April
23

Petr Cech and John Terry both limp out of Chelsea’s goalless draw with Atletico in Spain, with the keeper now ruled out for the season. Everton’s Kevin Mirallas will also miss the remaining matches due to a groin injury, whilst Sylvain Distin is a big doubt for the Toffees. Etienne Capoue is back in training for Spurs and Chris Brunt is set to be fielded as left-back for West Brom this weekend:

Jose’s Stalemate in Spain

Chelsea were without the services of Eden Hazard last night as they held Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in their Champions League semi-final first-leg. Ashley Cole was handed a rare start at left back in place of the suspended Branislav Ivanovic, whilst Fernando Torres led the line against his former club in a 4-3-3 formation that saw Jose Mourinho start with three defensive midfielders in an effort to keep out his opponents.

Whilst there were no goals to light up the game, the big news came in the form of injuries to two of Chelsea’s most experienced players. Both Petr Cech and captain John Terry were forced off with problems, with Mourinho confirming post-match that the former won’t feature again this season and the latter likely to face a similar fate:

“Petr Cech’s season’s over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over. And John – we have to play the final for him to play with us.”

The Blues boss also hinted that he may field a weakened side for Sunday’s vital trip to Liverpool. With the second leg of the Atletico clash just three days after the Anfield encounter, Mourinho suggested he could make wholesale changes to his starting XI and focus on Europe instead:

“I would play with the players that are not going to play Wednesday. This is not a decision the manager can make on his own. I’m just a piece in the big club and I have to go with the decision we make collectively. If the club decides to go with everything in the direction of the Champions League, I’m ready for that. We have a big match on Wednesday to play, a big match that can give Chelsea another Champions League final.”

The Scout Says: Job well done for Jose – but at what cost? The losses of Cech and Terry look set to be a massive dent in his side’s European and domestic hopes and will also have ramifications for the Fantasy landscape over the final few weeks of the season. Chelsea’s rearguard have the highest joint ownership of any defence in the Fantasy Premier League game, having provided a constant source of returns during the second half of the season, but that could all be set to change without their captain controlling the backline and their number one goalkeeper between the sticks. Consequently, owners of Liverpool’s attacking assets will be licking their lips at the thought of the likes of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling coming up against an under-strength Chelsea defence this Sunday, with the away side likely to rely on the inconsistent David Luiz to fill in at the back. For those who still believe Mourinho’s men can continue their defensive form for the last three games of the campaign, Mark Schwarzer’s budget 4.5 price-tag and certainty of starts will entice.

INJURY PROBLEMS FOR EVERTON

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Kevin Mirallas will miss the last three fixtures of the season after limping out of Sunday’s victory over Manchester United. The Belgian sustained a groin injury in the latter stages of the match and will now sit out the remainder of the campaign.

“Kevin’s scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin. He is going to be out for the season which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form. It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario. Kevin is a quick healer and I would be surprised if he is not available after three or four weeks.”

Martinez also revealed that Sylvain Distin is a doubt for this weekend, having been withdrawn at half-time on Sunday with a hamstring injury:

“It’s very much doubtful. The scans revealed something of a problem but until the swelling clears it is impossible make the right diagnosis. In the next 48 hours we will find out how long Sylvain is going to be out.”

The Scout Says: Yesterday’s news will have come as a bitter blow for Mirallas’ 12% ownership, especially the 12,000 managers who snapped up the Belgian following his goalscoring performance last weekend. Attacking returns in each of his last five performances has seen the wide man acquire something of a late-season bandwagon, despite his continued risk of rotation. The midfielder’s injury now brings the 5.4-priced Gerard Deulofeu firmly back on to our radars; the on-loan Barcelona youngster is likely to replace Mirallas in the starting line-up for the remaining three fixtures of Everton’s season and will be keen to end his loan spell with a flourish. However, his classification as a forward is still a huge stumbling block. Meanwhile Distin’s hamstring complaint could be set to further frustrate his owners, with the centre-back having already missed out on clean sheet points against Manchester United due to his early withdrawal. John Stones is available for a meagre 4.2 and looks the perfect alternative to Distin for those wanting a slice of the Toffees’ in-form defence, who don’t have budget to spare.

