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  • Injury report: Gameweek 37

    Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan will miss
    the final two games of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.

    The 28-year-old will have the operation
    later today, but is expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign.

    Darren Fletcher could play some part in Manchester United's attempts to secure a record 19th
    league title on Saturday after coming through a reserve-team outing against
    Blackburn.

    Fletcher's season has been scarred by a virus he
    picked up in March that laid him low for almost two months. The Scotland skipper
    is viewed as a likely starter in the Champions League final against

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 36

    Manchester City's Champions League
    showdown with Tottenham on Tuesday meant they were the only two teams on a
    double-gamer last week, and The Fantasist got involved.

    Three City players and four from
    Spurs were deployed by yours truly to varying degrees of success although
    bizarrely, considering they took one point from the six available to them, it
    was the London quartet which came out best.

    Rafael van der Vaart led the way with 21.5 points, not
    bad considering he didn't score in either match, although it cost almost as
    much to sign him. Luka Modric brought in a reasonable 12, but Aaron
    Lennon

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  • Fantasy: Picking your formation

    We continue our guide to the Fantasy Premier League game by guiding you on
    how to choose your formation.

    Unlike football management simulation games, you are restricted in your
    choice of formation, so no bright sparks trying to cheat their way to victory by
    choosing seven goal-scoring attacking midfielders in a 3-5-3 formation.

    You can play 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 and you can change it at will.

    Of course 3-4-3 gives you the most attacking options but, with the advanced
    age of Fantasy sports, this does not guarantee maximum points on a weekly
    basis.

    Points are given and taken for saves,

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 35

    But for
    the hapless goalkeeping of Sunderland's Simon Mignolet, the Fantasist would have
    had a respectable week.

    Mignolet
    let the side down in a massive way with his minus 11 score for the week and his
    aberration left the Fantasist reeling.

    The Black
    Cats keeper shipped in three goals against Fulham, and that's no good for
    anyone in the world of fantasy football.

    Aleksandar
    Kolarov
    and Ahmed Elmohamady each ticked along with tidy 5.5 scores,
    representing Manchester City and Sunderland respectively, which was a fillip.

    David
    Luiz
    is a consistent presence at the back for Chelsea, and he came
    in

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 34

    All hail King Kenny! No, The Fantasist doesn't mean Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, whose midfielder Maxi Rodriguez was the weekend's top scorer with 40.5 points courtesy of his hat-trick against Birmingham, but Stoke's Kenwyne Jones.

    With a double gameweek for four of the Premier League's less fashionable sides, The Fantasist put faith in the Trinidadian striker and was repaid with goals against Aston Villa and Wolves for a tidy haul of 27 points.

    Jones's Potters team-mates in the Fantasist's XI had mixed fortunes with Robert Huth bagging 15 points over the two games but Matthew Etherington -

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  • Wigan and Villa fighting fit

    This weekend may be the time to pick some Wigan and Aston Villa players for your Fantasy team, as the relegation-battling duo find form and fitness when it counts.

    After dreadful seasons the pair have no injuries, with Wigan's only first-team absence the suspended Maynor Figueroa.

    Wigan were bottom at various spells but a 3-1 win at Blackpool has taken them out of the relegation zone - Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia the key men for the Latics.

    They travel to Sunderland at the weekend, with the Black Cats having just lost keeper Craig Gordon for the season and without a win in nine games -

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 33

    Thank goodness for Didier Drogba, that is what The Fantasist was thinking
    as it reflected upon an otherwise dismal week.

    The Drog racked up 17.50 points with a goal and an assist to haul the
    Fantasy XI out of the proverbial mire with a sparkling display against West
    Brom.

    There was very little else to celebrate this week as Roque Santa Cruz
    proved to be the worst acquisition since Afonso Alves and left his team-mates
    in the lurch with a quite appalling -0.50.

    Santa Cruz looked a snip at just £1.26 million, but that is because he
    has failed to fire all season and he was utterly useless against

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  • K2 to be rested?

    Keen eyed observers notice that Wenger's team sheets don't follow the usual positional groupings.  Rather he tips his hand and names a starting XI in his announcements.  This week he's hinted to the press that he might need to give K2 a rest and that's reflected in the team sheet:

    Gunners (from): Almunia, Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott,
    Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb, van Persie, Bendtner, Lehmann, Adebayor,
    Diaby, Senderos, Hoyte, Gilberto, Denilson.

    So Eboue drops into defence, Walcott comes in on the right, and Benchedtner starts up top.  For 3.68 it's hard to ignore the Dane.  It sure

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  • K2.6

    If my math is right, 2.6% of my season's points have come from Adebayor's six goals (and nine shots on target) against Derby.

     

  • Matchday review: Gameweek 32

    After just sneaking into The Fantasist's team ahead of the previous gameweek's deadline, Antonio Valencia again delivered the goods last weekend.

    The Ecuadorean's goal and string of successful crosses against Fulham led him to a highly commendable 18 points, more than double his price at the time.

    However, Valencia and his United team-mate Patrice Evra (12) were the only ones to do the business for yours truly, as the absence of Wayne Rooney hit hard - front duo Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent scored 3.5 points between them.

    Charlie Adam managed to outscore both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas with

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