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Thursday 2 October 2014
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Well, what a gameweek it was last week! Two score draw derby’s, a fantastic free kick by Gerrard and a jager bomb by jagielka (you like what I did there). Then there’s Rooneys red card - he will now sit out the next 3 games against Everton, West brom and Chelsea. Many of you, like me, may have been looking to captain Rooney in this weekends game against Everton. I’m going to give you managers some other players to ponder over, excluding the likes of Mr Costa and Mr Aguero.

Pick one

Graziano Pellé

Becoming increasingly popular among Fantasy iTeam managers and I can see why… He continued his impressive start to the season with a goal against QPR, that’s his fourth in six games. And with an assist to his name as well, he’s scored 35 points already this season. With his value at 7.7m, he could be the man to replace Rooney, especially if you take into account the Saints next 3 fixtures - after the away trip to White Hart Lane this weekend, Southampton have some favourable games in Sunderland (h) Stoke (h) Hull (a). I expect this guys value to rise along with his points total in the coming weeks.

Pick two

Leonardo Ulloa

Another cheap option, if you’re struggling to find funds to get the more expensive players into your teams, Ulloa and Pellé should free up a load of cash. Despite a quiet game against Palace, Ulloa has five goals in six games to his name, that’s a pretty good start to life in the EPL. And with Leicester’s next 3 games looking like this - Burnley (h) Newcastle (A) Swansea (a), he could, and probably will add to his already impressive tally of 37 points. With a FIT value of just 6.6m, he should be given some serious thought

Pick three

Raheem Sterling

Although he didn’t get a goal or an assist against Everton, he’s been a real handful for Premier League defenders this year. I love watching this guy running with the ball at his feet - he is lightning quick and has bags of talent to go with that impressive speed he possesses, and with Liverpool’s next 3 games to take into account, he’s a must have. Starting with West Brom (h) QPR (a) and Hull (h), he’s going to be one of the players, if not the player to kick start Liverpool’s sluggish start to the season. Surely he will add to his already impressive tally of 32 points from the opening six games FIT value 7.7

Pick four

Nacer Chadli

He’s really impressed me this season so far. He scored his fourth goal in five starts against my beloved Arsenal in the north London derby (dam you Nacer) last weekend and has got off to a flyer with 34 points so far this season. His confidence will be sky high going into the next Spurs game against the Saints this weekend, and apart from the tricky Manchester City game after this weekend, Spurs will host games up against Newcastle and Stoke with an away trip to Villa park sandwiched in-between. Chadli should be on your short-list at the very least - FIT value 6.0.

Pick five

Edin dzeko

Arguably the riskier one of my picks, however, a great 2 goal performance against Hull City has lead him to being my number 5. When he’s on form he’s a delight for us fantasy football managers, and if you’re trying to catch up with the early pacesetters on FIT and in your respective mini leagues, he could very well be worth a punt. With games against Villa,(a fixture in which he scored 3 times in last season) Spurs and West Ham next, along with a Manchester derby, there’s a good chance of him adding to his tally of 23 points. There is the small matter of Jovetic’s potential return to action this weekend and after his impressive start to the season before injury, there’s always the chance he will walk straight back into the team. Saying that, I do feel Dzeko suits a partnership with Aguero or Jovetic more then they suit each other, as I feel they both have a tendency to drift back a little in search of the ball. FIT value 9.2m.

So there you go people, some of my top picks of players to transfer in and captain to ponder and lookout for in the upcoming weeks. It’s a tough world this fantasy football business, us budding Mourinho’s and Wenger wannabes live in it every Saturday and Sunday. You can find me in front of the TV, screaming and shouting, nine times out of ten its abuse, not in joy, as the news comes though that one of picks has just forgotten to turn up with his shooting boots on the day I put him in my team .