CAPOUE RETURNS TO TRAINING

Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue back in training, having failed to feature since a 1-0 loss to Norwich in February. Spurs boss Tim Sherwood was, however, quick to emphasise the need to ease the Frenchman back into action after his ankle injury.

“‘It’s great to see him back in training but he has been out for two months, so we have to be careful. We’ll continue to monitor him closely.”

The Scout Says: Despite Capoue returning to full training, Sherwood’s stressing of how “careful” he needs to be with the midfielder means that he looks unlikely to challenge Nacer Chadli or Paulinho for a role in the centre of midfield in the remaining weeks of the season. The 7.1-priced Cristian Eriksen remains the most enticing option in the Spurs midfield, although Aaron Lennon – with two assists in his last two games – looks a decent differential for his side’s strong closing schedule (sto, whm, AVL).

Brunt Set for Defensive Stint

West Brom boss Pepe Mel has admitted he is likely to play Chris Brunt at left-back in the weekend home encounter against West Ham, with Liam Ridgewell almost certain to be ruled out with a knee problem:

“I think he can do a good job in that position. He’s the best option right now. It really is the most important of games for us. It’s a cup final and can be THE game to spur us on and give us life. It’s vital.”

The Scout Says: Having returned from injury in time for his side’s previous home game with Spurs, Brunt grabbed a goal in the 3-3 draw to suggest he could yet play a pivotal part in the Baggies’ last few matches. A shift to defence will more or less kill any appeal, with Graham Dorrans and Morgan Amalfitano the best options amongst the West Brom midfield – both have notched twice in the last four and, priced at 4.4 and 4.2 respectively, have a double Gameweek 37 on either side of home encounters with the Hammers and Stoke.

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  1. Am I the only one with Kun as provisional captain? He looked good and it is time CPL to concede goals IMO.

    1. No better time for a team to start conceding goals after 5 wins on the trot.

    2. I don't think they've conceded more than 2 in a game since Pulis took over? And they kept a cleanie and picked up 3 points last game despite already having 40 points and being technically safe.

      No signs that they're switching off and taking things easy.

      1. I think Pulis might play long ball with Palace players heads, if they took it easy.

    3. Not alone, the C sits firmly where it is, on Kun.

    4. He doesn't play the full 90 mins.

      Yaya and Silva out doesn't improve his chances either.

      1. He's completed 90 mins 4/20 times this season. It really doesn't matter.

    5. i was tempted daniel but the silva injury made me think no

    6. KoL

      Rooney or Ramsey for me

    7. "due to concede"? :lol:

      (the stats back you up, it just sounds like a funny phrase)

    8. Not for me. Palaca are just too good, wait, did I just say that?

      1. CPL would pull the pedal off and them not conceding was really lucky lately, considering stats. Law of average I say they will concede at least 2 goals. And Kun is the only City player that produces away from home. I think it is time for him to pull that brace. He is hungry warming up for the WCup and he hasn't blank lately. He is consistent enough for me to captain him.

        1. If that's what you really truly think, then go for it Dan. There is nothing worse than getting persuaded by others instead of going with your gut and seeing your player go mental. I should not have listened to those who said wait for Ramsey to start scoring before getting him in. I have now got him, but so does everyone and I missed his 16.

    9. Rooney or Rambo (c) for me.

      1. Yeah alternative is Rooney for me too, but it is really cat in a bag, we don't have a clue which United will show up and where will Rooney play. Maybe Welbeck could start upfront on his own and Rooney plays midfield"? Giggs is Fergie old school, I won't be surprised if he follows his mentor

        1. I think Giggs might be in the bracket of Rooney is 'essential' to United.

    10. Good point. How many people are still benching their Palace players? More comments of "Ward points on the bench" this weekend?!

