Friday, 31 August 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 3

FPLH's GW 3 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Ramsey, Terry, Harte
Transfers (IN): Fellaini, Rafael, S Taylor

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time.
  
Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Recommended Player for Gameweek 3

Carlos Tevez
 (Man City)

Why?

He has scored two goals in his last two games
Is City's de facto main striker after Sergio Aguero's injury
City's opponents (QPR) have let in 6 goals in their last 2 games
Has a proven pedigree of regularly scoring in the Premier League

Comeback King

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 3

Hart (MNC)

Kompany (MNC)
Walker (TOT)
Rangel (SWA)

Bale (TOT)
Nolan (WHA)
Michu (SWA)
Kagawa (MNU)

Tevez / cpt (MNC)
Adebayor (TOT)
Van Persie / vc (MNU)

Subs:
Vorm (SWA)
Rafael (MNU)
Fellaini (EVE)
Maloney (WIG)

8/15 of the Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 3 Team

Thursday, 23 August 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 2

FPLH's GW 2 Team*

Transfers: None

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time.
  
Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Recommended Player for GW 2

Michu
(Swansea)

Why?

Had a decent start in his Premier League debut
Capable of fulfilling the "Gylfi SigurĂ°sson role"
Swansea maximise their home advantage
Scored 15 goals in La Liga last season


Michu on-song in Spain
No wonder Laudrup signed him

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW2

de Gea (MNU)
  Vidic (MNU)
O'Shea (SUN)
  Walker (TOT)

Hazard (CHE)
  Bale (TOT)
  Michu / vc (SWA)
 McClean (SUN)
Sessegnon (SUN)

Adebayor (TOT)
  Rooney / cpt (MNU)

Subs:
Vorm (SWA)
 Tevez (MNC)
Ivanovic (CHE)
Lowton (AST)

5/15 of the Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 2 Team

Friday, 17 August 2012

FPLH's Projected Premier League Table 2012/2013

1st Man United (+1):
Narrowly lost the title last season, now have much needed quality in squad depth.

2nd Man City (-1):
Will focus more on Champions League.  Their classy squad remains almost the same.

3rd Arsenal (+0):
May surprise many pundits with a shock title challenge via rebuilt team and ethos.

4th Chelsea (+2):
Have bought/sold over the summer, but their strike force is weaker than their rivals.

5th Tottenham (-1):
AVB has a point to prove and may do so with Spurs, but unlikely to finish higher than 5th.

6th Liverpool (+2):
Expect a rejuvenated Liverpool to play Barca Lite football and attack more than last season.

7th Newcastle (-2):
Should carry on where they left of last season, albeit with a harder challenge at hand.

8th Swansea (+3):
Laudrup's new signings have gone under the radar and could challenge for a European spot.

9th Everton (-2):
Selling Rodwell and not buying a marquee player equates to mid-table doldrums.

10th Sunderland (+3):
O'Neill-inspired-Sunderland have a solid midfield that will carry on improving.

11th West Ham (n/a):
Could Maiga be the new Ba? Perhaps.  The Hammers have enough quality to shine.

12th Stoke (+2):
Same old, same old.  Should expect the same long-ball style, gritty tactics and usual team.

13th Fulham (-4):
If Dempsey leaves they could be relegation candidates.  If he stays, another mid-table finish.

14th Wigan (+1):
The Latics got out of jail late last season.  Kone's skill could be the difference this time around.

15th QPR (+2):
Despite some high profile signings expect them to be bogged down in the lower half of the table.

16th Aston Villa (+0):
Lambert hasn't done a complete overhaul as of yet. Bent's goals could just about save them.

17th Norwich (-5):
Exceeded expectations last season. May have just enough in the tank to stay up again. 

18th  West Brom (-8):
Were fantastic last season. But an inexperienced manager makes them relegation candidates.

19th Southampton (n/a):
They have a few glints of sparkle in the squad, but it won't be enough for survival.

20th Reading (n/a):
Unless they play as a team and punch above their weight they are heading straight back down.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 1

FPLH's GW 1 Team*

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time.
  
Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Recommended Player for GW 1 

Eden Hazard

Why?

Playing in a Double Gameweek
Possesses attacking attributes
Capable of scoring and assisting
Scored 20 league goals last season


Hazard showing his money's worth
(Apologies for the awful sound track!)

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 1

Cech (CHE)

 Terry (CHE)
Harte (REA)
Kompany (MNC)

Hazard / cpt (CHE)
Nolan (WHA)
Dempsey (NOR)
Ramsey (ARS)

Aguero (MNC)
Tevez (MNC)
Pogrebnyak / vc (REA)

Subs:
Federici (REA)
Podolski (ARS)
Vermaelen (ARS)
Michu (SWA)

12/15 of the Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 1 Team

Sunday, 12 August 2012

FPLH's League and Cup invite codes

We are pleased to announce that FPLH will maintain the regular private league competitions for 2012/2013, which will be complemented by the innaugral Player Exchange league.

The invite codes are as follows:

Fantasy Premier League Hints League (twitter.com/fplhints):

161429-47051

Fantasy Premier League Hints Cup (#FPLHints Cup):

161429-221886 (Entries close at the start of GW1)

FPLH's Player Exchange League

203-327

All abilities welcome.  No restrictions on the number of entries. 

The league and cup both start in GW1.

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FPL 2012/2013 - Ones to Watch and Ones to Ignore

Hi all, I'm back from my FPL holiday!  The batteries have been recharged and I am ready to go!  Here is my first FPL article of the season*:

*Please note that the selections merely highlight some potential players, as opposed to conveying a definitive list.