I wish you all luck with whoever you choose to captain and transfer in, not only this week but for the rest of the season

Darren Friend

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Thursday 25 September 2014
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TEAM OF THE WEEK GW5 (values subject to change)

GK Tom Heaton - 7 pts - 4.4m

DEF Kieron Gibbs - 10 pts - 6.4m
DEF Winston Reid - 8 pts - 5.1m
DEF Ben Mee - 7 pts - 4.3m

MID Mesut Ozil - 11 pts - 7.8m
MID Angel Di Maria - 11 pts - 8.7m
MID Niko Kranjcar - 8 pts - 4.9m
MID Yannick Bolasie - 8 pts – 5.0m

FOR James Vardy - 19 pts - 5.6m
FOR Leonardo Ulloa - 12 pts - 6.5m
FOR Papiss Cisse - 11 pts – 6.8m


THE WINNERS

A huge well done to all our FiT Prize winners. The manager of the week for gameweek 5 was Ricky Woolridge. Key to victory was the astute signing of Jamie Vardy - who scored a massive 19 points, assisting 4 and scoring 1. Schurrle then climbed off the bench to seal the weekly win. Ricky now sits 3rd in the monthly World Championship - good luck doing the double..

Our other winners:

GW5 F/c Comp Challenge - Mick McHale

GW5 F/c Comp Pro - Robert Stevens

GW5 FiT Quiz - 1st place - Chazin Brahma


TEAM NEWS

This following data is collated by us here at FiT, we use the most reliable sources we can for this information, but we cannot guarantee it will be 100% accurate as sometimes countries and managers don’t give accurate information about their players. For up to the minute injury updates, follow @FantasyiTeam on Twitter.

Suspensions:

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Injuries: (Updated 12pm 25/09/14)

Arsenal - Gnabry, Walcott, Giroud, Debuchy, Sanogo, Monreal
Aston Villa - Benteke, Kozak, Vlaar
Burnley - Vokes, Taylor, Ings
Everton – Barkley
Hull City – Snodgrass
Leicester – Upson
Liverpool - Flanagan, Sturridge, Can, Johnson, Allen
Man City - Nasri, Fernando
Man Utd - Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Jones, Young, James
Newcastle United - Santon, R Taylor, Aarons, De Jong, Ferreyra, Gutierrez
QPR - Faurlin, Barton, Mutch
Southampton - Rodriguez, Gallagher, Isgrove, Ward-Prowse
Stoke - Cameron, Odemwingie
Swansea - Donnely, Amat, Britton
Tottenham - Walker
West Ham - Carroll, Nolan, Kouyate, O’Brien, Jarvis

Doubts: (Updated 12pm 25/09/14)

Chelsea - Ramires
Crystal Palace - Chamakh
Everton - Pienaar, Coleman
Liverpool - Henderson, Coutinho
Man City - Jovetic
Man Utd - Smalling, Evans
Newcastle - Tiote
QPR - Sandro, Taarabt, Kranjcar
Southampton - Yoshida
Stoke - Walters
Sunderland - Giaccherini, Coates, Fletcher
Swansea - Tiendalli
West Brom – Ideye


In GW6 we upped the maximum H2H limit to 400k and the team limit to 15. Your 2 free GW6 transfers were allocated at 4pm Monday, and you have the option to purchase a 3rd. You will receive your GW7 transfers at 4pm on the 30th September.

Best of luck in week 5.

Fantasy iTeam

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Thursday 25 September 2014
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Welcome one and all to your weekly dose of assessments, summaries and predictions. It’s fair to say the season has thrown up a few surprises to far, so trying to put together a reasoned forecast for this weekend is going to be difficult. Aside from Chelsea, and possibly Arsenal - it’s probably fair to say no one has really got going yet so judging form and predicting results has a feel of pin the tail on the donkey about it. I could sit here and tell you to get your iTeams loaded with Chelsea defenders, or Leicester attackers, but truth be told you can’t say with any certainty that anyone - aside from possibly Costa, should be a shoe-in for your line ups. To make things even more difficult - this gameweek most of the big boys all play early, and just for that extra headache – we have the small matter of a couple of local derbies thrown into the mix. In regards to the big decision of who to make your talisman it already seems a long time ago when it was just the default option to leave Suarez as your captain to virtually guarantee points. This season we separate the men from the boys as we have to gamble on who brings home the double points. At this early stage it already looks a safe assumption to hand Di Maria the armband, the ex-Real Madrid forward has had an impressive start to his Old Trafford life and looks set to be heavily involved in Manchester United’s goal return this season.