    11. Obviously not.

  2. Silva out for:

    a) Mata
    b) Nasri
    c) Yaya

      1. Have Rambo, and what if Yaya is confirmed 100% fit?

      1. Due to fixtures? With Roo back don't you worry about where he will be played?

  3. Mannone (Marshall)
    Chester, Demel, Coleman (Ward, Azip)
    Ramsey, Eriksen, Mata, Snoddy (Huddlestone)
    Aguerro, Suarez, Lukaku

    3.2 in bank

    Lukaku>Podolski or Rooney for a hit.

    Rooney would mean Snoddy>Sterling next week (AJ with a hit).
    Podolski would mean Snoddy>Nasri or maybe Toure next week.

  4. Brendan Rodgers, well done and everything, but Pulis is manager of the season.

    Palace looked dead and buried before he came.

    1. kinda manager of 2/3 of the season if such a prize exists

    2. Start of the season Palace were completely written off by everyone. Pulis cemented himself as PL quality for the next 10 years or so now.

    3. Yeah. And his prize should be a job offer from ManU.

    4. Yeah but it's manager of the season not half a season. Brendan Rodgers has taken Liverpool from 7th to 1st. Yeah he's helped by not being in other competitions, but they also have a smaller squad than every other team. Only one winner IMO

      1. agree, always believed success should be rewarded, not survival

      2. 24 matches with Palace now, with 1.625 points per game, 7th most since in the league since he took over at Palace that had prior to his reign got 0.36 points per game. That's quite a difference. He could be leading them to EL before ManU had he been there whole season. Nothing against Rodgers, good job and all that, but Pulis has worked little short of miracle in Palace.

        1. Rodgers and Pulis have both worked miracles.

          There are often a few managers who have improved their team more than the manager of the League Champions. Manager of the Month might deservedly go to managers like Tony Pulis, but Manager of the Season nearly always goes to the manager of the League Champions.

          Rodgers has improved his team beyond anyone's realistic expectations, and Liverpool are also hot favourites for the title, so unless they slip up in their last few matches he must be a shoo-in for the award.

          1. Of course it tends to go to the winning manager. Same with player prizes going to best scorers of winning teams. But they do not necessarily have to go that way.

            Of course Rodgers is the favourite for the award. I'm shocked if he doesn't win it. But there is a very good case for Pulis, and in my personal opinion even better than for Rodgers.

            and this is very much not biased by my supposed "love of Pulis". I prefer Rodgers and his attractive short passing football thousand times to Pulis' primitive strategies. I hate Pulis, but in all fairness, he has done the greatest manager work this season, getting the worst team of the league to 7th best performances.

            1. Yes, I agree that Pulis has done a great job, but this would be a strange time to make a change, although it would not be completely unprecedented. Rodgers' unexpected success in taking Liverpool from 7th to (probably) their first ever Premier League title is surely more deserving than some of Fergie's eleven awards.

              Having just checked, I find that there have actually been 3 occasions when the award has not gone to the champion's manager - George Burley in 2000–01, for guiding Ipswich Town to fifth place in the league after securing the club's promotion from the First Division the previous season, Harry Redknapp in 2009–10 for steering Tottenham Hotspur to a top-four finish for the first time in twenty years, and Alan Pardew in 2011–12 for guiding Newcastle United to their highest position in nine years. The League Champion managers who lost out were Fergie, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini respectively.

  5. brady back for hull before the end of season.
    aint falling down that trap again

    1. This!

      He and Chester were supposed to be my secret weapons at the start of the season. Promising to start with but then caused a whole world of problems.

    2. If he can keep himself fit next season I don't see why not.

      He did well for me and others the only people who seem to have problems with him were the kneejerkers who transferred him in after his consecutive double figure hauls.

