Friday, 8 January 2010

Week 18 Weather Update


NORTH-EAST
Hull City v Chelsea (Sat Jan 9) - POSTPONED
http://www.safc.com/news/bolton-game-called-off-20100108_2256213_1926911


Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers (Sat Jan 9) POSTPONED

LONDON
Arsenal v Everton (Sat Jan 9)
Arsenal say: Game with Bolton Wanderers was called off due to heavy snow. Transport problems could also put this match in doubt.

Fulham v Portsmouth (Sat Jan 9) POSTPONED

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sun Jan 10)
West Ham say: We are confident game will go ahead. Pitch is clear and grit has been put down on pavements outside Upton Park.

Forecast: Heavy frosts then temperatures at or below freezing during Saturday. Threat of heavy snow spreading from Europe during whole weekend.

NORTH-WEST
Burnley v Stoke City (Sat Jan 9) POSTPONED
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_5843077,00.html


Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa (Sat Jan 9)
Wigan say: We are confident game will go ahead. Pitch fine and 10 acres of surrounding area have been gritted and cleared of ice.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Sun Jan 10) POSTPONED
http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/reds-request-postponement


WEST MIDLANDS
Birmingham City v Manchester United (Sat Jan 9)
Birmingham say: St Andrew’s has undersoil heating, but snow and ice in areas surrounding stadium could cause problems.

Forecast: Remaining cold with further snow showers and perhaps longer periods of snow. Severe frost expected overnight.

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These were correct as of yesterday evening according to The Times newspaper. Not sure if this is helpful, I imagine we'll get more definitive news later today as they will want to give fans 24 hours notice...I'll keep you all updated.

UPDATE: We've lost 4 games now & we can't be sure on any of the others...it's making life hell for fantasy managers...i'm tempted to go for all Chelsea players if he game at Hull is on as it's only 45 mins after deadline...

Cheers,
AM

100 comments:

Bojan said...

last minute decisions, nice!!!

Anonymous said...

good report. we have to approach this week, that some pt's are better than none. i have d bent but don't fancy that game to go ahead. i think at least 3 games will get cancelled. just gotta hope they are cancelled early enough. might be an idea to spread risk, but also avoid the 4 most likely games to go. S.P.

rwlwhite said...

lets hope global warming finally kicks in and proves its worth!

JmP said...

thx~ nice info

Anonymous said...

So all of them are high risk, basically. Its got to be a case of picking 90% of your players for games on saturday when youll know my 12 if theyve been cancelled. Im only gonna gamble on players I have at a discount (Mpet, defoe)...and maybe not even them

Anonymous said...

thanks, AM. Atleast this post is helpful

Assistant Manager said...

SKY SPORTS REPORTING FULHAM v PORTSMOUTH IS POSTPONED!!!

LIVERPOOL V SPURS also on the verge of being postponed, expect more to follow...

Anonymous said...

Liverpool have submitted a postponement request...crap! there goes bale and defoe.
and my sunday entertainment

Joshtottenham

Anonymous said...

anyone, who is mpet please?

Anonymous said...

mpet is martin petrov

Brandon said...

Thanks for the updates AM. This is my first post, but I read the blog everyday...You're doing a great job keep it up...I live in sunny Florida, USA. I can't imagine what it's even like to walk outside in England right now!!!

Anonymous said...

burnley v stoke also OFF ! s.p .

Anonymous said...

@Brandon - its not that bad, nothing compared to places in canada or scandinavia. The problem in Britain is that it only happens anything like this once every 4 years or so, and so the countries not really prepared for it with proper snow gear etc.

Anonymous said...

BURNLEY - STOKE = POSTPONED

Fidan said...

Guys, I have NO IDEA what to do with Eagles, whom I have @6.22!!! I really need some help. I will most probably keep him, considering the fact that I may replace him with someone who will play for sure(?!), but then on last minute that game is postponed too. That would KILL me!!!

Any suggestion!!!

Good Luck

Alex said...

Sunderland off, IMO almost if not all games will be off, Birmingham will be next as they have scheduled a pitch inspection and with the worst frosts expected tonight and snow sunday I think the premier league will call the shots as clubs really dont want them to go ahead as they will result in low attendances/revenue.

My advice, hold all players as late as possible as it maybe a 'non week' or even worse, just one match that we all pour our money on!!

Anonymous said...

Liverpool cancel 2 days before!? what price on Gerrard taking a knock in training yesterday?