So…. Onto the seemingly impossible job of dissecting the games and trying to figure out who might get some points. The Early kick off sees the Merseyside Derby roll into town. If there was ever a fixture that throws the form book out of the window - this is it. Only the form book isn’t written yet, and there isn’t a window to throw it out of either. There is however a massive, gaping hole - in both North West Clubs defences. Both have been horrendous at the back so far - Everton have conceded a mere 13 and Liverpool just the 8. Expect therefore this one to finish 0-0. Both clubs need a win to kickstart what has been a turgid beginning to a season where much was hoped for following record investment. Liverpool hope to have Daniel Sturridge back in contention following his much publicised injury with England and he could be the difference in what I think will be the usual tense, tight game. The match might come too soon for Seamus Coleman, which could see John Stones played out of position again, which is a worrying prospect when you put Raheem Sterling into the opposition’s line up. Naismith has started brightly for the visitors and will fancy his chances against a Liverpool back line which has a mistake or 2 in it almost every game.

Prediction : 2-1

One to Watch : Raheem Sterling

Unusually for Saturday at 3 o’clock - Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all play, which means we will have to gamble on who to transfer in, as you won’t be able to get everyone you want. Fancy Falcao to get off the mark? Yaya to finally get going? Stick with trusty old Costa? (I say old… I’m not having he’s 25, he’s in his late 30’s at least. Paper round must have been tricky up to Christ the Redeemer every day tho). As I said earlier there is no way to predict who will guarantee the points, and being so early in the season - no one has enough cash in the bank to afford a midfield of Fabregas, Di Maria and Silva with Falcao and Costa up top. These are the defining games to pull clear in your mini leagues, or make up ground when you failed to captain Costa when he got the hat-trick the other week (can’t have just been me surely?).

Chelsea host Aston Villa, which on paper should be a demolition. Chelsea are red hot, got a point at the Champions last time out and face a Villa team bereft of most of their players due to an outbreak of illness at the club. Costa and Fabregas have been heavy point scorers so far and I expect them to get amongst the goals again. Villa defended well at Anfield recently but facing Chelsea is a whole different proposition, especially if most of them are in bed watching on the TV. Benteke might be nearing a return, but with no football in months – it’s surely too risky to throw him straight back in.

Prediction : 3-0

One to Watch : Diego Costa

Crystal Palace v Leicester brings together the 2 clubs surely nobody had on their accumulators last weekend. Palace won with relative ease at Goodison (so much for the Pulis hangover huh?) and Leicester produced the performance of the season so far when they smashed 5 against Man United. Ulloa looks a brilliant buy for the Foxes with 5 in 5 so far, and Jamie Vardy might aswell retire now as he will never replicate a performance like his last. A goal and 4 (that’s FOUR) assists. Anyone who captained him - I recommend you put tonight’s lottery results on quick. Leicester look to have the form, and their red hot attack might be too much for The Eagles but then Palace have Jason Puncheon. Enough said.

Prediction : 1-1

One to Watch : Leonardo Ulloa

Hull City v Manchester City next up. Easy away win right? I doubt it, not this season anyway. I imagine City will have too much for Hull in the end, but you just never know. If Yaya could forget about his birthday cake and remember he’s a footballer, then his battle in the middle against Huddlestone could be titanic. Jovetic might still be unavailable, so Dzeko could get another chance to get his league season started. Jelavic for the Tigers looks to have found his early Everton form, and the unknown Hernandez alongside him gave us a glimpse of his capabilities on his debut. They would probably be too much for Liverpool or Man Utd, but City have a much harder core.

