Friday, 31 December 2010

Week 21 - Update

Load and loads of team & injury news which I will be adding to throughout the day, in what will be my last post of 2010...what a year it has been!

- Alex Ferguson has given some pretty useless news regarding Nani's involvement & also indicated he's considering resting a few players, although no names were mentioned. "We're looking at Nani as a possibility," the he told reporters at Carrington on Friday. "We'll see how he is today, but he maybe has more chance of playing against Stoke." Either way, Fergie will look to "freshen things up" against Roberto Di Matteo's side. "We may look to make one or two changes," confessed the boss, "as one or two looked a bit tired in the last few minutes against Birmingham."

A rest for Rooney or Berbatov perhaps? West Brom v Man Utd is the 12:45 game tomorrow there is a chance that we'll have the confirmed teams before the deadline, but it's not a certainty so this has me concerned.

- Arsène Wenger will welcome Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song back into his squad for tomorrow’s trip to Birmingham, but Diaby is out. I'm not sure how Wenger will shape the team...Arshavin will be pushing for inclusion in midfield along with the rested Nasri, Walcott, Wilshire, Fabregas & Song, with RvP, Chamakh & Bendter also in the mix for the forward positions. Who plays? I'm not sure, but I'm now unlikely to risk Walcott.

- Stuart Holden, Steinsson & Paul Robinson all look to be out of Bolton's visit to Liverpool through a mixture of injury & suspension, while Lee is a the Asia Cup.

- On the Anfield side of things, Joe Cole & Steven Gerrard are both doubts although I imagine Hodgson will do everything possible to get his capatin on the pitch.

- Reports coming out of Newcastle suggest Andy Carroll is injured and will miss the trip to Wigan; a huge blow for the Geordies.

- Sunderland duo Danny Welbeck and Lee Cattermole both set to play against Blackburn but Onuoha and Mensah both out and Asamoah Gyan is a major doubt with a hamstring injury so is unlikely to be risked.

- Blackburn have huge problems; Chris Samba is a struggling, keeper Paul Robinson has a calf injury, Phil Jones, Jason Roberts, Vince Grella, Keith Andrews & Steven Nzonzi are injured, while Michel Salgado & Niko Kalinic are suspended.

- West Brom have massive defensive worries, with Tamas and Jara both suspended and Scharner a doubt with illness. I've been thinking since my initial post & reckon Ferguson may see it as an ideal game for Rooney to break his scoring duck so I might put him in.

- Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez is expected to return to the starting XI, but Mancini will probably rest a few players with Arsenal away in midweek. Who that'll be we simply don't know, but as I missed Balotelli on the barndoor I've decided not to pay almost £10m for him just in case. I'm probably going to risk Silva as he was subbed after 55 minutes in midweek, but to be honest it's all guess work.

- Charlie Adam returns for Blackpool after suspension.

- William Gallas is set to make a timely return to the Tottenham side and should replace Younes Kaboul, who starts a three-match ban. Jermain Defoe is also suspended but we have no news on who starts this one upfront, Crouch or Pav.

- Dembele is likely to miss out again at Tottenham as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, and Mark Schwarzer will play his last game before flying out to the Asian Cup.

- Matthew Etherington and Jon Walters will have late fitness tests ahead of the clash with Everton at the Britannia Stadium. If Etherington is out then Pennant is a great pick. Robert Huth is suspended so Faye could return.

- Everton have similar problems, and will again give fitness tests to Jagielka & Heitinga, with both said to have an "outside chance". Victor Anichebe is back from suspension and could go straight in to the starting line-up, while midfield talisman Tim Cahill will play his final match before the Asia Cup. Bloody hell, how badly are Everton going to miss him when he's gone?

- Chelsea will be without Ivanovic who is suspended. Brazilian centre back Alex is still missing with a knee injury, so BRUMA WLL START, confirmed by Anchelotti, he'll partner Terry...simple switch from Ferreira as it's a risk between him and Bosingwa for right back.

UPDATE My team: Reina, Bruma, Kolarov, Bale, Watson, Lampard, Van Der Vaart, Malouda, Ameobi (HUGE hunch), Bent, Rooney

That's could be final, and that's everything from me until 2011. Good luck and Happy New Year! :)



ebi s. said...

