Thursday, 28 August 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 3

Disclaimer: *FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.


PLAYER PROFILE (Horses For Courses) : Balotelli


AGE: 24
POSITION: STRIKER
FORMER CLUBS: INTER MILAN, MANCHESTER CITY, AC MILAN

The fiery Italian has made a surprise move to Liverpool, and it may well be worth FPL managers to start thinking ahead and consider Balotelli at some point this season.

Balotelli is a risk due his disciplary record but posses power, techcique and aggresion in abudance.

The following shows the teams in which he has scored against in the Premier League from 2010/11 to 2012/13.

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS (2012/13) -
VS WIGAN (0-2) - 1

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS (2011/12)

VS MANCHESTER UNITED (1-6) - 2
VS EVERTON (2-0) - 1
VS BLACKBURN ROVERS (0-4) - 1 & (3-0) - 1 (2)
VS NORWICH (5-1) - 1
VS SUNDERLAND (3-3) - 2

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS (2010/11)

VS WEST BROM (0-2) - 2
VS FULHAM (1-1) - 1
VS ASTON VILLA (4-0) - 3
VS EVERTON (2-0) - 1
VS SPURS (3-2) - 1

OTHER MEMORABLE MOMENTS/GAMES:-
EURO 2012 SEMI-FINAL: ITALY 2-1 GERMANY

The Italian international stunned Germany with a somewhat of a surprise first half brace to help send Italy through to the final, only to be beaten by the eventual winners Spain (4-0).

PLEASE NOTE THAT BALOTELLI MAY NOT START THIS GAMEWEEK.

Fantasy Premier League Tips & Updates


The return of the Barclays Premier League brings with it plenty of ecstatic moments among many ardent soccer fans around the world. The thrill that comes with watching their teams take on their opponents is always high. Especially during intense ancient derbies such as the mercy side derby between Everton and Liverpool, the North London Derby between any of the three teams, Tottenham Hotspurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea. Last two weeks have quenched the thirst, for many teams and fans in the league, it is now time to wrap the transfer market and embark on some serious business of hunting the top honor. Therefore, the following EPL fantasy football updates though not always guaranteed can help make some sound predictions throughout the season. 

1. Arsenal’s transfer policy will pay off this season- it took the gunners over eight years to win a silver wear. But after signing the German midfielder, Mesut Ozil things seemed going well as the team remained on top of the table for more days than the eventual winners Manchester City. Even though they didn’t win the epl title, the FA cup triumph was a good consolation. This season the team is back again with a bang. After humiliating the reigning epl champion in an entertaining community shield cup encounter at the Wembley three weeks ago, it is no doubt the addition of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debutchy, and the talented English man; Calum Chambers will reward the patient of arsenal fan with an EPL trophy.

2. Angel Di Maria will lead Manchester United to title charge- under David Moyes, it was difficult for Manchester united to put on a spirited challenge for the title. However, the team just might be stronger this summer after including Herrera in the midfield and in less than twenty four hours ago, the new manager added yet another proven talent in by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid at a record transfer fee. The inclusion of the Argentine winger can help see Manchester United into the contention for the title this summer. The player can help bring strength, belief, and quality into the team.

3. Chelsea will struggle with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba- Chelsea strengthened their striking by re-signing the Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba and the Brazilian born Spanish striker Diego Costa. However, the two players will not add much value to Chelsea’s title charge. Foremost, Drogba is aging out and will not give the team 100% as he used to do before, after struggling in the World Cup, it is clear that the player won’t be of much value to the team. Secondly, Costa is an injury prone player and may miss much of the season with injuries. 

4. Mario Ballotelli, a wrong replacement for Suarez- getting the thirty plus goals that Suarez had before leaving the club for Barcelona will be difficult. Even though the two are both controversial players, Mario will not match the footsteps of his predecessor, Luis Suarez. Physically, Ballotelli will be a threat to many teams, but he will not match the quality and legacy left by the Uruguayan. 

 

 

#FlyBuy - GW3

A second successive flop for FlyBuy has meant a poor start to the season for yours truly. It can be argued that the loss of Steven Pienaar to injury in GW2 early on in the game is not an indication of my poor selection; just bad luck. Anyway, what it probably will mean is that Baines will get back amongst the points for Everton as he will no doubt be the furthest man forward on that left wing with Pienaar out for a while.


I need to redeem myself with this weeks pick, but at the same time I don't want to play it safe as I see that being a bit of a cop-out. Remember that FlyBuy is not a one-off pick for just one gameweek, instead it is based on a prediction that a player can go on a little bit of a points scoring run over several games. With that in mind I have pored over the upcoming fixtures (bearing in mind that there is an International break after GW3), and have selected a pick based on the team I believe have the "easiest" games - at least on paper. But, as we all know, football matches are not played on paper, and sometimes the most unlikely results are thrown up. For instance, who could envisage that Sunderland would have dropped 2 points last weekend, or that Aston Villa would keep a clean sheet for 2 weeks in a row? Not this callsign certainly!


