The latest International break has witnessed World Cup Qualifiers and various club friendlies. There were a few injuries reported among them: Butland, Stoke City, with a broken finger; Vertonghen, Spurs, with a possible ankle knock; Jones, United, with a thigh injury and Hazard who reported home to train alone (unreported injury?). Mane, ‘Pool, to be assessed prior the weekend.
There are two UEFA competitions being played prior to GW11, which include 5 EPL teams involved in the Champions League and 2 EPL teams in the Europa Qualifiers. United, ‘Pool, City and Spurs were winners; Chelsea lost. The other 2 teams are Everton and Arsenal who play on November 2, in the Europa competition. Continue reading
Just when you think that FPL is settling down to normal, something else jumps up to bit you. Rather than looking forward to a regular slate of matches the Carabao Cup slate may throw a spanner into the mix. Tuesday, 24/10, will see 7 EPL teams in action, and 4 more on Wednesday, 25/10. Swansea City and Crystal Palace have been bumped out of the Cup, with 2 of the remaining EPL teams in play for the final 2 spots in the draw to be held on 26/10/17. Continue reading
During this past week, there were 5 EPL teams involved midweek in the Champions League. Just a reminder to check the injury websites for players who suffered a knock, or who may be rested depending on their playing time. Continue reading
The International break has sorted the 9 Group winners headed to Russia. Next up are the 8 teams who placed second and are headed for home and away playoff matches. The draw will be held later today, and the play-off matches played over the period of the 9th to the 14th November. The pairings had not been decided as of the writing of the article.
Hopefully, your fantasy squads have made it through unscathed without major injuries. Those who have opted to use their WC during the break may have been disappointed about the lack of price rises. I count myself in this group. Continue reading
The last weekend was one in which the website prognosticators earned their pay. There were some excellent forecasts by those at the top of the leaderboard, and overall the returns for correct outcomes were at 40% and above. The RMT algorithm seems to be experiencing a roller coaster ride; down one week and up the next. I have faith that the algorithm will work out the kinks and perform up to its’ abilities. Continue reading
I hope everyone enjoyed a weekend accumulating plenty of points and the enjoyment of green arrows. Many complaints appeared on sites regarding low scores recorded by various league leaders. It seems that choosing the right players for fantasy teams is not as easy as these managers make it out to be. This past weekend it appears that a score above the weekly average was a success. Continue reading
I was unsure if I would be able to publish this weeks’ article due to the hurricane threat hitting Florida at the time. We were lucky that although the eye wall passed over our community the fact that it was a Category 1 storm was a relief. A lot of high winds (79-90 mph) and 10 inches of rain but the house survived without power loss. But on to more pressing matters. Continue reading
I hope all were able to take a short break away from the grind of the weekly decisions about who to transfer in and out, but I imagine that a good portion of all managers decided to activate their wildcards over the International break. This option popped into mind but I have resisted due to the uncertainty over what input any new players will have on starting XI’s. In the end, I felt that it may be wise to save the WC until the next International break to see what shakes out. It appears that may have been the wise option as the only price movement over the past week was downward. Continue reading
The Premier League Table is full of surprises after GW2. There are 3 teams at the top who have recorded clean sheets in each of their matches, while 6 teams are vying to secure their places in the relegation zone. Of the 6 teams in this scramble, 5 have yet to dent the opponents’ net. Newly promoted Huddersfield in second place is making a claim on remaining in the top league by being undefeated and unscored upon. The other two promoted teams are included in the group battling it out escape relegation.
Manchester United continued their assault upon opponents goal by scoring 4 goals in each match while not conceding. So far this has been a complete turnaround from last season, good defense while lighting up the scoreboard. Continue reading
The first weekend’s matches brought surprises: Burnley’s win over Chelsea and promoted side Huddersfield’s clean sheet at Crystal Palace. Any managers who are playing the Prediction Game and chose those two matches correctly could be off to great starts. Continue reading
Welcome back to all those looking forward to another season of fantasy joy and heartbreak. I look forward to once again providing a statistical analysis of the scorelines predicted by various websites, either from experts or computer generated algorithms. Hopefully, I will be able to publish the weekly articles without interruption this year. Continue reading