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Fantasy Football Saturday Review

Saturday Review Gameweek 15

Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle

Utd v NewWith both teams coming off losses from the midweek matches, this was a good opportunity to bounce back quickly, even more so for David Moyes and Manchester United in front of their home supporters. It was a tight first half and some might say that the Toon maybe edged it but alas it was still goalless at the break and the only interesting thing was the booking of Yohan Cabaye which means he misses the next game. After the break it was a different story. Patrice Evra failed to clear a long ball and it fell into the path of Moussa Sissoko, who then ran the by line and passed the ball into the path of the booked Cabaye who slotted the ball neatly into the corner to put Newcastle one up. Unfortunately for United, that is how this game finished up, and to be honest Newcastle were well worth the win as United were very average indeed! Can January come any sooner for United and Moyes?

Bonus Points: Krul & Cabaye (3), Williamson & Santon (1)

Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff

Pal v CarAnother important game for Palace and it is these types of games that they need to pick up points, in order to survive the drop. They certainly helped their cause early on as Cameron Jerome opened the scoring after heading home a great cross by Jason Puncheon. Then on 58 minutes Marouane Chamakh doubled the lead with a smart finish after Barry Bannan’s cross was half cleared. Palace are certainly making a good go at survival now and theses three points will go a long way to getting them out the drop zone, along with yet another clean sheet which should be noted by fantasy managers.  

Bonus Points: Chamakh (3), Jerome (2), Caulker & Ward (1)

Liverpool 4-1 West Ham

Liv v WhamA very defensive West Ham arrived at Anfield ready to play some counter attacking football and it almost worked in the first half. Liverpool found it quite difficult to break down a very resilient defence and a slight bit of fortune was needed to finally break the deadlock. A shot by Luis Suarez was well saved by Jaaskelainen but the rebound was turned into his own net by Guy Demel. It got worse for the Hammers after the break as a great Steven Gerrard free kick found Sakho at the back post who toe-poked the ball in to score his first Liverpool goal. Gerrard owners will have to wait and see the significance of his injury as the Reds skipper was taken off holding his hamstring. You would think the players did not know which way they were playing in this game as there was yet another own goal, this time by Martin Skrtel, his second within a week. Finally a proper goal was scored as a superb cross by Glen Johnson was headed in at the back post by you know who (Luis Suarez if you’re a bit slow to catch on). Yet another solid performance was capped off Suarez, this time with a mazey run that saw the ball in the back of the net via a deflection off Joey O’Brien, another goal for the dubious goals panel. Kevin Nolan owners must also take note that the midfielder picked up a red card after a terrible tackle on Henderson.

Bonus Points: Suarez (3), Sakho (2), Johnson (1)

Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

Sou v CityA fantastic start by City in this one as Alexander Kolarov provided another assist for City’s man in form Sergio Aguero, who added another goal to his tally. However Southampton bounced back late into the first half and it was an absolute peach of a finish by Osvaldo to level things going into the break, Steven Davis was credited with the assist for the goal. After the break it was Southampton that applied all the pressure in this one, but could not find a winner. With Southampton’s form of late, City would have been the favourites, however their away form continues to be a worry and the points were shared in the end.

Bonus Points: Osvaldo (3), Davis (2), Kolarov, Aguero & Shaw (1)

Stoke 3-2 Chelsea

Sto v CheChelsea were looking to carry on their winning streak as well as their fantastic record into the month of December. John Obi Mikel passed the ball to Andre Schurlle who finished off very well and gave Chelsea the lead. Stoke were able to get back into it before the half time break as Chelsea failed to clear a corner and the ball fell at the massive feet of Peter Crouch who poked the ball home. After the break and it was Stoke who took the lead in this one with a great finish by Stephen Ireland after receiving a pass from Walters. Schurlle then got his second of the game after the Stoke defence was not able to clear Juan Mata’s free kick and the German hammered the ball home. Then right at the death, an absolute stunner from Oussama Assaidi sent the Britannia into chaos and end Chelsea’s decent run.

Bonus Points: Schurlle (3), Crouch (2), Mikel (1)

West Brom 0 – 2 Norwich

Wbrom v NorAfter suffering a demolition job at the hands of Liverpool, Norwich needed to pick themselves up for this one and they started well as Gary Hooper drove home his third goal of the season to open the scoring. Leroy Fer provided the assist for Hooper. It hasn’t been all plain sailing for West Brom either as they have not won in five games now. After the break, Stephan Sessegnon had a fantastic chance to equalise and only he knows how he did not score. The points were then wrapped up for the Canaries as Fer turned goal scorer. West Brom will be kicking themselves here as they had 27 shots at goal but could not convert any. A massive win away from home here for Norwich.

