Spurs 2-1 Newcastle
Starting without a recognised striker worked Spain in the Euro’s and it worked for Spurs here too, with Defoe injured and Adebayor in no great rush to get back to White Hart Lane Spurs had little option to start with Dempsey in the lone striker role. Two goals from Bale and an assist from Dempsey got lots of fantasy managers of to a great start in GW26, Gouffran equalised for Newcastle with Sissoko picking up the assist, two potentially great low value to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Chelsea 4-1 Wigan
Chelsea did what most fantasy expected of them here and filled their boots against Wigan. Goals from Ramires, Hazard, the revitalised Lampard and 90th minute Substitute Marin putting the icing on the cake for Chelsea. Maloney upset a few managers by wiping out our Chelsea defenders clean sheet bonus with his goal in the 58th minute, but it wouldn’t of upset as many as Rafael Benitez did by putting Mata on the bench.
Norwich 0-0 Fulham
Dull (BBCSports words not mine) I called this one 0-0 so no real surprises.
Stoke 2-1 Reading
A welcomed 3 points for Stoke who picked up their first win of 2013. Huth and Jerome score for Stoke, the later with an assist from Shawcross, so those with a Stoke defence would’ve been rubbing there hands with 7 minutes remaining, then, as Reading do, they scored a late goal thanks to Mariappa to wreck their afternoon.
Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal
1-0 to the Arsenal, they’ve not had too many of those recently. Cazorla’s 35th minute goal was in fact Arsenal’s 50th league goal of the season, with just Manchester United and Chelsea finding the net more times so far this season. Sunderland, who started with a FiT 2-7-1 formation pressurised Arsenal in the second half, Jenkinson’s sending off not helping Arsenals cause, but Arsenal managed to keep that clean sheet, and with Walcott, who must be in everyone’s team by now, picking up another assist it was good result for Arsenal and fantasy managers alike here.
Swansea 4-1 QPR
Swansea kicked off their first of two GW26 fixtures in style by smashing QPR at the Liberty. Those captaining Michu would’ve been delighted with his two goals and assist on Hernandez’s goal, Rangel scored Swansea’s other goal with QPR substitute Zamora wrecking the Swans clean sheet bonus with QPR’s goal
Southampton 3-1 Man City
Manchester City failed to make any inroads on Manchester Uniteds 9 point premier league lead and made some truly cringe-worthy mistakes in the process. Hart and Barry could’ve easily been mistaken for Laurel and Hardy as they both made errors that swayed the outcome of the match in Southampton’s favor. Puncheon put Southampton’s ahead on 7 minutes after Barry had gifted Southampton the ball, worse was to follow 15 minutes later as Hart fumbled a Lambert shot and let the ball squirm through his legs with Davis on hand to tap home Southampton’s second. Dzeko give City some hope pulling a goal back for just before the break but Barry’s comical pin point finish into his own net on 48 proved to be the killer blow for City.
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham
Villa’s win helped to ease the club’s relegation fears. It was starting to look like a 0-0 was on the cards until the 74th minute when N’Zogbia won a penalty that Christian Benteke converted, N’Zogbia then curled in a superb free-kick on 79 that seemed to have sealed the 3 points. A late own goal from Westwood made for a nervous finale, but Villa held on for their first league win in 10 matches, a dismal run that stretched back to that victory at Liverpool in December.
Man United 2-0 Everton
No mistakes from United as they make the most of City’s south coast slip-up to go 12 points clear at the top of the premier league with a comfortable victory over Everton. Giggs, scoring in his 23rd consecutive top-flight season, put United ahead on 13 minutes, and van Persie doubled Uniteds lead just before the break with his 23rd goal of the season, that added to his assist for the Giggs goal made it another profitable day for van Persie lovers
Liverpool 0-2 West Brom
A disappointing result for most fantasy managers here, most of us would have added a Liverpool player or four to our teams and saved our captains selection for this one with Liverpool having two very winnable home fixtures in GW26. I found it hard to sleep after this one as I’d captained Gerrard both my KFC teams and it was looking like he was doing his best to get me knocked out as he picked up -6 instead of +12 for that penalty miss on 77 minutes, Suarez would’ve picked up the assist for that too. The FiT nightmare got worse as McAuley and Lukaku scored late on for West Brom to wipe out any hope of getting a Liverpool clean sheet bonus… A great and result for the Baggies.