Anonymous said...

i was 'burnt' last week with the no-go arsenal game; can't afford to miss any more players to weather now. all those in postponed games got to GO! hopefully there are alot v-managers without the knowledge of the postponement and let me get back to where i am supposed to be.

Art Vandelay said...

This has also just made my descision regarding what to do with O'hara, who I've got at 4.07, a lot more difficult. Think I'll probably keep him.

Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

merde!

Anonymous said...

What is the likelihood of Man City getting to play on Monday? Are things supposed to be worse or better by then?

Kavedas said...

Ouch ouch ouch , Postponed the whole week would be better

Anonymous said...

"With Voronin we were talking with Dynamo Moscow and it's also very close. The player is talking with them and we're also just waiting for the paperwork."

direct from LiverpoolFc.

"the player was clear the other day when he told me he wants to stay."

Benitez on Babel's issue. Babel wasn't keen on brum it seemed.

Ban said...

Thanks AM for updating this Postponed match!
Yeah

Anonymous said...

To AM: you may wish to take note that Arsenal's Ladies and youth games were already postponed.(some other youth games too). i take those as a warning sign.

Bradley said...

At this point postponing the whole round would be better. Otherwise we'll all be faced with having to give up most of our player discounts. Ouch.

If this keeps up, Bolton will wind up with half their season in hand.

Anonymous said...

^ i don't mind selling most(actually all except Verm). lol. i already sold 5 due to the 3+1 weather issue. i hope by tml, there will be just one game left(whatever that maybe), and i just push all players in that fixture. that would certainly shake things up( in epl and my private league). time for me to gain back the 'lost' points of last arsenal game.

Anonymous said...

to AM & All: Liverpool's game is OFF!

http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/tottenham-game-called-off

Anonymous said...

is arsenal match off?

Anonymous said...

http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10429~1926606,00.html

'The snow and freezing temperatures have meant that access roads to the DW Stadium and Robin Park complex are extremely hazardous '

wigan game in question.

Anonymous said...

Additionally : brum game looks to be the only positive game to be played.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the updates AM. My team is in flux with Modric, Defoe, O'Hara already being ruled out on big discounts. Losing a 0.15 discount on Bale doesn't matter much, but I'd have to revamp my team and find another cheap filler if I switch him out. At this point, I think Modric is the only player I will definitely keep and take the 0 points, losing a 2.23 discount is too big of a change on him.

Cech's Mates

Anonymous said...

http://www.premierleague.com/page/Headlines/0,,12306~1927520,00.html

-Premier League's statement

Anonymous said...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=722453&sec=global&cc=4716

which epl player is from togo?

K2 and?

Anonymous said...

Can someone please be kind enough to just make a list of the teams that are surely not gonna play, teams that might play, and teams that will play? It would make things a lot easier for me and everyone else I guess?

Anonymous said...

^ just watch the main post.AM been doing it. and we've been updating as much info to all fellow v-managers as possible on the situation around. its not easy for all i think, most would need to shuffle the team lineups and there are potential risk every other match will be postponed if the local authorities deemed it necessary. additional news in next post.

Anonymous said...

The postponement of Saturday's Championship fixtures between Middlesbrough and Swansea at the Riverside and QPR and Plymouth at Loftus Road mean there are only four fixtures remaining in English football's second tier.
The games at Leeds and Norwich are the only surviving League One fixtures, while the decision to call off Northampton's meeting with Chesterfield means there are no games in League Two.

Anonymous said...

hull and chelsea a no go. ~sky sports

Keeping bale as an enabler and dropped konchesky, and dempsey. Picked up downing, and Mpetrov. Aston villa game is assured it seems.



saitofall

Anonymous said...

Week 18
Won't play:
Sunderland
Bolton
Fulham
Portsmouth
Liverpool
Tottenham
Burnley
Stoke City

Might play:
Arsenal
Everton
Man City
Blackburn
Wolves
West Ham
Wigan
Aston Villa

Likely to play:
Hull City
Chelsea
Man Utd
Birmingham

J

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Wigan - Villa very likely to be played, I just hope Chelsea game does not get postponed