No changes to my team yet, Man United should win comfortably. Giggs? Chicharito?

Kolarov Boateng Bassong
Nani VdV Nasri Albrighton
Balotelli Tevez R.VanPersie

Anonymous said...

Although Chelsea can repeat that 7-1 win, i'm hoping Villa at least get a draw, so i'm not picking Chelsea players.

Anonymous said...

Giggs would seem unlikely to play 3 matches within a week, having started the last 2 and playing 90 minutes in the last one.

Cap said...

I need a filler defender under 4 who will start. Who stands most chance of starting between Spector, Ben Haim, Murphy or Carney?

Birty said...

so fergie says he's bringing in some players, united will be unchanged then! never believe a word he says.

my team will stay unchanged barring any last minute panics, its a team built for long term gains and discounts over short term benefits.

Anonymous said...

@Cap- Spector, Ben Haim 50-50 but i'll go with Spector.

Anonymous said...

i have rooney on my team i am nervous that he wont play anyone have any suggestions on what i shoud do?

Daniel said...

Is Ferreira guaranteed a start? The last time he started as a CB, Chelsea lost 0-3. I won't be surprised Bruma starts ahead of him instead.

Anonymous said...

AM, are you sure HOLDEN injured??
Any link???


Assistant Manager said...,19764,11065_3283932,00.html

TARHEELS said...

Any thoughts?
Bale and Silva or Lamp and Elmander
Appreciate any tips

Anonymous said...

Lampard + Pennant + Torres


Henderson + Obina + Rooney/Torres ?

Donut said...

I wouldnt worry about fergies comments when picking Rooney, he doesn't tend to rest him too much...

Much more concerned about Arsenal and the fact that Wenger can feasibly pick any 6 of the following

Fabregas VP Rosicky Walcott Denilson Song Wilshere Chamakh Bender Arshavin Nasri and possibly even Aaron Ramsey who has had his loan finished...

I would say Song Fabregas and Nasri should be pretty certain starters which leaves 3 places for the rest. I am with you AM, giving a wide berth!!

AM you sure about Reina? Liverpool with Torres and Gerrard were abysmal the other night v Wolves who are themselves not great...

Also anyone know why Kolarov suddenly didn't play the other night?

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

Is somebody talking about Rooney/Torres? When you can get Benjani for under 3.

Anonymous said...

Kolarov was rested, having escaped the rotation for a while.

Anonymous said...

please comment my team ? Any advice is welcomed
gk: reina
def: coleman bale kompany
mid: nasri palacios(filler) VDV silva and ???(someone for 12.85)
frd: ballotelli( not sure) carroll

Dave said...

I have Balotelli at 4.75. Worth keeping even if it looks like he may not play this weekend?

Anonymous said...

@Dave If you got the 32pts last week then he's worth keeping.

PBS said...

Whats the chances of Spector playing? Great filler at 3.85

kp said...

what do you think..RvP or Obinna?
which one good picks..
Appreciate any tips!

Anonymous said...

why albrighton not playing last match? will he play this week?

-John Q-

Anonymous said...

Bruma to pair JT, So one of Ferreira and Bosingwa will do bench time.

Anonymous said...

What game were you watching? Albrighton played 90 mins and gave away the second penalty.

Anonymous said... mistake.. should i go for elmander or rooney?

- John Q-

MehicoRadio said...

Should be added to the list now, Chelsea is planning to play Bruma at CB for the Villa game:,,10268~2255323,00.html

Anonymous said...

nile ranger at 2.76 anyone? should start with carroll out...

Anonymous said...

Lovenkrands will start ahead of Ranger, i was going to pick Ranger too.

Nate said...

Just announced that Bruma is starting over Ferreira for Chelsea.,,10268~2255323,00.html

Anonymous said...

green or reina? please...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

AM, how about KOLAROV??
will missing tonight match?


Anonymous said...

Hows the weather now?

Anonymous said...




Anonymous said...

