Obviously I’m not talking about this week, as we only have 5 games to look forward to and we don’t have a single EPL game to watch on Sunday. The upside of all this is the fact we have the biggest gameweek ever coming up - check out GW31!
The following teams will play twice:
So why am I talking about GW31 when we’re only in GW29? The answer is we need to prepare, and we need to start NOW!
How many of us own 2-3 Tottenham players? If you do, you’re going to have to go against the golden rule and take players out before they’ve played. Tottenham play last this week, last next week and very late the week after, so if you want to maximise the double GW you need to start dumping them.
If you have any Tottenham defenders, Paulinho or Eriksen, get rid this week. You can transfer in players from either Chelsea or Man Utd - players from Chelsea aren’t a bad shout as they have an easy fixture in GW30 and they play first in GW31. RvP and Rooney are obvious picks and Mata is a no brainer. If you need a Man U defender then Evra is the only one I’d consider.
GW30 Strategy ( Bonus transfer week )
A lot of you will still have Adebayor at this point, and some of you crazy foooools might even own Soldado! Again, sadly you need to make a transfer before the player has played - it’s time for Man City to come back into our lives! The obvious choice is Aguero, but you may already own RvP/Rooney, and you might want to have the SaS upfront for the DGW. If that’s the case, then Toure, Silva and Nasri are the best options.
Most of us will also own some Southampton or Norwich players, you can let them play before taking them out. Now it’s decision time - you can use your 3 remaining transfers ( assuming you use ET’s ) to bring in players from Liverpool or Arsenal, as you shouldn’t really need any more from Man Utd. Liverpool have the better DGW fixtures, so I will be going with the SaS, Skrtel and then either Gerrard or Coutinho. However, the likes of Mertesacker, Cazorla and Giroud, might be the differentials you need if you’re chasing or just want to do something a little different.
Unless something has gone very wrong, you should still own at least 2 Chelsea players, I will have 3. You can let them play against Arsenal and then transfer them out to bring in more Man City players. Why City? Well, you should already have enough Liverpool and Man Utd players in, you’ve also probably got either Baines or Coleman, some of you will own both, City also have more DGW’s on the horizon. At the time of writing this they haven’t had their other 2 games re-scheduled but having 3-4 of their players for the rest of the season should be a good thing.
If everything goes to play you will have 2/3 Chelsea and then 11 players playing twice in GW31… the only thing left to do is to decide who to Captain!!!
There is no right and wrong with all this, you could go with the likes of Lukaku, Remy, Nolan or Adam Johnson. The only thing that I’d ask you to definitely do is to have a plan. With 15 games being played in just one week your season could take a massive turn for the better or for the worse.
There is one last thing to bare in mind, FA Cup replays… If there are a few draws this weekend then some teams may have their DGW fixture cancelled, if that happens then FiT will let us all know asap and we’ll just have to adapt.
Best of luck!
Well that was the week that was…. The top 4 have taken a big step towards confirming who will be in the Champions League next season; Spurs, Everton and Man Utd will still have hopes of catching them but it seems unlikely now. So the question is which one will end up top of the pile. I said Chelsea at the beginning of the season and the moment there’s nothing to change my mind.
Over the next couple of weeks they have the chance to pull away with Man City and Arsenal missing games due to cup commitments, them and Liverpool could be 1 and 2 come the end of GW 29, MC and Arsenal will have games in hand, but I’d still rather have the points on the board and let the others worry about catching up.
Week 27 Review
Chelsea took a big step towards the title with a hard fought win over Everton they didn’t play that well but got job done with a late goal from “somebody”.
Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool all won their respective games all be it with very differing performances, but nevertheless they all got 3 points regardless and will be happy going in to their next games.
Hull and West Ham had very good wins over Cardiff and Southampton respectively and will take a lot from being able to score goals coming into the tricky part of the season where the ability to score goals is vital.
