Tuesday, 28 October 2014

#FlyBuy - GW10

Guess what? Another fail! Barkley failed to get the minutes on the pitch that I envisioned when selecting him as my FlyBuy pick for GW9. But that is the danger of selecting players returning from injury. Some are thrown straight back into the action, and some are reintroduced selectively to regain their fitness. I have no doubt whatsoever that young Ross will come good once he starts for Everton, and I strongly suspect this will be in GW10 for the home game versus a Swansea side that has another former FlyBuy doing very well at present. Yes, Wilfried Bony continues to be my only winning pick so far this season.

What to do, what to do. Pick another player returning from injury? Or maybe just a proven big-hitter struggling with form at present? I've decided to go with the latter, in the hope of not being caught out as usual by a lack of game time resulting in the dreaded one point cameo. It makes my already bad FlyBuy stats look so much worse you see!

So it's a former power-player, a proven FPL points magnet if you will, who is struggling for form despite getting game time. To be honest, one man above all others sprang to mind when considering this. And no, it's not Yaya Toure because I picked him in GW5 - and he's still terrible!

My mind was made up after verifying his stats were indeed tragic (1 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 3 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 3) despite him racking up significant game time. He exploded onto the scene in 2012/13 racking up 12 goals and 13 assists from midfield, but was rather disappointing last season with only 4 and 8. This season, in the 9 Gameweeks to date he has returned 0 goals and only a solitary assist in GW2. Doesn't make for great reading, and I am not at all confident in this pick, truth be known.

However, he faces Burnley - at home - in GW10, so he could make up for lost time. It's then Swansea (A), Man Utd (H), WBA (A) and SOU (H). Not the easiest of fixtures on paper, but he plays for a team whose pre-season ambition every year is to finish 4th, so goals and points are achievable.

He is owned by just 1.8% of FPL managers, costs the hefty sum of £8.2m (from a starting price of £8.5m) and there are dozens and dozens of better options than him out there. But what if I'm right? Well, if I am, it is Arsenal man Santi Cazorla you need in your team, because that's my FlyBuy pick for GW10!

Let me know if you get drunk enough to transfer him in!


FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1

Friday, 24 October 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 9


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Marco’s Maverick – GW9 – Chris Brunt

The Maverick is on a roll! So far picks Mane, Hernandez and Last week Frank Lampard delivered the goods for @fplhints as we scour through the gravel at the bottom of the fish tank to get those hidden gems in the treasure chest.

Looking at this week’s round of games we turn to West Brom. Much talk has been about Saido Berahino and his impressive haul of points with 6 goals in 8 games for the baggies. Stephane Sessegnon hit a rocket but it’s not quite the turn of the year so his form spell is still to come.

The man I’m picking this week is Chris Brunt. A fans favourite who always gives 100%, has gone under the radar so far but recent points hauls befit someone further up the price scale. Three assists in 4 games and in the mix for a set piece he is certainly due a 5 point score in the near future. At 5.4m he offers dependable game time with a team that has somewhat turned a corner over recent weeks and hosting Crystal Palace this week will hold no fears for the Baggies. Only 0.2% of managers have placed their faith in Brunt and those managers over the past weeks have had a good differential on their hands and over the next few games could see his stock rise further as he turns more heads with his performances.

Opponents Crystal Palace sit just two places and one point above the drop zone and off the back of two defeats will not fancy their trip to the Hawthorns. WBA did drop late points against Manchester United and 3 points to Liverpool but a 4-0 win against Burnley and a 1-0 triumph over Spurs will give WBA great confidence that they can come away with the spoils.

Did you pick Lampard last week? Not sure who to transfer in this week? Can the maverick solve your problems?  

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Player Profile (Horses For Courses) - Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke

Position - Striker & Current FPL Price - £7.9M

The Belgium international has returned to action with 2 appearances in this 2014/15 Premier League season and the 23-year-old's return is a much needed boost for Aston Villa given that the Midlands club have not won a Premier League match since beating Liverpool (0-1) at Anfield in September.

Villa have not won any of their last 4 Premier League matches, scored a goal or even picked up a single point during that run but after facing 4 of last season's top 5 in that run, the fixtures appear to be getting better for Paul Lambert's men and presents Benteke with a chance to shine.