Liverpool 5-0 Swansea
Liverpool scored five here but could’ve easily hit double that against a poor and weakened Swansea team. Swansea, showing no respect for us fantasy managers, made seven changes to the team that destroyed QPR in their previous game. Goals from Gerrard (pen) Coutinho, Enrique, an on fire Suarez and Sturridge made it a night to forget for Swansea as they suffered their heaviest ever premier league defeat. Gerrard scoring his penalty saved me in the KFC mini leagues, and this demolition of Swansea made it a great end to a gameweek for most managers
With just nine fixtures and only four different kick off times, it’s looking like it GW27 could be a tough and low scoring gameweek, more so for those managers that chose to load up on Liverpool and Swansea players that are fixtureless this GW.
If you’ve got Liverpool and Swansea players in your team and are looking to off load them this GW, my advice would be to wait for those team line ups being announced rather than blow your transfers on a best guess only for that player not to make an appearance this weekend, I’d even give serious consideration to keeping some Swansea/Liverpool players if you have them and not likely to challenge for a monthly award.
I’ve listed a few game and goalscorer odds that may help with your transfer this GW. The numbers in brackets next to player’s names refer to FiT points scored this season
Sat 12.45 Fulham v Stoke
Berbatov (93) with 8 goals and 4 assists in his 20 starts makes him the obvious choice here if you are looking to bring in a forward for this fixture. Stoke defenders have picked up good points so far this season, Huth (73) and Shawcross (83) being the pick of the bunch and they both picked up attacking points in GW26 with a goal and an assist respectively. Stoke, who had been solid defensively haven’t kept a league clean sheet in 2013, something they’ll be hope to address against Fulham who haven’t scored a goal so far this month.
Odds: Fulham 10/11, Stoke 12/5, Draw 9/4
To score anytime: Berbatov 10/11, Crouch 15/8
Sat 15.00 Arsenal v Aston Villa
This should be a home banker, after successive cup defeats to Blackburn and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Arsenal should bounce back with a victory here to make it 3 league wins out of 3 in February. Walcott (133) is Arsenals leading points scorer having picked up 11 goals and 10 assists from 15 starts this season and potentially a good option for the captain’s selection this GW. Cazorla (129) Podolski (111) and Giroud (92) will all be hopeful of a starting place and chance to pick up good points against a Villa team that despite a couple of good results recently should be no match for Arsenal if they rediscover anything like their best form.
Odds: Arsenal 1/3, Villa 13/2, Draw 4/1
To score anytime: Giroud 10/11, Walcott 10/11, Podolski 5/4, Cazorla 11/8, Benteke 5/2
Sat 15.00 Norwich v Everton
Norwich haven’t picked up a win in the league since the 2-1 win home win against Wigan on the 15th December 2012, a run that’s currently on 9 games. Everton will fancy their chances of taking that winless run into double figures this weekend.
Odds: Norwich 5/2, Everton 1/1 Draw 12/5
To score anytime: Fellaini 11/8, Jelavic 6/4, Holt 15/8
Sat 15.00 QPR v Man United
Bottom vs Top, the bookies have this as an away banker, just like they did when Man City tuned up at Loftus Road last month, and things didn’t go as expected that day as City had to settle for a point. United are on a great run and unbeaten in their last 14 games, QPR haven’t won in the last 5 and got torn to pieces by Swansea in GW26, this should be a comfortable away win for United. RVP (171) is the top point’s scorer on Fantasy iTeam having picked up 19 goals and 10 assists in his 23 starts, he’s the shortest odds of any player to score this weekend so, providing he makes the starting line up, should be another good choice for captain this GW. Rooney (101) is a cheaper option if you’re struggling to find that 14.3m, again, providing he plays. *Note – United are in the first group of fixtures kicking off at 3pm in GW28, if you don’t bring in United players for this fixture you’ll potentially need to waste a transfer getting them in for their home game with Norwich in GW28.