Bonus Points: Fer (3), Ruddy (2), Hooper (1)

Sunderland 1 – 2 Tottenham

Sun v TotA must win game for both sides here, for the home side in order to keep in touching distance with the other teams at the foot of the table, and for Spurs in order to keep within touching distance of the top four and especially for AVB and the safety of his job. It was Sunderland that opened the scoring here when Adam Johnson smashed the ball home at the far post. Just before the break Spurs were back in it as Paulinho stabbed the ball home from a Chadli knock down. After the break Spurs carried on applying the pressure and it finally told when yet another own goal was scored today as John O’Shea turned the ball into his own net from a Mousa Dembele cross. Jermaine Defoe was extremely unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet as he hit the woodwork not once, but twice during the course of the game. The game finished 2-1 and Spurs left with an invaluable three points.

Bonus Points: Paulinho (3), Dembele (2), Johnson (1)

This article was written by Migs

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  1. 7
    Ripcurl82 says:

    Thanks for the Article Migs

  2. 8
    Bench@BanterburyLeagues says:

    Cheers Migs

  3. 9

    Nice work Migs, finally got a chance to read through it properly… Missed out the top review tho 😉

  4. 10
    Horse says:

    Great article Migs!!

  5. 12
    Kop Warrior says:

    Morning all…so is everyone happy with their teams performance yesterday?

    • 12.2

      Kop – had 96pts last GW and tons of Red arrows !
      53 yesterday – and they went all green smile
      Hope they stay that way later 2night…

      Considering I have a very weak defense – more than satisfied

      • Kop Warrior says:

        HL – I have a semi decent defence and I’m not getting many clean sheets so a cheap defence would appear the way to go!!

      • James101 says:

        Those are solid enough scores mate. Steady wins the race.

        Patience is a turtle…

        • @Kop – true…
          @James – u plan to stick with a a double Arsenal cover at the back all the way till NY ?
          Seems like ARS have a tough run of fixtures coming up…starting from 2day…

        • James101 says:

          I wanted merz in. I could switch out Kos for coleman, zaba or some such.

          Depends on gerrards injury and lukakus form…

        • Checked this morning again – still no news on whether Stevie has done the tests…
          I’m keeping Roo & will bring in Mirallas…
          Hope Stevie G will cleared off of that hamstring injury….

        • James101 says:


          I’m very happy with my mids and forwards.

          Can retain lukaku or take Rooney back.

          If gerrards out I’ll maybe do something there.

          Or use my spare cash (£3.2m) (or not) to switch clyne out.

        • Potty Procky says:

          Stevie Gee out for 10-14 days,its a blow.

        • Potty – if that’s true, then I’m sc****d sad

        • Potty Procky says:

          the stevie gee news was in my advent calendar next to the window where Tom Daley came out of.

        • James101 says:


          You always say that!

          Nah. Just think it through.

          You could sit on him for the two games he misses.

          Or switch in coutinho or Oviedo or lampard or many others.

          This is the fun part of the game mate.

        • James smile , don’t get me wrong mate…
          It’s not that I’m a pessimist,nope…
          Pretty satisfied with what I have done till now – ranked in the 27K, that is..
          It’s just my plans never seem to work out…I have a team which Im playing for fun only – and it has “only” 100pts less…sounds a lot, but consider no Suarez or Kun in it – and it’s actually not that much…
          I have a few leagues which are THE most important for me/I’m playing them for a good cash prize (plus the ego which is at stake 😉 ) …
          I have a very weak defense and was hoping to compensate it with the mid pts…
          I don’t like taking hits but end up doing them every 2nd week…
          And if Stevie G. stays injured for the next GW, I ll need to do another hit ….

        • James101 says:

          I hear you mate.

          I am not in any cash leagues. I just play for fun.

          1st season playing properly have played two before but only logging on once a week to make transfers with no info.

          Found FFC mid last season. Learned some tricks and have been building in them since.

          Honestly I just enjoy the competition with the guys on here.

          Beating Gallows or you or Cookie or whoever in a H2H or league position. That’s a challenge and so means more than winning a few quid…

          Love the Banterbury leagues too.

        • Jimbo – beating any of the “Regulars” around here – is always fun dance

          Anyway, this is what the site is for…
          B4 joining FFC and now FF247 (read all of the characters around here ) , I played for fun only, too smile
          SInce then, FPL is like a religion…The community here is amazing…Helping each-other out and with time u ll get to train ur gut & senses too – to know when to do a crazy move and when to just stick with what the majority is doing that same week…

          All in all – this place and the people here – are amazing !!!

          p.s. have a look at my scores in the previous yrs :
          2010/11 1621 1324791
          2011/12 1828 700817
          2012/13 1936 414658
          2013/14 929 ! 27K

        • James101 says:


          Huge improvement mate!

          I got 100 and 200k in my first two seasons I think.

          But as much luck as judgement IMO.

          Doing it right this season for the first time!

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