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Premier League’s potential assist makers

Guest Post:

Strikers always grab the headlines for their wonderful goals and dramatic missed opportunities, which is why they’re worth so much in the transfer market and fantasy football.

However, the most successful strikers over the years are ones that had great assistants behind them and created opportunities for others. It goes without saying that players like Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas, Scholes (The list goes on..) all have over 100 Premier League assists. Cristiano Ronaldo amongst others proved a world-class player with his ability to find others as well as the goal.

When planning your fantasy football team for next season don’t just look at how many goals strikers and midfielders may score. Instead, focus on their contribution to the game. Here are our (affordable) picks for next season’s top providers:

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Jean Beausejour:

The Wigan midfielder earned nine assists last year despite playing for a relegation-threatened team all season. Now the Latics have gone down football betting fans can hope for Beausejour to find a new club before the summer transfer window is out. He shouldn’t be too expensive and the Chilean will always offer great service.

 

Lukas Podolski:

The German didn’t have the best of debut seasons in the Premier League but nevertheless provided Arsenal with nine goals on top of his 11 tally. Podolski is a cheap buy in fantasy football and coming off the left will often look to hit the central striker rather than the goal, making him a decent buy especially if Arsenal land Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

 

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Rickie Lambert:

It wasn’t just his 15 goals for Southampton last season that made Lambert so valuable. He was involved in 24 of the Saints’ 49 goals last term and is one of the best box players in the Premier League. He’s always a good punt to score with fans who bet on sport and is a good reserve to have in your fantasy football squad too.

 

 

Robert Snodgrass:

The Scot earned a reputation at Leeds United for his dead ball expertise and he’s taken to life at Norwich City with ease. Snodgrass made nine last season and can be relied upon to find the head of Grant Holt and Michael Turner. His personal tally may not be too impressive but Snodgrass will always offer a chance for the team.

 

Selecting a fantasy football team is a difficult task. Remember, your reserves play as much a part in earning you points as those big-money strikers. Be smart with your funds and don’t simply go for a player who grabs the headlines, for there are some decent cheap buys out there if you see past goal tallies.

 

About the author:

Joe is a freelance sports journalist and staff writer for FC Copenhagen. As a Leeds United season ticket holder for nine years in his youth, he’s seen the best and worst English football has to offer. A frequent fantasy football player, you may (or most probably may not) have seen his team Borussia Teeth languishing at the foot of many a league table. That trend is set to continue.

 

If you would like the opportunity to guest post on FantasyYIRMA.com email Ryan at FantasyYIRMA@hotmail.com

Fantasy Football GW37: Nothing but BONUS points!!

Nothing but BONUS points!!

GW37 Is done and dusted and we have only one week left.

As usual we take a look at the bonus points allocated by the Official game.

Do you agree / disagree??

Who was overlooked? Who got Bonus points and left you scratching your head thinking …How??

Tweet us your thoughts  @FantasyYIRMA

In the Tuesday night games Santi Cazorla had the sort of game FPL managers remember for years with the Spaniard managing all FOUR assists in Arsenal’s 4-1 win which sees Wigan relegated only days after their magnificent FA Cup win.

Despite this Podolski’s 2 goals trumphed Santi’s 4 assists with the German striker getting the 3pt bonus allocation.

Mancini didn’t win anything for 12 months and as such was sacked. Harsh? Certainly in my opinion. Without him City had a decent 2-0 win against Reading with Aguero and Dzeko getting the goals. Special mention to Reading keeper who not for the first time this season came out of the game with double figure number of saves.

Silva takes the maximum 3pts with Auguero not far behind on 2.

Lampard got the maximum bonus for Chelsea against Villa and fair play to him for breaking the Chelsea goalscoring record. Fantastic goal record that many top forwards would be proud of!

Dempsey took the maximum for Spurs in their match up against Stoke with Adebayor receiving 2, to be completely fair this could have been swapped around and no one would have questioned it in my opinion.

Mirallas continued his great form for Everton and gets the max bonus allocation.

Suarez who?? Sturridge has really stepped up in the absence of the feisty Uruguayan and takes home 3 bonus points to sit nicely with his 3 goals against Fulham.

Howson and Snodgrass share the spoils with 3 bonus points each for Norwich in their 4-0 rout against WBA.

On a memorable day at Old Trafford, match winner Rio Ferdinand takes the 3 bonus points as Manchester United gave Sir Alex a great send off with a 2-1 win against Swansea.

