Saturday, November 15, 2008

Gameweek 13 Running Diary

With 8 games today, 6 at 3pm, its a great opportunity for a running diary to discuss all things fantasy.
14:53 Just finished watching the Bolton-Liverpool in which Liverpool cruised to victory with goals from Kuyt (who I tipped to lose form) and Gerrard (who I keep saying is overpriced). On the bright side, I bought Agger this week, who along with Reina, has given me 2 clean sheets early on in the week. Reina also got 2 save points which gives me a great start to the week. It looks like it'll be needed as both Alex and Dawson are injury doubts and my bench is garbage right now.

14:56 Team news from around the league sees Ronaldo and Berbatov in the starting line up (phew!) though Rooney (chest and calf) and Ferdinand (back) do not even make the squad. Arsenal name an unchanged side that leaves Adebayour and Toure on the bench once more. Potential steal Bendtner and blog favourite Nasri are both in. Cisse and Jones start together in Sunderland in what looks like a potentially very dangerous strikeforce. There's no Zaki in Wigan which is worrying for Pure Juice, though Cole is back for West Ham to take his place. Still no Traore for Portsmouth and Kranjcar will also not feature.

15:04 Ryan Taylor gets the first goal in the 3pm games with what is described as a beauty. And Ronaldo repays his managers' faith by scoring a cracking free kick (Sorensen should have done better mind) and I am delighted all the loyal readers told me to captain him!

15:20 Not a great deal going on, though Villa have just been awarded a penalty after Young was felled in the box. Highs and lows in a few seconds, Young unexpectedly stepped up and then missed. I was checking the rules to see if Young gets the assist and then he goes and misses it costs me 2 points. I am officially off Young and he's gone next week unless he does something incredible in the second half.

15:28 Goals are still hard to come by this afternoon and a couple of seemingly dull games are playing out. I am still fuming about Young and I am totally off Villa right now. Their fixtures are up and down over the coming weeks but I think the European games are taking the toll on O'Neill's small squad. Young and Agbonlahor have looked jaded of late and they aren't playing that powerful fast flowing football they played in the opening weeks. At the moment Nasri is the favourite to replace Young though with games @MC and @Che the timing could be better.

15:34 Gomes has another nightmare in the Spurs goal and may have cemented his place as the worst keeper in the premier league. What was Ramos thinking? I could have told you he was useless on crosses and set pieces after seeing him for 10 minutes at PSV and these are two vital qualities for a Premiership keeper. Simon Davies has been credited with the goal.

15:39 Not much going on at Old Trafford with United on top but Stoke hanging in there and doing alright. They certainly don't look like rolling over.

15:47 Sorry Stoke fans, its 2-0 United, Ronaldo to Carrick (boy am I am glad I captained him). In other good news for Pure Juice, Traore came on for Diarra after 18 minutes and so would be eligible for a clean sheet should Portsmouth keep one.

15:48 Blackburn take a deserved lead through a Samba goal, having bossed the first half by all accounts. Is Ince turning things round at Ewood? Perhaps the likes of Santa Cruz are worth taking another look at in the coming weeks.

15:51 Half time in games across the land, and that brings to a close a decent half for Pure Juice, led by 9 points for Captain Ronaldo.

16:07 Blog tip Modric is hauled off at half time after a poor display by Spurs. Huddlestone is also off as Pavlyuchenko and Lennon come on.

16:10 Berbatov makes it three and my United boys are serving me well. Tevez gets the assist. Meanwhile Sunderland equalise through Kenwyne Jones is a definite watch if you need striker in that 7m range.

16:12 Portsmouth on top at West Ham and Defoe seems to be knocking on the door. Don't be surprised if he gets on the scoresheet against his old club here today.

16:16 Emerson Boyce is off for Wigan after two yellows. That could open the door for Newcastle to get back into this. BBC suggest that the player clearly got the ball - Bruce is not impressed to say the least.

16:27 Its all gone quiet again but hopefully we'll get a flurry in the last 15 minutes. I'm hoping Ronaldo can nick another and that Traore gets a clean sheet, that should lead my team to over 50 for the week, which I'll take.

16:28 Young cuts the ball back to Agnolahor and its in the back of the net (also suspicions of a Gale Clichy own goal). Phil Thompson says Young has been fantastic and maybe, just maybe, he has a chance of staying in the Pure Juice side for next week.

16:29 Fulham 2-0. Bullard corner nodded down to Andy Johnson who finishes past Gomes. 5 in 5 for Johnson in the league.

16:33 Sunderland in front after turning it round in the second half. Cisse adds to his tally, and I repeat, that strikeforce looks intriguing.

16:38 2-0 at the Emirates, surely Arsenal are out of the title race now. Agbonlahor finishes well for his 8th of the season. He, along with Young, seem to have played much better today and perhaps i was too hasty in suggesting Villa were lacking form.

16:40 Spurs have pulled one back against Fulham, and its Frazier Campbell who is having a terrific week. Owen equalises for Newcastle having come off the bench for the Magpies.

16:44 Young has not been credited with the assist for the first goal and Laursen was given the second, giving him 9 points for the week - glad I transferred him out!

16:45 The youngster Danny Wellbeck gets on the scoresheet for United - probably not even his relatives have him in their fantasy team, mind.

16:49 Newcastle have won it through Martins. Wigan have been robbed. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has bagged his second - oh how I am glad I captained him (watch Lampard get a hattrick now!).

16:51 Wigan have pulled it back! Justice has been done and Wigan will go home with a point. It would have been robbery if Newcastle had won based on that shocking referee decision.

16:53 The afternoon games come to a close and we can now look to Chelsea coming up against West Brom. A decent afternoon though Young and Valencia end up contributing very little. It might be time for them to move on - more to come on this in the coming days. Ronaldo has proven he is the undoubted fantasy man of the minute and I will never doubt his captaincy again.


Silent Jay said...

Whew. Traore on after 19 minutes. Might get something out of him yet. (I didn't want to start two Hull defenders, so I took a chance on him.)

Ronaldo repays those who entrusted him with the captaincy after just 4 minutes. But no Zaki (injured) and no Villanueva is a bit disappointing. Arbeloa suspended for Liverpool's shutout. Very much a mixed bag so far for me...

Silent Jay said...

Ryan Taylor --> Watch List

First start, first goal. He projected for 9 goals & 9 assists last season. Seems to be VERY injury-prone though. Still, if he can cement his place and stay healthy, he becomes a must-add at 4.2.

Chris Glover said...

Yeh good shout on Taylor Jay.

Silent Jay said...

Ashley Young - 6 shots, 3 on goal, and a missed penalty. He's been busy... but only 1 point to show for it so far.

Amit said...

Ashley Young is promising, but he isn't producing as much as he should so far in the season. Maybe Martin should move him from left wing to attacking central midfield?

Ashwin said...

I'm going to keep faith with Young even though I will have him on the bench this weekend. I do want to bring in Carrick or Geovanni, but I will wait for an injury for this to happen.
I've sold Evra and brought in Ferdinand (Anton).. his yellow cards were annoying me.
Anyway, I'm really happy with this week. Only 9 points less than you Chris, and I didn't have Ronaldo this week, much less captain!