Hi FF Managers
With regret I am retiring my blog. To be absolutely honest, I always wanted to start a blog and being a FF addict, thought blogging on this game was the best route in. However there are a few factors that lead to my decision;
1) My wife and I are expecting our first child so I will take a year's break from FF in 10/11 season.
2) Although I have 300 followers, I'm not really adding any value over and above the fantastic advice you get on other FF blogs esp AM and J & N.
3) Work demands means I will be travelling overseas a lot over the coming weeks so I will not have time to carry on the blog for rest of the season.
I don't think there will be anyone really disappointed by this news. In fact apart from a couple to great friends esp VS, don't think I have any regulars on this site. Sorry I've pulled the plug before the end of season but hope you understand my reasons.
Thanks for your support over the last 3 months.
Over and out for the last time.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Its becoming a regular trend of reporting back on another poor week. 30th edition of this season turned out to be the latest disaster, returning a merger 47pts dropping 250 places to 856th in rankings and now I find myself behind in my private league! At least my wife had better luck as she picked the Grand National winner. Typical of late, my horse finished second lol! Back to FF, I need to take some gambles now and for this reason I'm not going to reveal my team until after midday.
Week 31 fixtures;
Sat, Apr 17
Fulham v WolvesBlackburn v Everton
Tottenham v Chelsea
Sunderland v Burnley
Stoke v Bolton
Birmingham v Hull
Man City v Man Utd
Sun, Apr 18
Portsmouth v Aston Villa
Wigan v Arsenal
Mon, Apr 19
Liverpool v West Ham
Wed, Apr 21
Hull v Aston Villa
So we have another double week, with Aston Villa and Hull playing twice. From the single gamers, You have to fancy Liverpool (at home to the Hammers), Sunderland (home to Burnley) and Fulham (taking on Wolves @ home). I'd expect the majority of your team will come from these 5 clubs.
It's a difficult pick this week. If money was no object I'd take the villa keeper but I very rarely spend more than 5 units on a keeper so to stump up 10 units is hard to swallow. Call me mad but I'm being tempted to stick with Myhill with 2 games in week 31. From the single gamers, Gordon is the standout @ 6 units.
So again, the double gamers stick out especially the Villa players but each one is very expensive @ over 10 units. The Hull defenders are more reasonably priced but you have to ask yourself will they keep one CS let alone two so is it a red herring? From the single gamers, I won't look beyond Hutton, Agger and Hangeland who all have very good home match ups. Only consider Foley if you have him on BD but if you do have him @ 6, you can do a lot worse than taking a box to box player lining up in midfield.
For me you need to take the DGers in midfield. The popular choice will be Downing, Milner, Young and Bullard and certainly this is my preferred line up. If you can't afford the fab 4, consider Petrov or even cheaper than chips Mendy as replacements. If you have Malouda on discount, you may decide to keep the in-form Frenchman but FloMo has a tough match away to Spurs.
The obvious choices are Agbon and Carew. Certainly I expect both players will start against two teams with weak defences but the problem is most FF managers will have the pair. If you want to do something different, Van Persie was immense when he came on midweek and I expect Van the Man to make up for lost time away to Wigan. Torres should be fit and firing at home to West Ham but who know what Benitez will do. The ex Valencia manager knows he won't be at Liverpool next season. I feel he cares more about winning the Europa Cup than attempting to finish fourth (eg when he subbed Torres in the 65th minute @ 1-1 against Brum so the striker was fit for 2nd leg against Benfica). Bent has been fantastic this season returning 23 premiership goals and surely he will fancy his chances against Burnley.
In summary, your strategy should be to maximise on the DGers, especially the Villa players but there are a couple of single game gems out there to keep you honest.
My week 31 Team will be up @ midday.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
It appears Ivanovic will have a late fitness test before Chelsea's FA Cup Semi today so it's likely Ivanovic will be fit for Tuesday's game against Bolton which puts Ferreira's position in the team under risk so the Portugal defender is out. In his place, I could go with Mouyokolo or a defender that didn't make my initial shortlist in Foley. The Wolves man is the dark horse in wk 30 as he is playing in midfield and with a home game against Stoke it makes sense to bring Foley in especially as I am going with Myhill in goal so I don't want a Hull defender in case Burnley score.
The reason I've gone with Myhill instead of Kirk is I needed the extra cash to trade JCole for Upson. At this stage in the season I can't risk falling at the first and feel the Chelsea middie is too much of a risk. The way my luck has run lately I bet Cole scores a brace against Bolton!
My 30 Team;
Carra Sylvinho Upson Foley
Malouda Bullard NZog
Bendtner Torres HRod
Week 31 shows double games for Hull (@Birmingam & Aston villa) and Aston Villa (@Pompey & @ Hull). So my barn door picks will be maximising the DGers. Look out for updates on who I bring in via chatroll.
Now I need to choose who to back for the Grand National!
Good luck in wk 30!