April
15

Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero tear Norwich apart as City suggest the title race is far from finished. West Brom and Sunderland pick up home clean sheets yet again, while a Gylfi Sigurdsson-inspired Swansea dump Blackburn at the Liberty and all but seal their own bid for top-flight survival.

Carlos Tevez
City’s away problems have, notoriously, been their Achilles heel this season. Despite dropping just two points at home over the entire campaign so far, Roberto Mancini’s side have been lacklustre on the road, winning two of their last ten in an appalling run that had seen them score just five goals. The stage was set, then, for Tevez yesterday, and he didn’t disappoint. A hat-trick and assist tore Norwich to pieces as City hammered six past a stunned Canaries side, with the gap at the top now temporarily trimmed to a couple of points. Mancini’s men have now notched 10 goals in the two games since Tevez returned to the starting line-up, with his partnership with Sergio Aguero looking unstoppable. The maximum bonus will surely follow, as will plenty transfers in – a trip to Wolves is likely to offer further attacking returns for the prodigal son, with Tevez clearly focused and intent on making up for lost time in sensational style.

Sergio Aguero
A brace at Carrow Road followed on from his two goal, two assist performance against West Brom on Wednesday. Incredibly, despite a total of 21 goals so far, you’d have to go all the way back to Gameweek 5 to find the last time Aguero scored in back-to-back matches – yesterday also brought an end to the dire away run that saw Aguero fail to notch in his last ten on the road. Providing United win their next two and City triumph at Wolves, then, the Gameweek 36 Manchester derby at the Etihad could allow Mancini’s men to cut the lead to two points – the early-season form has maybe returned too late but Aguero could be set for a significantly strong end to the campaign as City go all-out for goals in their tussle for the title.

David Silva
The Spaniard grabbed his fifteenth assist of the season yesterday, edging further ahead of Antonio Valencia (13) in the rankings. Silva is picking up in performance as the campaign comes to the boil – he also scored in the 4-0 win over West Brom, having returned a single assist in the previous ten Gameweeks. Priced at 9.6, down from a season-high of 10.6 in Gameweek 27, Silva is slowly but surely producing the goods as a Fantasy force again and could prove a pivotal figure for City over the final four Gameweeks if the Etihad club can maintain their current level of performance.

West Brom Defence
Since the arrival of Liam Ridgewell in the January transfer window, the Baggies backline have proven to be particularly reliable at the Hawthorns – despite losing Jonas Olsson to a groin problem in the warm-up, yesterday’s 1-0 win over QPR was their fourth clean sheet in the last five home games. Only Newcastle have managed to score away since Ridgewell made his home debut in Gameweek 26, in a run that has also brought four wins for Roy Hodgson’s side. The visit of Villa in Gameweek 36 affords further chance of defensive returns and, while a home clash with Arsenal in the final match of the season will deter many Fantasy managers, West Brom’s defenders could offer a decent option next term if they can replicate their current home resilience.

Peter Odemwingie
Over 10,000 Fantasy managers drafted in the West Brom forward ahead of the home clash with QPR. Having been given the night off in Wednesday’s mauling at the Etihad, Odemwingie returned to the Baggies’ starting lineup – his recent role out wide seems to have come to an end, as he partnered Marc-Antoine Fortune up front, with Chris Brunt stationed on the right wing. The Nigerian picked up the Fantasy points for the first time since Gameweek 26, providing an assist for Graham Dorrans’ winner and, with Villa and Bolton to follow in the next three, could offer further chance of returns before the season is out.

Sunderland Defence
With Wolves conceding an average of three goals per game prior to yesterday’s trip to the Stadium of Light, many were expecting a goal fest. While Terry Connor’s backline defied the odds, the Black Cats once again picked up a home clean sheet – their sixth in the last eight in front of their own fans. Martin O’Neill recently hinted at affording Craig Gordon some game time but this failed to materialise yesterday, with Simon Mignolet maintaining his role between the posts. The 4.4 priced Black Cats keeper continues to rack up the returns; his average of 4.2 points per game is the third best of any first-choice keeper, matching the likes of Joe Hart and edging out Brad Friedel and Tim Howard.

