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  1. Last night’s 3-2 win over Spurs extended Liverpool’s unbeaten league run to nine matches as the Reds moved to just three points off the top four in the Premier League. Fundamental to that form has been the shift to a 3-4-2-1 formation, which has transformed their season after a patchy first few months of the […]

  2. There’s no doubt Roberto Martinez is a big fan of Ross Barkley. Deprived of the youngster’s services for the first seven Gameweeks of the season, the Toffees boss has thrust him straight back into league action, with three starts and a sub appearance in the subsequent four league fixtures.

  3. The fall-out from Aaron Ramsey’s hamstring injury absence persuaded over 50,000 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers to snap up Stewart Downing after a change of position looked to have transformed the former Liverpool man. Handed a role at the tip of West Ham’s midfield diamond in the previous three matches, Downing had served up a […]

  4. After making his debut in the midweek cup win over Arsenal, Saido Mane retained his place in the Saints’ first XI for the weekend clash against QPR. With the Senegal wide man starting on the left of a 4-3-3, Dusan Tadic switched flanks to accommodate the new boy and both players earned an assist apiece […]

  5. A change of tactics from Arsene Wenger helped Arsenal sweep aside Villa last weekend and recover from a midweek humbling at Dortmund. The Gunners boss benched Alexis Sanchez and switched from his new 4-1-4-1 formation to last year’s 4-2-3-1 system, which crucially allowed Mesut Ozil to move to the role in “the hole” behind Danny […]

  6. A 4-0 thrashing of QPR helped Man United to their first win of the season under Louis van Gaal last weekend. After failing to find a way past Burnley in their previous league fixture, the Red Devils ran riot against the hapless R’s, with a trio of midfielders, Angel di Maria, Juan Mata and Ander […]

  7. All eyes were on White Hart Lane last Sunday as Liverpool rolled up to face Tottenham with new boy Mario Balotelli on board for the first time. After tasting defeat at City in their previous match, Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to form in style, sweeping aside their previously unbeaten hosts with a 3-0 win which […]

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  4. Sturridge starts for Liverpool against Burnley as Markovic drops to the bench.

  5. Courtois returns in goal for Chelsea. Oscar recalled with Willian dropping to the bench. Zouma in midfield once more.

  6. Song drops to the bench for West Ham as Nolan earns a recall to the starting XI.

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 2 Mar, 2015 11:08am
Player Club Factors
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
No Change Ospina ARS B
Up Lloris TOT C, Vs
Down Hart MCI C, Vs
Up Green QPR C, Vs
Down Guzan AVL C, Vs
Up Speroni CPL C

Defenders

Last updated: 2 Mar, 2015 2:23pm
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE A
No Change Bellerín ARS A, Rest, £
Up Dawson WBA A, Vs, £
Up Rose TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Naughton SWA B, Vs, £
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Down Bertrand SOT C
Down Réveillere SUN B, Vs, £
Down Kompany MCI C, Vs
Down Wollscheid STO C
Down Skrtel LIV B
Down Cresswell WHM C, VsX
Up Dann CPL C, Vs
Down Vlaar AVL C, Vs, Inj

Midfielders

Last updated: 2 Mar, 2015 11:33am
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A
No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
Up Eriksen TOT C, Vs
Up Ozil ARS A, Vs
Up Sterling LIV B, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS C, Vs
Up Phillips QPR B, Vs
Up Puncheon CPL B, VsX
Down Mane SOT C, Vs
No Change Sinclair AVL B, Vs, £
Down Walters STO B
Down Di María MUN B
Down Downing WHM C
Up Ki SWA B, Vs

Forwards

Last updated: 5 Mar, 2015 8:41pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Kane TOT A, Vs
Up Austin QPR B, Vs
Down Giroud ARS B, Vs
Up Rooney MUN B
Down Diego Costa CHE C
Down NDoye HUL B, £
Up Cissé NEW B, Vs, £, Sus
Up Gomis SWA C, Vs
Down Sturridge LIV C, VsX, Rest
Down Lukaku EVE C
No Change Defoe SUN C
Up Benteke AVL C, Vs
Down Berahino WBA B

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Clark AVL 9
Fábregas CHE 9
Bardsley STO 9
Larsson SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Cleverley AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
Besic EVE 8
Livermore HUL 8
Gerrard LIV 8
Barton QPR 8
Pellè SOT 8
Wanyama SOT 8
Reid WHM 8
Chambers ARS 7
Agbonlahor AVL 7
Okore AVL 7
Matic CHE 7
Naismith EVE 7
Henderson LIV 7
Skrtel LIV 7
Kompany MCI 7
Fernandinho MCI 7
Rojo MUN 7
Janmaat NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Fonte SOT 7
Schneiderlin SOT 7
Shelvey SWA 7
Mason TOT 7
Gardner WBA 7

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder