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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Topic of the Fortnight: The Worrying Factors

Welcome dear readers, and it's time for the topic of the fortnight again. I think that it would be interesting to discover the worrying factors for the following clubs: Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Manchester City. So, lets get going...

Liverpool: The Lack of Spare Tyres
Well, you see it don't you? While the English FA gives each team seven places on the bench, I think Benitez only have one which he can totally rely on - Benayoun. Pathetically, the lack of funding combined with Benitez's experimental purchases over these years had made his squad's depth as shallow as rain puddles. Just look at the front line: Arsenal has Arshavin, Van Persie, Eduardo and Bendtner to rely; Chelsea has Anelka, Drogba and Kalou available; Robinho, Adebayor, Bellamy and Tevez are all available at Manchester City; Manchester United got Rooney, Berbatov and Owen. But when Torres is injured, Benitez is forced to push Kuyt upfront because he's his one and only one reliable player who can substitute El Nino as striker!

"Rafa needs us. Lets get rolling!"

Man Utd: Sir Chewie's Overconfidence
Sir Alex Ferguson is a man worthy to be both respected and hated. He levelled United's title credentials to Liverpool's, nurtured the likes like Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Nevilles and much more, and also led United to become the first treble champions; yet he complained a lot about his defeats and pushed all the responsibilities to the third party, spoke uncountable numbers of ridiculous lame jokes and regarded himself as the emperor of English football.

Well get back to the topic. Why do I think that Fergie is too optimistic this season? It's obvious - he earned 80 million pounds through Ronaldo's sale yet he didn't bring on any world class replacements. This was shown again in the game against Sunderland last fortnight where Ryan Giggs was not even on the bench! Come on, he's not injured, why not putting him on the bench so that he can come out and save the team when needed? Welbeck on the starting 11? He's simply too overconfident.

Chewing gum keeps his breath fresh, but not his mouth.

Chelsea: Unprepared for Downtimes
Feeling that this is absurd? Well, hah, they just got beaten again, so think about it. They're in a quite dangerous position now as their main problems are still hidden, which Ancelotti will have less time to fix them should they float to the surface. Even Scolari recorded a long run of victories before eventually dropped out of Man Utd-Liverpool title race faster than the speed of light. I think the Blues are just to comfortable about their position right now that if their tactics get dissected by their opponents, they can say bye bye to the EPL trophy again. Not to bluff, but see how they fallen by two Aston Villa's headers? They should really buck their self up and do their best every game to prevent unnecessary slip-ups.

He needs to be more aware of his squad's weaknesses should he want to stay longer than Scolari...

Manchester City: Dissatisfaction of Star Players
Sooner or later, the internal breakout of Manchester City will arise. Just look at the signings they've got: Roque Santa Cruz came the earliest as he thought that he can partner with Robinho, only to realize that he doesn't even know in what position does Hughes put him on; Tevez joined City with a hope to gain his playing time, but that turns out to be somewhat impossible; Robinho joined last season as he didn't see his future with Real Madrid, but now his future doesn't look bright at England as well. With Bellamy unexpectedly joined the battle of the sky blue army's strikers, several of them might outburst their frustration and eventually breakup the squad's unity and morale. Good luck, Mark Hughes.

"Oh boy, just be good and listen to papa's words."
"Why should I? I don't even get sweets for that!"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pre-Match Analysis: Gameweek 9

So after another international break, both EPL and FPL are back into business. First and foremost, lets see some injuries suffered by major FPL players due to their international call-ups:
  1. Rooney (not available)
  2. Gerrard (not available)
  3. Torres (not available)
  4. Kuyt (doubtful)
  5. Ballack (doubtful)
Erm, I think that's all of the most concerned injuries. Sorry if I missed out any.

Match by Match Analysis

Home vs AwayAnalysis
Last Five Games
Predicted Score
Predicted Fantasy Hero

AST vs CHEHistory had seen the Villans to have their way to sink the Russian's juggernaut. Given that O'Neill's squad had already pawned Liverpool and drawn Manchester City, you may want to gamble a bit on Villa's players.