On the other side of that Newcastle and Norwich both got 1- 0 wins over Villa and Spurs, the goals have dried up for both teams lately but have been tight at the back and if you’re not scoring goals then if you can be strong at the back you always have a chance of a sneaky 1-0 and that’s exactly what happened.
Man Utd took a while to break down Palace, who have improved immensely under Pulis, and who have a great run of games coming up its worth getting a couple of Palace players in for the next couple of weeks. But Utd did make a breakthrough and Palace had no way back.
And finally…Fulham and West Brom drew.
I know Don touched on this last week but GW 28 and 29 are small weeks in terms of games and 29 has now gone down to 5 games at the time of writing. So while everybody will have their own ideas on how to combat this depending on what they are aiming for, as people play for different things Weekly, Monthly and mini league - overall championship chasers will all have a different game-plan and I would be here all day trying to work out different permutations on subs and rearranged games, but what I will say is this. Choose what you are playing for and stick to it, if you’re playing for the weekly prizes then get rid of the players not playing and use subs wisely, same goes for the monthly chasers it would be wise to maybe leave a MU or MC in your teams for a couple of weeks so when the big weeks and rearranged fixtures fall in you’ll have a jump on some players. And my final advise for the players that chase mini leagues and the overall championship is….. Ask James Dash, because I’m shocking this season.
Week 28 Preview
Everton v West Ham - West Hams resurgence in the last few weeks have given the buffer of of 7 point gap from the relegation Zone, and while Everton have only won 1 in their last 5, this could be a potential “upset” here, if it wasn’t for the fact Everton are at home. They are strong at home and don’t concede easily. I see a low scoring game with Everton just sneaking it.
Key Man - Lukaku
Fulham v Chelsea - Fulham are poor at the moment, but the new manager has been putting them through a rigorous training plan and says that they are “certain to stay up” I’m not so sure!! The road to survival certainly won’t be this weekend, Chelsea are winning games even not playing well and this week I expect them play well and win well.
Key. Man - Hazard
Hull v Newcastle - Hull are looking for back to back wins after a convincing win last week and against Newcastle who are finding goals very hard to come by, this only points one way you would think, but I have a sneaky feeling after last week’s last gasp win against Villa, Newcastle will be up for this and will jump out the blocks.
Key man - Remy
Stoke v Arsenal - Stoke are a strange team this season, just you think you have them pegged, they pull out a great performance or don’t even turn up, Arsenal are the strongest they have been in years and even with an out of form Ozil and Ramsey still not fit, they should have more than enough to get 3 points here.
Key man - Wilshere
Southampton v Liverpool - Liverpool are the form team in the league at the minute 17 goals in their last 5 outings and 7 in the same time for Sturridge suggest a comfortable win against Southampton. But let’s not right the saints off just yet they beat them at Anfield and they have players that could cause Liverpool problems and with their frailties at the back this could be a cracker of a game. There will be goals, but I think they will be evenly shared.
Key man - Lallana
Aston Villa v Norwich - Both teams that could really do with points, Villa no win in 4 and Norwich 1 win in their last 5, this all points to a “6 pointer” here and a win would give both managers that little bit of breathing space they need. Both teams do try to play attractive football and will think they can win this game. With that in mind I can see some goals here.
Key man - Agbonlahor
Swansea v Palace - Palace are in good form under Pulis and will feel that the current form would see them get the points here, Swansea are a very capable side as they showed last week against Liverpool. This game could go anyway of 3 ways and no one would be surprised so it makes it hard to predict but I’ll stick my neck out a go for a Palace win.
Key Man - Murray
Spurs v Cardiff - Cardiff are in real trouble I think, the appointment of Solsjear hasn’t really worked and they haven’t recovered after the Malky Malarky, Spurs on the other hand have been very hard to predict this season they too have had their background issues and both side have been affected by this, but the quality that Spurs should have on the pitch will be enough this weekend to beat a Cardiff team with absolutely zero confidence.
Key Man - Paulinho
Good luck this week, it will be hard to get a competitive score, so I wish you all the best.
Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a good GR7 with your European iTeams and making the most of those SIX transfers! GR7 concludes next week so it’s time to put that on the backburner for a few days, check out what’s going on in the Premier League and make some plans for GW27.
Firstly, let’s have a little reminder of happened in GW26, that was one of those tricky midweek GW’s, and this one turned out to be trickier than it first seemed…
So, we had 4 fixtures Tuesday evening: Cardiff vs Aston Villa, Hull vs Southampton, West Ham vs Norwich, all kicking off at 7.45, and West Brom vs Chelsea, kicking off 15 minutes later, giving us an option to bring in Chelsea players, along the lines of Hazard, Ivanovic, or Eto’o if you’re really desperate! Chelsea play first in GW27 so their players were a more favourable option to West Brom players. Those bold enough to invest in Ivanovic (not me) benefitted in the 45th minute when he scored Chelsea’s one and only goal of the evening, those who didn’t invest in Ivanovic (me) breathed a sigh of relief when Anichebe slotted home West Brom’s equaliser on 87, and Terry missing the game through Injury suddenly became less significant.
There was no real surprises in the other three fixtures, West Ham racked up their 4th consecutive premier league clean sheet with a 2-0 win over Norwich, Collins and Diame netting for West Ham, Southampton sneaked a 1-0 away win at Hull, Fonte popping up with another goal and Lallana continued his good run of form grabbing his 8th assist of the season. Cardiff drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, so Tuesday was generally a good night for defenders.
On to the Wednesday night fixtures, we had, 7.45, Arsenal vs Man United, Everton vs Palace, Man City vs Sunderland, Newcastle vs Spurs, Stoke vs Swansea and then at 8pm Fulham vs Liverpool, this was the evening out of the two that had the most points scoring potential, Man City at home are always likely to find the net a few times and Everton should have enough to shut out Palace.
The GW took a turn for the worst an hour before these games were due to start, first the Man City vs Sunderland game got called off due to the untypically bad weather in Manchester, Vincent Kompany tweeted “Game’s called off! Make sure you get yourselves home and be safe, weather is terrible” what he didn’t tweet is what we should do for transfers and a captain selections now?!?! Fantasy managers around the world were rapidly tearing up bits of paper and franticly knocking up new transfers plans, the options seemed limited, and they got even more limited shortly after the Everton and Palace team line ups were announced, as that game got postponed too, also due to the weather. This news came too late for some who’d already transferred in Baines, Coleman, Mirallas etc, all wasted transfers, those managers can understand just how poor old Ric Wee was feeling, Ric had travelled 7,000 miles from Kuala Lumpur to Goodison Park and had earlier tweeted “Finally, 30 years since supporting @Everton, will b watching EFC “live” for 1st time” … Ummm, think again Ric!
That left us four fixtures, the Stoke vs Swansea fixture got delayed but went ahead with Crouch and Chico both scoring in a 1-1 draw, Arsenal drew 0-0 with Man United and Spurs proper thrashed Newcastle 4-0 with goals from Adebayor (2) Paulinho, and Chadli. In the 8pm kick off Liverpool came from behind twice to take all 3 points at Craven Cottage with Steven Gerrard scoring a 90th minute penalty in a 3-2 away win, Sturridge and Coutinho the other Liverpool scorers, with a Toure OG and Richardson goal having twice put Fulham ahead.
I’ll not dwell too much on players to watch out for, we’re 26 gameweeks into the season so you’ve already got an idea that Giroud is a better transfer option to Bendtner and Hazard is more likely to score than Ramires, what I want to focus on is who’s playing who, when, and what teams to avoid all together!
We’ve already had two postponed games and there are two more postponed in GW28 due to the League Cup Final. Man United vs Man City and Sunderland vs West Brom have bitten the dust, the Manchester derby will now be played in GW31 but as yet there is no news on a new date for Sunderland vs West Brom fixture.
