Fixtures

Frisking the Fixtures – Gameweek Ten

The countdown to Gameweek ten is underway, beginning with our regular rinse through the fixture list and Next Six Tickers to establish a view on the “Strength of Schedule” for the coming weeks.

The Strong

Tottenham

Harry Redknapp’s side rightly have top four ambitions and, with five wins in six, are showing the form to realise them. The fixture list suggests that Spurs can go on earning positive results and cement a top four position going into the Christmas programme. QPR visit the Lane next, with Villa and Bolton also rolling up in the next five Gameweeks.

While the Spurs defence remains ravaged by injuries to Ledley King, Michael Dawson and William Gallas, Redknapp’s attacking assets will surely come good against such opponents. Equally, trips to Fulham and West Brom could also offer profits.

If you’re struggling to squeeze in either Rafael Van der Vaart or Emmanuel Adebayor, there could be some merit in Tottenham’s lesser assets – Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and full-back Kyle Walker. Going into the month ahead without Spurs coverage looks risky.

Stoke

Tony Pulis’ side are hugely effective at the Britannia and, with three home matches in the next four, their prospects look strong for returns at both ends of the field.

Newcastle will provide the sternest of tests this coming weekend and this will be a good barometer for Fantasy managers to judge the potential on offer. If the Stoke back four can keep a confident Newcastle at bay, we will surely see stronger investment in the likes of Ryan Shawcross and even budget full-back Andy Wilkinson.

A trip to Bolton follows the Magpies test, with favourable home clashes against QPR and Blackburn in Gameweeks 12 and 13. Following that, things toughen up once again for the Potters. Short-term investment in the Stoke defence, particularly when the bigger sides are scrapping around for clean sheets, looks a wise option.

Sunderland

The three points at Bolton will surely inject confidence into the Sunderland camp and with Nicklas Bendtner firing goals and Stephane Sessegnon back in a more effective wide role, Steve Bruce may well have a combination which can help sustain a run of form.

Certainly the fixture list is kind to them. Three home games in four serve up matches against Villa, Fulham and Wigan – all of which Bruce will surely be looking to win. The trip to Old Trafford will clearly be a major test and potential Fantasy blank but, around that, there’s little doubt that the Black Cats deserve our attention. A cheeky punt on Bendtner or Sessegnon could provide a handy differential.

Wigan

An encouraging display at St James’ Park at the weekend leads the Latics into a four gameweek spell which has them face Fulham and Blackburn at home, with trips to Wolves and Sunderland. If Wigan are to drag themselves out of the relegation mire, these matches will surely be vital in turning their season around.

Roberto Martinez has called for optimism, insisting that better results are just around the corner; when you look at the next four opponents, the potential for goals is clearly strong. However, Fantasy managers will be hugely skeptical as to whether these will be delivered and whether low-to-mid price assests like Victor Moses, Ben Watson and Hugo Rodallega can offer returns.

Also consider…

Arsenal – Disregard the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend and Arsene Wenger’s men continue a favourable run of opponents from Gameweeks 11 through to 15, including three more encouraging Emirates encounters.

Man United – A backlash from the 6-1 hammering to City will be expected at Goodison this weekend and, following that, United embark on a run which should see the goals flow and even clean sheets restored.

The Weak

Newcastle

Alan Pardew’s side are about to provide a rigid test of the form vs fixtures argument. There’s little doubt that Newcastle will go into the next five Gamekweeks with confidence flowing through the squad – whether than can continue to translate into points and Fantasy returns remains to be seen. Aside from a home clash with Everton, it’s difficult to see where Newcastle’s next points will come from, right up until the trip to Norwich in Gameweek 15.

The visit to the Britannia comes next, to face a Stoke side notoriously resolute and determined in front of their own fans. This gives way to the Gameweek 11 encounter with Everton, a vital interlude that precedes trips to both City and United, before Chelsea visit St James’ Park. Clean sheets look very unlikely during that spell, while the likes of Demba Ba, Leon Best and Yohan Cabaye will surely struggle to add to their goal tallies.

QPR

Neil Warnock’s side stumbled over the line against 9-man Chelsea on Sunday but will take heart from claiming a precious three points from their local rivals. However, trips to Spurs and Stoke, with a home clash with City sandwiched in between, offers an evil run of three gameweeks to take Rangers into December.

Those Fantasy managers clinging to Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton or even Adel Taarabt, should consider their options. Warnock’s back four, while cheap, also look unlikely to be returning points for a few weeks.

Be wary of…

Wolves – A battling second-half comeback will give Mick McCarthy something to work with, having suffered five straight defeats prior to Saturday’s 2-2 with Swansea. The fixture list is staked against him however, with a trip to City this weekend just the first of four away games in six which also take Wolves to Everton, Chelsea and United. Points and Fantasy returns look scarce.

Chelsea –If you’re looking to clear some funds to make way for Tottenham acquisitions, your Chelsea assets could be leading candidates for sacrifice. The fixture list is against them, with Arsenal, Liverpool, City and a trip to Newcastle all coming up in the next six Gameweeks.