Prediction : 1-2

One to Watch : Sergio Aguero

Manchester United v West Ham will be a game both can’t wait to get started, but for very different reasons. West Ham produced a brilliant display against Liverpool running out easy winners after a blistering start. Stewart Downing running rings around Steven Gerrard? No you didn’t imagine it – it actually happened. United started well themselves but a combination of questionable refereeing and self capitulation, found themselves blitzed by a 5 star Leicester. No better way to banish the record of surrendering a 2 goal lead, to then lose, for the first time in 800 odd games than playing a Big Sam team eh. Easy. I expect a response from United and I expect one of the many superstars to be leading the charge. I’m going for Falcao, he’s brilliant and class is permanent isn’t it?

Prediction : 2-0

One to Watch : Falcao

Southampton v QPR brings Harry Redknapp back to the only place where he has really failed as a manager. Expect boos, and goals, but mainly boos. QPR look very nervous at the back and Southampton have taken the idea of them fighting relegation, and laughed in its face. Schneiderlin and Wanyama have added goals to their growing array of attributes this season, and with the impressive Pelle scoring and assisting in numbers already – this could be a long afternoon for Rio and Caulker. Clyne is the highest scoring defender so far this season in FiT, but in fairness any of the Saints backline are worth investing in. If I was to pick a banker of the weekend, this is the one. Sorry Rangers fans!

Prediction : 2-0

One to Watch : Morgan Schneiderlin

Sunderland v Swansea see’s this season’s draw specialists host the team yet to share points this term. Dyer and Routledge have started really well and could see Sunderland’s winless run extended into October. Gylfi Sigurdsson is probably in most iTeams by now after his avalanche of assists in the first few games, so there will be plenty of managers hoping he gets back on the points trail here. No Sunderland striker has found the net this season yet – a case of same story different season for the Black Cats in that regard. I’m going for a draw, although Connor Wickham has to get started soon surely? Unless of course, he decides to save his goals until his team are in danger of going down again.

Prediction : 1-1

One to Watch : Nathan Dyer

Saturday’s late kick off serves up the small matter of the North London Derby. What started so well for Spurs has fallen away in the last few games, so a visit to their bitter rivals will not seem an attractive option. Arsenal on the other hand have started the season unbeaten and are averaging 2 goals a game already. Before you load your team with Arsenal players – it’s worth noting they play the penultimate game next week, and it’s away at Chelsea. FiT favourites Ramsey and Sanchez could prove the difference for Arsenal, with the visitors looking lightweight up front. Remember when Spurs spent £26m on Roberto Soldado to score their goals? Spurs need to rediscover the winning touch quickly but I wouldn’t bank on it starting here. With Theo Walcott nearing a return the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Welbeck will be keen to keep their names on the teamsheet. Home win for me.

Prediction : 2-0

One to Watch : Alexis Sanchez

The solitary game on Sunday see’s the… err… blockbuster clash between West Brom and Burnley. The Baggies finally got their first 3 points of the season at Tottenham last weekend, scoring their first goal since the opening weekend in the process. They take on a Burnley side looking to keep a 4th consecutive clean sheet, who have failed to find the net themselves since the opening weekend of the season. Expect chances therefore to be few and far between. The form book says this is a nailed on 0-0 draw but since the Premier League doesn’t do it by the book, Burnley will probably win 5-3. I’m going for the former, but the latter is just as likely.

Prediction : 0-0

One to Watch : Saido Berahino

Monday Night Football gives us Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher playing with formations and arguing about who was the better player between Scholes and Gerrard again this week, as Stoke City host a winless and out-of-sorts Newcastle United. Goals might be at a premium again in this one with Stoke scoring just 4 in 5 games and Newcastle failing to find the bag in 3 of their 5. The campaign to remove Alan Pardew from his position softened a little with Papiss Cisse coming back from injury and off the bench to grab 2 goals in the last game, and if he can regain the sort of form he showed during his first few games on Tyneside – Newcastle’s season could be about to change. As for Stoke, I’m one of the people who believes Bojan will come good having watched him strut around with swagger and grace alongside Messi not so long ago. Peter Crouch found some form last time and I’ll go with him to be the difference in this one.

