Injuries

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
      3 years, 10 months 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 10 months 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
            3 years, 10 months ago

            link?

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            1. denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 years, 10 months 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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          • Mr. Robot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 10 months 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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          • Bébé on Board
              3 years, 10 months ago

              nonsense

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        2. Ace Ventura
            3 years, 10 months 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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          • masyuris
              3 years, 10 months 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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            • EAGLES (0 Chelsea players)
                3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
                    3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                  • Dark Mata
                      3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                      1. Dark Mata
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Riise when the fixtures get better

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                    • Kenny Dogleash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                      1. Mindless Freak
                          3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                      2. KJ-
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Nolan > Kightly to free up some cash?

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

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                          1. KJ-
                              3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                          2. RocketMan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 years, 10 months 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
                                3 years, 10 months 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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                            2. JedJez
                                3 years, 10 months 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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                              • Alonso The Great Midfielder
                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                  any news on clark??

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                                  1. J.Mata
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                • Thomass
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    shold I play Vermaelen for Mata

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                                  • Evans
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      FFS mata

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                                    • pekka
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 years, 10 months 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
                                          3 years, 10 months 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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                                      2. Feanor
                                          3 years, 10 months ago

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

                                          Saving my FT this week.

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                                        • Daniel - DEXIT
                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            AH Roberto Roberto u had Marin why u started Mata?

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                                            1. denial
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              Quite.

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                                          • Valar(Keith)
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              Mata Demel Ba Wilson Federici.... Oh well

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                                            • M_NUS United Force
                                                3 years, 10 months 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
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                  who says RVP won't play?

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                                              • TRIGGERLIPS
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                              • The Team Principal
                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

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                                                  Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
                                                  I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

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                                                • Flying Dutchman
                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                    best replacement for Nasri or should I keep him ??

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                                                    1. ccc
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Ben Arfa or Pienaar. You also might consider Fellani.

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                                                    2. benzieyeah
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                                      • ccc
                                                          3 years, 10 months 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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                                                        • benzieyeah
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                                          • Tadic is the new Eriksen
                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                              should i play mata or granero?

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                                                            • shax27
                                                                3 years, 10 months 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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