Elsewhere Adam Johnson and Gouffran took the maximum spoils for Sunderland and Newcastle respectively.

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11 May 12:45 Aston Villa Aston Villa 1 – 2 Chelsea Chelsea
 
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Cahill
Lampard (3)
Hazard (2)
12 May 13:30 Stoke City Stoke City 1 – 2 Tottenham Tottenham
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Nzonzi
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Dempsey (3)
Adebayor (2)
12 May 15:00 Everton Everton 2 – 0 West Ham West Ham
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Osman (2)
Coleman
Mirallas (3)
12 May 15:00 Fulham Fulham 1 – 3 Liverpool Liverpool
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Coates (2)
Coutinho
Sturridge (3)
12 May 15:00 Norwich Norwich 4 – 0 West Brom West Brom
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Howson (3)
Snodgrass (3)
Holt
12 May 15:00 QPR QPR 1 – 2 Newcastle Newcastle
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Coloccini (2)
Cisse
Gouffran (3)
12 May 15:00 Sunderland Sunderland 1 – 1 Southampton Southampton
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Bardsley
Johnson (3)
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Lambert (2)
12 May 16:00 Man Utd Man Utd 2 – 1 Swansea Swansea
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Ferdinand (3)
Van Persie (2)
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Michu
14 May 19:45 Arsenal Arsenal 4 – 1 Wigan Wigan
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14 May 20:00 Reading Reading 0 – 2 Man City Man City
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Silva (3)
Milner
Aguero (2)

@Mark_Jones86: Cup semi-finalists deserve more credit

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This year has seen one of the better FA Cup competitions in recent memory.

The high-profile shocks have never been too far away, with Liverpool losing to Oldham, Arsenal bowing out at home to Blackburn and Brentford taking Chelsea to a replay.

It can be too easy to focus on the top sides and their efforts in the competition though.

Chelsea’s remarkable FA Cup run has continued with a run to yet another semi-final, with last year’s Cup winners now holding an astonishing record which has seen them unbeaten in 90 minutes in the competition since a loss to Barnsley in 2008.

They’ll face the 2011 Cup winners Manchester City in Sunday’s semi-final in a tie which brings together the winners of the last four FA Cups. It is also a tie which will have an air of a final about it, given the fact that there would have to be a huge shock in May’s showpiece event if whichever of the duo who wins on Sunday doesn’t end up holding the Cup aloft.

That’s because the line-up in the other semi-final would have been impossible to predict.

No-one would have envisaged seeing Wigan Athletic and Millwall walk out side-by-side early on Saturday evening, and perhaps most tellingly not many people would have wanted to.

We’ve spoken on how Wigan don’t get enough credit for their remarkable, logic-defying stay in the top-flight before, and that lack of respect can be traced in the reaction to their Cup run too.

Within minutes of their superb quarter-final demolition of Everton at Goodison Park – as good a performance as you could wish to see against one of the better teams in the division this season – the old cracks about Wigan supporters not filling Wembley were evident.

Yet the club are no stranger to the big events.

It was only 2006 when they reached the League Cup final against Manchester United in Cardiff, whilst they have been routinely performing well at the big Premier League grounds for the past few years.

As ever, an obsession with just how many fans are there to watch the team play is likely to be seen again over the weekend, but Wigan is a small place to begin with, and they have been competing with big boys such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City on their doorstep all their lives. A second major final inside a decade awaits them on Saturday. To date, Everton and City have only reached one.

In the other corner, reasons for a dislike of Millwall are a little more sinister, but a win for the 2004 FA Cup finalists would also see them be able to boast about two final appearances in a decade.

However for years the club have been a byword for supporter behaviour that can be regarded as less than welcoming.

As football fans we have a tendency to group our opinions on fellow supporters by whichever team they follow – “all Arsenal fans think like this, all Ayr United fans think like that” etc – but is it too far-fetched to look little deeper?

Speaking from personal experience as someone who has moved from the north to live in a heartland of Millwall supporters, the vast majority I’ve met are just football fans like you or I. Of course there are those who you’d steer clear of, but that’s part of life and not just football.

Mud sticks though, and so there will be many who don’t want either team to win on Saturday because of circumstances beyond the actual football clubs’ control.

But both Roberto Martinez and Kenny Jackett have done excellent jobs at their respective clubs, the players from both sides have excelled in reaching Wembley and the fans deserve their day out and the prospect of another one in May.