Prediction : 2-1

One to Watch : Peter Crouch

So that’s your lot, thanks for tuning in - and remember, this is the first week in a long time where we do not see any of what you might call the ‘big sides’ playing on Sunday, so the main choices for transfers and captains pick will have to be made before 2.50pm. Choose wisely, this could be the week where you pull clear in your mini league or lose ground because your gamble backfired. Good luck and if you do make the wrong choice, just remember - there’s always next week.

Thanks

Ben

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Wednesday 17 September 2014
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Hello All,

Instead of dwelling on last weekends action and tell you what has already happened, I will focus on this upcoming gameweek, with my preview of gameweek 5.

QPR vs Stoke:

This weeks early kick off sees QPR entertain Stoke. From a fantasy football perspective, both teams don’t offer much potential, but, Mame Biram Diouf has looked lively in his first few games for Stoke and he scored the winner against Man City in gameweek 3. He could well be a bargain at £5.8m, especially considering Stoke have some favourable fixtures coming up in the next few gameweeks, as they face the likes of Newcastle, Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham.

Prediction: 2-1

Aston Villa vs Arsenal:

Aston Villa have made a great start to the season and currently sit second in the table on 10 points. Their defence has been particularly impressive with 3 clean sheets out of 4, but considering they have games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Everton coming up, it may be a wise decision to remove any Villa players from your iTeam. As for Arsenal, they haven’t been at their full-flowing best so far, with just one win from four. However, Aaron Ramsey has started from where he left off last season with 2 goals and and an assist to his name already and is looking like an essential player for our fantasy iTeams.

Prediction: 0-1

Burnley vs Sunderland:

Both Burnley and Sunderland have made pretty poor starts to the Premier League campaign and both teams are still without a win. Burnley have struggled to find the back of the net so far, managing just one goal. The Clarets need Danny Ings to start banging the goals in, like he did in the Championship last year. Neither team offer much in the way of fantasy potential so I would probably avoid investing in any of their players.

Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle vs Hull:

Newcastle have made a shocking start to the season and currently sit bottom of the table, so it’s probably best to stay away from any Newcastle players at the moment. As for Hull, I think they have made some great signings over the summer with Steve Bruce adding the likes of Gaston Ramirez, Ben Arfa, Michael Dawson and Abel Hernandez to the Tigers squad. I’m backing Hull to come away with a narrow victory and add further misery to Newcastle.

Prediction: 0-1

Swansea vs Southampton:

Both teams are playing pretty well at the moment, especially Swansea who have won 3 games so far. Gylfi Sigurdsson is extremely good value at £6.6m after his flying start to the campaign. Surprisingly, Southampton are looking pretty good despite the departures of most of their key players over the summer. Also, the Saints have an easy run of fixtures coming up so investment in the Koeman’s team looks like a viable tactic. Graziano Pelle is in fine form with 3 goals in his last 2 games and Dusan Tadic has 2 assists to his name already and is priced at just £5.7m. Also, watch out for Southampton’s new winger Sadio Mane who scored 45 goals and grabbed 32 assists in 87 appearances for his old club Red Bull Salzburg. He is priced at just £5.4m.

Prediction: 3-2

West Ham vs Liverpool:

I very much doubt Liverpool will be able to repeat last years second place finish again this season, especially now 2013/14 golden boot winner Luis Suarez has departed Anfield. I think it will be a 4th place finish at best for the Reds, who have had a mixed start to the season with two victories against Spurs and Southampton, but defeats away to Man City and at home to Villa. Raheem Sterling has been in great form so far with 2 goals and an assist to his name and considering Liverpool have a good run of fixtures coming up, the England Youngster looks like a good investment at £7.6m. This will be a close game, but I think Liverpool will just be too strong for the Hammers.

Prediction: 1-2

Leicester vs Man United:

Man United got their first win of the season at the weekend, albeit against a fairly weak QPR side. United’s new signings looked the part and things are starting to look good for Louis Van Gaal and his new-look team. However, they face much tougher tests in weeks to come with tricky encounters against Everton, Chelsea and Man City coming up. Leicester have made a very good start to the season with draws against Everton and Arsenal and a 1-0 victory away at Stoke. The Foxes won’t make it easy for United, but I think the Red Devils will just edge it.

