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

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. A, repost this btw on the new post

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. A)
      Definately wont be (C)

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    3. A, all the way.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  2. Ok off to wembley..... COYS

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. COYS!

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. Mind the gap at Wembley station.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    3. COYS!!!

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  3. United EVENS with Paddypower

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. that is utterly mental if its true

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
        1. Wht is this enhanced facebook special business?

          • 3 years, 1 month ago
            • 3 years, 1 month ago
            1. For friends on Facebook

              • 3 years, 1 month ago
        2. Wicked , max bet 36.50 though,, How Bad,
          Nice one mate , just placed the max, SWEET

          • 3 years, 1 month ago
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  4. Lost on last page...

    Anyone following the Amstel Gold Race?

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

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  5. CMON UTD!

    • 3 years, 1 month 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!

    • 3 years, 1 month 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.

      • 3 years, 1 month 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.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Eh?

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  8. Anyone got the Villa subs handy? Thanks .

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Heskey, Guzan, Cuellar, Johnson, Carruthers.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks Demi.

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
  9. How long is Kaboul likley to be missing for?

    • 3 years, 1 month 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)

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Rooney

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. Adam Lallana!!

      (unbiased)

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    3. Jobi McAnuff or Ian Harte

      (unbiased)

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. Ian Harte - Fantasy Football Hall of Fame

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
      2. great win for your lot

        You think West Ham will catch us?

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

          • 3 years, 1 month ago
          1. Massive respect to your lot. Unbelievable run. Fingers crossed!

            • 3 years, 1 month ago
      3. Ben Arfa in all seriousness.

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
    4. A.

      Vaz Te or Lambert 😉

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    5. Dempsey (whoever he's playing for).

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    6. Caulker+Siggy if they are still at Swansea

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    7. No one really. Maybe that man Sigurdsson. and Nani when fit.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  11. Just wondering, has any premier league side this weekend done a minutes silence for the Hillsborough Anniversary except Liverpool and Everton??

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Didn't hear read or hear anything about that, no :(

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  12. Alan Smith says Agbon is "dwew a gowel"

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
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      1. Lol, i laughed out loud at that...

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
  13. Rooney to score in the 14th minute.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  14. Arsenal Ladies 0 Frankfurt 0 at half time in the Womens Champions league semi final first leg

    Equality and all that

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
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  15. Rooney goal.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  16. What a cheat!!!

    Terrible dive....

    This is worst thing that can happen to football!

    I'm devastated, CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  17. diving k*nt

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Who dived ?

      • 3 years, 1 month 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.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Young to be banned until next season. DO IT, FA !!!!!

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. si
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      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.

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

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
  19. How many of Young's assists come from a dive?

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  20. Do you have any streams to radio commentary of United - Villa game?

    • 3 years, 1 month 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!

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  22. 37.6%

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  23. I hear utd are cheating again.

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

      • 3 years, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 38

  • Schmeichel
  • Terry
  • Ivanovic
  • Coleman
  • Young
  • Silva
  • Bolasie
  • Walcott
  • Aguero
  • Ulloa
  • Lukaku
  • Vlaar
  • Mahrez
  • Benteke

From the Community…

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist

Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:10am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Schmeichel LEI A, Vs, £
No Change Pantilimon SUN C, VsX, £
No Change Howard EVE B
No Change Adrián WHM B
Down Harper HUL B, VsX, £
Up Myhill WBA A, VsX, £
Up Krul NEW C, £

Defenders

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:11am
Player Club Factors
No Change Koscielny ARS B, Vs
No Change Morgan LEI A, Vs, £
Up Kolarov MCI B, Rest, £
Down Ivanovic CHE C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Smalling MUN B, Vs
No Change Coleman EVE B
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, VsX, £
Up Vlaar AVL C, Vs, £
Down Skrtel LIV C

Midfielders

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Sánchez ARS B, Vs
Up Silva MCI A
Down Hazard CHE C, Vs
No Change Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Albrighton LEI B, Vs, £
No Change Grealish AVL C, Vs, £
Up Mata MUN B, Vs
Up Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Mirallas EVE B, Rest
Up Sissoko NEW C, Inj
Down Coutinho LIV C

Forwards

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A
Up Lukaku EVE B
No Change Benteke AVL B, Vs
Up Murray CPL B, £
Up Gomis SWA B, Inj
Up Ulloa LEI B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Pellè SOT B
No Change NDoye HUL B, VsX, £
Down Giroud ARS C, Vs
Up Ayoze Pérez NEW B, Inj

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

“All players will blank a few times during the season. When almost all do it in the same Gameweek, it is tough to take, but that's just the dark side of probability.”

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