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, that's a bad week. The thing that I fear the most is that these games will be postponed for the mid-week, so I won't have any of the players from them. I sold Etherington, Bale, Baird and Duff (only the last on a discount) due to the cancelled matches, and I've already dropped O'Hara last week when I had him on 5.75mil. If what's expected is going to happen, O'Hara won't play even a single game in Pompey for the rest of the season, because his loan deadline is on next Friday.
The dropping of bale hurt the most, I had to make major cuts in my team including dropping Milijas whom I really liked, for Cole. Joe Cole. You know, the one from Chelsea who NEVER scores YFF points? He'll start, obviously, and his very cheap, although his price's symbolism isn't attractive (6.66mil). I also got back Nasri who have been very productive for me this week, but 4mil more expensive. Another buy was Milner who is back for Villa against Wigan (yay) on a match which is in doubt (boo!). The back-up plan is dropping him for Diaby, Malouda or Milijas if the game is postponed, so I can improve my defence. Why? Evans and Traore. Both cheap and will deserve points if they get a CS, but if they don't...
Eduardo is on a good run, with plenty of help from Lady Luck, but that has never hurt anyone. Sturridge is cheap and will at least come from the bench, Petrov is on discount and can kill B'burn. Given and Vermaelen are obvious, though I'm afraid from a late postponement of the ManC match, which will take Petrov and Given's points away from me. Rooney is the last one. He didn't look sharp against Leeds, but the good thing about him to take from that match is that EVERYTHING went through him, and it's about to continue vs Brum.
Concerning the defence, I might drop Nasri for the in-form Diaby, so I can swap Evans with Richards, or Traore with Zabaleta, but I'm still afraid of the late postponements. If I do drop Milner, I might be able to afford a defence of Vermaelen-Richards-Upson, but I won't drop him unless the Villa match is postponed.
Not final team:

Given
Vermaelen Evans Traore
Petrov Milner Nasri JCole
Rooney Eduardo Sturridge

Any advices?
SF

Anonymous said...

hull v chelseea off

Anonymous said...

Aaaaaargh, Hull-Chelsea postponed. If Man City game gets postponed, my team is screwed again :)

bean said...

it's kind of like polishing a cannon ball shuffling the team around at this point, but worth a try.

Hull vs Chelsea – POSTPONED
Burnley vs Stoke – POSTPONED
Fulham vs Portsmouth – POSTPONED
Sunderland vs Bolton – POSTPONED
Liverpool vs Spurs – POSTPONED

which leaves:

Arsenal vs Everton
Wigan vs Aston Villa
Birmingham vs Manchester United
West Ham vs Wolves
Manchester City vs Blackburn

right now i have:

Given
Verm,Evans,Garrido
Valencia,Collison,Rosicky,Bily
Rooney,Tevez,J.Vaughan

kind of worried about the Citeh match on monday though, might swap those out for Villa or more Gunners.

and this is all quite futile as more postponements might come today/tonight

Dave said...

A lot of teams will sure look similar this week LOL....

Kellz said...

@Bean: There goes most of my barndoor work over the long week. No Bale, no Dempsey, no Eagles, and West Ham is on the brink of postponed as well meaning Arsenal will likely fall. The biggest question is who do you keep at discount and who do you gut for players your really didn't want to buy in the first place?

Oh boy, its actually quite comical, but damn I really loved my team!

Anonymous said...

in fact, i would now change ONLY to players from West Ham and Man city's games. they MAY have a chance of playing. i still have arsenal players thou mind you. but i am not that optimistic now. this is the season to chip/chop/mix/match and not really following anyone.

init said...

Guys

Do you have any idea when these games will be rearranged? Is there a chance that they could be arranged, say, the Wednesday after the game or something?

init

Anonymous said...

it must fit their schedule. some have cup games as well. some already have postponed games to be rearranged. and there are euro games for some clubs too. its best to check their own individual club pages frequently. they are (likely) the first to announce the re scheduled games.

Ban said...

just 10 team will go on in this week!

Anonymous said...

I would recommend holding on to your entire team until the last possible minute before making changes and losing discounts. Who knows, all the games this weekend might be canceled at this rate.

-Neal

Anonymous said...

Neal is right. Hold, for now. That said, I think it adds a bit of excitement to the weekly affair. Tactical moves this week could be critical for those of us behind. It's easy to build a team of superstars. It is genius to build a team of one-week wonders under said circumstances. Good luck, one and all! (Donegal08)

Bradley said...

If nothing else, this weekend's fiasco will really punish any managers not paying close attention -- at least those outside the UK. Presumably everyone living there can't help but notice something's amiss.