I'm picking Lichaj of Aston Villa at 4.0 more or less. I figure Chelsea can't score and he'll be busy. Besides, if he doesn't return negative points I should be OK since he's cheap.


Anonymous said...

guys pleasa coment my team


Dave said...

@Drunken Ninja

Drop Carroll; he is injured.

Madayzhe Infinity A.K.A Madir said...

what about nani please..

Anonymous said...

Kolarov anyone??

will he play or get a bench again?

Anonymous said...

Kolarov will play

Anonymous said...

Kolarov Koscielny Bruma
Nani VDV Lampard Fabregas
Torres Balotelli Welbeck

Any comment for my team?

Anonymous said...

hi all, please comment my team..

kolarov / bosingwa / koschielny
vdv / nasri / albrighton / silva / jarvis
welbeck / rooney


Anonymous said...

My team atm:
Carr Kolarov Bruma
Nasri VdV Lampard Watson
Balotelli Rooney Bent

Sold Nani at big discount.:-(

Anonymous said...

Right now I have:

Kolarov Bosingwa Bale
Nasri Silva VDV Watson Lampard
Cole Balotelli

My biggest concerns are:
1) Will Krul do well against Wigan?
2) Should I downgrade Bosingwa to Bruma, in order to upgrade C.Cole (at 6.17)?
3) Balotelli to Chamakh?

Any comment is appreciated.


Anonymous said...

or maybe this?

Kolarov Bale Bruma
Nasri Silva VDV Watson Lampard
Ameobi Bent


Anonymous said...

will squillaci play againts birmingham?

Anonymous said...

I'm going with this:

Kolarov Hutton Bruma
VDV Barton Lampard Henderson Pennant
Elmander Tevez

Not many big names, which worries me a bit, but I think it's well balanced. I think everyone here should start, maybe besides of VDV, but 10 starts are still a huge advantage.
Bruma is a great bargain, Hutton is also very affordable and has a good chance of a CS (I was worried he might be replaced by Corluka, but Redknapp didn't seem to rotate his squad too much, especially in the back - knock on wood). Kolarov, VDV and Lampard obvoiusly stay.
Gordon is a bit pricey for a keeper, but he plays at home where Sunderland don't concede many, against an avrage team without a real manager and that lack the striker who won the game for them 4 days ago. And, regardless of the result, Gordon usually makes a lot of saves anyway. Better than Reina this week, I believe.
Barton is on a big discount for me and he has been performing well, while Pennant and Henderson score many phantom points and have nice match-ups. I hope they both start even if I'm not 100% sure they will. It will be a big blow if one of them doesn't, but they're both very important for their teams so I believe they won't be left out.
Elmander seems like a season keeper to me. I've had him for about 7 weeks and he usually scores at least close to his value. Plus, he's playing the fantastic Liverpool defence we all know very well. Tevez is another concern for me as he might be subbed early, but the way ManCity are playing lately and the way Blackpool are defending all season, he has a good chance to score at least one in the first half, so he's also a great pick.

Any last minute advices?


Anonymous said...

Bosingwa anyone ?

Anonymous said...


which fwd should i choose?

comments with reason are welcomed


Anonymous said...

Urgent!! someone gv me idea either A.Song + Lampard better or Malouda + Amoebi better?

Daniel M said...

great post SF!!!

as always Nate gave us good info.

Birty said...

I've just heard that the Hawthornes is being attacked by Godzilla and Mothra and the game is likely to be postponed!

Mell 10-11 said...

City may not gonna have their way against The Tangerines. Uncertainty on who will be spared over the match at The Emirates in midweek, fingers crossed

MUFC said...

Anon 9:38 Piquionne will be playing Wolves(bad defensively) at home, while Crouch isn't a sure starter. Fuller will have a hard time against Distin, so i would pick Piquionne.

Anon 9:39 Malouda + Ameobi is a much better combination given how many chances they get in a match.

Who should I pick for goalkeeper I only have 4.7
Options: Krul vs Wigan, Carson vs United, or Harper/Robbo both 0's

Anonymous said...


