Mata Concern for Chelsea

Filed under: Injury News - Posted by: Mark

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.

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  1. 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.


    Baines - Rafael - McCartney

    Noble - Bale - Pienaar - Mata

    Berbatov - RVP - Ba

    McCartney Sterling Clyne Wilson

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. 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 ;)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. link?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I'd want to play Sterling this week too but I'm not 55th in the world! Will have to now with Mata out.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. Hanchie if this is your idea of humor then you must be best friends with David Brent and probably support Loserpool!!!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      3. nonsense

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. 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?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Whats the better replacement for Hangeland?....Hughes or Baird?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I'd look to a team with better fixtures if you're getting rid of hangeland

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. None - Fulham fixtues not great and not exactly keeping clean sheets.....

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Riise when the fixtures get better

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. Stick with Jelly and Silva, or spend 4 pts and go RVP and Pienaar?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. For now Stick with Jelly and SIlva. See what they do this week.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. Zac

    Nolan > Kightly to free up some cash?

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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Zac

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. should i play mata
    mata -> bale (-4)
    or start sterling

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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. 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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. any news on clark??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. "Ciaran Clark and Chris Herd back in contention for Villa's trip to Sunderland"

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. shold I play Vermaelen for Mata

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. FFS mata

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. No RVP ? Or man utd attacking cover with their fixtures ? As for mid I'm toying with one of either Valencia or Ashley young

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. Mata being out means HBA coming in, which could work out alright.

    Saving my FT this week.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. AH Roberto Roberto u had Marin why u started Mata?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Quite.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. Mata Demel Ba Wilson Federici.... Oh well

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. Mata, Ba, Van Persie bunch of money in my team and they will not play...disaster

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. who says RVP won't play?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  17. Quite pleased Mata out , had real dilema who to bench , ptoblem solved

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  19. best replacement for Nasri or should I keep him ??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. ccc

      Ben Arfa or Pienaar. You also might consider Fellani.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  20. Just back from work, have Newcastle had a press conference today? Any news on Ba? Cheers

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  21. ccc

    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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  22. ...and just noticed Cuellar has been flagged? Whats that about? Will he play?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  23. should i play mata or granero?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  24. still a very new fantasy 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..

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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