Gameweek 10 is almost over and with only Crystal Palace and Sunderland set to play this evening, we take a look at what this week had at store for Fantasy Team Managers.
This weekend started with out of form Liverpool taking a trip to Newcastle, with Brendan Rogers hinting at employing a new tactical formation. Newcastle were up for the challenge and with their back four looking solid there was no way Mario Ballotelli or Raheem Sterling could breach their defence. Ayoze Perez, having only 0.3 % ownership, scored the lone goal of the match and settled matters at St. James’. Elsewhere, at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea hosted QPR, and with Diego Costa making his much awaited return, the stage was set for some interesting action. Oscar’s brilliant left-footed shot gave Chelsea the lead but Charlie Austin took his tally to five this season and joined the fun. It was then upto Eden Hazard to convert a late penalty and ensure all three points for the hosts after a lacklustre performance. Arsenal were up against Burnley, and all eyes were on Alexis Sanchez, having been in the thick of things the last two weekends. Continue reading
Newcastle United claimed a 1-0 win over Liverpool at St James’ Park as Alan Pardew‘s tough times seem to be a distant memory, as banners that were once calling for the manager’s head have now been replaced by those of messages of support.
The first real talking point of the match came on 10 minutes when Newcastle had a penalty claim waved away by referee Andre Marriner. After a great run down the right flank by Gabriel Obertan, the Frenchman then cut the ball back into the box which found Moussa Sissoko, and after feeling contact from Joe Allen, fell to the ground claiming he was fouled, however the referee made the correct decision as replays showed there was minimal contact between the pair.
Midway through the first half, the lively looking Obertan pulled up mid-run, holding his thigh, and after treatment on the pitch, he was not able to continue, being replaced by youngster Rolando Aarons.
The game then went into a little bit of a lull, only wakening up nearing the last few minutes of the half. From a Jack Colback corner, the ball found its way to Papiss Cisse at the far post, after Simon Mignolet was caught in no man’s land trying to claim the ball, and Cisse hooked it goalwards, where Glen Johnson was on hand to head away from near the goal-line. Continue reading
Game week nine beckoned and there was one game that stood out like sore thumb in the fixture list, the mouth-watering game that was Manchester United vs. Chelsea. It was boss vs. apprentice and all to play for in a fixture that had the rare factor of all other neutral Barclays premier league fans wanting Manchester United to win, this doesn’t happen that often.
Elsewhere in the league Liverpool were given a chance to redeem themselves a little after the rout that happened in the midweek Champions League game as they faced Hull at home, however Hull were in good form. It got worse for Sunderland after their 7-1 defeat the previous week they faced an Arsenal side who were very hungry after a slight disappointment the week before against Hull getting just a draw.
With the game week over and some interesting results and a great match between Manchester United and Chelsea we take a look at the team of the week from game week nine – a 4-2-2-2.
Despite a great game and fantastic saves from Thibaut Courtois to keep out Manchester United until the death of the game I am going to have to go with Jakupovic for Hull. First and foremost he got a clean sheet unlike Courtois which all goalkeepers aim for every game, it will be argued that Courtois had a harder opposition but that isn’t the reason I chose Jakupovic. Continue reading