After all, these two clubs are one of the main reasons why this year’s FA Cup has rediscovered a bit of its magic.

@Mark_Jones86

Fantasy Premier League: GW27 Review

#FPL GW27 Review

Many thanks as always to @shots_on_target for his weekly wrap up of the Premier League games.

Check out his website at www.shotsontarget.com for some great #FPL insight!

What a performance by Gareth Bale in a very buoyant encounter at Upton Park. There’s not more much to say about Bale so I’ll move right on and mention Andy Carroll and Joe Cole.  Nolan’s injury could prove a blow for the Hammers if it’s serious but this may afford Cole a more prominent role.   He’s not £0.0m by the way, he’s £5.6m.

These two teams have both been great sources of fantasy players this season, and should continue to be so.  With Ba gone, Sissoko and Cisse are providing the goals and Gouffran is one to watch too.  Cabaye, on pens and free-kicks, will pick up points although Sissoko’s (rapidly rising) price tag and advanced role behind the striker make him this team’s highlight.  In a FPL season dominated by midfielders Ritchie Lambert is this season’s third highest scoring forward, behind only RVP and Suarez.  Not bad.  Puncheon’s 2nd benching in the last 4 games throws a spanner in the works for a fair few managers; both were away games though so perhaps a tactical move and ,if so, maybe not too worrying ahead of 4 home games in the next 6 for.  Maybe.

Berbatov was a dim glimmer of light in this match, Fulham unable to really threaten much against a Stoke side willing to let them try. Riise and Riether took advantage of the space to push up down the flanks and get involved in the attack, the latter getting the assist.  Let’s move on.

A tight game without any real top draw attacking play to shout about – perhaps the highlight was Moyes’ fury at the final whistle. Norwich have been a legitimate threat from set-pieces all season which makes Snodgrass a very sound option for your FPL team, with Bassong and Holt the two players who tend to get on the end of things. Everton really didn’t get much going, too often failing to find players in the box.   They need a good win against Oldham in the Cup and then Reading to keep up momentum into the run-in.

Top notch performance from Wigan, excelling not only in attack but defensively too, with the return of Boyce from injury and late introduction of season-long absentee Alcarez.  Kone scored his 8th goal of the season in which he has missed about a fifth of.  I would not be surprised to see him score another 5 or 6 before the end of the season with some nice fixtures over the horizon.

The early withdrawal of Van Persie will be a keen talking point for fantasy managers through this week ahead of a plum home game against Norwich which comes a few days before the Real Madrid game.  In RVP’s absence it could well be Nani who fills the gap.  Recently urged in the press by Sir Alex to show consistency this might be just the type of “media-message” Nani needs to prove his worth at a top club.  QPR hardly troubled United at all but they will be pleased to get Remy back in action.

All hail Lukaku, right? Although Sunderland have earnt a tag as a defensive team over the last few seasons they don’t travel well at all so it’s no surprise that West Brom created plenty of chances, and even less of a surprise that these chances mostly fell and were put away by Lukaku, who just seems to be getting better through the season.  Sessegnon had one of his best games yet this campaign and Sunderland’s attacking form has been gradually improving.

If United weren’t so far ahead in the league this dominant performance could have been regarded as City reaffirming their title challenge.  Mancini has had a strange strategy this season of starting matches with a block of 5 in a deep midfield line, with the 2 fullbacks lining up with 3 center mids, this week in Milner, Rodwell and Garcia.  Only when Tevez emerged did City have enough creative force to break Chelsea down, Silva and Toure showing their class.  Check out Talk of the Crowd’s awesome tactical analysis of how the introduction of Tevez changed the game.

A lot was expected of Arsenal ahead of this one after their now almost customary March cup exits. Though they got the win and had a host of chances they left it late.  Santi Cazorla has gone slightly under the radar but has now scored 11 goals this season, the same as Walcott although in significantly more minutes.  Walcott and Giroud had their fair share of chances too. Villa, unsurprisingly, did not create much although N’Zogbia is ever so slightly blinking on the fantasy radar.

Fantasy Premier League: GW26 Review

Gameweek 26 still has one fixture remaining with Liverpool playing Swansea this weekend, but here is the round up of the 10 other games so far. Many thanks as always to @shots_on_target for his review, check out his site at www.shotsontarget.co.uk a fantastic #FPL resource!

A much needed win for Aston Villa although overall they performed below average for a home
team up against a travelling West Ham, Villa’s red arrows indicating below average totals in
all shot categories.  Their limited attack is all through Benteke though, which makes him
always in with a chance of a goal.  The Nolan-Carroll partnership combined well again
producing plenty of chances in the box but none of real gilt-edge quality.

