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Fantasy Football Sunday Review

Sunday Review Gameweek 16 FPL Fantasy Premier League

Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd

_71755608_welbeck_apMan Utd were dealt a huge blow midweek with the news that Robin van Persie would be side-lined for about a month with a thigh injury. Aston Villa were without the influential Fabien Delph who was serving a one game suspension and the Villains were hoping to end their abysmal home run against Utd, their last league win against Utd was 18 years ago. Sadly for Villa after just 18 minutes of play they found themselves two nil down thanks to Danny Welbeck. The first came after Adnan Januzaj had hit the post and Welbeck was first on hand to slot home, the second came three minutes later following great work from Antonio Valencia down the right who produced a pinpoint cross into the path of Welbeck to convert. Man Utd keep up the pressure in the first half and both Welbeck and Wayne Rooney came close to increasing the lead. Villa on the other hand failed to test David de Gea. The second half was a feisty affair, de Gea and Gabriel Agbonlahor had a handbags moment shortly after the re-start which resulted in both being booked. Agbonlahor will therefore miss Villas next fixture away at Stoke. Utd kept up the pressure and were rewarded on 52 minutes when Tom Cleverley (yes that is correct!) finished off a Wayne Rooney assist to make it three nil. Mathew Lowton was the next name in the referee’s book when he caught Januzaj and shortly afterwards Utd supporters rose in unison to welcome the return of Darren Fletcher following serious illness. Rooney was unfortunate when he found himself clean through only for the referee to bring play back following more handbags by Welbeck and Nathan Baker. The remainder of the match just petered out with no more clear cut chances, Villas Ciaran Clark was booked and Christian Benteke was missing in action again and is clearly short of confidence. Man Utd will take some positives from this result, three crucial points, a comfortable win and signs that when they attack down the flanks the Red Devils can be a handful, Villa though will be very concerned with their poor run of form.

Bonus points: Welbeck (3) Cleverley (2) Jones & Valencia (1)

Norwich 1-1 Swansea

hooperThis intriguing encounter at Carrow Road saw Swansea without the industrious Chico Flores who was suspended and the home side were without their influential midfield pair of Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington due to injury. Fantasy managers were hoping this game would be as action-packed as the previous six meetings which have produced 25 goals and the signs at first were promising when Nathan Dyer put Swansea ahead on 12 minutes following a great passage of play from Ashley Williams.  Michu should have doubled the lead but took a wild stab and saw his effort sail over the bar. The turning point in the first half came shortly after Dyer was stretchered off the field with a nasty ankle injury, when deep into stoppage time Johan Elmander found Gary Hooper and the former Celtic Forward unleashed a 25 yard volley that gave Michel Vorm no chance. The second half was a messy affair, Swansea were frustrated by The Canaries and picked up silly yellow cards, Angel Rangel, Michel Vorm and Jose Canas were all booked by the referee. Hooper was denied late on following great work by Leroy Fer and Michael Turner headed against the bar. Norwich will be disappointed not to have taken all three points, they were denied by the woodwork and outstanding goalkeeping by Vorm.

Bonus points: Hooper (3) Dyer & Williams (2) 

Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool

Liv v WhamSundays stand out game was the visit of Liverpool to White Hart Lane who had their captain Steven Gerrard missing due to injury. Spurs had enjoyed a small run of form but have won only one of their last five home league matches. The first 45 minutes showed a side to Liverpool that has been lacking away from Anfield. They were relentless at times against Spurs, Phillipe Coutinho had a great chance after just 2 minutes following good work from Liverpool’s Stand in Captain Luis Suarez but the Brazilian scuffed his shot. Liverpools passing was played at a high tempo and was slick and they broke through the Spurs defence on 18 minutes when, following a period of extended pressure, Michael Dawson lost possession to Jordan Henderson and his pass found Suarez who obliged with a brilliantly well placed finish. Liverpool now had the bit between their teeth and Coutinho saw an effort hit the crossbar and Spurs were then forced into an early substitution when Sandro retired injured. To compound his departure more sustained pressure from Liverpool saw Henderson calmly volleying into the goal for Liverpool’s second after an effort by Suarez had been saved. Just before the break Simon Mignolet was fortunate when an effort by Roberto Soldado was disallowed following a shoulder barge. The second half performance by Liverpool showcased their potential, and the result was devastating to Spurs. Goals from Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling and Suarez were no more than Liverpool deserved and Spurs’ job was made all the harder when Paulinho was red carded in the 63rd minute for a foul on Suarez. The standout performance has to go to Suarez, 2 goals and three assists says it all, the home fans had long gone as the sound of You’ll Never Walk Alone reverberated around White Hart Lane. The result moves The Reds up to 2nd place, just 2 points off top spot. Sensational!

Bonus points: Suarez (3) Henderson (2) Flanagan (1)


This article was written by Eddy


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  1. 169
    Slow Poison says:

    Rooney or Negredo for Aguero? I already made the switch to Negredo but I just want to see what the majority did

  2. 170
    Anti Top Four says:

    When do you think is the ideal time to play the January WC – at the very beginning of the window, hence to possibly build up team value? at the end of the window, once all the activity has clarified?

    • 170.1
      NIN says:

      ATF – I suppose it depends on the state of your squad,if your squad is doing well and is in good health then i suppose it could be good to hold off and see what happens in the domestic cups,alternatively if your squad is stuttering and you can spot obvious problems then using it right away might be the best option to get back on track.I’m going to activate it ASAP and make a big shift in personnel,strongly considering a formation change too,hope this helps a bit mate.

      • Anti Top Four says:

        It helps, thanks. I am thinking along the same lines and thought, perhaps, there are other strategies to be considered. Formation change? From a 3-4-3 to ??? All the best.

        • NIN says:

          ATF – 3-5-2 is the system i’m looking at,packing the midfield with premiums with Suarez/Rooney up top,i suppose that would mean Lukaku instead of Rooney for you…

    • 170.2
      Raziel says:

      I was wondering the same mate. Don’t know what I did last year. Can go 2 ways really. I think most people will use it asap, so many will have the same players. Things can really change in a week or 2, so if that’s wise, dunno. I’m guessing I’ll be pressing the activate button immediately, even though I like my current team.

      Not certain though, we’ll see.

  3. 171
    jamesimmo says:

    Hey all, here’s my team as of now, please let me know how I can improve:

    De Gea (Moore)

    Moxey* Dawson Fonte (Vlaar*) (Faye)

    Özil Silva Oscar Ravel (Brunt)

    Suarez (c) Lukaku Rooney (v)

    *doubtful players. 0.9m in the bank. 0 FT left.

    Want Walcott, either Özil or Oscar would have to go.. and also my defense needs work, so to do that as well Özil out might be best.. but he is world class and has great upcoming fixtures.

    Anyways, any thoughts? Advice’d be much appreciated

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