Fantasy Football Blog

  • Foreign view: Delightful di Natale

    ITALY

    UP

    Antonio di Natale (FW, Udinese, 31.70) +6.17

    His hat-trick sealed a 3-1 win for the Zebrette against high-flying Napoli - their first win in eight games.

    Walter Samuel (DF, Internazionale, 10.63) +4.99

    A goal and a clean sheet against Cagliari for the veteran defender.

    Julio Sergio (GK, Roma, 18.22) +4.68

    The Brazilian keeper pulled off nine saves to frustrate Fiorentina and seal a fifth-straight win for Roma.

    Andrea Consigli (GK, Atalanta, 10.04) +4.11

    A rare clean sheet in the win over Bari, but Le Dea remain in the bottom three.

    Julio Cesar (GK, Internazionale, 23.52) +3.45

    A

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 22 update

    What with there being no Premier League games this weekend and the two matches next week are part of the current turn in the game, The Fantasist will just give you a quick update on any new injuries that have cropped up over the last couple of day's worth of matches.

    You can see last week's comprehensive list here.

    OUT

    Gary Cahill (Bolton) - Arm

    Christian Benitez (Birmingham) - Ankle

    Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - Ankle/Foot

    Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) - Arm

    QUESTIONABLE

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) - Hamstring

    Samir Nasri (Arsenal) - Concussion

    Alex Song (Arsenal) - Knee

    Alex Song

    Stiliyan Petrov

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  • Movers and shakers: Clinical Phillips

    During the season our regular feature will detail whose value is rising and falling.

    UP

    Kevin Phillips (FW, Birmingham City, 10.83) +6.32

    Came off the bench to score a tidy match-winning brace against Wolves.

    Danny Higginbotham (DF, Stoke City, 12.09) +3.96

    A goal and a clean sheet against Blackburn.

    Matthew Etherington (MF, Stoke City, 13.39) +3.96

    One goal, one assist and 25.5 points for the in-form winger.

    Didier Drogba (FW, Chelsea, 24.19) +3.96

    His two goals further damaged Arsenal's title credentials.

    Ilan (FW, West Ham, 8.74) +2.49

    Accelerated from 0 to 1 goal within four minutes of his

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em: Defensive double-dip

    It's a two-match gameweek for Fulham, Chelsea, Hull and Portsmouth, a quartet that includes the two meanest home defences and the stingiest away back four, so selecting the correct stoppers is the name of the game this week.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Fulham have the joint-meanest defence at home this season. With Fulham hosting a misfiring Villa and Portsmouth at Craven Cottage this week, there's clean sheet sin the offing for Mark Schwarzer (7.68).

    Birmingham are the other team who, along with Fulham, have conceded just six at home thus far, so Joe Hart (9.67) might be worth the investment

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  • Tactical non-review

    The Fantasist would love to review the weekend's action, but unfortunately it can't as points have not been updated.

    Hugely annoying as this obviously is, console yourselves with the knowledge that the points will be added eventually, and that this is just the start of a very long game week.

    Otherwise, there's really nothing to add.

  • Foreign view: Mancini master-stroke?

    ITALY

    Silvio Berlusconi may not like it, but if Mancini (4.56) can recapture the form that saw him star for Roma, rather than that which saw him sidelined at Internazionale, then Milan may have pulled off the move of the January transfer window in Italy. For that price, he could be worth sneaking into your team. Of course, Ronaldinho (21.41) is still very much the main man for Milan this season.

    Inter skipper Javier Zanetti (3.71) may be 63 years old, but he is cheap and starts every game, and should be in line for a win at home to Cagliari alongside more salubrious team-mates such as Goran

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  • Movers and shakers: Da Silva and gold

    During the season our regular feature will detail whose value is rising and falling.

    UP
    Rafael da Silva (DF, Man Utd, 11.78) +3.81
    Jozy Altidore (FW, Hull, 7.77) +3.35
    Alex (DF, Chelsea, 10.95) +3.01
    Emmanuel Adebayor (FW, Man City, 14.02) +2.72
    Vincent Kompany (MF, Man City, 6.48) +2.71
    Ji-Sung Park (MF, Man Utd, 7.03) +2.53
    Shay Given (GK, Man City, 10.26) +2.49
    Jamie O'Hara (MF, Portsmouth, 10.70) +2.46
    Martin Olsson (DF, Blackburn, 10.16) +2.31
    Liam Ridgewell (DF, Birmingham, 10.81) +2.29 

    DOWN
    Steven Mouyokolo (DF, Hull, 1.76) -3.84 
    Christian Kalvenes (DF, Burnley, 4.05) -2.20
    Manuel Almunia (GK,

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  • Tactical review: Defending defenders

    Last week the Fantasist proffered that the key to success in the weekend's matches lay in picking strong defenders, with decidedly mixed results.

    Nobody needed to be told that the on-fire Wayne Rooney (now 24.07 in price, gained 16.50 points) would probably score against Arsenal, or that Nicolas Anelka (18.66, 15.5pts) and Carlos Tevez (16.46, 12pts) would do well in wins against Burnley and Portsmouth respectively, but you were anyway.

    So the focus was on the men at the back as two of the Premier League's best defences had a two-game week.

    Had The Fantasist legislated for Fulham's poor run of

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  • Foreign View: Catch Chamakh

    ITALY

    Milan will be itching to get back on track after their defeat to Internazionale last week, and the visit of Livorno will provide the perfect opportunity to restore pride. Ronaldinho (21.52) will be most eager to put things right after he squandered a penalty in that match, and the Brazilian is well priced to add to his nine goals and eight assists this season.

    Livorno have scored a league low 16 goals this season, so you would be wise to employ the services of any Milan defenders, with Marek Jankulovski the best priced at 7.14. Luca Antonini's value has taken a slight dip following the

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  • Foreign view: Resurgent Ronaldinho

    ITALY

    Milan have scored 17 goals in their last six league matches as they marched up the Serie A table. Key to that form has been a resurgent Ronaldinho (27.41). His hat-trick against Siena means he has now scored nine and created eight goals this season, making him the most lethal player in the league. Will he bring that form into Sunday's derby against stuttering leaders Inter? With Pato (18.42) ruled out of that match, David Beckham (8.29) is set to keep his place.

    Joaquin Larrivey (9.30) more than doubled his price after scoring his second and third goals of the season against Livorno.

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