Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

#FlyBuy - DGW34

Right, listen in you 'orrible lot! It's a quickfire FlyBuy this week. Why? Well, because I KNOW you are not going to pay a blind bit of attention to what I have to say! How do I know this? Because it's a double gameweek, and you're too busy loading up on your Fabregas's and your Terry's and your Henderson's and your Skrtel's and even your Vardy's and your Cambiasso's. And I'm not tipping one of them. In fact, I'm not even going to select from the ranks of Chelsea, Liverpool or Leicester. Nope, I'm going for a player from the ranks of Hull City, who I think is going to stun the FPL world this week. If you want to know who, then best you read on...

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Chief's #FPL Team (Wildcard Special) - #DGW34

Latest Rank: 


(17k rise)



- 10 Double Gameweek 34 players -

(2 Double Gameweek 37 players)

Bank Balance:
Explanatory Notes:

That time of the season has once again arrived when I choose to play my all-season wildcard. Regular readers will know that I take great joy in activating it around this period, i.e. during a "Super" Double Gameweek when more than two teams place twice. Last season it happened in DGW31 and I recorded a personal best all-time GW score by chalking up 173; a Test Match Special! I doubt I will come close to that score in DGW34, but with the volcanic mix of a wildcard and a Double Gameweek, 100 should be the par score.  Some of the players in my "GOALS GALORE" squad seem routine, others may appear random to you. Here's a snapshot as to why I bought each of them:

Schmeichel (3.4% ow.) - I have bought him as a 'keeper' keeper for the remainder of the season.  After the DGW he has NEW, sou, sun, QPR which I believe is a decent run of games. The fact he has low ownership is a bonus. He won't keep 2 clean sheets in DGW34 (but could nick one v Burnley. Saves will be his forte and his presence allows me to free up funds.

Myhill (13.3% ow.) - I have no intention of starting him in any matches. The fact he is so cheap was a plus and one of the reasons why I bought him. His run of games is in stark contrast to Schmeichel's, which gives me piece of mind that I can use him as the perfect sub goalie.

Skrtel (8% ow.) - He scored 7 PL goals last season which is an amazing amount. I think he's due a goal or two more before the season ends. Liverpool could nick a CS v WBA and even if they don't, he will hopefully be lurking in the opponent's penalty box to score a bullet header. Post-DGW34 his fixtures aren't so bad either. Also check out his BPS and bonus scores!

Schlupp (1.7% ow.) - This fella has probably been one of the most under-rated defenders of the season. It's fair to say that he operates in a very unorthodox defensive position and has even scored 2 goals.  He's had 38 shots on goal this season - more than any other PL defender.  With Leicester scoring for fun of late, I think he will also chip in to boost his season's tally. I bought him less for his CS-potential and more for his attacking dynamism.

Ivanovic (30% ow.) - He's not "terrible" like his famous namesake; he's sensational.  For a defender to be worth almost £8m shows you his acclaim and richness of attacking attributes.  Of note, in the last 10 GWs, he has "out-attacked" JT on numerous stats.  Yes, he's expensive, but he's worth it.
FALSE no11

Koscielny (8% ow.) - Good run of games for the remainder of the season (incl. DGW37) and he too manages to develop a scoring touch from time-to-time.

Van Aanholt (3% ow.) - Sunderland have been poor this season, but this chap hasn't been. Sure, he could have kept more clean sheets, but his 5 assists and cheap value make him a FPL dream.  He's useful as a stock sub3 and also for DGW37.

Fabregas (33% ow.) - 17 assists in the PL is no laughing matter.  Cesc has been pivotal for Chelsea as they get ever closer to the 14/15 PL title. Without him things would have been different.  The fact Chelsea are two wins away from the title, the fact he is playing a DGW, the fact he is going to his ex at the Emirates makes him an absolute must have. So much so, that I canned John Terry just to get him in.  Cesc's short-term and long-term PL form makes him key.

Henderson (22% ow.) - I was reluctant to buy him. But with the sudden demise of Gerrard he has stepped up and become Liverpool's new leader. I favoured Coutinho if I'm honest as a DGW34 purchase, but "Hendo" costs a lot less and has shown good form of late - he makes sense, but if he flounders I will ditch him early.

Sterling (32.5% ow.) - If he was a professional boxer, I would call him Raheem "The Dream" Sterlinggggggg! He has been one of Liverpool's best performers this season. Sure his form has been iffy at times.  But he's also had a big void to fill upfront.  Let's hope he can boost his goal tally v WBA and Hull!  Good to have from now till the end of the season.