Torres had a rare performance here where he is the Chelsea player with the most shots on
target, usually he’s second behind one of the midfielders.  There were a lot of efforts to
share out here though, and with many at range from Lampard and Luiz.  Both players can hit ’em  though.  Hazard’s goal and assist flatter his underlying numbers.

A rather muted, some might say controlled, performance from United against Everton.
Ferguson did not need to take any risks with this game, especially after City’s loss, and
this kind of performance was always on the cards.  United’s attack, and Van Persie in
particular, are just so clinical this season they continue to score goals from
limited chances.  Evans, when he gets a start, probably warrants his new found goal scoring tag this season.  Rooney’s lack of threat up-front will have those managers who signed him up recently reverting back to worries of a few months back, will he play too deep too often?  Everton were well contained here.  The talismanic Fellaini was marked out of the game by Jones and Anichebe was no match for Vidic, leaving the best chances falling for Osman from midfield.

If any game was going to be 0-0 this week it was this one.  Fulham have just lost it whilst
Norwich have learnt how to defend.  New signing Becchio looked to be a useful focus for
Norwich’s attack with Snodgrass maintaining his position as my favourite fantasy option in the
Canary’s attack.  I’ll try not to mention Berbatov anymore than is necessary.

The report’s after this game centred on City’s shocker but I’d like to draw some attention to
Southampton’s performances of late since their Argentine coach came on board.  This was not a  result in which they earned a plucky result against defending champions.  They dominated
City at both ends of the pitch, deserving of a dominant victory.  Puncheon continues to present an excellent cut-priced option.  As for City.., who can tell?  Aguero and Silva are not paying
back their price tags yet and rotation risk continues to hang over Dzeko, although he’s
maybe worth that kind of risk with his career goal scoring record.

Stoke managed a lofty number of shots here, hauling themselves all the way up to an average level performance against Reading, thanks in part to Walters bluster up behind Crouch and plenty of set pieces.  There was no miracle comeback for Reading this time but Stoke really should’ve kept a clean sheet.

This was a game with a lot more chances than the score line suggests.  Despite Giroud being  restored to the central strikers berth it’s young Theo once again who posed the most threat in
Sunderland’s penalty box, followed by Cazorla who looks to be finding his spark again.  For
Sunderland, Fletcher will feel unfortunate not to have been on the score sheet.

This was another terrific display from Swansea, led up front again by their main man in Michu.   The Spaniard’s brace and assist will have overshadowed team-mate Hernandez who was rewarded here after some great performances recently.  QPR look doomed already but if they do get anything it’s usually from a Taarabt pass.

 

What can I say about Gareth Bale that you don’t already know?  With Defoe out and Adebayor
rested after his duties with Togo there’s was  plenty of room up front for Bale to exploit, although it was Dempsey who started up front.  Holtby‘s performance will have caught the eye too, with 4 shots, all in the  box, showing a potential knack for getting into scoring positions.  Gouffran’s was looking good  for the visitors until his injury and that’s blow for Newcastle.  Sissoko‘s lack of shots here is a downer on his virtuoso display last week but an away game at White Harte Lane should not dampen expectations too much, unlike Cisse though who has failed to step it up since Ba’s Chelsea exit.

West Brom’s gameplan worked a treat here. They had to ride their luck at times with Foster in fine form, especially saving Gerrard’s penalty.  But with 70 minutes of pressure successfully soaked, Clarke threw on Lukaku and his enviable strength and pace was enough to hit Liverpool with the sucker-punch..  With Sturridge out injured Suarez was up front but his shooting was off today, failing to hit the target with any of his 7 shots. Gerrard continued to put in the kind of shift that has seen him amass so many FPL points recently.  If he had scored his penalty, which was won by Suarez, this gameweek would have told a whole different story, and it still may with the final fixture, LIV vs SWA, to come this Saturday.

 

Enrique stole the crown for top points with a goal, assist and clean sheet, plus full bonus points..  Suarez and Sturridge were next best and despite Suarez outscoring Sturridge by 5 pts it was very close between the two of them again.  Suarez won a perhaps fortunate penalty for his assist. Sturridge was generously handed his penalty by Gerrard, but could have easily scored one or two more from open play.  Couthino’s full debut also showed he’s one to watch.