NANI - will play again WBA
CARROLL - Out (Injury)
GYAN - Out (Injury)
BERBATOV - Out Rest for next week
Hernandez - Will play at front MU
BOSINGWA - will play at RB Chelsea
FERREIRA - on the bench, Bruma replace him
ONOUHA - Out (Injury)

Best Regard's


Anonymous said...

Oh then, I will def. have Hernandez on my team.

Thanks RICHO


Anonymous said...

RICHO- Where did u get the updated news from?


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

guys any scott parker takers, big 6pointer at the bottom of the or bust for the hammers

Anonymous said...

welbeck + ballotelli

good match up???

Anonymous said...

AM, where is AM CUP result for week 20???

Anonymous said...

What do we think of RVP , will he get a start

Anonymous said...

where can find MU lineup?
since the match will play on 1245..

Anonymous said...

lennon good?? or walcott or t.cahill ?

Anonymous said...

nice work guys ! crashed the whole goddamn chatroll ! aw right !


Anonymous said...

nani not van der sar..neville starts along with both berba and rooney


Tom Parrott said...

I hope none of you listed to Richo. I see Berbs is starting & Hernandez is on the bench.

Its just not cool to post BS news on this blog.

Keep up the good work Nik. As a Gunners fan, I hate to admit it but the Spurs sure look good. I have no idea about this Beckham rumour... makes no sense!


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately i listened to him and dropped Tevez.

SfSS said...

I never trust any sources not proved by direct links, so thankfully I kept rooney in lineup though hernandez would have been very tempting alternative

Anonymous said...

double gameweek for liverpool & blackpool

Anonymous said...

So a double game week for Blackpool Liverpool has been posted. Just to confirm, does that mean any scoring in the second game on the 12th will be posted back to the original game date? At least, there will be no double posting of scores to this game week, so no need to get Adam or Gerrard in hopes of double points-- Correct?

Yahoo HQs have been so derelict in telling us anything formally.

Anonymous said...

Goal Rooney, assist obertan! I have both! Yay!


SfSS said...

assist evra :)))

Anonymous said...


are you get info from newspaper?
i think you FORGOT TO LOOK AT THE DATE....


Go NIK, you are the BEST.


Anonymous said...

Chicharito scores, the false warning could turn into a blessing.

meeee said...

the host is losing interest no team up ?????

Anonymous said...

Balotelli is not even on the bench.

Dave said...

Is there any final confirmation of how Yahoo is going to handle the double game week? It will make a huge difference in how I structure my team.

Anonymous said...

Balotelli not even on the bench and Tevez missed a penalty. If you dropped Tevez you did well, unless he scores 3 more goals I guess.


ayb said...

You can see in Week 22 fixtures that it is going to be a double week for Blackpool and Liverpool as the match is going to be played on January 12.

kwyjibo said...

@ayb - yes, I think that is correct because the Team Manager page says:

Week 22 (deadline: Tue 4 Jan 14:00 EST, for games Jan 4 to Jan 14)

NOTE: TO JAN 14! So, that includes the extra match on Jan 12. Which means, we will have double weeks after all this year, thanks to the weather...

Anonymous said...

Ive chosen lots of Blackpool & Liverpool players on the BD.

No rule changes have been posted, so I consider these 2 teams as having a double scoring week.

Please inform me if I have not seen some new rules!


Anonymous said...

Kwyjibo & Pauly
I see nothing that indicates one way or the other how they will handle DGW. Infuriating to say the least about Yahoo HQs. The last half-vast word we have is from the Fantsist Blog, who doesn't seem to know a thing and can't be bothered to actually ask Yahoo what the story will be. So I guess we will have a test case.
As I posted above, this is still my GUESS as to how it will be handled.
"So a double game week for Blackpool Liverpool has been posted. Just to confirm, does that mean any scoring in the second game on the 12th will be posted back to the original game date? At least, there will be no double posting of scores to this game week, so no need to get Adam or Gerrard in hopes of double points-- Correct?"

Yahoo HQs have been so derelict in telling us anything formally.
From Arizona

SK said...

Week 22 Fixtures list Wed, Jan 12 Blackpool v Liverpool as well. So I think at least for next week's game both teams will have double game weeks.