Liverpool – While a trip to the Hawthorns may offer promise in the short term, once the Anfield clash with Swansea has passed, Kenny Dalglish’s side faces a run of three gameweeks that see them take on Chelsea, City and a trip to Fulham – Luis Suarez will need goals before Gameweek 12, otherwise heavy sales will surely be on the cards.

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  1. Ferris Bueller
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Have you seen Bannan's been suspended by Villa pending an internal enquiry? Follows a smash on the M1 and a suspicion of drink driving...

    Time to ship him out if you were hanging on!

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    1. Bazman returns
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      Yep now got to find a suitable replacement but who?

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      1. Ferris Bueller
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        12 years, 4 months ago

        Surely Pilkington's the best bet; same price 5.1 (for now) and Blackburn and QPR at home in the next four games.

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  2. Samwise the Brave
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    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    does anyone think shawX will start 2moro in the league cup or will they rest him for the priemer league, want to bring him in before price rise but don't want him getting injured

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  3. CatMac
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    • 14 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Help needed peeps if anyone cares to give some advice. My current team for GW10 is:

    Vorm (Krul)
    Enrique, N Taylor, W Brown (Bosingwa, S Taylor)
    VDV, Silva, Dyer, Barton (Ramsey)
    Rooney, Agbonlahor, RVP

    I've already done Mata to VDV, but have another FT left and I'm looking to ship out Barton, Bosingwa and possibly Krul in the next couple of GW's. What do you reckon I should do:

    a) Barton to Larsson, Walters, Drenthe, Anderson
    b) Bosingwa to Kompany, Jones
    c) Krul to Al Habsi, Begovic
    d) carry over my FT

    Any sensible suggestions welcomed, please 🙂

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    1. CatMac
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      • 14 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Sorry, for b) add Shawcross

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      1. Brutus619
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        12 years, 4 months ago

        I'd do A to Drenthe or B to Shawcross so you can maybe swap Agbon up to Adebayor with the extra 1 mil saved on Bosingwa.

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    2. Spike ⚽️
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      I would bring in Walters. Larsson is 1 yellow away from a ban and I reckon Stoke have the better fixture over the next four gameweeks

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    3. Podolskistan
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      A) bart to walters

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    4. Gaz Downright
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      good times for stoke ahead

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  4. RASPUTIN - the foking bom t…
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    cATMAC - GOOD TO SEE YOU BAK ON ERE -

    what do you think on this team - sorry to ask - long time answerer of questions though guys... (mostly wrong mind)

    Mingolet
    komp - enriq - shawx - barnett - wilkinson
    silva - anderson - vdv - walters allen
    rvp - dzeko - studge

    dzeko to roo nxt week?

    just WCd

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  5. Teesra - The Jalebi
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    When is the best week to use the Wildcard - seriously thinking about it this GW

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    1. Spike ⚽️
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      It depends what state your team is in now. I would have no hesitation in giving up 8pts bcos your wildcard is a big asset!!

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    2. Lucky_2010
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      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      no right and wrong answer ... if you are chasing leader in the mini league and far behind then go for it without second thought, unless 1-2 players it's ok to take pts hit BUT more you will be sorry to loose huge pts, other than that if you having bunch of low performers, banned, injuries etc etc

      so decision is yours and should not hold on if you are having those issues as state above, just my opinion and good luck on wild carding .....

      cheers,

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  6. Daradus
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Alright chaps its been a few weeks without posting and I'm in a pickle an unbiased party usually can help me out of.

    I'm top of my league for the month with £60 on the cards if i hold out this week, problem is there is only 6 points between me and 2nd, 3rd so I need to weigh up my option + I'm considering a 4 point hit.

    Vorm (Krul)
    Enrique Smalling Warmock De Laet R Taylor
    Nani Silva Modric Ramsey N Dyer
    Suarez Adebayor Van Persie.

    my competitors have better city options and Im looking to cover my back a bit too.

    Do I a) Swap nani for someone cheaper and bring in richards/kompany for De laet for the 4 point hit?
    b) Swap RVP or Suarez and bring in ballotelli or dzeko and leave the rest
    c) leave my defence and swap nani & suarez or rvp for city options (could end up with silva milner and dzeko if this is done).

    HElp!

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    1. piers
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      Maybe b) but not a big deal. Man City strikers are hard to call. If your luck is anything like mine, you'll buy the one who'll sit on the bench or play 9 mins at the end. Suarez is due a goal, RVP on form and Ade has nice fixtures. Don't take the hit unless you really feel that you're gonna get a lot more. You have a good team.

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    2. Guinney
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      The Man City strikers are to hard to call in my opinion, like when they play they will score you points. aguero is firmly first choice but even could be rotated. I'd keep your front line at the moment, maybe in the coming weeks move Suarez out, but not this week.

      Maybe get a cheaper midfielder in for Modric - Walters is a good option at the moment. Then you will have enough money to get in Kompany. But to be honest don't think it's worth a hit.