Cambiasso (1.8% ow.) - I'm amazed more people haven't bought him for DGW34. He has been a key spark in aiding Leicester's recent fight to avoid the drop. Don't be put off by his deep-lying defensive qualities. He can assist and score also.  With Leicester needing more goals, he will be a key player and could get a fantasy return or two during DGW34. Still, unconvinced? Just remember that amazing goal he scored for Argentina at the 2006 World Cup!

Hazard (45% ow.) - Hands down, he has been the true PL Player of the Year in my books.  A consistent performer from midfield who gets fantasy returns on a regular basis.  Even his away form has improved. He will be the default captain for many in DGW34 and rightly so.  as stated, Chelsea are 2 wins away from the title and he could make that a reality in less than a week's time.

Aguero (26% ow.) - He was doing so well in the first half of the season until he got injured. Since then he has never been quite the same and his absence may have cost City the title. 18 points in his last two games shows that he has still got it.  After all he has the best goals:minutes ratio in PL history. He would want to finish as the highest PL scorer - his season isn't over.

N'Doye (0.3% ow.) - Ok, so this transfer is a bit random and will be hard to justify. He started his Hull career with a bang - 3 goals in his first 5 appearances. Since then things haven't been the same - the opponents have become tougher and Hull played three of their last 4 PL games away.  They need to score to survive. He seems to be their only viable outlet. It would be a shock if he didn't score/assist at least once in their next 2 games. His low ownership and potential makes him a serious option.  Think Martin Petrov - DGW - 2011/12!

Kane (50.6% ow.) - I don't feel comfortable making 'Arry my sub1. The last time I did that (v Liverpool at Anfield) he scored. But I can't justify his selection in this DGW34 team. He's also going to be facing a tough So'ton team that has only conceded 10 goals in 17 PL games at home this season. If I didn't have a WC to buy all these charming DGW players I would have started him. Knowing my luck he will score, darn it. Oh well!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015

Togga's Perfect XI Weekly Mobile Game

In a massive divergence from my recent missives on red card, midfielders playing out of position and reserve goalkeepers - I'm writing today about Togga's Perfect XI. This week the Perfect XI - the best 4-4-2 based on the advance statistics scored in Togga's weekly game - was a remarkable collection of standout players from unglamorous sides battling relegation, standout players finally coming good and Tom Heaton.

Heaton posted a phenomenal stat line in the Clarets' disappointing loss to Everton. He conceded a single goal, but not before he saved Ross Barkley's penalty attempt. He collected seven saves in total and even sent one long ball through for a chance created. His 25 points were level-fourth for most of any player in GW33 and bested every single forward.

Speaking of the forwards - ahead of kickoff, few would have predicted the dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Arouna Kone posting the weekends highest point totals for forwards. Just nipping Sergio Aguero (18 points), the Toffees forward created four chances including an assist and posted a respectable 21 points.

Of course, there's one in every crowd and in gameweek 33 it was Adam Wilkinson who selected not only Jamie Vardy - the Foxes forward cum midfielder - who led all forwards this weekend with 24 points, but also Leighton Baines. Baines 31 points were the best of the weekend and, truthfully, could have been significantly higher if he were back on spot-kick duties. For his troubles and as a testament to his vision, Mr. Wilkinson's top score for the weekend wins him a kit courtesy of Soccer.com.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Harry Kane's FPL Team

Amazingly all of Harry Kane's FPL players are available for selection in truncated Gameweek 33, with the exception of Dummett. Unlike many other FPL managers Kane didn't have to take any transfer hits - he didn't make any transfers.  I suspect he is looking to retain the free transfer and use it to full effect in Double Gameweek 34.  He never captains himself in FPL, even though he has been given the armband in real life for Spurs's last 2 PL games. I am reassured by the fact that he has also captained Aguero. Let's hope Mr Kane also bags some big FPL points!

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Midfielders for Gameweek 33

Couple of electrifying tactical masters who are nominated for the PFA Player of the Year is not available for selection this weekend, could be a challenging one but there are other valuable players who are pretty pulsating lately. Sizzling Chilean Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool’s young wizard Philippe Coutinho are held up with FA Cup semifinals responsibilities.


Angel Di Maria

The Red Devils are cruising into the Champions League next campaign and their British-record signing is taking up a spectator role for most of the time. Last weekend, he only tasted the flourishing Manchester derby for the last ten minutes, a common plan from any manager who knows that the player’s heart and soul isn’t purely with the club. Michael Carrick as well as Ander Herrera are marshaling the midfield efficiently, the former Real Madrid man only needs to wait till the upcoming transfer window to focus on his next destination.