FPL 2012/2013 - Ones to Watch & Ones to Ignore


Arsenal

Watch: Lukas Podolski
- Proven goal scoring talent for FC Koln and Germany
- Will be the new RVP if Van Persie leaves Arsenal during the transfer window

Ignore: Andrey Arshavin
- Low down the pecking order in a saturated midfield
- Could be sold or sent on loan before the close of the transfer window

Aston Villa

Watch: Darren Bent
- Primary goalscoring threat for Villa
- Proven pedigree in the Premier League

Ignore: Shay Given
- Past his peak and unlikely to keep many clean sheets
- Better equivalent priced alternatives available

Chelsea

Watch:  Eden Hazard
- Will be Chelsea's main attacking threat from a heavily packed midfield
- Could prove to be the X-factor in a transitional team

Ignore:  Mikel
- His cheap price is indicative of his poor value
- Is unlikely to score goals or feature as a definite regular

Everton

Watch: Nikica Jelavic
- Primary goalscoring threat for Everton
- Appears to be a nailed on first team player

Ignore: Shkodran Mustafi
- Cheap value, but a backup first team defender
- Better off purchasing a cheap defender that is likely to play regularly

Fulham

Watch: Brede Hangeland
- Good value for money, goalscoring potential & has Premier League pedigree
- If Dempsey leaves, Hangeland will be Fulham's most integral player

Ignore: Damien Duff
- Unimpressive at Euro 2012, past his prime and over-priced
- Could be a squad rotation risk

Liverpool

Watch: Joe Allen
- Super cheap price for a Liverpool player & played under Rodgers at Swansea
- Registered four goals and four assists during the Premier League last season

Ignore: Charlie Adam
- Hasn't proven his true class since his move from Blackpool
- Could be consigned to intermittent first team appearances

Man City

Watch:  Mario Balotelli
- Made his name last season and during Euro 2012
- Provided he keeps a cool head, he could become City's most important striker

Ignore: Adam Johnson
- Over priced for the amount of minutes he has played over the past four seasons
- Definite squad rotation risk, despite goals/assists potential

Man Utd

Watch: Shinji Kagawa
- Good attacking attributes and proven class
- Will be key to United' Premier League success for 2012/2013

Ignore: Michael Carrick
- Unlikely to score or assist, despite sound defensive qualities
- Better off buying cheaper attack minded alternatives

Newcastle United

Watch: Hatem Ben Arfa
- Subject to playing often, he will be involved in Newcastle's goals
- A proven match winner that isn't afraid to dribble with the ball

Ignore: Shola Ameobi
- Unlikely to start due to established Ba/Cisse combination
- Woeful league goalscoring rate (19%)

Norwich

Watch: Anthony Pilkington
- Scored eight goals during debut Premier League season
- Could be key to Norwich avoiding relegation

Ignore: Simeon Jackson
- Only scored three Premier League goals last season
- Likely to be overshadowed by Holt and Morison

QPR

Watch: Ji-Sung Park
- Proven work-rate during his time at Man United
- A relatively decent player in a mediocre team

Ignore: Tommy Smith
- Only scored two Premier League goals last season
- Likely to be overshadowed by Cisse and Zamora

Reading

Watch: Pavel Pogrebnyak
- Impressive during his short stint at Fulham
- Likely to be Reading's main goalscoring threat

Ignore: Jordan Obita
- Has never played a league match for Reading
- Very unlikely to feature as a regular in the first team

Southampton

Watch: Guilherme (Guly)
- Dynamic midfielder with an eye to create and score goals
- Scored ten league goals last season

Ignore: Danny Butterfield
- Only played ten league games last season
- Unlikely to make an impact or play 30+ league games during 2012/2013

Stoke City

Watch: Jonathan Walters
- Listed as a midfielder but sometimes operates as a de facto second striker
- Scored seven and assisted five goals last season

Ignore: Cameron Jermoe
- Only scored four goals and played less than a thousand minutes last season
- Unlikely to make an impact or play 30+ league games during 2012/2013

Sunderland

Watch: Ji Dong-Won
- Provided he gets a chance in the first team, he could be a bargain priced attacking threat
- For a young player he has a significant amount of international experience for his country

Ignore: Ahmed Elmohamady
- Played a fractional amount of time during 2011/2012, following his debut season
- Unlikely to make an impact or play 30+ league games during 2012/2013

Swansea

Watch: Michu
- Scored fifteen goals in La Liga last season
- Could be the perfect jigsaw piece to Swansea's attacking mindset

Ignore: Mark Gower
- Was the typical squad rotated midfielder last season
- Will be overshadowed by Laudrup's new signings

Tottenham

Watch: Gareth Bale
- Proven talent and nailed on first teamer
- Can continue to build on previous successes

Ignore: Sandro
- Defense-minded and goal-shy midfielder
- Unlikely to be involved with Tottenham's goals

West Brom

Watch: Yassine El Ghanassy
- Versatile ability to play in different attacking positions
- Capable of creating and scoring goals

Ignore: Sam Mantom
- Has never played a Premier League match for West Brom
- Unlikely to make an impact or play 30+ league games during 2012/2013

West Ham

Watch: Joey O'Brien
- Plays in defense but can also play in midfield
-  Bargain price, definitely worth an option as a cheap defender

Ignore: Carlton Cole
- Has never scored more than 10 goals during a Premier League season
- Woeful league goalscoring rate (22%)

Wigan

Watch: Ali Al-Habsi
- Made many key saves as he helped save his team from relegation last season
- Ideal capability and price for a second substitute FPL keeper

Ignore: David Jones
- Was a squad rotated player last season and didn't score any goals
- Unlikely to make an impact or play 30+ league games during 2012/2013