This week's pick is certainly a differential, based on an ownership stat of just 1.1%. Have I got your attention yet? A new signing for this season, he only made his debut in a 21 minute cameo last weekend. He is a playmaker and a potential assist provider, if only those in front of him find their shooting boots soon. Favourable fixtures over the next few weeks are the struggling Crystal Palace at home, Southampton away, Hull at home, Stoke away, Swansea away and Leicester at home. Hopefully a few points in amongst that lot for my FlyBuy choice for GW3.


He is, of course, Newcastle's Siem de Jong. Averaging just under a goal every 3 games during his 7 years with Ajax, if Riviere continues to disappoint, Alan Pardew could well push him up higher and employ him as an out-and-out striker.


I have high hopes for him, and if you take the plunge, I think once we emerge from GW8 you'll be pleasantly surprised you took my advice.


FLY


FlyBuy picks to date:


GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1

Monday, 25 August 2014

Clash for Cash with Manchester City versus Liverpool

People love #FPL, the banter, the tactics the player and indeed team bashing, it’s fun, competitive and free. Each year millions log on the official Premier league fantasy football site and play.

Fantasy Football is time consuming however and while there are some great accounts out there to help, the FPL Chief being once such, us nice folk at www.fanfeud.co.uk have developed a weekly FPL game for you.

Free to enter with Cash prizes, FANFEUD allows friends and rivals to #clashforcash. Just log on, select a game, pick five players and the most point’s wins.

It’s that simple.

Our next game is Manchester City versus Liverpool, so do check it out.

What some tips?  

- Raheem Sterling scored one and created one last weekend to help Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Southampton.  He was Liverpool’s top scoring player ahead of Jordan Henderson (5 points, one assist) and Daniel Sturridge (6 points, one goal) with Martin Skrtel third (4 points)

- Manchester City were strong point wise all over the team last weekend with clean sheets for Joe Hart and his defenders.  Gael Clichy topped the scoring amongst the back 5 with 9 points.

- In midfielder a goal from David Silva helped him to 9 points while Sergio Ageuro’s late second goal saw him equal Daniel Sturridge’s tally of 6 points.

Some Games Statistics

- Meetings between this two teams have goals in them, so don’t plump for defenders. Last season there was 8 goals in the two games between them.

- The home side has a good record against Liverpool, winning three and drawing 2 of their last 5 games, and in general they have a strong home record dropping just four points all of last season.

- City and Liverpool both love to score, the two clubs broke the 100 goal mark last season. Liverpool scored in 18 of their 19 away games last season while City have scored in each of their last 14 games.

@fanfeud have picked their five for tonight as follows: Aguero, Silva, Sterling, Nasri and Dzeko – can you beat the gaffer

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Dolphin's "Horses for Courses" - Nasri & Silva

SAMIR NASRI

POSITION: MIDFIELDER

CURRENT FPL PRICE: £8.5

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS IN 2013/14:-
VS NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-0) - 1
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (4-1) - 1
VS SWANSEA (2-0) - 2
VS SOUTHAMPTON (4-1) - 1
VS SUNDERLAND (2-2) - 1
VS WEST HAM UNITED (2-0) – 1

PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTS IN 2013/14:-
VS ASTON VILLA (3-2) - 1
VS CHELSEA (2-1) - 1
VS ARSENAL (6-3) - 1
VS FULHAM (5-0) - 1
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (0-3) - 1
VS CRYSTAL PALACE (0-2) - 1
VS EVERTON (2-3) – 1

·         - All of Nasri's (7) Premier League goals in 2013/14 were scored at home.
·         - 3 of Man City's next 4 Premier League matches are at home.
-      - 5 of Nasri's (official) assists in the Premier League last season came away from home.
·        -  Nasri takes corners for Manchester City.
·         - Nasri was one of the highest chance creators in the Premier League last season.

DAVID SILVA

POSITION: MIDFIELDER/ATTACKING MIDFIELDER/CREATIVE MIDFIELDER/PLAYMAKER
FORMER CLUBS: VALENCIA
CURRENT FPL PRICE: £9.0
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2013/14 :-
                
VS NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-0) - 1
VS WEST HAM UNITED (1-3) - 1
VS NORWICH (7-0) - 1
VS LIVERPOOL (3-2) - 1
VS ARSENAL (6-3 & 1-1)  - 2
VS HULL (0-2) – 1

·   David Silva is one of the highest assisters and chance creators in recent Premier League history.
    Silva was involved (scored/assisted) in 10 + Premier League goals last season.
·     5 of Silva's last 8 Premier League goals have been scored away from home.

·     Silva is generally consistent in terms of some sort of goal involvement and creating chances throughout the season.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 2

Disclaimer: *FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.


#FlyBuy - GW2

The first FlyBuy pick of the season didn't really pay off in the way I had envisioned. I guess it is always dangerous opting for a defender to pick up FPL points when it only takes one concentration lapse from within the team to concede a goal and wipe out all of that individuals good work.

And to be fair, Calum Chambers was good in GW1. Unfortunately Arsenal did let a goal in and young Mr Chambers picked up a yellow card. 1 point. Hardly the best of starts, but I guess that also applied to my entire FPL team, who collectively picked up a disappointing 56 points total. Hmm.