      1. was meaning this year

        1. Yeah just saying I wouldn't be put off from him forever.

    3. They are actually doing us a favour as secret gems for next season. My only concern for Brady is that in a 3-5-2 he seems to get benched even if fit

      1. This.

      2. good point, that added to annoyance this year

  6. Ramsay v NEW
    Rooney v NOR
    Suarez v CHE
    Aguero v cry

    Surely one of the hardest captaincy choices of the season....

    Ramsay - just back into form and had a great season and great fixtures against a w@nk newc team
    Roo - Should be buoyed by new/old management, great fixtures, takes penalties, carrying an injury
    Suarez - been in ridiculous form this season, CHE could be weakened
    Kun - back to form just, good fixture despite Pulis effect, could be on penalties with Yaya out?

    ROO (C) RAM (VC) for me.......

    1. Im tempted with Ram (C) and Roo (VC)

    2. Ram (C) Roo (VC) for me..

  7. Best -4 transfer for the week?

    Boruc > De Gea
    Lukaku > Rooney
    Lallana > Mata/Yaya

      1. That obvious huh?

    1. Lukaku to Rooney

    2. Lukaku > Rooney

  8. Which would you prefer for this week?

    a) Rooney and Ivan/Salah
    b) Lukaku and Nasri

    1. *Azpi/Salah

      1. A) also set up better for the rest of the season

        1. I'm not interested about the last 2 weeks as I'll be bringing in the other of Nasri/Rooney in next week. Still A) ?

          1. Transfers would be either Lukaku –> Rooney, or Ki –> Nasri

    2. I would rather have 3 players than 2 so A.

      1. :)

        One of the Chelski boys will be on the bench, depending if I play 3-4-3 or 4-3-3

        1. Probably still A! :)

          1. Hmmm, I was leaning towards B. Thanks all!

  9. Repost as stuck at the bottom:

    have a backline of Distin (injured), Ward (MCI), Bardsley (CAR), Cahill, Azpi (liv).

    Currently fielding Cahill Azpi and Bardsley which looks horrible.

    .. but I also have Silva to sort out. Other mids - Ramsey Mata Eriksen Mutch.

    better to take a hit and drop Silva - or take a hit and go Distin to Demichelis (playing Mutch vs Sunderland), potentially moving Silva to Yaya next week ?

    1. Silva already dropped in price twice. Sort out defence I would suggest.
      So your suggestion of Distin to Demichelis and playing Mutch this week is good.

  10. is it wiser to bring in aguero if he is rivals biggest differential
    or risk podolski?
    at very most i can see aguero 13 points, so if they captain him it is a big chunk of my lead

  11. Can anyone see Chelsea getting a result on Sunday?

    1. no chance

  12. http://www.skybet.com/football/specials/manager-specials

    Ok lads, fine time. Post your bets for next manager to any of those clubs listed ;)

    I am going Tony Adams next Arsenal manager 100/1 :P

    1. AVB for United also 100/1. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Please please please that to happen :P

      1. David Moyes Next Club
        Arsenal 66/1 :D :lol:

    2. De Boer to Spurs - 18/1

      Probably no chance though as he loves Ajax

      1. That would be quality Demi. You think he won't accept the chance to be in the PL? Good one

      2. no chance. He's said he will stay in NL for the next 4/5 years so his kids can finish school without moving.

    3. Are you old enough to bet? ;-)
      Mario P to Arsenal.

  13. RMT:

    Mannone (Marshall)
    Bardsley Coleman Stones (Ivanovic Chester)
    Sterling Nasri Eriksen Ramsey(c) (Silva)
    Suarez Rooney Aguero

    -4pts (Gerrard/Lukaku -> Ramsey/Rooney), 3.7 ITB

    Qn: Do I do Silva to Mata this week and play Mata instead of Sterling?