Without trying to get too far ahead of ourselves here there’s also another 5 fixtures up in the air in GW29 due to the FA Cup, Arsenal vs Swansea, Man City (again) vs Aston Villa, West Ham vs Hull, Newcastle vs Everton and Liverpool vs Sunderland, the last three fixtures there could still be played in GW29 as rearranged midweek fixtures, but Arsenal vs Swansea and Man City vs Aston Villa cannot be played in GW29 due to Champions League fixtures.
That means Man City have no EPL fixture in GW28 and GW29, you can read that as sell them this GW, and what’s really bad is that City are first to play in GW30, it never rains but it pours hey, well, it does in Manchester anyway.
So, the GW27 fixtures
Chelsea vs Everton
I can’t see there being a lot of goals here, but I do fancy Chelsea for the win and clean sheet.
Prediction - Home win Key Player – Eto’o!
Transfer Tips – Hold on to those Chelsea and Everton players if you can
Arsenal vs Sunderland
If I was a gambling man I’d have this one as my home banker this GW
Prediction – Home win Key Player – Rams… errr… Walc… hmm… Oxlade-Chamberlain!
Transfer Tips – Arsenal miss GW29, so don’t go overboard on their players. Sunderland, or should I say Johnson doesn’t play in GW28, and GW29 is up in the air, sell him after this game if ou’e still got him.
Cardiff vs Hull
Cardiff need the win here, I don’t think they’ll get it, and from a fantasy managers point of view I haven’t got much interest in this one.
Prediction – Draw Key Player – Steven Caulker
Transfer Tips – I’ve avoided Cardiff and Hull players for most of the season, and I’m not changing my philosophy now, both clubs could have fixtures when other players don’t, so it’s your choice
Man City vs Stoke
Home win and clean sheet, trust me, trust City, there’s point’s here
Prediction – Home win Key Player – Pellegrini
Transfer Tips – This is City’s last EPL fixture for two GW’s, look to sell their players after this fixture. I can’t see Stoke players getting many points here but a few of their usual points scorers have potential over the next few GW’s.
West Brom vs Fulham
West Brom are tough to beat at home, Fulham will want to impress their new boss, this should be a good game, what? I’m serious!
Prediction – Draw Key Player – Anichebe/Berahino
Transfer Tips – West Brom don’t play next GW and Fulham host Chelsea in GW28, I’l not be transferring anyone n for this one.
West Ham vs Southampton
Southampton go into this one as favourites. West Ham will be looking to extend their clean sheet record and a lot of that will depend on how Adam Lallana performs, he’s picked up two goals and two assists in his last four fixtures and is an altogether different player since he’s represented his country… on that point, Mark Clattenburg referees
Prediction – Draw Key Player – Kevin Nolan
Transfer Tips – There’s some good value in players here; Nolan, Lallana, etc, the trouble is unless you’ve got injured/rested players you’ll need to sell Chelsea/Everton players o bring them in, it’s a tricky one…
Crystal Palace vs Man United
This is just a case of by how many, not who’ll win… Then again, if United find some form they may just make a game of it…
Prediction – Away win Key player – van Persie
Transfer Tips – United don’t play next GW so weigh that up before splashing out on their players. Good fantasy managers don’t buy Palace players…
Liverpool vs Swansea
I’d never back against Liverpool at home while Sturridge and Suarez are fit, they’re in great for and I can’t see anything other than a home win here.
Prediction – Suarez to hit a post in a Liverpool home win Key Player – Suarez
Transfer Tips - Fill your boots as far as Liverpool are concerned, Swansea are home to Palace in GW28 but miss GW29, there’s a couple of swans midfielders worth thinking about, maybe…
Newcastle vs Aston Villa
Both teams are having a bad run, Newcastle have conceded 10 goals in the last 3 league games without reply and Villa couldn’t find a way past Cardiff, Remy is back for Newcastle and could make the difference, it should be interesting!