ARS vs BIREven if all Arsenal's starting eleven do not play, I will still be surprised if they lose this one. It looks to be an 80-20 possession game.

EVE vs WOLEverton: solid defence, efficient offence. Wolves: solid goals conceders, efficient chances wasters. It should be Saha again.

MANU vs BOLRooney may not play, and this is a good time to swap him out and use the money to get Fabregas. Although Van der Sar is recovered, still I think Bolton can score.

POR vs TOTI feel sorry for Crouchie as he scored twice again in the internationals but yet he will rarely start unless either Defoe or Keane is injured.

STO vs WHUI would like to vote for Stoke's victory, but head to head statistics have shown that Stoke lose all the last six encounter against West Ham, and that balances up West Ham's awful run of form. Time for Shawcross to score his second of the season?

SUN vs LIVSunderland had only won one in all of their encounters against Liverpool. Still, I predict the Reds to win toughly with Darren Bent's presence.

BLA vs BURBurnley's home record: 4 wins; Burnley's away record: 4 losses. It's clear enough on how to predict their results.

WIG vs MANCCity should win if they want to be one of the title contenders. Please score, Adebayor.

FUL vs HULAlbeit the Tigers are starting to gear up together, they are still expected to lose. Fulham is always the better team than them. I bet Murphy will get another 3 points bonus.

The Must-Ins

Fabregas - You'll get a heart attack if he scored double figures again.

Luke's Dream Team of the Week


Baines Vermaelen Shawcross

Fabregas Giggs Murphy Dunn

Adebayor Bent Saha

Captain: Fabregas
Alternative Captain Picks: Adebayor, Giggs
Team Value: £78.6m
P/S: The elaborations section is omitted starting from this gameweek as I think the information at the analysis section above is enough for you to make your decision.


World Cup Qualifying Round-Up
In Europe zone, we saw England ended their perfect runs of wins on weekend to give Ukraine the three crucial points needed and take a revenge on Croatia at the same time. Portugal on the other hand, got their most needed victory on midweek to ensure a position for play-offs. Spain recorded a perfect 10 before set their way to South Africa.

On the other side of the world, we saw Maradona successfully prevented his side to be sent to doom after their last gasp victory against Uruguay. As a result of this, Ecuador was out of the tournament.

As for players, Peter Crouch impressed Capello again by adding a brace in his international goals count. Wright-Phillips and Kranjcar also scored one respectively.

So are you happy to see C Ronaldo and Messi both getting through the world cup finals?

"Yes! Yes! Yesssssssssss!"

Goods and Bads for Reds
Rafa has always protested international games for drawing up his fresh players, and it's the same this time. The golden attacking trio - Torres, Gerrard and Kuyt each suffered a knock, while Mascherano and Lucas would have to travel more than half of a day to get back to England. Kyrgiakos has suffered an injury as well. On the good side, we saw Agger played two full games as a sign of he returning to full fitness and Aquilani might get his debut for Reds.

The most awaited player.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Poll of the Fortnight: Which Part of Your Fantasy Lineup Will You Spend The Most Money On?

As you can see, EPL this season is nothing other than attack, attack and attack. So the poll results had been heavily altered by this factor.

If it was years before, I bet fantasy managers will spend the money evenly between all their lines, but this year, the case is different.

Expensive strikers are craved the most by our fellow voters with 20 votes! I had not surprised if many managers land in Torres, Drogba and Rooney trio in their team.

The next is midfielders with 19 votes. Despite the poor performance of fantasy midfielders, many managers still put their trust on them.

6 people voted that they spare the money evenly. Quite rational for the years before, but this year I think its not the case. Why should you spend so much money on defenders and keepers when they hardly get any clean sheet?

Defenders, goalkeepers and random sparing of money get 1 vote respectively, which is very reasonable for this crazy season.

The trend may change as the season goes on, lets see if there are any more surprises that EPL may give!