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  • Injury report: Gameweek 19

    The impromptu winter break has allowed several players to recover from knocks and be fit and raring to go in time for the Premier League's Christmas fixtures.

    Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby will both be fit for Arsenal's match against Chelsea on Monday, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is also set to make his return against Blackpool, assuming the match at Bloomfield Road can go ahead on Boxing Day, while Tottenham welcome back Rafael van der Vaart for the trip to Aston Villa.

    Victor Anichebe, Kolo Toure and Lee Cattermole all picked up one match

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  • Matchday review: Deadly Drogba

    Thank goodness for Didier Drogba. If you,
    like the Fantasist, had the Chelsea striker in your team over the weekend, you
    will have been given a whopping 35.50-point boost to kick the new season off.

    The Ivorian hit a hat-trick against West
    Brom to claim player-of-the-week status by quite some margin: Blackpool goal
    hero Marlon Harewood was his nearest rival with a tally of 25.50.

    Drogba's team-mate Florent Malouda was also
    on target, twice, against the Baggies, giving him 25 points and entirely
    justifying his selection in the Fantasist's team.

    Less good was the ringing endorsement of Wigan

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  • Injury report: Gameweek four

    The international curse strikes again with Theo Walcott among a group of players ruled out following England's exploits.

    The Arsenal forward hit four goals in the opening three Premier League matches, boosting his value after a poor 2009-10 season.

    His ankle injury is not believed to be serious though, so he should be back in four to six weeks.

    Along with injuries to Robin van Persie (ankle) and Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Arsene Wenger will look to Marouane Chamakh to lead the line: he could be a good shout at only 6.87.

    Other players sidelined by the Euro 2012 qualifiers are Spurs' England duo

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  • Monday Morning Manager

    So, who saw that coming?  If I were a betting man, and occasionally I am, I would have been hard pressed to put money on Liverpool to win but if the odds were right, I might have taken a shot.  That said, I would in no way have taken Liverpool winning by 3 and just dominating the match.  With Jeremy attending to family obligations today and unable to blog, I'm stepping in with a few thoughts on the weekend that was in the Prem and in our little fantasy world...

    • ManYoo were exposed as a team with greatness in two waves - Defence and Attack but missing the critical elements that act as glue and
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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 17

    In a low-scoring week in the Premier League, The Fantasist's 86.5-point haul saw it jump 800 places, leaving it just outside the top 2,000.

    It might have been better if not for a misfiring attack, but consistency was the order of the day with five players posting solid double-figure totals.

    Tim Howard (11pts) bounced back from a couple of atrocious outings with a clean sheet, while Seamus Coleman (15pts) looks like a gem - the young Irishman is listed as a defender while playing in midfield, much like Gareth Bale.

    Aleksandar Kolarov was suspended on Saturday, but The Fantasist decided to ride

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 16

    When tempted to select Fernando Torres in future, The
    Fantasist check whether his wife is likely to go into labour.

    Congratulations on the birth of baby Leo and everything, but
    your absence from Liverpool's win against Aston Villa was a serious downer for thousands
    of Fantasy teams.

    Despite that setback, The Fantasist more or less held steady
    in the overall rankings in a week largely bereft of big scores.

    It had three of the most popular heavy hitters, Samir Nasri,
    Carlos Tevez and Gareth Bale, who combined for 55.5 of 88 team points.

    At the back, Aleksandr Kolarov went and got himself sent

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  • Fantasy Europe Cup: Eto’o back

    Samuel Eto'o returns for Inter against Werder Bremen and is nicely rested after his domestic ban.

    The Cameroon striker is really expensive so don't bother unless you have a spare 50 million euros or so left from when you last sold Wayne Rooney.

    Inter do want to win that game as well, as they target top slot in the hope that also-qualified Tottenham slip up at Twente.

    Speaking of Spurs Gareth Bale is still only 16.5m, not bad for arguably the most effective midfielder so far in the tournament. Their trip to the Netherlands is not a must-win affair but victory would be nice to ensure topping

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 15

    Dimitar Berbatov's five-goal haul helped him notch up the
    highest individual Fantasy score of the season against Blackburn - 53.5.

    But is anyone else a little disappointed it wasn't more?

    Nonetheless, Berba's feat has seen his value rise by a ridiculous
    7.57 to 19.23 - only Didier Drogba is now pricier.

    The Fantasist did not have Berbatov, but enjoyed a good week
    thanks to a host of solid performances - seven players reached double figures
    and five scored.

    Nani, Marouane Chamakh, Chris Brunt, Samir Nasri and Stephen
    Hunt all hit the onion bag, while Kevin Doyle claimed an assist and Gareth

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 14

    West Bromwich Albion's 3-0 defeat at home to Stoke was enough to put the mockers on what was otherwise a decent enough week for The Fantasist.

    Baggies keeper Scott Carson shipped three goals, including a penalty which he himself conceded, and scored minus 10.5 points. Playmaker Chris Brunt missed the game after picking up a groin injury while on international duty.

    So you can guess where The Fantasist currently stands on the whole 'club versus country' row. Fat chance of the IFA compensating for the loss of points, though.

    Apart from the non-playing Jerome Boateng, most of the other players

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  • Fantasy injury report: Gameweek 14

    As much as most people would like to forget about England's defeat at the hands of France on Wednesday, the legacy of that friendly could stretch into the weekend and beyond.

    Steven Gerrard limped off with a hamstring injury, much to the consternation of Liverpool's fitness coach, who publicly expressed his frustration on Twitter. The midfielder is now expected to be out for up to four weeks.

    Man City keeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielderJack Wilshere both pulled out before the match at Wembley after taking knocks to back and ankle respectively, but could recover in time for the weekend.


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