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Mata Concern for Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo has left Fantasy managers sweating ahead of Chelsea’s game with Swansea tomorrow after admitting Juan Mata is “very doubtful” to make the Liberty trip. The Spaniard played the full 120 minutes of his side’s 5-4 extra time Capital One Cup win over United on Wednesday evening but may be set to miss out this weekend.

With a stunning free-kick against United in the Premier League on Sunday, Mata has now returned 54 points in his past five appearances. A series of sensational displays have seen him transferred in by over 98,000 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers this week and with over 140,000 picking him up prior to last week’s match with United, his price has now risen by 0.5 since the end of Gameweek 8.

Bearing in mind Di Matteo’s side have a crucial Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, Mata’s owners will be a little apprehensive as the Blues boss looks to keep his key men fit for the midweek Stamford Bridge showdown. Undoubtedly, it’s a real boost for those who chose to hold onto Eden Hazard in spite of Mata’s rising price – the Belgian played just 65 minutes against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and will surely be more crucial than ever, if Mata does indeed fail to make it.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Dago
    5 years, 20 days ago

    My team for the weekend. Is it worth taking a hit on for anyone? on the basis that I am probably going to have to play Fonte.

    Begovic

    Baines - Rafael - McCartney

    Noble - Bale - Pienaar - Mata

    Berbatov - RVP - Ba

    McCartney Sterling Clyne Wilson

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    1. Hanchie
      5 years, 20 days ago

      My gut tells me you should play Sterling over Noble this week. I've been listening to my gut all season and I'm 55th in the overall rankings, so it may be worth a listen 😉

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      1. Pinatta
        5 years, 20 days ago

        link?

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        1. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 20 days ago

          I'd want to play Sterling this week too but I'm not 55th in the world! Will have to now with Mata out.

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      2. Conor McGregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 20 days ago

        Hanchie if this is your idea of humor then you must be best friends with David Brent and probably support Loserpool!!!

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      3. Bébé on Board
        5 years, 20 days ago

        nonsense

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  2. Ace Ventura
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Begovic
    Baines / ShawX / Ridgewell
    Santi / Michu / Sterling / Mata
    RVP / Tevez / Berba

    McCarthy / Barfa / Clyne / Demel

    Made no transfers this week! Last chances this week and next for Santi and Barfa!

    Team set up right?

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  3. masyuris
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Don't trust RDM, he is a liar. He said that Mata and Mikel will not play versus MU in Capital One Cup, but both players played from starting.

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  4. EAGLES (0 Chelsea players)
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Whats the better replacement for Hangeland?....Hughes or Baird?

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    1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
      5 years, 20 days ago

      I'd look to a team with better fixtures if you're getting rid of hangeland

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    2. Dark Mata
      5 years, 20 days ago

      None - Fulham fixtues not great and not exactly keeping clean sheets.....

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      1. Dark Mata
        5 years, 20 days ago

        Riise when the fixtures get better

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  5. Kenny Dogleash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Stick with Jelly and Silva, or spend 4 pts and go RVP and Pienaar?

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    1. Mindless Freak
      5 years, 20 days ago

      For now Stick with Jelly and SIlva. See what they do this week.

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  6. KJ-
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Nolan > Kightly to free up some cash?

    WHU's fixtures are horrible for the next few weeks.

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    1. KJ-
      5 years, 20 days ago

      Also considering Nolan > Sterling, but I'm not that big of a Sterling fan at the moment...

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  7. RocketMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 20 days ago

    should i play mata
    mata -> bale (-4)
    or start sterling

    Im thinking just start sterling and hope he doesn't keep missing like heskey!!

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    1. RD84
      5 years, 20 days ago

      Depends on your long term plans. If you just want to bring Mata right back in, play Sterling. If you want to stick with Bale for a while, make the swap.

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  8. JedJez
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Got rid of Hazard to Mata this week - to allow Nolan to Oscar next Week or Berb to Ba

    Thought I was being clever......What a Boob

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  9. Alonso The Great Midfielder
    5 years, 20 days ago

    any news on clark??

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    1. J.Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 20 days ago

      "Ciaran Clark and Chris Herd back in contention for Villa's trip to Sunderland"

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  10. Thomass
    5 years, 20 days ago

    shold I play Vermaelen for Mata

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  11. Evans
    5 years, 20 days ago

    FFS mata

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  12. pekka
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Need to get rid of forehead....

    Any midfielder worth a hit (have Mata, Bale and Santi).
    Have 3.6M in the bank so money does not matter.

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    1. Evans
      5 years, 20 days ago

      No RVP ? Or man utd attacking cover with their fixtures ? As for mid I'm toying with one of either Valencia or Ashley young

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  13. Feanor
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Mata being out means HBA coming in, which could work out alright.

    Saving my FT this week.

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  14. Daniel - DEXIT
    5 years, 20 days ago

    AH Roberto Roberto u had Marin why u started Mata?

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    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 20 days ago

      Quite.

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  15. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Mata Demel Ba Wilson Federici.... Oh well

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  16. Wiseman Resistant
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Mata, Ba, Van Persie bunch of money in my team and they will not play...disaster

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    1. Pilko's Pump Pants
      5 years, 20 days ago

      who says RVP won't play?

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  17. Make mine a pint
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Quite pleased Mata out , had real dilema who to bench , ptoblem solved

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  18. The Team Principal
    5 years, 20 days ago

    If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
    Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
    I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

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  19. Flying Dutchman
    5 years, 20 days ago

    best replacement for Nasri or should I keep him ??

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    1. ccc
      5 years, 20 days ago

      Ben Arfa or Pienaar. You also might consider Fellani.

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  20. benzieyeah
    5 years, 20 days ago

    Just back from work, have Newcastle had a press conference today? Any news on Ba? Cheers

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  21. ccc
    5 years, 20 days ago

    I have S. Taylor, but he did not play last week. I have Rafael, Sagna, and two cheap defenders (McCartney & Gorkss) What should I do?

    a. Keep S. Taylor (and save FT)
    b. S. Taylor > Huth
    c. S. Taylor > Simpson

    Anyone else I should consider? Thanks.

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  22. benzieyeah
    5 years, 20 days ago

    ...and just noticed Cuellar has been flagged? Whats that about? Will he play?

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  23. Tadic is the new Eriksen
    5 years, 20 days ago

    should i play mata or granero?

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  24. shax27
    5 years, 19 days ago

    still a very new fantasy manager..now that mata is not playing, I have to play Nolan..Nolan, Fellini, Bale, Sterling with RVP, berba and Suarez up front...good?..luiz is injured so I have to play Reid..

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