Prediction: 1-2

Tottenham vs West Brom:

Tottenham are looking good under Pochettino, but Spurs never seem to do well against the big teams, as proven by a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in gameweek 3. Nevertheless, they still provide us with a few options for our iTeams in the likes of Erisken, Lamela and Chadli. West Brom have made an awful start to the season and are without a win so far, so this should be a comfortable win for Tottenham.

Prediction: 3-1

Everton vs Crystal Palace:

This should be a relatively easy game for Everton against a Palace side without a win so far this season. Steven Naismith is on fire at the moment, with 3 goals in 4 and is a bargain at just £7.0m. Mirallas and Lukaku are also in a good run of form with 3 goals and an assist between them so far. Crystal Palace don’t offer much fantasy football potential but Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon are ones to look out for.

Prediction: 2-1

Man City vs Chelsea:

What a game this is so early on in the season! Both teams will no doubt be challenging for the title come the end of the season and this game could have some say as to who will win the title. Chelsea’s Diego Costa is fast becoming the new Suarez with 7 goals in 4 games and he’s not the only new Chelsea signing to have made a cracking start to the season, with Cesc Fabregas grabbing 6 assists in just 4 games. As for City, they have made a fairly disappointing start to the season by their standards, with 5 points already dropped and will no doubt want to make up for that with a win against Chelsea.

Prediction: 2-2

Top 3 captain picks this week:

1. Diego Costa - The Spaniard has 7 goals in 4 and faces a City side with just one clean sheet so far this season.

2. Wayne Rooney - 2 goals and an assist to his name so far, he squares up to a Leicester defence who have conceded 5 goals so far.

3. Steven Naismith - The Scotsman has scored 3 goals in 4 and the Toffees face a Palace side who have conceded an average of two goals per game so far.

Differential:

Nacer Chadli - The Belgian is in fine form at the moment and has 3 goals in 3. He faces a West Brom side who have conceded 7 goals already this season.

Top 5 players to watch over the next few gameweeks:

Ryan Bertrand - Southampton have made a very good start to the season and they are looking pretty solid defensively with two clean sheets so far. Ryan Bertrand got an assist and a clean sheet at the weekend and considering Southampton have Swansea, QPR, Sunderland and Stoke coming up, he is one to watch.

Kieran Trippier - Burnley have managed back to back clean sheets in the last two gameweeks and Kieran Trippier certainly likes to get forward, proven by his goal and 12 assists for Burnley in the Championship last season. Furthermore, Burnley have fixtures on their side with Sunderland, West Brom, Leicester and West Ham in the next four.

Nacer Chadli - Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival has rejuvenated Nacer Chadli as a fantasy football prospect, with 3 goals in as many games for Spurs and with a price tag of just £5.9m, the Belgian could well be a smart investment.

Graziano Pelle - Southampton’s summer signing has settled in very quickly at St Mary’s and has scored 3 goals in his last 2 games and at just £7.5m he has Swansea, QPR, Sunderland and Stoke coming up.

Leonardo Ulloa - Leicester’s summer signing from Brighton took his tally to three goals this season at the weekend - having already netted against Everton and Arsenal. Considering he is priced at just £6.3m and has Crystal Palace, Burnley, Newcastle and Swansea coming up, he’s one to watch out for.

Thank you for taking the time to read and best of luck for the rest of the season.

Cheers,

Ben Worrall

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Thursday 11 September 2014
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Hello Ladies,

Can we talk about the World Cup, can we go back to when I was hammering 70+ points a Game Round, can we talk about James Rodriguez … do we have to talk about how badly I’m doing in the Premier League. I think even Carlton Cole has more points than me !!

Most of you know me, most of you know I’m not very good at this game … for those that don’t know me, I’m Andy Dengate, in my 5th (I think) season of FiT. Someone once broke into my trophy cabinet … and pinched my carpet !!