Prediction – Home win Key Player – Alan Shearer
Transfer Tips – Newcastle players could be an option here and they play first vs Hull next GW, Villa have no fixture in GW29
Norwich vs Spurs
Spurs have found some serious form, Norwich are struggling to score but did keep City out in their last home game, it could all depend on which Adebayor turns up
Prediction – Away win Key Player - Adebayor
Transfer Tips – Spurs and Adebayor are a very good option. Norwich, Chris Sutton and Ruel Fox used to be quite handy…
Well that’s enough waffle from me for this GW, whatever you decide to go for this GW then the best of luck with it!
It’s been a while hasn’t it. The last set of fixtures kicked off way back on the 11th December. The first thing you need to do is visit the match centre and make sure you use your 6 free transfers to get rid of players that didn’t reach the last 16. If you planned ahead, you can use some of your transfers to swap players in and out in-between the gameround 7 fixtures. It’s worth bearing in mind that you will receive new transfers for the return legs that start on the 11th March, so make sure you use all your current transfers during this round.
As I write this we do have some big players that may, and some that will miss out. Cavani is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and Laurent Blanc has ruled him out. Neymar has been out for a month with an ankle problem but returned to training this week, he is a doubt but he has a chance. Arsenal will be more than happy to see that Frank Ribery is sidelined after undergoing surgery on a buttock problem, ouch.
The following players have a little longer to recover as they play in a fortnight. Dortmund have concerns over a number of their players, with Bender and Reus their latest casualties, both are major doubts for the game. Then we have the popular Draxler, who has been missing for the last 2 months, he also returned to training this week and is in contention to face Real Madrid. The only player currently missing for the Galacticos is long term absentee Sami Khedira.
Our Champions League player database is fully up to-date with suspended, doubtful and injured players, so check it out. Anything can happen before the games start however, so it’s wise to wait for the line-ups before making changes. You may also have noticed a few additions, the likes of Diego and Cabaye have been added. It’s also worth mentioning that Honda, Mata and Salah are cup-tied, and will not feature for their new clubs.
If you haven’t created your free Champions League iTeam yet, it’s not too late. With lots of gameround prizes still to give away, it’s definitely worth having a go. Newly created iTeams have been winning a lot of the prizes recently.
Even though you received 6 free transfers for this round, you still have the option of purchasing a 7th, and if you’re an iPhone user, make sure you check out the Champions League themed Quiz.
Good luck in GR7 everyone.
The FiT Team
We have a little break in play whilst the FA Cup and Champions League games take place. It’s the perfect time to supply a few stats, and if you’re clever enough you will make good use of them.
The best advice I can give you is to plan ahead. We had 2 postponements in Gameweek 26 that obviously no one could plan for, but we already have 4 teams not playing in Gameweek 28, you know that right? We will also have more fixture changes after the FA Cup games have been played out, so keep your eyes open. Maximising points during double Gameweeks could either keep you at the top of your league or get you nearer to it. If you’re not sure what a double Gameweek is then ask someone!
That’s all the advice I’m willing to give out. Here are the stats:
For me this is the most relevant stat at the moment:
Daniel Sturridge - 8 goals in his last 7 appearances.
Luis Suarez – 1 goal in his last 5 appearances.
Player stats for the season so far:
1) Suarez 116
2) Giroud 78
3) Coutinho 72
4) Bony, Remy 71
5) Aguero, Rodriquez 70
Attempts on Goal (defenders)
1) Kolarov 38
2) Debuchy, Santon 28
3) Ivanovic 27
4) Coleman 24
5) Chico, Luiz 23
1) Hazard 65
2) Ozil 63
3) Suarez 61
4) Sissoko 60
5) Mirallas 49
Attempted Crosses (Man Utd 1.3 million)
1) Snodgrass 189
2) Downing, Elmohamady 170
3) Whittingham 157
4) De Guzman 155
5) Navas 149
Team stats for the season so far:
Attempts on Goal
1) Man City 453
2) Chelsea 444
3) Liverpool 443
4) Tottenham 407
5) Newcastle 406
The 5 teams with the most favourable fixtures for GW267 - GW31 (my opinion, which means it’s a fact)
3) Man City
4) Man Utd
Differentials to consider during the next 5 Gameweeks