Anonymous said...

BTW, both of you guys have been very helpful in the past.

This issue is so easily solved if Yahoo cared.
My guess is the official Fantasist blogger was asked the question and just ducked answering it in his Friday chat session.

The best I can figure is that by putting Day 16, 18 or 19 besides the fixture in the January calendar, it will be posted back to that GW's score, if you fielded that player. So you are only going to get credit for both games if you chose the player in December, not now.

The official rules on the home page have not been changed- so they are no help. So YMMV.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for your replies
Do you mean to say that you think that I won't get double scores for my Liv & Bpool players, even though the rulrs say that I will?
Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Pauly-- what rule(s)? Can you show me? Arizona

Dave said...

Anyone know why Konchesky didn't play? Is he hurt, or was he just rested?

Anonymous said...


No, Ariz, I was talking about your "official rules on the home page have not been changed" comment you made above!

Why can't we just have a real conversation, lol

It takes hours to get replies to each other!(Well for me to reply to you anyway!)

I can just imagine a bunch of people waiting for a clear response from us about this double points situation & we seem to be as much in the dark as eveyone else, including AM!
Unless Nik u got a new insight into this conundrum?

Watch this space!



Anonymous said...

Pauly-- That's the problem.... the official rules are no help at all- they say nothing about double game weeks or postponed games. The official rules are about two paragraphs. That's why I said they are no help.

So we all are going on what others remember was the customary practise, but then two weeks ago the Fantasist blogger lets out that Yahoo HQ's changed what the oldtimers remember, and then Yahoo does nothing to clear it up-- so we are flying blind.

I suppose after this week we will see how Yahoo handles things. Right now I can tell they don't care about this "soccer" game-- or they would have cleared this up in five minutes by actually posting the rule, as I asked them too.

So I am looking at minutia in the Yahoo fixture calendar which seems vaguely consistent with posting scores earned in the postponed games back to the original game week, if you picked that player. That's what the Fantasist said.

On the other hand, I can see an opposite interpretation in the deadline date, which says "Week 22 (deadline: Tue 4 Jan 14:00 EST, for games Jan 4 to Jan 14)". Why care about the Jan 14 game, if the scores will be posted back to GW 19 or whatever regardless of who you pick?

I guess another wild possibility is that you would get credit in both the postponed week and the current week for the made up game. Wow.

So I have no clue. Nik has done his best to make a practical choice based on limited info-- which is what we do each week anyway. Good luck.
Arizona, here.

Anonymous said...


well, gratitude for your reply

My instinct tells me to go with double gamers, so that's what I've done. It's just a game after all, but all games need rules so that the players understand the limits round the field.
Like life, YFF is another drama unfolding, and the only thing that's certain is that change will happen. Good luck to you too
May all your picks be wild and glorious ones in 2011, bro.
Pauly, there ;)

Ian Sanderson said...

Hi guys,
Quite a few people have posted that there are no rules written regarding the double game week
If you select help on the FF site, then search fantasy football you will find the rules there.
Regarding the double game weeks it states...
"If a player appears in more than one game during any given week, his total fantasy points for the week will be based on the sum of his real-life stats for the week."

So there you are in black and white.;_ylt=AobUZP.JXFA5VHHa42NW4U9D_iN4

SK said...

@Ian - Yes, but that doesn't quite explain what constitutes as a "week" nor what happens when games are postponed. If the 6 or 7 games that got postponed last week were all rescheduled into the same midweek, then it doesn't state whether those games will be tallied back to the original week, made into double game weeks for those teams, or made into a separate game week altogether. At this point, since it's only one game, I'm inclined to say that Blackpool and Liverpool will play twice in Gameweek 22.

Anonymous said...

Ian-- nice find, pretty obscure of Yahoo to post it under help where you have to search for it and not simply in the rules tab. But SK has a valid point. oh well, thanks guys. arizona

Anonymous said...

and the "rule" is dated October 2007

Anonymous said...

@Ian--nice find... HOWEVER, Yahoo did post a couple months ago that there will be NO DOUBLE WEEKS.