Liverpool’s victory was emphatic. They had 35 shots in total, the most from any team this season, and this has prompted me to take a look back through this season’s results for other dominant performances from a shot data perspective.  As can be seen from the number of goals scored in these games it’s still shots on target that is the important stats.  Sure, lots of shots are good, but if they don’t hit the target it doesn’t count for much.

You can read more on the Liverpool v Swansea game at http://www.shotsontarget.co.uk/2013/02/liv-5-0-swa-and-other-emphatic-wins.html

 

Fantasy Premier League: Bonus Point Review

GW26 Bonus Points

So after all 11 fixtures scheduled for GW26 the completed batch of bonus points have been released.

Bale and Michu will be popular choices for 3 bonus points this week. RVP gets the 3 point award for today’s game against Everton also and this will no doubt be good news to the huge 40% + ownership who own the Dutchman. After consecutive gameweeks without a goal RVP returned to normality this afternoon with a goal and an assist.

Benteke with a goal and 2 BP’s is certainly building on his growing reputation and for Chelsea, Eden Hazard returned from suspension with a Goal, assist and 3 bonus points to round off a great performance.

Davis and Lambert both benefited from Southampton’s fantastic victory against City yesterday also.

As per usual, we would like to hear from you… Who got bonus points that shouldn’t have??

Already there have been grumbles heard about how Ramsey ended up with 3BP’s and Cazorla ?? Do you agree/Disagree.

Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

With Liverpool still to play twice and West Brom and Swansea in action also, GW26 is shaping up to provide some big #FPL scores. How is your team doing so far – tweet us your scores @FantasyYIRMA

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Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle

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3 BALE

2 DAWSON

1 PARKER

Chelsea 4-1 Wigan

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3 Hazard

2 Apilicueta

1 Ramires

Norwich 0-0 Fulham

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3 Sidwell

2 Hangeland

2 Garrido

2 Turner

Stoke 2-1 Reading

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3 Whelan

2 Huth

1 Mariappa

Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

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3 Ramsey

2 Walcott

1 Arteta

 

Swansea 4-1 QPR

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3 Michu

2 Hernandez

1 Rangel

 

Southampton 3-1 Manchester City

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3 Davis

2 Lambert

1 Dzeko

Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham

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3 N’Zogbia

2 Benteke

1 Westwood

Manchester United 2-0 Everton

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3 Van Persie

2 Cleverley

2 Giggs

Liverpool 0-2 West Brom

Bonus:

3 McAuley

2 Mulumbu

1 Foster

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

Bonus:

3 Enrique

2 Suarez

1 Sturridge

 

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GW25: Wayne Rooney keeps Manchester United clear!

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Both these teams have a weakness that is all too often exploited.  Villa can’t defend set pieces and Everton’s defence is as shaky as the come when they are attacked with verve.  Result…?  Six goals.  With Baines’s deliveries and Fellaini aerial threat and with the pace and power on show from Villa’s front line it’s not too surprising.  Doubts over Fellaini’s role should be allayed now with Gibson back giving the Belgian license to menace alongside the hulking frame of Anichebe, in the team on merit ahead of Jelavic.
Rooney and Van Persie played very closely together as a front two in this one.  Despite a lack of attacking drive from central midfield pair of Carrick and Cleverley, Rooney was not tempted to drop deeper and try and play from there.  Fulham’s put up a good fight although without Berbatov they are lack the kind of class that Rooney showed with his precision finish.  Surprising to see so little creativity from United’ wingers though.