  • His last Premier League goal came v Stoke City (1-4) in March last season.
  • His first Premier League goal came v Swansea (2-0) in September 2012.
  • A considerable amount of Benteke's Premier League goals have came away from home.
  • Benteke scored 4 goals in his first 4 starts in the Premier League last season.
  • Benteke scored 3 goals in his last 4 Premier League starts.
  • Benteke was the last player to score a hat-trick in a Premier League Monday night match on April 29th 2013 against Sunderland (6-1).
  • Given Benteke's great phsyical presence, the former Genk man can told the ball up well, bring others into play and pop up with the odd assist.
  • Aston Villa's next three opponents QPR, Spurs & West Ham have conceded 18, 11 & 11 goals in the Premier League this season respectively and kept just 3 clean sheets in the Premier League between them since September.


VS ARSENAL (1-3 & 1-2) -3
VS CHELSEA (2-1) - 1
VS NORWICH (4-1) - 2
VS LIVERPOOL (2-2) - 1
VS WEST BROM (4-3) - 1


VS CHELSEA (1-2) - 1
VS LIVERPOOL (1-3 & 1-2) - 3
VS EVERTON (3-3) - 2
VS STOKE CITY (1-3) - 1
VS QPR (3-2) - 1
VS READING (1-0 & 1-2) - 2
VS WEST BROM (2-2) - 1
VS NEWCASTLE (!-2) - 1
VS WEST HAM (2-1) - 1
VS NORWICH (1-1) - 1
VS SWANSEA CITY (2-0 & 2-2) -2

Stats are self-compiled, mostly from memory, however some are found/self-compiled/double checked through the use of FourFourTwo Stats Zone & BBC Football.


Monday, 20 October 2014

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#FlyBuy - GW9

It should come as no surprise to regular readers that my FlyBuy pick for GW8 flopped. However, I do still believe Lallana will come good in the coming weeks and he is definitely still one to bear in mind as a differential. Of recent FlyBuy picks, only Wilfried Bony is justifying his selection. After a poor return in GW6, he has gone on to score in consecutive games and is starting to look very strong.

For this week's pick, I was deliberating between two players returning from injury who made their long awaited comebacks last week. Both got good minutes on the pitch, with one returning a useful assist. Both have favourable fixtures coming up and it is a difficult decision to select one or the other. One is a midfielder and the other is a striker. With competition for the three Fwd positions becoming increasingly tough due to a number of players in good form I have decided not to go with Aston Villa's Christian Benteke. At £7.9m he is in the same price range as Graziano Pelle, and although the big Belgian has a differential-busting ownership stat of 0.3%, I can't see too many people taking a chance on him just yet. Maybe in a few weeks with a couple of goals under his belt he could be the man to swap Pelle out with once Southampton's fixtures get harder from GW13 onwards. Coincidentally, Villa then enter a run of favourable fixtures so keep this in mind when planning future transfers.

But, back to the matter in hand, I am NOT tipping Benteke for FlyBuy this week. So who is it? As I said he provided an assist in his return last weekend and he currently has a very useful ownership percentage of just 3.4%, making him an attractive option for a player with proven FPL points pedigree. With his club also entering a good run of winnable fixtures, and with managers trying desperately to free up funds to squeeze Aguero into their team alongside Costa and Pelle, they will probably need to lose one of their premium midfielders. At £6.7m, this is probably the cheapest price he will be this season, so I recommend you climb on board sooner rather than later.

The player in question, of course, is Everton playmaker Ross Barkley. I'm currently trying to find a way of squeezing him into my team, the tough call is just who to downgrade from Fabregas, Sterling or Di Maria.

Good luck in GW9 and thanks for reading. 


FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Marco’s Maverick - GW8 – Frank Lampard

As the dust is blown off the keyboard we pick through the casualties of a hectic couple of international weeks for our premier league players (barring Raheem Sterling of course).
The long miles travelled and the inevitable crocks follow and that’s when the chance for a maverick opens up and gives us something to look at from the corner of our eye.

This weeks pick is Manchester City’s Frank Lampard. As Yaya Toure returned late from international duty and Fernandinho recovering from a hamstring injury Lampard should be given the opportunity to partner the midfield with Fernando and thus will surely be afforded a few runs in to the spurs box.

Spurs have at very best been kind to Manchester City having shipped 22 goals in the last 4 games and under a bit of pressure to perform, they need a dogged performance at very least to appease the fans who once again are becoming a bit restless and another trouncing at the Etihad won’t be welcomed.

