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  • Tactical review: Fulop delivers

    After all the controversy surrounding Manchester City's emergency loaning of Marton Fulop from Sunderland due to Shay Given's injury, the Hungarian proved to be worth the fuss.

    Fulop brought in 9.5 points in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa, a handy return for his lowly price. It turns out that Gunnar Nielsen's absence from the game wasn't crucial after all.

    Nigel de Jong (7.5) delivered and Carlos Tevez (15.5 points) came up trumps once more, while Emmanuel Adebayor (11.5) shook off an injury doubt to get his name on the scoresheet. The Villa contingent of Friday's choose column, however,

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  • Foreign View: Luca who’s talking

    Cristiano Lucarelli is back at Livorno and banging in the goals. As a man of decidedly left-wing politics, he might dismiss Fantasy Football as capitalist claptrap, but the market says 'Si' to the veteran striker.

    In Spain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned from injury in impressive style, while over in France, Paris Saint-Germain keeper Gregory Coupet plummets in value after a 4-0 drubbing at Grenoble.

    SERIE A - UP

    Cristiano Lucarelli (FW, Livorno, 19.22) +8.48
    Marco Di Vaio (FW, Bologna, 18.15) +5.28
    Vincenzo Iaquinta (FW, Juventus, 20.12) +5.15
    Federico Marchetti (GK, Cagliari, 14.66) +4.55

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  • Tactical review: Kalou has a ball

    The Fantasist had a pretty good week for predictions, but cruel fate wrecked its Choose 'em or Lose 'em picks for Chelsea's goalfest against Stoke.

    The 'lose' of Didier Drogba was actually a decent call since he scored 15 points, less than his 23.32 price tag, but the claim that Stoke's defence would make life hard for Chelsea proved badly wrong.

    The Fantasist warned there was a chance Joe Cole might not start. He didn't (5.5 pts).

    Clearly, it was Frank Lampard (29 pts), Florent Malouda (16.5pts) and the remarkable Salomon Kalou (36.5pts) you wanted.

    And Friday's Choose 'em or Lose 'em said:

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  • A message from Neal and Jeremy

    Football Blog Fans,

    As you can no doubt tell, there have been some changes
    with the Fantasy blog and Jeremy and I will not longer be appearing in this
    space.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our blog
    here at Yahoo UK for the last
    few seasons.  We can't tell you how much fun it has been writing the blog and
    having people from all around the world read it, send comments, and even tell us
    what idiots we are (and from time to time it's certainly deserved).  Before you
    get all tearful over our departure, FEAR NOT - we are not leaving the world
    without access

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  • Movers and shakers: Good poke from Arteta

    Our weekly look at the risers and fallers in Fantasy Football.


    In a strangely muted Fantasy week, with many of the game's big guns not delivering for one reason or another, it was Everton's 3-2 win at Blackburn that provides the two big price movers. Phil Jagielka put in plenty of tackles and blocks to earn decent points, while Mikel Arteta's price went up for scoring a goal, though not for poking Morten Gamst Pedersen in the eye.

    They may be down, but they're not out yet and Portsmouth duo David James and Kevin-Prince Boateng proved against Aston Villa, with the England keeper saving a

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  • Foreign view: Who’s the Dady?

    We take our weekly look at the best and worst Fantasy players around Europe, with Osasuna forward Dady more than doubling in value.

    ITALY - UP
    Mirko Vucinic (FW, Roma, 23.96) +4.63
    Marco Biagianti (MF, Catania, 8.20) +4.45
    Davide Lanzafame (FW, Parma, 14.48) +4.40
    Julio Cesar (GK, Inter, 21.60) +4.33
    Rodrigo Palacio (FW, Genoa, 14.73) +4.31

    Giorgio Chiellini (DF, Juventus, 11.66) -3.64
    Daniele Bonera (DF, Milan, 1.00) -3.39
    Antonio Mirante (GK, Parma, 10.62) -3.25
    Mario Balotelli (FW, Inter, 15.26) -2.55
    Mario Bolatti (MF, Fiorentina, 1.00) -2.54

    SPAIN - UP
    Dady (FW, Osasuna, 7.56) +4.75

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  • Tactical review: Thin up top

    Once again, it was goalkeepers and defenders that did the business for The Fantasist.

    It didn't help that, of the 23 goals scored over the weekend's nine matches, only seven were bagged by strikers.

    Of the forwards earmarked on Friday, only John Carew (12) delivered the goods, while the suggestions to drop Wayne Rooney (2) and Bobby Zamora (-2.5) were good ones. Well, substantially better than picking Carlos Tevez (6.5) and Louis Saha (2), anyway.

    In fact, even though Aston Villa laboured to their win over Portsmouth, there were still points to be had from the likes of James Milner (13), James

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em: Tevez time

    A certain diminutive Argentine meets his
    former club once again this weekend and with history proving he does rather well against them, why not
    jump on the Carlos Tevez train?

    And it's a double gameweek for Aston Villa
    once again, so it's time to stock up on their players. Less so struggling Hull
    City, who also play twice over the next seven days.


    Choose 'em: Craig
    Gordon (6.56)
    looks a decent buy in between the sticks with Sunderland
    hosting Burnley, who are surely incapable of winning away from home two weeks
    on the trot. Joe Hart (10.64) returns to shore up Birmingham's

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  • Foreign View: Taking the Micc

    We take our weekly look at the best and worst Fantasy players around Europe, with Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli on fire. 

    ITALY - UP
    Fabrizio Miccoli (FW, Palermo, 32.38) +5.35
    Giorgio Chiellini (DF, Juventus, 15.30) +4.98
    Jose Castillo (FW. Bari, 6.49) +4.21
    Luis Jimenez (MF, Parma, 5.98) +3.80
    Abdelkader Ghezzal (FW, Siena, 14.69) +3.30

    Manuel Iori (MF, Chievo, 1.00) -2.83
    Andrea Consigli (GK, Atalanta, 6.47) -2.59
    Dida (GK, Milan, 18.21) -2.50
    Giuseppe Sculli (FW, Genoa, 8.14) -2.35
    Morgan De Sanctis (GK, Napoli, 13.89) -2.27

    SPAIN - UP
    Didac (DF, Espanyol, 13.70) +8.27

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  • Movers and Shakers: Alexander on fire

    Our weekly look at the risers and fallers in Fantasy Football.


    Burnley feature heavily among the big winners following their 4-1 win against Hull. Top dog status went to Graham Alexander, who converted two emphatic penalties and deserved extra style marks. Martin paterson and Brian Jensen also saw their price tag hiked.

    There were signs of life from Alberto Aquilani, who started against Fulham, registering three shots on target and three fouls won, totalling 12 points. He was taken off after an hour and will no doubt be back on the bench next Monday night against West Ham.

    And Carlos Tevez

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