Sunday, 29 March 2015

What's Next for The Reds

Ivorian Should Be Back to Offer Solidity

Martin Skrtel’s appeal on the three-match ban has been rejected by the Football Association disciplinary panel, hence a huge responsibility has to be filled at the back line by Rodgers. The Slovakian has been their optimum and most consistent defender this season, however his intolerant stamp on De Gea’s feet on Sunday was tough to be overlooked. Brendan Rodgers wisely rebuilt the side from the back, forming a three-man wall comprising Emre Can, Mamadou Sakho and Skrtel. Back in the FA Cup quarterfinals goalless match against Blackburn, the Reds saw Dejan Lovren, Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure shaping the defense, and it was frantic and frustrating. The fans have finally ignored Lovren’s price tag and extremely happy to just see him warm up the bench. Skrtel will miss the Premier League games at Arsenal and against Newcastle plus the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn Rovers. At the Emirates, Toure seems to be the significant replacement for the 30-year old. The Ivory Coast international isn’t the one who offers attacking overlaps or goals, yet he gets his primary job done efficiently with his experience and strength. It could be suicidal if Lovren is the one marking Olivier Giroud who is casually finding the back of the net.

Leave the Skipper Alone

Despite expressing regret for the harsh tackle on Ander Herrara, Steven Gerrard is still flocking around the papers and media with destructive remarks.  Therefore, the England international will join Skrtel among the spectators too for couple of games. Liverpool were playing eye-catching football with fluidity passing and quick attacking flair without their skipper, plus Jordan Henderson seems to be a tailor-made swap for Gerrard. Moreover, when they were down to 10 men against Manchester United at Anfield, they performed with more enthusiasm and surge upfront.

Don’t Risk With New Tactics

There are plenty of worrying grapevines stating that Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana is out with injuries and would miss the crucial clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool supporters will be hoping they could recover within the international friendly break. The former Chelsea man hasn’t been on top notch form yet did find add his name into the score sheet against United. Well, it seems to be a voodoo as both times the Reds faced their arch-rivals Manchester United this season, they stumbled to play their rhythmic football with the 3-4-3 formation. Additionally, fantasy premier league star Raheem Sterling was fruitless, at least he placed plenty of attempts at the United goal back at Old Trafford. Rodgers has put in his heart and soul to craft this new impactful line-up which has been rewarding for them, therefore a sudden change in tactics could lead to disaster at Emirates stadium. Perhaps, if Lallana and Jordan Ibe are still unavailable, Lazar Markovic’s pace could be lethal whereas shifting Raheem Sterling into a false nine is never a bad option. Two bad games doesn’t make it a bad formation, the players didn’t really step up to shine. 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A Brief History of Harry Kane's First International Goal

It was a memorable day for Tottenham's Harry Kane - here's how it unfolded on one author's Twitter feed. The introduction of Spurs' breakthrough player of the year, presumptive Young Player of the Year and possible Golden Boot winner received massive attention across the globe. Of course, FPL managers are notoriously difficult to please. Kane promptly ghosted into the box at the far post and drove a header home for his first senior international goal. It's a minute in, then! Congratulations, Harry. So, two minutes in! Still, job done! The legend grows! Can we get an official ruling? So that's sorted. What's the historical impact? Anyone with a visual? We may not be able to agree on a time; at least we can all agree on what this means for the future.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Giroud’s Brace Rescues Gunners at St James Park

Arsenal were so close yet so far in the mid-week where they gave a brave battle against Monaco where it ended 2-0, one goal short of qualifying to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Few signs of lethargies and drop in ambition in the second half bothered them in the second half, however the stubborn backline of the FA Cup holders scrapped through a 2-1 score-line. Olivier Giroud was once again the difference for Arsene Wenger as he notched a sublime brace in the first half, eight goals in the last six matches against Newcastle United, gem finisher! The travelling fans were greatly hoping to see their star striker hit his first hat-trick for the club in the second half but they never came close to do so. The north London club is now with 60 points at third, making a steadfast statement that they are composed mentally to routinely stamp their ticket to Champions League football next season.

Despite missing numerous regular starters such as Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse, Newcastle United started vibrantly, the pace of Ayoze Perez and forcefulness of Sissoko grew anxious moments for the visitors. Arsenal, slowly yet surely picked up their offensive tempo. Aaron Ramsey came close but lacked an instinctive touch to break the goalless stalemate. In the 23th minute, Arsenal’s man of the moment struck, the gloating Giroud. Danny Welbeck deserves immense credit for the opener as his well-taken header was astutely flicked by the left knee of his attacking partner. After all the hard-work in the opening minutes, the Magpies downright divulge their momentum as the Gunners repetitively pilled pressure on their defense. The home team languished, playing deeper and deeper which got them punished once again. The towering Frenchman scored in the space of five minutes once again, using his strong physique, he outmuscled Mike Williamson from the resulting Santi Cazorla corner, directing an excellent header into the far corner that had Tim Krul no chance of reaching. 

Newcastle United got into the following half with full swing and they found the back of the net with a superb finish by their skipper Moussa Sissoko. A tailor-made cross from Cabella fell precisely for the Frenchman who defeated David Ospina in style. Since then the Magpies kept pressing for an equalizer, endless surge upfront, Perez being their main bull. In the 63rd minute, the Colombian goalkeeper made a marvelous point-blank save from Sissoko’s close range header. Arsene Wenger recognized the space Newcastle were receiving hence brought on Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini, while attacking duo Sanchez plus Cazorla were sacrificed.

Remy Cabella was phenomenal, endless trickery and sprinting through gaps for through passes. Newcastle United’s desire and determination deserves a whole lot of applause. Defensive combatants of Arsenal, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista had restless second half, couple of vital interventions and strong aerial clearances. Stoppage time of four minutes was presented, surprisingly the Gunners used it up to run down the clock and the match ended 2-1. Completely entertaining encounter where the home side would be rather wretched after their tireless efforts in the second half. Arsenal rode their luck with the rumble of fantasy premier league star-man Olivier Giroud.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 30

 Latest Rank: 

69k (13k fall) 



Foster OUT / Guzan IN

Bank Balance:

*I was close to buying Forster as a long-term buy for the remainder of the season. But he hasn't got a single bap all season despite keeping 13 clean sheets. I opted for Guzan as he is a differential-lite in comparison to Forster, costs £1m less + he has a DGW after the international break. If I opt against buying Costa in DGW34, I could happily buy Courtois as Guzan's replacement in GW33. 



Yes, that time of the season has arrived - GW30 - it is the final countdown!
What a dire GW29. I could have captained almost all of my "Power 7" and still ended up with sub-35 points. My team's rank is spiraling out control. 35k/Top 1% seems a galaxy away from earth. Time to buck up! As per the podcast, I think Benteke is a sensational pick right now, even before DGW31. I was on the cusp of selling Aguero for him, but opted against it as I didn't want to take a hit and needed to replace the injured Foster. Kane seems like a no nonsense captain pick for this GW, I wanted to play it safe and opted for him.  Here's to hoping.  Good luck to you all!

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