Esteban Cambiasso

The Foxes are battling vigorously to pull off one of the best survival stories in the history of the Premier League with back-to-back wins against West Ham and West Brom. The 34-year old talisman seems to be their greatest asset as he in on fire, a marvelous goal against the Hammers plus an assist in the last match. The man who made most of his name at Inter Milan is capable of outrageous long-distance goals and dominates the middle of the park with key passes. The 34-year old and his teammates welcome Swansea City to the King Power Stadium, another vital encounter to save their season. A decent contender for the dream team, looking at his recent sparkling form!


Yannick Bolasie

A player who is enjoying each and every moment having the ball at his feet with the ability to fire spectacular goals or storm pass defenders to create freneticism in the box. Alan Pardew’s men are on a vast winning appetite, destroying Sunderland 4-1 in the previous match and a heroic 2-1 victory over wishy-washy Manchester City the week before. Bolasie is somewhat a blend of Drogba as well as Yaya Toure, uses his physical strength to jostle defenders, easily escapes challenges with his twist and turns and natural goal poacher. The French-born Congoloese who is rated for 20 million pounds by his manager, notched a sublime plus deserving hat-trick against the Black Cats, a match that still haunts John O’Shea who was completely torn apart. This Saturday, the Eagles welcome a fizzling West Brom United, who have their number one choice goalkeeper Ben Forster out with knee concerns.  With four goals and 10 assists up his sleeve, the energetic winger will be raring for more!

Star Picks

Eden Hazard – The twinkle-toed Belgian is arguably the best player from Stamford Bridge this season.

Cesc Fabregas – The former Arsenal man is hitting back his critics with back-to-back solid performances, the winning goal against QPR last weekend.

David Silva – 11 goals plus 7 assists, the Spaniard is a fruitful option despite recent struggle of form.

Ander Herrera – The future of Manchester United midfield, filling up his box to box role excellently!

Saido Mane – One of the stand-out performers from Southampton this season!

Disclaimer: This article represents the writer’s point of view, not FanXT. Readers discretion is advised.”

Friday, 17 April 2015

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 33

Latest Rank: 

79k (5k rise) 


Baines & Lennon IN /
Van Aanholt & Cazorla OUT
- 4 HIT


Bank Balance:
*Everton have been fantastic of late, including Baines and Lennon. They'll be looking to secure a solid finish to the season following a not so good start.


Last GW I avoided a sixth successive red arrow and saw a temporary reverse to my recent FPL decline. It's just a shame I captained Kane, brought in Berahino for a -4 and sold Guzan who unexpectedly  kept a CS at White Hart Lane. Looking at GW33, I didn't have to take another hit. But I didn't fancy fielding Jack Cork and Ben Mee. With a WC available for #DGW34 I could have bought anyone as a one-off purchase. Baines is showing some glints of his old form of late, which is why I bought him. I didn't want to buy another Evertonian, but I couldn't look past Lennon - he has 2 goals in his last 3 games and ownership of less than 1%. Sure, I could have bought Bolasie, Cambiasso or go random and choose Cabella. The fact of the matter is that Burnley are dire when playing on the road and Everton are on form - this fixture should hopefully have some goals in it. As for my captain, it came down to Silva or Aguero, I chose the latter.


Have you made your picks yet?


#FlyBuy - GW33

Hello again! Well, we have well and truly reached the make or break part of the season. the template teams are definitely fragmenting as managers nail their colours to the mast and stop playing the percentages. With Arsenal, Aston Villa, Hull, Liverpool, QPR and Sunderland all missing out this weekend, some people will be taking hits of up to -8 in order to field a full 11. Alternatively, some - myself included - will choose to only go with 10 players and hope for the best. The final group will be those who have kept their season long Wildcard and will choose to activate it this week, or more likely next week before the double gameweek. The transfer market has been busy for most of the week with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester players being particularly in demand. Last week's FlyBuy pick came from Leicester and delivered the goods. 8 points for Jamie Vardy courtesy of a goal and two bonus points has turned him into a popular transfer pick this week. If you'd listened to me, you'd have been on him a week early!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 32

Latest Rank: 

84k (13k fall) 


Guzan & Austin OUT /
Davis & Berahino IN
- 4 HIT

Bank Balance:
*Both Guzan and Austin have blanks in GW33, so planning ahead, I bought in two players who had OK-ish fixtures in GW32 and GW33.