      Selling RVP is a crazy idea. I know he is playing Chelsea this week but still after that he has good fixtures. I wish I could afford him.

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  7. Back in Action
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Morning all,

    Ramsey or Simpson this week?

    Cheers

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    1. piers
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Ramsey. I can see Newcastle scoring.

      Help me out with my dilemna.....

      Allen or Murphy?

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    2. Guinney
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      toughie. Would wait and see if Simpson is going to start with Santon coming back from injury. If Simpson starts I'd go with him

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  8. ayezeee
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Here's my team:

    Vorm (Krul)
    Wilkinson-Shawcross-Enrique (Barnett-A.Williams)
    Silva-VDV-Modric-Sinclair (Moses)
    Dzeko-Aguero-Adebayor

    1. not sure whether to play shawcross/wilkinson combo (vs.Stoke) OR barnett(vs.Blackburn) and williams (vs.Bolton)
    2. sinclair (vs.Bolton) OR moses (vs.Fulham)
    3. not sure what to do with dzeko...good long term investment?

    thoughts?

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    1. ayezeee
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      12 years, 4 months ago

      shawcross/wilkinson vs. Newcastle ***

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  9. LT10
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Thoughts:
    Will Swansea get a fifth consecutive home CS?

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    1. Lucky_2010
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      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      why not, you wouldn't know lol

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  10. All Whites Undefeated
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Hey, really unsure about what to do and need points as my rival is slipping away
    This is my team and i got 2 free transfers and 0.2 but willing to take a hit if it will benefit me.

    Begovic Vorm
    Enrique Simpson R Taylor Bosingwa Woodgate
    Nani Silva Ramsey Britton Ferguson
    Aguero Rooney Suarez

    a) i could get rid of woogate for wilkinson, ramsey for walters and britton or ferguson for a more solid option.

    b) nani for VDV and woodgate for wilkinson

    c) rooney or aguero for balotelli or adebayor, woodgate to wilkonson and britton for modic or bale.

    Thanks alot any help is much appreciated

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    1. Lucky_2010
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      ferguson just warm bencher .... get rid of him fast lol

      woodgate > shawcross/walker/barnett/brown

      if you don't have spurs cover, i would say do get vdv if you have cash or else modric then and hold on rooney and kun (rotation risk), i think both should come good soon, on suarez maybe consider adebayor/bendtner but after gw 11 ???

      cheers.

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    2. Gaz Downright
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      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Suarez ➡ Adebayor
      Ferguson ➡ mid-price midfielder

      personally I am going to see the stoke line-up for the league cup tonight, but i am currently thinking of gambling on woodie maybe playing this weekend (but he is on the way out as he has proven way too unstable)

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  11. DDD909
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Hey, would appreciate some comments on the following please.

    My team:
    Vorm (Krul)

    ShawX - Kompany - Bosingwa - (Stearmann) - (R Taylor)

    Silva - Mata - Walters - Sinclair - Adam

    Agbonlahor - RVP - (Best)

    Options im thinking
    A) Bring in Aguero for RVP
    B) Bring in Agureo and VDV for RVP and Mata (4 point hit)
    C) Bring in VDV and Nasri for Adam and Mata.

    Thougts please.

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    1. Podolskistan
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      dont consider RVP out, ow much in bank?

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      1. DDD909
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Why?

        .9 in the bank.

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        1. heco87
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 4 months ago

          Because you;; want RVP next week and Aguero isn't guaranteed to start

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          1. DDD909
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 4 months ago

            Options for this week then. any City striker will get more points than RVP.

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            1. Podolskistan
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 4 months ago

              go for super mario then

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  12. dcarlito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Got excited and played my wildcard, a lot of deadwood needed to be cleared - de laet, moses, given etc. Any additional suggestions for my team:

    Vorm (al habsi), Boyata, Wilkinson, Walker, Kompany, Smalling
    Van der Vaart, Nasri, Sinclair, Walters, Fox
    RVP, Suarez, Ade

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    1. Elniñorules
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      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Nasri > Silva, Smalling > Newcastle DF. Upgrade MF.

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  13. Gaz Downright
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    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    any league cup line-ups out yet?

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  14. Spaghetti Hoes
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Hey guys looking to get a Utd defender in over the next couple of weeks for Enrique. Can afford Ferdinand, Jones, Smalling or Evra. I understand Evra is the most secure option but Jones would be my preferred choice.

    Am I right in saying that because he can play rb, cm, cb that he should start most games?

    In addition is there any point spending the extra money on UTD defenders when Clean Sheets seem so hard to come by this year? (Although they have 3 so far)

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    1. Elniñorules
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      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      There's going to be too much rotation there to afford a 6+ DF. I'd rather have Komp/Richards/Enriq, all of whom are nailed on & would play every GW in my team.

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  15. Elniñorules
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    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Why's everyone so upset with Agbon? He does well in most home games & easy ones.

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  16. bdwhite91
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    12 years, 4 months ago

    Should I play Evans or Petrov?

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