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 Gameweek6 reviews, Fulham’s defence, shots on target analysis, fixtures, injuries and suspensions, and the weekly whiffs.
Several Gameweek 6 reviews were published; The Fantasy Football Scout, referring to Rooney’s injury situation, explains the bad “edge of the price rise sword” that tempts managers to hold on too long on players having enjoyed a big price rise. The Fantasy Gaffer picks out interesting points and advocates buying Adebayor. PL Fantasy delivers his regular Lineup Lessons while Fantasy Premier League Transfers and Peacemaker J summarize the action on a game-to-game basis.
The Fantasy Gaffer studies the Fulham defense, resulting in a “sell” verdict and points to Bosingwa and the Swansea defence as alternatives.
Chris Glover analyzes shots on target, pass percentage in opponents half, and key passes in another praiseworthy article over at PL Fantasy. His analyzes combined with looking at fixtures, provided by The Fantasy Football Scout’s fixture frisking or Fantasy Football Cheat’s fixture review, should prepare you nicely for Gameweek 7.
Other interesting tidbits that should help shape your Fantasy team:
- After Liverpool’s win last Gameweek, Dalglish hailed Suarez’ performance.
- Pardew explains that Demba Ba’s slow start to the season was the “lack of eating” due to Ramadan. If that’s true, his hattrick could be the start of a fruitful season.
- Newcastle has allowed fewest shots on target this season; 18 total, 12 inside the box.
- United continue to show defensive frailties, conceding 3 goals in their draw against Basel in the Champions League.
Football News and Opinion
- David Ginola, of Newcastle fame, believes Hatem Ben Arfa “has got everything to be one of the best players in the country“.
- Sam-Olusegun Monebi argues that Chelsea are still United’s biggest threat and that we should now talk of the “top three”, referring to Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
- In peculiar scenes last night, Tevez reportedly refused to come on against Bayern Munich. Mancini went ba-ballistic and said in the post-match interview that Tevez will never play for City again. After the incident pundits have universally agreed that Tevez’ antics have finally caught up with him. Graeme Souness brands Tevez “a disgrace to football“, Richard Williams deems it “appalling behavior“, and while Martin Samuel says Tevez “crossed a line“.
Injuries and Suspensions
- Djourou and Benayoun will miss Arsenal’s next league game due to small muscular problems.
- Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans have all been ruled out for United’s Champions League game and are doubts for Saturday.
- Dann sustained a knee injury in a scuffle with Leon Best. Prognosis unknown.
- Wilshere is set for five months on the sidelines after undergoing successful surgery on the stress fracture to his right ankle.
- Santon will play a reserve match at Swansea and his knee problems will be assessed after that.
- Huddlestone’s ankle injury will keep him “out for a while“.
…whiff of scandal: Despicable individuals in the Leeds v Man United game mock the Istanbul and Munich disasters. The idiots will hopefully be found and banned from games.
…whiff of fresh air: The penalty for hooliganism in Turkey is only allowing women and children attend the games.
…whiff of annoyance: Chelsea manager, Villas-Boas, complains to referees’ chief about their allowed offside goals conceded in their match against Manchester United.
…whiff of temper: Maradona is at it again, kicking a fan before an al Wasl match.
…whiff of body odor: Espanyol’s Walter Pandiani opens up a fire hose of sweating during a press conference.
…whiff of sentimentality: Ferguson praises kindly gesture by Manchester City, laying a commemorative wreath in Munich.
…funny whiff: Chelsea’s team sheet against Fulham in the Carling Cup listed Ancelotti as the manager. Kind of unfortunate, considering Abramovic’ tendency to replace managers.
…whiff of genius: Jurado, of Schalke, produces a brilliant spin flick assist to Raul against Freiburg.
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