Odds: QPR 5/1, Man United 1/2, Draw 3/1
To score anytime: van Persie 4/7, Rooney 4/5, Hernandez 11/10, Welbeck 11/8, Remy 5/2, Zamora 5/2
Sat 15.00 Reading v Wigan
A relegation 6 pointer here as both teams are fighting to retain their premier league status. Reading are favourites to pick up the win having picked up good points at home recently, Wigan haven’t won in their last 6 outings and know a defeat here could seriously damage their survival chances. Pogrebnyak (64) and super-sub Le Fondre (85) are the bookies favourites to score, with Di Santo (80) and Kone (87) most likely to pick up points for Wigan.
Odds: Reading 11/8, Wigan 15/8, Draw 9/4
To score anytime: Pogrebnyak 6/4, Le Fondre 13/8, Di Santo 7/4, Kone 7/4
Sat 15.00 West Brom v Sunderland
West Brom will be looking to carry on where they left off against Liverpool in GW26, and take the 3 points off a Sunderland team that’s not won in the last 3 games, and only picked up 3 away wins so far this season. It could be a tight game with both teams having below average goals scored and goals conceded this season, I’d expect the odd goal in one to decide this one
Odds: West Brom 1/1, Sunderland 5/2, Draw 12/5
To score anytime: Lukaku 11/8, Long 6/4, Fletcher 13/8
Sun 13.30 Man City v Chelsea
The top fixture in GW27, this is massive for both clubs. I expect goals and there’s plenty of goalscorers to choose from here. The bookies have Aguero (93) most like to score for City, and Ba (126) for Chelsea, the problem we face is that these two managers are tinkertastic when it comes to rotating their players, with a lot at stake for both teams here you’ve got to expect both to start with their strongest teams, if they do in fact know what that is! It’s a Sunday kick off, so I’d wait for the line ups personally. Like United, Chelsea are kicking off in the first group of fixtures in GW28, home to West Brom. City play last in GW28, you might want to think about that.
Odds: Man City 10/11, Chelsea 13/5, Draw 13/5
To score anytime: Aguero 11/10, Tevez 5/4, Dzeko 11/8, Ba 13/8 Torres 15/8, Silva 9/4, Toure 9/4, Lampard 9/4, Mata 5/2
Sun 13.30 Newcastle v Southampton
No 4pm fixture this GW with this one kicking off the same time as the City v Chelsea game, so reducing our transfer options. Both Newcastle and Southampton have picked up some good results of late with Newcastle beating Chelsea in their last home fixture and Southampton running out deserved winners against Manchester City in GW26. Southampton have only lost one of their last 6 away and that was 2-1 at Old Trafford, with only two away wins all season a Southampton away win seems unlikely, so a draw or Newcastle win by the odd goal seems favourite. Newcastle have a few new signings that have shown great points scoring potential, Sissoko (24) has picked up 2 goals and 2 assists from his 3 starts, while Gouffran (14) has picked up a goal and assist in his last two games against Chelsea and Spurs, definitely two players to keep an eye on. Gouffran picked up an injury in the Spurs game in GW26 but latest reports are that he will be fit to face Southampton this weekend, as could Ben Afra who’s been out since mid-December.
Odds: Newcastle 1/1, Southampton 12/5, Draw 5/2
To score anytime: Cisse 6/5, Lambert 15/8
Mon 20.00 West Ham v Spurs
West Ham entertain Spurs in the final fixture of GW27. West Ham aren’t easy to beat at home having only being beaten twice in 13 games at Upton Park. Spurs are on a 10 match unbeaten streak and it’s hard to imagine West Ham ending it, a draw could be likely, but who’d bet against Bale (134) continuing his tremendous goal scoring run, Bale’s scored the last 6 Spurs goals, and scored in his last 5 games for club and country, and a run I’m sure he’d like to, and be aiming to extend…
Odds: West Ham 12/5, Spurs 11/10, Draw 9/4
To score anytime: Bale 10/11, Adebayor 11/8, Carroll 15/8, C Cole 9/4
That’s it from me, best of luck everyone!
This post was written by FiT Admin