Gylfi Sigurdsson
At the seventh time of asking, the Icelandic international grabbed his first goal at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea ended their four-game losing streak in emphatic fashion. All six of Sigurdsson’s previous goals had come on the road, with just a couple of assists to show for his previous home endeavours. Sigurdsson was also belatedly credited with an assist for Scott Dann’s own goal and, pre-bonus, picked up an 11 point haul yesterday. After fourteen appearances for the Swans, then, his current average of 6.2 points per game is top for midfielders, with Clint Dempsey’s 5.8 in second place. Despite making a mockery of his 5.6 price tag, Sigurdsson is still owned by just 6.8% of Fantasy managers and, with Bolton and Wolves up next, is afforded plenty opportunity to rack up the points before closing out the campaign with games against United and Liverpool.

Nathan Dyer
While Sigurdsson steals the limelight amongst the Swansea midfielders, Dyer and Scott Sinclair have fallen way off the pace. The latter has now failed to find the net since Gameweek 23, while Dyer hadn’t scored since Gameweek 21 prior to yesterday’s visit of Blackburn. Having scored just one goal in their previous four matches, Brendan Rodgers side had been woefully out of sorts up front but the 3-0 win saw them notch more than two goals for only the fourth time this season. Dyer’s goal just before half-time saw him break the 100 point mark and in terms of “value”, he’s the third top midfielder this term, behind Victor Moses and team mate Joe Allen.

Michel Vorm
The Dutchman was required to make just a couple of saves in yesterday’s romp as Swansea picked up their first home clean sheet since Gameweek 28. Vorm now has 13 clean sheets for the season and is only one behind Joe Hart in the race for the Golden Gloves award – those aforementioned games with Bolton and Wolves offers a chance to rack up more and, with Rodgers’ side now 13 points clear of the drop zone with just four matches remaining, the pressure is almost certainly off. Blackburn and Wolves cannot overhaul the Welsh club now, while QPR would need to win all their remaining matches and hope Swansea lose all theirs in order to climb above them by a point.

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  1. Will RvP......

    A) Stay at Arsenal

    B) Leave for Spain

    C) Go to Citeh

    D) Something else

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. A, repost this btw on the new post

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. A)
      Definately wont be (C)

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    3. A, all the way.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  2. Ok off to wembley..... COYS

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. COYS!

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. Mind the gap at Wembley station.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    3. COYS!!!

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  3. United EVENS with Paddypower

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. that is utterly mental if its true

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
        1. Wht is this enhanced facebook special business?

          • 2 years, 4 months ago
            • 2 years, 4 months ago
            1. For friends on Facebook

              • 2 years, 4 months ago
        2. Wicked , max bet 36.50 though,, How Bad,
          Nice one mate , just placed the max, SWEET

          • 2 years, 4 months ago
      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  4. Lost on last page...

    Anyone following the Amstel Gold Race?

    Could be a good day for us Norwegians, EBH and Nordhaug up there! :)

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  5. CMON UTD!

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  6. Would you rather have Valencia or Walcot to the end of the season?
    Already have Rooney and Evans. Also have RVP and thinking about changing Kaboul (injury) to Vermalen. So would mean 3 Man U or 3 Arsenal players!

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. I've got all 6 at the moment. Someone will maybe be moved out next GW, but it depends on performances today and Monday.

      I appreciate that doesn't really answer your question, other than if they all produce this GW, I won't be looking to move any of them on.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  7. Reinaman, thanks for those screenshots. Horsefield!

    Looking at those prices...inflation hasn't been as pronounced as we thought it seems.

    Can't wait till next season, now. Pre-season is like Christmas day.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Eh?

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  8. Anyone got the Villa subs handy? Thanks .

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Heskey, Guzan, Cuellar, Johnson, Carruthers.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. Thanks Demi.

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
  9. How long is Kaboul likley to be missing for?

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  10. Ok, posted about worst player you have owned this season on last page

    Apart from RVP, who is the first name on your team sheet next season?

    (if Reading Saints West ham get promoted and Wolves Blackburn QPR go down - just assumptions not what I think)

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Rooney

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. Adam Lallana!!

      (unbiased)

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    3. Jobi McAnuff or Ian Harte

      (unbiased)

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. Ian Harte - Fantasy Football Hall of Fame

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
      2. great win for your lot

        You think West Ham will catch us?