Arsenal can be a frustrating side and do blow hot and cold.  They did pretty well here when you look at the stats and Stoke as unambitious as ever away at a top club at least returned to something of their old resolute self.  Wegner’s tactics here perhaps explain the lack of real cutting edge with Cazorla being dropped to accommodate the more combative Diaby.  Walcott won the free-kick for the goal and bagged an assist and new boy Monreal was very impressive on his debut at left back.
Sunday’s 4pm kick-off served up yet another pulsating Premier League encounter, although one that took a while to get going.  Manicni’s lineup with three holders in the middle in Barry, Milner and Garcia.  This really limits the extent to which Silva and Aguero can create anything, as can be seen in the lacklustre attacking stats of their front three – although the strikers did of course both score.  This was much in contrast to Liverpool who were the better team in my opinion, creating far more chances and will rue another missed opportunity.  I really don’t think there’s much to separate Sturridge and Suarez in this team from a fantasy perspective.
This fixture has a real tendency to produce both shots and the goals.  As elaborated on in the GW25 Top Players article, Sissoko really looks to be a player to watch with great penetration and shooting accuracy here.  There’s plenty to like about this Newcastle performance against a decent Chelsea team and Cisse really should  have scored.  Demba Ba owners will be very disappointed with their purchase after his rotation and his now broken nose.  Otherwise though, it’s Lampared stealing the show and Mata remains as irrepressible as ever.
I ventured before hand that QPR would try and win this game.  You know, have some shots, score some goals.  It looks like they tried, a little, managing an “average” number of total attempts for a home team against Norwich but, as is their style, they didn’t get in the box enough and Taarabt, despite his ability, is again the main culprit – even more so not scoring his penalty.  Just one of his shots was in the box (the penalty).  Someone should tell him about this.   Norwich were pretty productive for a change away from home, which probably tells you just how much trouble QPR are in.  Hoolahan, Snodgrass and Holt were most like to grab an away goal.
 Ian Harte’s deliveries are always worth an assist every few games and Reading are now starting to score with some consistency.  Kebe was on the score sheet a few times earlier in the season and is a worthy attacking player and will score a few more this season no doubt. Sunderland’s new boy N’Diaye is certainly catching they eye on the left flank but this was a limited performance overall from O’Neils team.
Quite a reserved performance at the end of the day from Tottenham after West Brom were reduced to 10 men after Popov saw red for spitting.  Spurs were content to keep the ball and pass it around for long stretches.  They’re a team that have really improved through the season and credit must be given to their manager AVB for bouncing back from his “Chelsea experiment”.  Defoe left the ground on crutches and his replacement here was new signing Lewis Holtby who  played an advanced role.  Bale too played pretty central at times and it’s no surprise he nailed another beauty to seal the win.  Lukaku and Long may be the front pairing now after Odemwingie’s transfer-window  antics, although the former was withdrawn after Popov’s dismissal which perhaps gives you some idea of his place in the pecking order.

With Carroll back at the point of their attack West Ham were able to get to something like their early season attacking numbers, and the Nolan-Carroll partnership promises to be very fruitful for both parties.  Mark Noble too, beneficiary of an assist here, should see some joy from his set-pieces with Carroll to aim for.   I’m not all that sure Swansea are equipped for a visit to Allardyce’s Upton Park, and I imagine too that this is a point Laudrup will concede – you can’t win them all.  Pablo Hernandez and Michu had the best chances for the Swans ahead of their DGW 26.

 Despite how well you play, and just like last week at Old Trafford Southampton played well, you are always going to be vulnerable in English football to set pieces.  Today, this was to Wigan’s benefit as two Beausojour corners ended up in back of the net.  They really didn’t create much else to trouble Southampton who showed most threat through their front pair of Lambert and Rodriguez.  Their best chances came on the break.

Fantasy Premier League: Nothing but BONUS POINTS!!

#FPL GAMEWEEK25..

Do you agree with the bonus points this week? Who missed out??

who are you looking at and wondering…HOW???

Drop a comment below!

Gameweek 25
02 Feb 12:45 QPR QPR 0 – 0 Norwich Norwich
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Townsend (3)
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Hoolahan
Johnson (3)
02 Feb 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke City Stoke City
02 Feb 15:00 Everton Everton 3 – 3 Aston Villa Aston Villa
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Fellaini (3)
Anichebe (2)
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Benteke
02 Feb 15:00 Newcastle Newcastle 3 – 2 Chelsea Chelsea
02 Feb 15:00 Reading Reading 2 – 1 Sunderland Sunderland
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Harte (2)
Kebe (3)
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Gardner
02 Feb 15:00 West Ham West Ham 1 – 0 Swansea Swansea
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Noble (2)
Nolan (2)
Carroll (3)
02 Feb 15:00 Wigan Wigan 2 – 2 Southampton Southampton
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Caldwell (3)
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Schneiderlin (2)
Lambert (2)
02 Feb 17:30 Fulham Fulham 0 – 1 Man Utd Man Utd
03 Feb 13:30 West Brom West Brom 0 – 1 Tottenham Tottenham
03 Feb 16:00 Man City Man City 2 – 2 Liverpool Liverpool
Bonus
Milner
Dzeko (2)
Aguero (3)
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Gerrard

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The prize money is provided by the FY Admin team member with the lowest total score at the end of the season…

To take £50 off your mate in a bet is fun- to make him sponsor the league for an entire season …is funnier.

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