Richard Benn looks at GW8 and GW9

October 25, 2012 3:21 pm

Well the FiT rollercoaster carries us through to Gameweek 9…

2pm on a Saturday saw panic kick in when the Mrs suggested a spur of the moment shopping trip. The Wi-Fi going down and work commitments see loo breaks becoming more frequently unscheduled and worrying looks from loved ones suggest that they are not sure whether you are suffering from IBS or a weak bladder – only at the weekends.

The Premier League is brought to life by the adrenaline filled transfers and tinkering that central to the FiT experience. I know I’m not alone in feeling that you are inflaming your loyalties when you’re cheering on a goal from a rival team, in my case Phil Neville (midfield maestro, part time model from Madame Tussauds horror department)  – but at least it vindicated my strange choice of midfielder and silenced the doubters.

Gameweek 8

An early KO saw an explosive start to Gameweek eight with six goals at White Hart Lane. The absence of Gareth Bale would have affected a few managers, as would have Mata’s two goals and assist which helped Chelsea to the 4 – 2 victory.

3pm saw Liverpool & Fulham claim 1-0 victory’s at home, with a goal at Anfield for the young talent Sterling.

Manchester United put four past Stoke with Rooney on form scoring three, unfortunately putting one in his own net, but creating another for Wellbeck. RVP again justifies his price tag with another goal and assist.

Swansea beat Wigan 2-1, with FiT favourite Michu adding to his reputation with another midfield goal bringing his tally to six so far this season.

Super sub Dzeko helped City remain positive with a fine brace to overturn an unlucky West Brom 2-1.

‘Title favourites’ West Ham carved out a fine 4-1 win over Southampton (who had Lambert on the bench), with a stunning display from Noble, Nolan and Carroll to seal the points. Saturday’s late KO saw Norwich stun Arsenal with a Grant Holt goal and Newcastle draw with Sunderland, with the quality of Ba scoring at both ends.

The last match of the Gameweek saw QPR entertain Everton. Here FiT favourite Jelavic failed to hit the back of the net, so it was left to Cesar to score an own goal, unfortunately cancelling out his early assist to Hoilett. This game was marred by a red card to Pienaar for a lame tackle on Moss.

Gameweek 9

This Gameweek will kick off early with a clash between Villa and Norwich, the two main strikers to watch out for here are Bent and Holt, the latter fresh from scoring the winning goal against Arsenal and both seem to be improving as the season progresses.

At 3pm, Arsenal will be ready for the arrival of QPR at the Emirate, wounded from GW8’s performance. Players to look out for are Podolski & Cazorla from the Gunners and Hoilett & Cisse for QPR..

Reading will entertain Fulham, look out for Rodellaga and Pogrebnyak from the home team.

West Ham’s Carroll will be fit again to take on Wigan and Noble will also be a firm favourite amongst Managers.

In the Sunderland v Stoke match it’s difficult to see a clean sheet occurring with Crouchy always presenting a threat to the goal line.

Manchester City’s rotation of strikers is a nightmare for FiT Managers but I predict Aguero will start and City will achieve a clean sheet against Swansea.

The Merseyside derby will surely be a feisty clash… Fellaini, Jelavic, Baines are all heavy FiT point scorers but also Saurez and Gerrard will surely have a say in the result!

Sunday’s matches include Newcastle v WBA; the obvious danger men here are Ba, Ben Arfa and Cabaye for the Magpies but Shane Long and Odemwingie will fancy themselves a goal against a less than stable Newcastle defence.

Unpredictable Spurs will hopefully see the return of Bale when they visit Southampton.

The big match see’s Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge at 4pm on Sunday. Rooney and RVP both on fire will be a handful for Chelsea to contain… should be fun!!

FiT bosses suggest I give some tips:

1: As many coaches have already stated, plan ahead, not just one Gameweek but at least two in order to maximize your transfer’s potential.

2: Go with gut instinct; you will be rewarded if you break from the pack.

3: This game is simple; it’s us who make it complicated.

4: Never call a woman fat.

5: Don’t eat yellow snow.

6: Do not argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level, and beat you with experience.

7: When in doubt, mumble.

8:  Play your best, and if you have a bad week, remember next week you WILL master it!

Good luck Managers,

Richard Benn

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