Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gameweek 15 Diary

Apologies for the lack of action this week, I've been away for a few days, but thankfully back in time for this week's action. I've brought in Figueroa this week for the injured Dawson as I go 4-5-1 to allow for Zaki's injury and Cole facing Liverpool.

14:57 The team news is in from around the country with a couple of fantasy impacting moves. Luke Young has been passed fit to face Fulham which makes him a great buy at 4.4m. His team mate Carew misses out which will likely mean Ashley Young playing a more advanced role. Still no Dawson for Hull, whilst Daniel Cousin drops to the bench as Phil Brown goes 4-5-1. Bolton are unchanged, where as Sunderland welcome back Scotland international Craig Gordon between the posts. Melchiot has failed to fully recover for Wigan so Taylor retains his spot at right back.

15:00 News comes out that Jimmy Bullard is wearing a scarf! Come on Jimmy, I thought you were a man's man. I will now boycott him until at least March for my team.

15:08 Quick note to delight SilentJay among others, Ryan Taylor is taking the corners which makes him an absolute steal at 4.2m. If he can keep his place somewhere in the side when Melchiot returns he becomes a must buy.

15:12 First goal of the day goes to Sunderland and its that man Djibril Cisse once again, four in six for the man with an orange-pink mohawk. Cisse is heading the list of the mid-range strikers and playing two of three is looking like a good strategy.

15:21 Matty Taylor equalises at the Stadium of Light and its another assist for Steinsson. So much for the 0-0 potential I said this game had. Thats three goals in two games that have been scored and assisted by Taylor and Steinsson.

15:22 Bolton take the lead through Gary Cahill, incredible turnaround and a miserable return for Craig Gordon. What with Cahill's goals and Steinsson's assists, Bolton defenders are turning into legitimate studs.

15:24 Young torturing the Fulham defense and puts in a great ball to Barry who should have scored. Young looks back to his best and could be in for a rash of bonus points over the coming weeks.

15:31 Kenwyne Jones rattles the bar and it falls to Cisse who smashes it home, however the assistant has flagged and its disallowed. More evidence of Cisse's fine form though.

15:33 Bolton miss an open goal and fail to make Gordon pay for rashly charging out of his goal. Hope they don't come to rue that one.

15:38 A couple of poor sounding games around including Stoke-Hull, Wigan-WBA and Boro-Newcastle. All seem to have absolutely nothing going on!

15:40 Bolton lead 3-1. Collins tries to control the ball but lets it through his legs and Elmander pounces and slots the ball through Gordon's legs. The Scot will be wishing he was back on the physio table, nightmare start for the keeper.

15:48 Deadlock broken at the Brittania Stadium and Hull lead through Marlon King.

15:49 Halftime around the land and its been a pretty dull half outside of the Sunderland game. Hopefully more to come in the next 45 minutes, especially from Ashley Young who has nothing to show for a good half of football.

16:04 Miller scores for West Brom and blows Wigan's clean sheet; the mistake came from Bramble (as usual). Wigan are so frustrating at the moment.

16:08 In Pure Juice news, Marney has been credited with the assist for Hull which gives me my first non-appearance points of the day.

16:15 4-1 at the Stadium of Light! Sunderland try and play their way out trouble again but only give it to Nolan who puts in Elmander to finish for his second of the afternoon. Is the Swede starting to discover the scoring form that made him leathal at Heerenveen? If so, he will certainly garner mid-price striker attention.

16:18 Goal at the JJB, Camara has equalised for Wigan. Robinson tries to head back to the keeper but Camara intercepts and finishes well. There has been some shocking defending today.

16:31 Dummies fly as Martins (Newcastle) and Taylor (Wigan) both take exception to being subbed and don't hide their feelings from their managers. Might be bad news for Taylor's chance of retaining his place in the side.

16:32 Penalty to Stoke, Myhill commits the foul on Fuller. Fuller takes it himself and puts it away though Myhill does get a hand to it and might have done better. Another clean sheet bites the dust for all you Hull owners out there.

16:41 All the games are drawing to a close and nothing much seems to be happening. Its another dissapointing day in the fantasy league although we should expect much more excitement tomorrow with another 4 games to come including the big four and free scoring City.

16:44 Deadlock broken at the JJB and Wigan have nicked it through Emmerson Boyce, his first in 98 games.

16:50 Villa keep their third consecutive clean sheet since I dumped Laursen and I'm extremely bitter. Oh well, congrats to Brad Friedel to mark his record consecutive start with a clean sheet.

16:51 Full time in the 5 premiership games and no late drama aside from the aforementioned Boyce goal. The diary will resume tomorrow to pick up the big games of the weekend starting with the Manchester derby in the early afternoon. Another poor day for the Juice will likely see me slip further in the standings and allow others to pull closer in my leagues. I need a big day tomorrow to keep the wolves from the door.


Silent Jay said...

Turnbull with a clean sheet for me (Wait a minute... that can't be right. But, it actually does seem to be. Will wonders never cease?) Aaaand... that's about it.

Zayatte with a yellow card, and Geovanni fails to get anything for consecutive games for the first time since week 3, after I finally picked him back up last week. (Three guesses when I last had him. Yup - when he got nothing for consecutive games and lost his job after week 3. Nothing quite like "me" to ruin a player's value.)

My man Ryan Taylor spitting his dummy - not good. But he's really too good to keep on the bench, and he can play all over the pitch. So hopefully he will.

Now, let's see what the real games will bring tomorrow...

Ashwin said...

A bold prediction, 1-3 in the Manchester derby. I'd like to think Robinho scores, but could be someone rubbish like Benjani.

Anyway, on to what really happened, so pleased to see Elmander rifling in goals with left and right. He's a gem of a player and works hard. If he can put his persistent hamstring problems behind him (what is it with hamstrings) I think he's in my team for a long while.

Now come on Lamps!!!!

Chris Glover said...

Ashwin - I totally agree about Elmander. He's a class player as demonstrated by his goal last week. Only 5 or so Premier League strikers could have taken that down and finished so well. More on him to come in my midweek mid-price striker article.