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
        1. It's gonna be tight but i think we've both done enough. Hope so anyway :)

          • 2 years, 4 months ago
          1. Massive respect to your lot. Unbelievable run. Fingers crossed!

            • 2 years, 4 months ago
      3. Ben Arfa in all seriousness.

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
    4. A.

      Vaz Te or Lambert ;)

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    5. Dempsey (whoever he's playing for).

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    6. Caulker+Siggy if they are still at Swansea

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    7. No one really. Maybe that man Sigurdsson. and Nani when fit.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  11. Just wondering, has any premier league side this weekend done a minutes silence for the Hillsborough Anniversary except Liverpool and Everton??

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Didn't hear read or hear anything about that, no :(

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  12. Alan Smith says Agbon is "dwew a gowel"

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. Lol, i laughed out loud at that...

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
  13. Rooney to score in the 14th minute.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  14. Arsenal Ladies 0 Frankfurt 0 at half time in the Womens Champions league semi final first leg

    Equality and all that

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
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  15. Rooney goal.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  16. What a cheat!!!

    Terrible dive....

    This is worst thing that can happen to football!

    I'm devastated, CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  17. diving k*nt

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Who dived ?

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  18. This is just ridiculous, Young steps on the defender's foot, and hurls himself into thin air. and because it's ManU--- penalty. This sport is a casino and the integrity of the game is ruined. What a joke.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Young to be banned until next season. DO IT, FA !!!!!

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. si

      Second time in a week that a sniper in the crowd has shot his standing foot. Let's hope he gets his head next week.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. I wonder how James Perch is these days. I would say he must still be feeling the effects of that sniper....

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
  19. How many of Young's assists come from a dive?

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
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  20. Do you have any streams to radio commentary of United - Villa game?

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  21. Young.... again!

    Reminiscent of Robbie Pires many years ago! Where you go after the player rather than the ball attempting to clip him. Shocking play, it's horrible to watch. Man Utd fans I'm sure will agree, they are good enough without resorting to theatrics!

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  22. 37.6%

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  23. I hear utd are cheating again.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. yeah, nothing new in manchester, one club depending on arab money, the other on pensioneers and cheating refs.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 1

  • Begovic
  • Chambers
  • Terry
  • Caulker
  • Sterling
  • Mutch
  • Ramsey
  • Young
  • Sturridge
  • Rooney
  • Diego Costa
  • Debuchy
  • Arnautovic
  • Jovetic

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 20 Aug, 2014 10:14am
Player Club Factors
Up Krul NEW C, Vs, £
Up Speroni CPL B, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Up Forster SOT C, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Down De Gea MUN B, Vs
Up Mannone SUN C, £
Down Begovic STO B
Up Lloris TOT C

Defenders

Last updated: 17 Aug, 2014 8:47am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up Chester HUL B, Vs, £
Up Ward CPL B, Vs
Up Taylor SWA B, Vs, £
Down Jones MUN B, Vs
Up Coloccini NEW C, Vs, £
Up Clyne SOT B, Vs, £
Up Van Aanholt SUN B, £
Up Vlaar AVL B
No Change Debuchy ARS B
No Change Caulker QPR B
Up Kaboul TOT B, VsX
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 19 Aug, 2014 11:22am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ramsey ARS A
Up Fábregas CHE A, Vs
Up Sterling LIV A
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, Vs
No Change Hazard CHE C, Vs
Down Mata MUN C, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS C
No Change Eriksen TOT B
Up Ince HUL C, Vs, OoP
Up Tadic SOT C, Vs
Up Silva MCI B, VsX
Down Y Touré MCI C, VsX
Up Mutch QPR C, £
Down Young MUN A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Ward-Prowse SOT B, Vs, £
Up Bolasie CPL B

Forwards

Last updated: 18 Aug, 2014 1:52pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Rooney MUN A, Vs
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, Vs
No Change Sturridge LIV B
Up Bony SWA C, Vs
Up Aguero MCI A, Inj
No Change Lukaku EVE C
No Change Giroud ARS B
No Change Bojan STO A, Vs, £
No Change Adebayor TOT C
No Change Pellè SOT C, Vs
No Change Austin QPR C
Up Berahino WBA B

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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