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming that it will be double game week for Blackpool and Liverpool, so I'll be loading up on them. I know its a risk given Blackpool has the worst home record and Liverpool are terrible away, but I think they should still score better with 2 games than trying to predict which SGer will do well.

Kolarov Evatt Skrtel
Nani VDV Gerrard Adam
Balotelli Torres Varney

Basically apart from my 4 players at big discounts(Kolarov, VDV, Nani, Balotelli), I've loaded up on DGers. May swop out Evatt for Johnson, but that might be too reliant on Liverpool keeping a CS, but I cant afford any other Blackpool defender if I do pick Johnson

Anonymous said...

@Ian, nice find, but I question their validity as the points mentioned on that table differ from the current rules available.

Anonymous said...

I think the fact that the Blackpool-Liverpool match is listed as a week 19 fixture here( doesn't mean anything because rescheduled matches were listed like that last season as well(IIRC).


Tayo said...

What's happening to Chelsea FC???

Anonymous said...

they have to go back on the 'no double gameweek' rule. with so many games having been rescheduled so far, if they have to fit them round champions league, carling cup, fa cup and international fixtures, there will be one or two here and there in random midweek slots leading to 50 or so gameweeks. just wouldn't make sense!

Anonymous said...

Should i drop Rooney, I have him at 14.?? and now he's almost 17

Anonymous said...

Drop Rooney for sure...he is pure garbage now.

Anonymous said...

In what way is Rooney garbage? That comment is ridiculous. He scored on Saturday against WBA and is home to Stoke this week. Rooney at 14 is a good bet, if he truly has found his form he will never be as cheap again. Same goes for RVP, Lampard, etc.


Anonymous said...

You wanna keep him at 14 plus then go right ahead. I'll put that money to better use than his usual 8 points.

Anonymous said...

As far as I remember, double game rule always applies in this FF... I've never heard about the changes of this rule... Can anyone post the link showing such changes?

Anyway up 'til now, I've loaded up my team with those two pools players... Btw, i cant believe that liverpool's defenders are cheaper than blackpool's, that's sarcastic... :)


Anonymous said...

What to do with RVP? At 9 is very cheap, but I dont see him starting every game with Chamakh around

I Am Gareth Keenan said...

Ameobi - only goal and game winner... shouldn't use up all of your New Year's luck within the first week!

Nice work AM!!

Kellz said...

@Anon: Wenger has already said in press conferences that he sees RvP being able to play behind Chamakh. But due to his injury record he said he will also protect RvP from too much game time until hes full fitness (which is never). Does this mean he'll start and come off early versus Citeh? Or be benched and have a cameo impact sub appearance? Its all up to Wenger, but both situation are possible

Anonymous said...

I had Bale @18 for last week, so i wonder why someone thinks Rooney @14 isn't worth it. He's a sure starter even with squad rotation, he's on P.K's and he's Wayne Rooney.
However you look at it Rooney is good value, with Nani coming back Berbatov stands the risk of rotation.

Denny Z said...

I think it's funny how the fantasist is completely useless and doesn't help clarify the situation at all (about the double game)... Yahoo needs to replace the fool with someone who will do a better job.

Anonymous said...

Yahoo is showing its usual standard re: the delay in clarifying the deal re postponed games. I dont use their websites for anything other the FF. Even the comments boards are poorly modded and full of spotty herberts. Thanks for all the hard work AM, it might seem unappreciated but trust me, we would be lost without your rationale.

Anonymous said...

You guys having Rooney might want to consider again.. he is doubtful with an ankle injury.


Tayo said...

AM Nik, where are you?!?

Anonymous said...

So it looks like we may be able to pick up David Beckham soon :O

Looks like an almost certainty hes going to Tottenham

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to pick Dzeko for man City

popthycollar said...

In the absence of any certainty coming out of Yahoo HQ, suggest pick a couple of premium doublegamers (e.g. Gerrard, Torres) only.

Don't get rid of any heavily discounted players for 'pool players...

Kendo said...


Don't think its worth sacfificing premium players for the "pool's" double gamers like you say, if you look at liverpools averages even a double week for most of them wouldn't equate to a premium players single. Charlie Adam will do me!


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