  14. One more decision to make then I'm done

    A) Play Sterling & Gerrard against Chelsea
    B) Mirralas > Toure (if fit) and bench Sterling

    B is for a hit, though it's a hit I'd be taking next week too (if you get my drift)

  15. Pick a third defender to start alongside Ivan and Zaba this week:

    A.) Chester (ful)
    B.) Ward (MCI)
    C.) Azpil (liv)

  16. KoL

    Dates for the 2014/2015 season been announced yet? GW1 going to be the 16th or 23rd of August?

    I am NOT asking because me and the mrs are booking a holiday (honest)

    1. internet is a global invention
      where u going and how you going to explain to her the reason for not going if it clashes

    2. One of the first comments I read on here a couple years back was
      Managers who plan their teams in August = FPL managers
      Managers who plan their teams in July = FPL champions
      Managers who plan their teams in June = unemployed

      I was thinking that I have been planning next teams season since March. What does that make me? Also, I'm not the only one like this am I?

      1. planning in march usually means failing badly this year

      2. You're on a site dedicated to people who have an unhealthy interest in fantasy football. We are all as bad as each other.

        Apart from me of course. I'm one of the cool kids :cool:

        1. I have 0 interest in fantasy football. I don't even like football.

    3. 16th of august is my wedding day :( ... knew league would start about then

      1. Enjoy your day, and don't spend too much of your honeymoon playing fantasy football. It may not be perfect timing, but there should be compensations. (I somehow contrived to arrange my wedding day to clash with the first all-Merseyside FA Cup Final!).

  17. Predictions for next season

    Ramsey - 9.5m
    Eriksen -8.5m
    Suarez - 14m
    Coleman - 7m

    Are these about right and will you be including them in your squad?

    1. Suarez Ramsey for sure.

      1. Be like the RVP dilemma then - will need a lot of budget players to afford those 2 and possibly Hazard

    2. Probably about right. No way will i get Coleman.

      1. But Ramsey with that price is essential.

      2. Suarez and Eriksen would be very fairly priced as well. Would get both.

    3. Suarez will be more imo.

      Suarez and Eriksen certainly, Ramsey borderline at that price.

    4. Maybe not Coleman. The other 3 yes! Ramsey might be a little less.

    5. Coleman overpriced. 6m more realistic, as he doesn't have spot duties.
      Eriksen seems about right, 8-8.5m
      Ramsey 9.5 is an overreaction surely? I wouldn't pay more than 8mil for him
      Eriksen 8.5m is about right.

      1. If I could get Coleman and Ramsey for 14m I'd be in.....

      2. Umm he's currently 7m and has 174 points this season. Similar to Baines' total last season that got him a 7.5m price tag.

    6. I'd imagine so, Eriksen could be 9.

      I'll be getting Ramsey, probably Suarez too, probably not Coleman unless I have spare funds (I think over a season he's worth the 7m).

      Eriksen will have to be a wait and see about Spurs...

    7. Coleman is dead for that price

      1. He's the top scoring defender in the game? More than Baines?

        If Martinez stays at Everton, Coleman is a good option.

        1. 7m is too much for me. Bearing in mind we have only 100m at the start not about 110 like right now.

          1. True, that's why I didn't go for Baines at the start of the season but ended up with both of them..

            but that won't stop hundreds of thousands of people getting him in as he was the top scoring defender..

    8. I'd say so. Ramsey maybe 10m (Mata was 10.5 off the back of a lower ppg from the previous season).

      Suarez possibly even 14.5m (again, precedent is RVP who had fewer points from more games to be priced at 14m)

      I think I'd get them even if they were that expensive. I think this game has taught me that you need to have at least the top couple of scorers and fill in the rest as best you can. Captaincy alone makes it so hard to make up the ground without them.

      1. Very good points..

      2. Wouldn't leave a lot for the likes of Hazard, Silva and Mata though would it? Not to mention Aguero and Rooney.......

        As usual our squads will e nothing like what we would want

        1. Aye. Last summer the big question was RVP, Bale or both. This summer will have arguably more medium-big hitters to throw into the mix.

