On Wednesdays we take a whiff of the Fantasy League blogosphere, as well as other relevant Premier League articles. We turn our attention to the Manchester’s clubs demolition act as well as Gameweek 3 review, Aston Villa’s defence, Liverpool’s continued resurgence, transfer news, and this week’s whiffs.
- The Fantasy Gaffer reviews Gameweek 3, predicting a season of haves and have nots.
- PL Fantasy Lineup Lessons are always helpful.
- Fantasy Premier League Tips reviews the cheap striker options.
Manchester United’s demolition of Arsenal
- Richard Williams hails Wayne Rooney’s form. Rooney credits his complete rest over the summer.
- Inspired by United’s home game crushing of Arsenal, Kick Off examines United’s form at Old Trafford.
- Never Captain Nicky Butt bemoans Rooney’s awarding of a “phantom” assist.
- The Fantasy Football Scout looks at Nasri and Silva in the Tottenham game.
- Over at the Guardian, Nasri’s role for City is analyzed in their chalkboard analysis.
- Zonal Marking examines the tactical elements of Dzeko’s haul. Excellent analysis, as per usual.
- Duncan White compares the newly founded Silva and Nasri duo to the Xavi and Iniesta partnership, arguing that Manchester City can use Silva and Nasi in tandem.
The Aston Villa defence
- Aston Villa are unbeaten in the opening four games, largely thanks to an improved defensive display under new manager Alex McLeish. Brendan McLoughlin examines the McLeish ethos: “If you can’t win the game, then don’t lose it.”
- Jason Le Blanc comments that the Aston Villa defence “looked organised and confident in front of Given“, in his Aston Villa v Wolves post match report.
- Daniel Agger hails Dalglish’s approach, which is a far cry from last year’s blasting of Hodgon’s tactics.
- Rory Smith ponders what to do about the “Andy Carrol quandary“.
- After confusing Fantasy managers with claims about whether he would start or rest Suarez, Dalglish now claims that Suarez does not need a rest.
- Ryan Taylor’s first team spot could be under threat, despite excellent displays in the opening games, because Newcastle have bought Davide Santon from Inter Milan.
- Moyes is quoted telling his players to expect no new faces at Everton, “It’s going to be just us this season“.
- Steve Bruce wants new striker at Sunderland; is frustrated by lack of goals. Peter Crouch could be on his way.
- Scott Parker is likely to join Tottenham, claims West Ham co-owner, David Sullivan.
- Arsenal could be busy this deadline day. Park Chu-Young and Per Mertesacker are on their way.
- Sebastián Coates, imposing centre-back, has signed for Liverpool.
- Fulham are signing Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz.
- The Fantasy Gaffer illustrates how to think about your Fantasy options.
- PL Fantasy
…whiff of sarcasm: Blatter attacks corruption. No comment. No, really.
…whiff of fresh air: “Guardiola ends the European Super Cup final with six central midfielders”
…whiff of scandal: Modric is acting up, claims Harry Redknapp.
…whiff of temper: Paolo Di Canio, legendary West Ham striker now managing Swindon, is involved in tunnel skirmish.
…funny whiff: Owen Hargreaves’ fitness video. Nothing against him, been unlucky with injuries. Still a funny video.
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