Folks, there's no denying that I had a dire DGW31 - on par with my "Boxing Day Massacre GW / Giroud red card". Whilst my respective peers were easily chalking up scores upwards of 90, I was caught short at leg gully for 57. Why? I had two clean sheets lost on the bench, had a mega captain fail with Aguero (when I could have captained Austin) and also didn't factor in Phillips & Benteke doing so well.  Oddly enough I won a few H2H matches but I also incurred my fifth successive red arrow. This is no laughing matter for me and in truth I can't afford any more red arrows if I want to nip in with a Top 1% finish (which now looks bleak).

Looking ahead, I have a wildcard which I intend to use for DGW34. As for GW32, I didn't want to buy players who had a blank in GW33. I decided to sell Guzan as he is facing a ferocious Spurs side at WHL and his blank the week after doesn't help him. Davis seems like a viable replacement as Southampton have conceded less than a goal on average at home. As for selling Austin, that is a big risk. One that I am willing to take, especially considering his blank in 33. I thought of Murray, Gomis and even SHLong as options but chose Berahino. Why? He assisted in his last match, WBA need to beat Leicester to ensure virtual safety for the season, Pulis will want a big bounce back win and Leicester do concede a fair bit on the road. As for my captain, it came down to Hazard and Kane - I chose the latter.  Good luck to you all!

Have you made your picks yet?


#FlyBuy - GW32

Well, how was your double gameweek last time out? With only QPR and Villa playing twice, miracles weren't expected. But then I guess that's normally when they happen. I heard many reports of people entering the fabled "100 Club" (including Mrs Fly much to my disdain!) I personally fell 5 points short, but it was my last minute addition of former FlyBuy pick from GW28, Matt Phillips, that got me even that close. He is still active, and has returned an extremely healthy 36 points from the last four weeks. Last week's pick wasn't a double gameweek player, but he came up with the goods as predicted. An assist and one bonus point made a total of 6 points for Swansea man Gylfi Sigurdsson. Where too next then? Let's take a look...

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Match Preview: Crystal Palace v Man City

Pardew is at a club where he is loved and hailed as somewhat of a minor cult hero.  It goes without saying that he has rejuvenated Palace and saved them from relegation.  The January signings may not have been inspirational, but the results have been sufficient.  Will Palace push for a Top 10 finish? Probably not. In fact they are in danger of becoming complacent as theoretically their season is pretty much over now - ironically similar to Pardew's ex-club, Newcastle United.

Man City on the other hand are still just about in the title race. There's no denying that Aguero hasn't been fantastic of late - only 3 PL goals since December and Y. Toure's performances haven't consistently matched up to his superlatives from 12-18 months ago. Nevertheless, City won't give up just yet as the PL is the only trophy they have left to play for this season.

One thing of note about this fixture is that City have the 2nd best PL away record this season, where as Palace have one of the worst home record's. City are scoring an average of 2+ goals a game on the road and Palace are conceding more than a goal a game at Selhurst Park. All this could put us in good stead for a #MNF goals fest. City can't afford to lose any more matches if they genuinely want to retain their Premier League title. Aguero's international goal during the week indicates that he has rediscovered his scoring touch.

I think City will be true to their away form and win comfortably against Crystal Palace. Aguero is definitely due a goal or two soon and he has had a knack of scoring on the road this season. I think City will score 2 or 3 goals with Palace bagging 1 as a consolation prize.

With the above in mind, I would recommend the following #FanFeud pick for #CRYMCI:

 Sergio Aguero
David Silva
Pablo Zabaleta
Wilfried Bony
Glenn Murray

Have you made your picks yet?


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Defenders for Gameweek 31


Dejan Lovren

It’s been a long time since the former Southampton man has featured in the defending tips, unchanged as he settles under the drop zone once again. If Martin Skrtel’s three match ban was difficult to digest for Liverpool fans, picturing Lovren to start against Arsenal was a heart disease. Social media flooded with comments pleading that Kolo Toure should fill the crucial void rather than the Croatian, who spreads nervy vibes along the defensive line. However, the dice is with Brendan Rodgers, he could scare the fans by placing Lovren in the starting line-up. If he does get the nod, the clutching pace and limitless energy of Arsenal’s attackers will pile him down with ease. 


Seamus Coleman

The Republic of Ireland star is among those defenders who are never shy of bursting upfront and has the ability to score wondrous goals. The Toffees aren’t up-to-mark this campaign, losing grip of the top-four battle and couple of infuriating results. Coleman was a gem for dream team managers in the previous season, those who kept faith on his this time has ended with disappointments. The 26-year old right-back fairly reminded the fans of his talent two weeks back, where Everton secured a narrow 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, Coleman being their hero. He scored a sublime goal to hand the lead for the visiting team, then turned provider for Lennon’s first goal for the Merseyside club. The sure starter will face the attackers of Southampton next, who are deadly on the borders with the skillfulness of Elia as well as Mane. Being a pivotal performer for Roberto Martinez, can the dynamic defender repeat his magic at Goodison Park this weekend?