          1. Need some cheap talent to identify itself early like Michu last season

            1. They always do but Michu was particularly great because no-one outside of hardcore FF addicts knew anything about him :)

    9. wouldnt want Coleman if there in Europa League

  18. BKR

    People are so crazy to take 8 pnt hit and getting Ramsey! Do you guys really think Ramsey can score more than Mata/yaya for next 3/4 gws??

    1. Probably nobody needs that 8 point hit to get Ramsey, seen his price. They're taking a hit anyway, and Ramsey is just additional -4.

    2. I didn't take an 8 point hit to get Ramsey.

    3. He can.

    4. doesnt matter if the -8 is for mata or yaya also

    5. Yes, yes I do. He scored more than them when he was playing at the start of the season?

      1. BKR

        start of the season, yeah i do agree.. he was on form. after injury, he scored huge... but can he continue the form as in start of the season?

        I really doubt!

        1. Yes he can.

        2. After watching him play the last two games, I'd argue he's even more vital now than he was back before his injury.

          He's playing against teams and players that are tired, that don't have anything to play for, and some are very low on morale.

          Ramsey however, is fully fit, motivated to make up for lost time and get 4th spot, morale is high, Arsenal have players coming back, they have lovely fixtures, and he's making so many forward runs that he may as well be playing as a Center Forward at times.

          1. BKR

            This answer sounds promising! Thank you!
            So even, I might think of the transfer now.. :P

      2. To you, as a member, I can recommend that big numbers article. Won't tell the casuals what it says though. ;)

        1. Haha yep ;)

          Basically backs up my point that Ramsey kicks ass.

      3. But it has very curious information concerning this midfield question.

        1. BKR

          LOL .... Let's see the fun ..!

    6. What are the chances of Yaya playing both games, if any this DGW?

      1. He might be back against Palace.

      2. BKR

        YAYA wont play full time anyways in the first game for sure!

        1. Rubbish speculation.. What makes you say that?

    7. I think youre underestimating how bad Newcastle are now.

      1. BKR

        What ever.. :)

        The pattern in FPL this season is the over hyped/transferred player will do a flop show!

    8. Yes I do.

      1. And why -8?

    9. I got him for free, if I take another -8 it will be for Yaya and Rooney, so fine with it

  19. When do people think Utd will appoint a manager? Before the end of the season?

    Who will be Utd's first signing?

    1. Yes.

      Some youngster.

    2. Yes and I'm hoping it will be Luke Shaw.

  20. Breaking news:

    Angry scenes outside Old Trafford with angry fans demanding Moyes to be reinstated as Utd manager but the police have told the Man city, Liverpool, Arsenal & Chelsea fans to go home!!

  21. I am going with Aguero (C) B|

    1. So is Daniel.

  22. How much do you think Bony will be next season?

    Fairly steep already when he was introduced at 8.0m...

    1. Probably the same price.

    2. Given price to return this season, maybe 7-7.5.

  23. No wonder my comment on the NEW POST isn't getting any responses?

  24. Last time asking,please help.Is it worth Silva to Nasri for -8? If not,I'll have to play one of Chester,Azpi or Puncheon..Chester and Azpi will concede for sure,and Puncheon will do nothing

  25. New Article Posted
  26. Following on from KoL's post what's the most crazy thing you've done in relation to FPL? Not taken a flight, not booked a holiday, walked 10 miles to an internet cafe?

  27. Looking forward to Giggs first team sheet - will hopefully give us some good pointers for DGW particularly in defence

  28. When in doubt, just go with the bookies - they make a living off getting these things right (more often than wrong). Rooney favourite to score at any time, and favourite to score two or more.

    In order of odds:
    Rooney
    Aguero
    Saurez
    Ramsey

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