back duties at Newcastle for at least another month as Davide Santon will undergo surgery after his knee problems flared up again. That is, if fluid draining thingy doesn’t work.
- “Wigan forward Hugo Rodallega could be sidelined for up to three months with knee ligament damage”.
- Steven Caulker is “set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury“.
- Agger is out for a month.
- After initial fears that Hernandez would be out injured for a couple of weeks, recent reports claim that he will start training soon.
- Back from injury are Ben Arfa, Holden, Welbeck, and (gasp) Hargreaves.
…whiff of scandal: Mong-Joon claims that Blatter is like a dictator and “a little brat“.
…whiff of fresh air: Adebayor talks of how he has changed since the attack on the Togo bus: ”When you realise that I was one minute from passing away, it’s all nothing“.
…whiff of annoyance: Carvalho banned from Portugal international duty after walking out on the side last month; a sad ending to Carvalho’s Portugal career.
…whiff of temper: Joey Barton calls Karl Henry a Sunday league player and then retweets Nietzsche. Karl Henry responds by calling Barton “embarrasing”. Classic. Jim Campell, of the Football Ramble, approves.
…funny whiff: If only I had as much passion as Tiziano Crudelli. It’s hard not to simultaneously giggle and admire the man’s passion.
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