I’d like to start this blog, if I may, with a few footballers’ quotes:
“My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about seven” – David Beckham
“I couldn’t settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country” – Ian Rush
“I’ve had 14 bookings this season – eight of which were my fault, but seven of which were disputable” – Paul Gascoigne
Mid-season now in FiT fantasy football land… Last season’s champion, James ‘The Dashman’ Dash is again leading the Betfred World Championship… Can he be stopped? Only you can decide! Even FiT Coach favourite, Andy ‘The Mincer’ Dengate is threatening to win the Rich List! Can it get any more bizarre?
ASTON VILLA 1 – 2 NEWCASTLE
Newcastle storm into the lead with the ever dependable Cisse on the score sheet, Cabaye’s fine goal doubles their lead on the half hour mark. Villa started the second half with a renewed vigour; Bent not impressed being replaced with Abonglahor. Villa are rewarded with a questionable penalty which is well struck by Benteke. Villa’s second half dominance is unable to stop them recording their 4th consecutive defeat.
QPR 0 – 0 MANCHESTER CITY
QPR secure a great point against the champions in a largely dull match. Gareth Barry had a great shot saved by QPR’s man of the match, Cesar, in the first half. Redknapp will take a lot of positives from this fine display.
SUNDERLAND 0 – 0 SWANSEA
Two mid table teams here cancelling each other out, a glaring miss from Dyer, six yards out, he shoots wide from a Michu cross, is one of the few chances created.
STOKE 2 – 2 WIGAN
Shawcross and Crouch put Stoke ahead within 48 minutes, but a battling Wigan hit back with MacArthur and Di Santo completing the well-deserved comeback. Stoke now recording their 12th draw this season.
TRANSFER MAYHEM NIGHT!
On to Wednesday night now with the exciting mayhem of the 7.45 and 8.00 KO… Not for the faint hearted or unorganised FiT manager juggling transfers within a 15 minute window.
ARSENAL 2 – 2 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool stormed into an early lead with Suarez scoring his 17th goal of the campaign within 5 minutes. Not till the second half do we start to see some more goals. Henderson made it 2-0 until an amazing fight back from Arsenal; two goals in 3 minutes from Giroud and Walcott to level the match and gain a point to stay 3 points ahead of the Merseyside Reds.
EVERTON 2 – 1 WEST BROM
Leighton Baines had a storming first half with two goals to his name including one penalty, Dependable Shane Long pulled one back in the 65th minute but was not enough to stop a fine 3 points for the toffees.
NORWICH 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM
Hoolahan opened the scoring in the first half with his second of the season. Spurs pressure is enough to see Bale, assisted by Defoe, score to salvage a well-deserved point. Spurs now trailing 3rd place Chelsea by 4 points.
FULHAM 3 – 1 WEST HAM
Berbatov drew first blood with a fine strike at the 10 minute mark. Two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half see West ham equalise through Noble and concede again through Rodallega. A last minute, scrambled own goal from O’Brian helped the home side secure all 3 points.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 – 1 SOUTHAMPTON
After conceding an early Rodriguez goal, Manchester United pile on the pressure and are rewarded by a fine Rooney brace, Kagawa and Evra with the assists. RVP draws an unusual blank to upset a lot of FiT managers who had him as captain choice.
READING 2 – 2 CHELSEA
Pressure will be building on Benitez after Chelsea squander a two goal lead, Mata broke the ice scoring just before half time, assisted by Torres, yes… TORRES! Lampard makes it 2-0 before two late goals by the superb Le Fondre spoiled the party.
After an encouraging point against Manchester City, QPR will be looking to grab something from this home fixture against Norwich. Grant Holt is always a goal threat for Norwich, I see a score draw.
Arsenal at home to Stoke. Consistency is Arsenal’s downfall at the moment, but with Podolski, Giroud, Walcott and Cazorla, gaining form and a great comeback performance against Liverpool, a clean sheet for Stoke may be difficult.
Everton face a struggling Aston Villa, key men Fellani and Baines, bolstered by two goals last Gameweek, will surely make an impact against a weakened Villa side. Benteke and Abonglahor will always be worth a punt in my book after a fine display last Gameweek.
Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to face a Newcastle who recorded their first away win of the season last week. With Chelsea’s fixture build up, a squad rotation by Rafa may be needed, who will start? Ba? Torres? Lampard? This will be a challenge for FiT managers to predict.
Reading v Sunderland will be a test for both clubs, Fletcher’s goal tally of 10 is a great start, and with Adam Johnson’s form improving I see three points against Reading. Although Le Fondre’s ten goals from nine starts could be a FiT manager’s bargain pick at only £5.7m.
Swansea’s Michu has been one of FiT’s players of the season so far, 13 goals from midfield is amazing, against West Ham he’ll be hoping to improve this total.
Southampton travel to Wigan, Lambert’s the obvious threat here and at £8.4m is a decent gamble against Wigan. Wigan’s striker Kone has notched up 86 points already and could be a consideration?
Saturday’s late KO sees Fulham take on Premiership leaders Manchester United, obvious goal threat RVP will always be a handful with 18 goals to his name already, and will be most FiT managers’ captain choice… Although Berbatov cannot be ruled out, spoiling the party against his old club.
Sunday’s early KO will see Spurs travel to West Brom, with Spurs playing first next week, Tottenham players may be a good bet to transfer in, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey have all made an impact for Spurs this season and seem a good choice.
The final game of the Gameweek sees the champions Manchester City take on an inconsistent Liverpool, Suarez is the league’s 2nd top scorer with 16 to his name, with Gerrard playing well in midfield, this could be a great match, striker rotation at City could cause a FiT manager problems.
* Liverpool and Swansea both play twice in Gameweek 26, but not at all in Gameweek 27! Your call…
MR BENNABLE’S TIPS:
1. Never captain a goalkeeper.
2. Plan transfers, at least 1-2 weeks in advance.
3. Delete search history.
4. Never under any circumstances should you try ‘Morris Dancing’.
5. If in doubt, captain RVP, even if he’s benched.
6. Never trust a fart.
7. Crocs are not pulling shoes.
8. Check Twitter for Fantasy iTeam line-ups or Sky Sports before making your transfers.
9. Accept some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.
10. Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.
On that note I wish you good luck Managers,
This post was written by FiT Admin