Anonymous said...

wigan v villa virtually off now as undersoil heating fails- see official wigan fc website.
that was 1 game i didn't think would go ahead anyway, after the recent cancellation v bolton. S.P.

Bradley said...

Not quite. Wigan's website said they've scheduled an 8:30 AM pitch inspection and will announce the results immediately thereafter. Before failing, the undersoil heating equipment had been on since the postponed Bolton match, so this match going ahead hinges on the severity of tonight's frost and/or the ability of the engineers to fix the problem. But yes, they do use the phrase "in serious doubt":

http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10429~1927623,00.html

Clearly I won't be getting much sleep tonight.

Anonymous said...

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/observations/
woodford is the n west is probably the nearest place for comparison on there. it's already minus 7.5c there at only 8pm.
i live about 10 miles from wigan. forecast is about -10c over nite. conditions are definitely worse than when the bolton game got called off. that game was an eve k.o. but it did get called off early in the day. must be only 5% chance ,if that , that it goes ahead. S.P.

Bradley said...

Sorry, I didn't realize you were a local. :)

Anonymous said...

Why can't they get Landon Donovan on the Everton team roster? I'd like to buy him before he has a chance to get expensive.

domoh said...

Landon expensive! Ha ha ha ha ha, he hasn't scored in his last two European outings.

Anonymous said...

Hull v Chelsea is the latest match to be called off this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Will not be awake for the deadline so
Given
Zaba Evans Brown
Diaby Nasri Valencia MPetrov Fletcher
Tevez Eduardo

Anonymous said...

http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7503237

Wigan's underpitch heating system has been reported as broken since 5 pm today, which makes the match doubtful!!!?

well, things can only get worse!

Pauly

Anonymous said...

Anyone is dropping defoe?i have him at 12.91..big chance to swap for somebody else

Anonymous said...

My team till now:
Given
Zabaleta Givet Traore
M.Pet Bily Rosicky Collison
Tevez Diamanti Eduardo

Hope no more game postponed due to snow.

Rgds.
Ajani

Anonymous said...

weather forecast from now til monday in manchester is "light snow", with no thaw. Make of that what you will. JT

Anonymous said...

alot of people are doing the hold-on-to-several-players-at-hugh-discount and these sort of week is going to hurt as they can't really ditch those players[duh!] while frequent 'choppers' can change things around quickly to suit the fixtures[i.e. available ones] . this could be really critical through this period of time.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA..

rite now my team as follow

GReen
RJ Zaba Verm Upson
Diaby Collison MPet BFerguson(still no sure)
Diamanti Carlito

However, still didn't click 'Save Team Changes'. Team selection base on the updated schedule for week 18 in YFF.

MBasil

Anonymous said...

MBasil - You did the right thing bro, just hope that the City game goes on. I think I'll decide on my team in a couple of hours. I have a couple of City players I may be changing.
Currently I have...
Given
Evans/Verm/Bale
Fletcher/Arshavin/Denilson/Diaby
Diamanti/RSC/Tevez

Still to change though...

(Honduran-Saul)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, team change...
Given
Verm/Evans/Evra
Fletcher/Denilson/Nasri/Scholes
Diamanti/Berbatov/Saha

Think I'm a United Fan? lol
(Honduran-Saul)

Anonymous said...

SAHA will not play and i dont think he will play tonight

Kellz said...

Taking a huge gamble, but its a very unusual week with all the postponements, so its the right week for a gamble:

Almunia
Verm, Sylvinho, Salgado
Arshavin, Giggs, MPET, Ramsey, Nasri
Rooney, Tevez

for what its worth I am relatively happy, had Collison but if Arsenal game is on Ramsey has just as much of a chance to score pts as him so it was an easy switch. I think Arshavin is a risk given his recent performances, but rarely does a player of his calibure go many games without a goal, hoping this will be the turn around!

Good luck, alarm set to check reports before the deadline!

azri gadafi said...

my team:

given
traore,spector,evans,
nasri,downing,barry,valencia,collison,
eduardo,tevez

any comment?

Anonymous said...

Given
Vermaelen Upson Evans
Bilyaletdinov MPetrov Milner Ramsey
Tevez Eduardo Diamanti


My current team: I could swop Evans/Ramsey to Melchiot/Collison

Anonymous said...

Wigan/Villa postponed officially as well

Anonymous said...

^ yea, hope i can steal a march on those who change the team but didn't pick up this info.