I would talk a bit about the Champions League that’s kicking off next week but I don’t know my Bender from my Totti … so I’ll stick to pretending to know about what I’m talking about, what are we talking about??

I also play the Rich List game - half the time it takes priority over actually getting high scoring points. This won’t make a lot of sense to a lot of people, if you still don’t understand the whole concept, comment below & I’ll answer any questions you have to ask.

Back to the Premier League… our first game sees Arsenal v City. The past 2 seasons I have loved Yaya Toure, he disappointed me in the World Cup & he will be leaving my iTeam this week after scoring me 6 points so far. I can’t call which way this will go, I hope Welbeck silences his haters after scoring twice for England & I hope Toure bags a hat-trick for my iTeam. City play last next week against Chelsea, so I would transfer their players out after they have played.

I’m going to watch Carrick Rangers v my new home town Lisburn Distillery while these next matches are being played, they are in the championship (second division) and probably the equivalent to a good Sunday league team lol … I’ll let you know the result !!

Chelsea play Swansea in our first 3pm KO. Chelsea are a nightmare to pick players for in advance, I’m told Costa is FiT but with there new signing Remy waiting to play they may rest him. Didn’t Swansea have a really good midfielder that scored most weeks, Spanish I think, but his name slips my mind … they are playing there usual football, midfielders scoring well, keeping clean sheets … Gylfi should be in everyone’s iTeam if he isn’t already, a bargain at £6.5 mil.

Crystal Palace v Burnley is next. I gotta be honest, I don’t know much about either team, just that Puncheon pops up often. Burnley kept a clean sheet against Manchester United last Game Week but haven’t won a match yet … they do have a nice colour kit though. Interesting fact, my primary school girlfriend was a Palace fan & one season when I was about 14, I was on Sky Telly in a crowd shot against them … you’re right, neither were interesting.

Southampton against Newcastle, Soton have won one, drew one & lost one, the mass clear out doesn’t seem to be affecting their form & they will be hoping to get another 3 points here. Newcastle have lost one & drew two, just clinching a point against Palace last Game Week.

Stoke v Leicester … I’ve come to the conclusion this is a really boring Game Week. I’m hoping to get my promotion at work next week & I found Willy Wonker Gobstoppers in the pound shop, bonus.

Sunderland v Tottenham, so anyone get stuck with Davies at the start of the season, yeah me too, £5.5 for a spurs defender, what a bargain. Talking of bargains, anyone have Dier at the start of the season, nah me neither!! You would think Spurs would take 3 points here, but I’d still rather Carlton Cole than Adebayor

Can I have a badge??

WBA v Everton Baird, McAuley & Brunt all did Northern Ireland proud last weekend beating Hungary 2-1 … Everton not so good against Chelsea. This Game Week should see an Everton win. There’s a few players I keep looking at the likes of Coleman, Naismith & I just love Tim Howard.

Then we have Liverpool v Aston Villa as out 5pm KO & I think my bonus h2h knows something the rest of us don’t with 3 villa players in his line up. I have Balotelli, thought outside the box & put him as captain … didn’t pay off. This week I can see a lot of Pool goals from Sturridge, Balotelli & Sterling, also Lallana has lost his doubt symbol and may start.

Our only Sunday fixture is Manchester United v QPR which gets Andy Dengate’s ‘Fixture Of The Weeeeeeeek’. Looking to see how the new players play, are you signing Falcao or going for either Rooney or RVP?? Di Maria was very popular last Game Week, or after their poor form, maybe you’re looking at Austin for QPR… would love to see Rio put the ball in the back of the net !!

Last game of the Game Week is Hull City verses the Mighty Super Amazing West Ham United on the Monday Night. West Ham have lost two & won one, it’s not the best start from the hammers, who I thought this season could be a nice mid table team, but it looks like our usual dog fight. Hull have won two lost one & made some good last minute signings, clinching Ben Arfa from Newcastle.

I think finishing these are harder than starting them … my one piece of FiT advice that never seems to fail - if in doubt, do whatever Sir James Dash does !!

Andy Dengate

Your FiT Coach

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