Back to Lampard and his game time as many predicted has been restricted but when he has appeared he’s proved a very useful asset. Having only featured for 112 minutes over the last 4 games all season has returned 2 goals and 13 points which is a decent start by anyone’s reckoning. At 5.4m there will be a few managers harbouring bench fodder players with transfers to burn that may fancy a risk. Lets’ be Frank, he’s been quality over the years and give him a chance and he knows where the goal is.

Friday, 17 October 2014


Nationality: Bosnian
Position - Striker
Current FPL Price: £8.5 million

Can We Play You Every Week? 

Some players have a knack of being a thorn in the side of some teams, like how Kevin Nolan likes playing and scoring against Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard likes doing likewise against Newcastle United, Edin Dzeko boasts an impressive record against Tottenham Hotspur as can be seen in the following section.

Key Attributes & Stats

Dzeko posses good movement, strength, good height and presence.
The Bosnian sometimes gains from other players deflecting attention from him and ultimately making space for him to strike.

Some players really prove to be a are a thorn in some team's side and it seems to be that way in the case of Edin Dzeko against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bosnian international scored in midweek for his country and although he is streaky in terms of finding the back of the net, there is no doubting that the former Wolfsberg man knows where the back of the net is.
  • Dzeko has scored no fewer than 6 goals against Spurs since the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko did not feature in Manchester City's home win against Spurs last season (6-0).
  • Dzeko scored 4 goals in one game away at White Hart Lane against Spurs in the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko has been involved in a goal (scored/assisted) in only 3 Premier League goals thus far this season.
  • Dzeko is looking to score his first Premier League goal at home since scoring against Aston Villa (4-0) in May.
  • 5 of Dzeko's 6 Premier League goals against the London club came at White Hart Lane.
  • Dzeko has scored the exact amount of Premier League goals this season (2) as he had done at this point last season (2).
  • The majority of Dzeko's Premier League goals last season came from late December onwards.


VS HULL CITY (2-4) - 2014/15
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (0-3 & 1-6) 2013/14 & 2011/12
VS ASTON VILLA (4-0) - 2013/14
VS EVERTON (2-3) - 2013/14
VS NORWICH CITY (3-4)- 2012/13


Dzeko is an enigma but on his day is one of the most clincal strikers in the Premier League, the difficulity for FPL managers is finding those right days and as much as talk of tactics or form, it is genuinely very hard to know when the Bosnian will strike.

Dzeko can be somewhat hot and cold in terms of when he scores but if you are a FPL manager with a spare transfer or two, some money in the bank to replace someone who is not quite at the races, seemingly out of favour or injured, then Dzeko could well be your man.

Stats are self-compliled, mostly from memory, however, some are checked or found through FourFourTwo Stats Zone and BBC Football.


#FlyBuy - GW8

My word that's been a long two weeks! International breaks really do interfere with the world of FPL. I'm not a fan! But at least it's given me the opportunity to reflect on the first 7 gameweeks. From a personal point of view its been pretty good. In the Top 21k and with only one red arrow so far. The decision to captain Ulloa over Di Maria in GW 7 is one that cost dearly but hey-ho.

The other thing that has been a disappointment are my FlyBuy picks to date. A mixture of bad luck and poor choices have combined to ensure NOBODY is taking any notice of my picks anymore! 

My choice for GW8 does err on the side of caution, and admittedly he did score last time out. But I believe he has the potential to go nuclear over the next few gameweeks, and for that reason I'm selecting him. A decision to captain him late last season cost me horrifically when he failed to deliver, but I hold no grudges. This week he faces everybody's favourite whipping boys, QPR, and I expect him to accumulate some points.

Maybe he is regretting the decision to move in the Summer, especially with his old club riding high in the table. Hopefully he will use that as an incentive to push himself harder and score the goals to propel his new team up the league. 

Yep, this week's FlyBuy is Liverpool and England midfielder, Adam Lallana. Pricey at £8.4m, but if you want to get away from the Template team, an astonishing fact is that he is owned by just 0.8% of FPL managers! An uber-differential!!

On a final note, take a look below at how a couple of previous FlyBuy's are doing. Particularly Yaya and Bony. Pienaar is back now too. Maybe I haven't lost my touch after all. Remember: FlyBuy isn't just a one gameweek pick...I select based on a 5 week window...


FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHY) - Points: 1

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 8



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