It is no consolation, but I believe I'm right in saying that Chambers has "won" the Arsenal fans vote for Man of the Match in each of the last 3 games (Manchester City in the Community Shield, Crystal Palace in the League and Besitkas in the UCL). Somebody can put me straight if that is not the case I'm sure.

For GW2, I am reverting to more familiar territory in that I am not going to pick a defender, and instead look further up the pitch. Despite some solid performances from the usual suspects, plus some unexpected early season form shown by those lesser known players, there was one guy above all others who caught my eye. I had him in mind for FlyBuy a few days ago, but having glanced at his fixtures they read like an accident waiting to happen. Arsenal followed by Chelsea. Granted, both games are at home, but even so...

I am referring to Everton of course, and in particular a player that tends to slip under a lot of peoples radars, mainly due to his injury record I would assume. However, his wing play in GW1, and in particular the sixth sense understanding he appears to have with Leighton Baines, really piqued my interest. He picked up an assist plus one bonus point which still doesn't appear to have made anyone notice. I certainly haven't heard of anyone rushing to transfer him in. Over 10,000 managers have though, and they could possibly be onto something.

The player in question is none other than Steven Pienaar. As I said, a disappointing season last year should not detract from the fact that in seasons past, he has a more than decent combined goalscoring and assist record. The fixtures are not kind, but under Roberto Martinez's playing style, Baines and Pienaar will be bombing up that left side and trying to get in behind the defence, no matter who the opposition. With Naismith and Lukaku lurking in the box, the competition could be on between Baines and Pienaar for who can rack up the most assists.

Currently costing £6m (which again, will put many off) he is a delicious differential with an ownership percentage  of just 1.2%

Let me know either in the comments below, or on Twitter (@Meet_the_Gadfly) if you're going to bring him in...

FLY

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Chief's Super Cup (2014/2015)

During pre-season, I have been compiling a secret invitational H2H mini-league.  I am pleased to announce that it contains the overall reigning FPL champion, the former champion, many ex-number ones and ex-Top 100 players, a smattering of FPL pundits & personalities, as well as a good showing from the FPLH alumni.  There are no prizes for Chief's Super Cup, just bragging rights!  Moreover, there is no guarantee of success.  However, based on their collective FPL knowledge and past form, this should be a competitive and LEGENDARY H2H mini-league.

 The entrants in question are as follows:


GAME ON!

"Horses for Courses" - Phillipe Coutinho

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE HINTS: PLAYER PROFILE (HORSES FOR COURSES) : PHILIPPE COUTINHO

AGE: 22
POSITION:MIDFIELDER/ATTACKING MIDFIELD/CREATIVE MIDFIELDER/THIRD THIRD PLAYER/PLAYMAKER
FORMER CLUBS: ESPANYOL & INTER MILAN
PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTS: 12
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS: 8
CURRENT FPL PRICE: £8.0

Big Phil (Scolari) left little Phil (Coutinho) out of Brazil's squad for the 2014 World Cup squad but whereas this may have been their loss, it may well turn out to be Liverpool's gain.

Despite not being involved in (scored/assisted) in a goal until November (he missed some games through injury), he possess a great amount of technical ability and has shown flashes of of what he is capable of.
His dramatic winner against Manchester City (3-2) in May is a reflection of his technical ability.

·         Coutinho has been in involved in (scored/assisted) in goals against 5 of Liverpool's first 6 opponents. 
(Southampton, Manchester CIty, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Aston Villa).

· 5 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League goals were scored against Liverpool's first four league opponents.

· 3 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League have been scored from outside the penalty area.

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2013/14 -  5

VS EVERTON (3-3) - 1
VS FULHAM (2-3) - 1
VS MANCHESTER CITY (2-1 & 3-2) - 2
VS SPURS (4-0) - 1

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2012/13 - 3
 
VS SWANSEA CITY (5-0) - 1
VS SOUTHAMPTON (1-3) - 1
VS QPR (1-0) - 1
 
- A considerable amount of Coutinho's assists have came via through balls.

- Coutinho's defence splittings passes has lead to assists and goals have seen him be involved in (scored/assists) in goals against last season's top half teams.

- Coutinho's creates numerous chances and takes many shots on goal throughout the season.

- Coutinho carries an exciting threat in the opposition's final third.

· Exactly half of (4) of Coutinho's Premier League goals (8) have been scored against last season's top 6.

5 of Coutinho's 8 Premier League goals have came against last season's top 8 teams.

The Brazilian has been involved in (scored/assisted) in 20 Premier League goals in since signing from Inter Milan in January 2013.

Coutinho was involved in (scored/assisted) in exactly half of Liverpool's 4 goals in their final pre-season warm up match against 2013 Champions League finalists Dormund (4-0) and also assisted a goal for Suso in another previous pre-season win for the reds against another fellow past Champions League finalists AC Milan (2-0).

if he can continue this good form than he could be one to watch for the as well as being an exciting and dazzling edition to your FPL team for the 2014/15 season.

@ZONERISM