Chris Smalling

The Englishman, alongside fellow countryman Phil Jones has been on convincing form in the last two key fixtures, where Manchester United sealed maximum points. The Red Devils supporters are relishing they have found their new Nemanja Vidic. The former Fulham defender was a brick-wall against the joint top-scorer of the league, Harry Kane and jostled away Liverpool’s regular rhythmic attack at Anfield with commanding presence and link-up play with Jones. With the brilliance of David De Gea at the posts, United have clinched three clean sheets in their previous four league matches, where Smalling has played every minute of it. There are few reports stating he has picked up illness, yet the 25-year old will be available for this weekend’s clash against the rickety Aston Villa side, who suffered a 1-0 lost at home to Swansea City. Furthermore, Smalling has been rewarding in the opponent’s penalty box too, notching three goals this season. Aston Villa do have some tricky attackers with pace and power, however lashing in with excessive momentum, Smalling and co is expected to have a contended afternoon at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Star Picks

John Terry – The chief organizer at the Blues defense has been rewarded with a contract extension for his top notch performance so far this season.

Jose Fonte – Arguably the most underrated defenders in the Premier League, the Portuguese man has been the star man for Southampton’s splendid defensive record this spell.

Branislav Ivanovic – Four goals and five assists, stats even many wingers and strikers stumble to reach, the Serbian is a rewarding option for the fantasy premier league.

Danny Rose – One of the most improved performers and constantly dominates the flank with boundless energy.

Laurent Koscielny – Strenuous and strong, Frenchman has been Arsenal’s star man at the back.

“Disclaimer: This article represents the writer’s point of view, not FanXT. Readers discretion is advised.” 

Friday, 3 April 2015

#FlyBuy - DGW31

Welcome back gang! Hopefully you are all suitably refreshed following the last International Break of the season? We now enter the business end of the FPL campaign. This is where heroes are made and dreams are shattered. For me personally, this is exactly where the wheels came off my season this year, and I'm hoping lightning doesn't strike twice!

As you all know by now, my FlyBuy pick has an active period of five gameweeks, so although last week's selection of Gabby Agbonlahor may have flopped in the home defeat to Swansea, he was picked really for the potential of his double gameweek returns this time out. It would be too easy to look again at Villa, or QPR for this week's pick as well, but I dont think that would be a wise move.

Instead, I've decided to take a look at a team who have an attractive looking next five fixtures, and in particular a player who still has a high ownership percentage despite his terrible points returns. I think it's fair to say, many of the 24.4% of managers who own him abandoned their teams a long time ago. However, there will still be some active teams who have stuck by him, or who are thinking along the same lines as me - an explosive return to form is imminent!

Chief's #FPL Team - Double Gameweek 31

Latest Rank: 

Top 2.04%
71k (2k fall) 

Bruce OUT / Terry IN

Bank Balance:
*With Hull's fixtures becoming difficult and Chelsea's not as severe, I think it's safe to say that selling Bruce for Terry made sense.


So I captained Kane in GW30 who scored a hat-trick and I accumulated 76 points - yet I still saw a red arrow. I guess everyone that pretty much owned him (a lot of active players) captained him. Although the 2k fall wasn't too bad, I bagged a fourth red arrow in a row. Looking ahead, I wanted to take a mild risk. I didn't want to overload on mediocre DGW31 players, especially knowing that they have blank GW33 coming ahead. I was content in having Guzan, Yun and Austin. I could have captained the latter, but QPR's poor away record was a cause for concern. Yes, they need to score more (and probably will), but the likes of Kane and Aguero offered more spice. I am aware that Aguero has only scored 3 PL goals since December, but I think he is still good captain material. Man City need to win the remainder of their PL games if they are to retain the PL title. Their opponents Palace haven't kept a clean sheet since 1st January and City have scored 2+ goals on average away from home this season. Kane is definitely the in-form captain pick, but Spurs aren't as explosive as City on the road and I wanted to be slightly different as FPL teams and captains seem to resemble templates this season. Let's also see how the Terry transfer (double CFC DEF cover) pans out. Here's, to hoping! Good luck to you all.

Have you made your picks yet?


Chief's @PlayTogga 'Perfect XI' for #DGW31

Chief's @PlayTogga 'Perfect XI' for #DGW31