Caleb said...

After the Wigan/Villa match postponed, there are only 4 matches left, with one play on Sunday and one on Monday which might still have a chance to call off. So I am thinking should I field 7 or more Arsenal players. But picking Gallas or Sagna seems not worth the money indeed.

Also, anyone worth picking for the Birmingham/Man U game except Rooney? Rooney is too expensive as I did not get him in the BD.

Anonymous said...

Left 4 matches,

Given
Traore Heitinga Evans
Bily Nasri Rosicky Fellaini
Rooney Eduardo

Got feeling that Man Citeh match might be postponed.......

Rgds.
Ajani

Anonymous said...

villa match with wigan has been called off..one more casualty

i guess i'll be putting a lot of arsenal players now in my team..

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=722250&sec=england&cc=4716

azri gadafi said...

villa macth postponed also?is it real?

Anonymous said...

only 1-2 hours left for deadline?and i am still not so sure if arsenal-everton game goes on..damn weather!!

Caleb said...

@ Anonymous on 10:14 GMT

I am quite sure Arsenal Everton will be on as people might already starting to travel to the stadium.

Any suggestion?
I am thinking should I pick two among these four:
Denilson/Diaby/Giggs/Larsson

azri gadafi said...

final team:

green
traore evans spector
nasri giggs valencia ramsey collison
eduardo diamanti

azri gadafi said...

caleb!

i'll go for giggs and denilson..more attacking..
diaby will replace song as defensive mid..

Jdv said...

Azri
I think Diaby will be the attacking option and Denilson should replace Song as the defensive option. However Denilson will be taking kicks I would think...

azri gadafi said...

there is a chance that diaby will be taking song's place. but i've just thought,denilson are not so familiar with defensive task and not suitable for holding midfielder..but they can swith position in the match anyway..

Anonymous said...

just heard on fox sports news in auatralia that only 3 games will go ahead , can anyone confirm?

Anonymous said...

my final team:
given
traore j.evans alexander(@5,no guts to sell)
nasri billy ramsey giggs collison
rooney diamanti


what do u guys say?

init said...

Tough! Team looks COMPLETELY different from normal but needs must...

Not sure Rosicky will start but Song is alternative and don't think he will start either.
I have a bad feeling about Man City game going ahead on Monday (I have a colleauge in Manchester who has cancelled a trip to London on Monday due to weather forecast. Pitch probably ok but the stupid council might be scared about people leaving at 10pm...)
I am talking myself into more changes. Aaarrgghhh


Given
Nelsen/Verm/Upson
Rosicky/Jarvis/Collison/Fletcher
Diamanti/Rooney/Tevez

Anonymous said...

sorry fox sports Australia

init said...

So its Arshavin or Tevez...

Anonymous said...

Fox Australia maybe haven't spotted Man City game on Monday night? 3 games at weekend at the moment are still on...

anorexic pig said...

Given
Zabaleta / Roger Johnson / Bale (filler)
Arshavin / Petrov / Giggs / Fletcher / Mokoena (filler)
Tevez / Diamanti

leaving 0.01 units left (: i'm not exactly happy to have two fillers in my team, but there's less space for maneuvering with only 4 games going ahead...

tell me if my team is okay, thanks! :D

Hinrik said...

This is a good team, but depends on if the Man. City-game will go ahead as planned.

Anonymous said...

personally I would try and get 11 you know will be playing especially since there is a reasonable chance that games can still be called off, man city and west ham aren't being played today and bad weather is forecast tomorrow/monday...
but your 9 looks good!!!

Anonymous said...

hi guys

Will Sylvinho play monday if match is on ?

Pauly

Dave said...

West Ham-Wolves cancelled, about 2 mins before teh deadline.

Anonymous said...

http://www.whufc.com/articles/wolves-match-postponed-20100109_2236884_1927806
yea, just saw it. hooray! sold diamanti!

Art Vandelay said...

Great, so I'm playing this week with no strikers.

Anonymous said...

'Club officials have today (Friday 2pm) met with local authority inspectors regarding Saturday's home game against Manchester United (kick-off 5.30pm) who have reiterated that they are happy for the fixture to go ahead. This followed an inspection earlier in the week.'-direct from BCFC

this is the only SURE game to go!

Anonymous said...

http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Club-news/2010/January/True-grit-in-bid-to-keep-show-on-the-road

Man City's game a touch and go! and it look more negative than positive imo.

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