Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gameweek 15 Last Minute News

Lets get down to business with just an hour until the deadline closes for the week.

Arsenal
Nasri, Adebayour and Sagna are all doubts though the BBC suggests they will all play. Arsenal don't have great fixtures for the next 5 weeks so if you have a free transfer left move these guys on, if not, I'd feel okay about starting them due to their injury status, though the pickings will be slim against Chelsea.
Diaby, Walcott, Eboue, Toure, Rosicky and Eduardo are all definately out and should not be held at this time.

Aston Villa
Reo Coker, Carew and Cuellar are all doubts which is a shame as Villa are against a poor Fulham side this week. Luke Young appears to have shaken off his injury concerns and looks set to take his place in the side (and is a great buy at 4.4m). As for the other three, I would not buy them at this time (as I learnt with Defoe last week) though owners could probably stick them in on the assumption that if they don't start they won't come on either and so will be auto subbed.

Blackburn
No big news here. If anyone still owns any Rovers players they are all fir though Olsson is suspended.

Bolton
As with their North West rivals above, Bolton have no new issues to worry about. The game with Sunderland looks like a potential 0-0 and the Wanderers defense might be a decent play this week with regulars Jussi, Samuel, Cahill, O'Brien and Steinsson all set to feature.

Chelsea
Belletti, Carvalho and Drogba are out whilst Cole looks doubtful. Alex appears to be fit and will likely displace Ivanovic alongside the ever present Jon Terry (though this is not a lock to happen). Scolari should name a largely unchanged side from last week though look for Malouda, Cole, Kalou and Ballack to be rotated over the coming weeks.

Everton
Anichebe, Saha (suprise!) and Pienaar are all injured and the Yak will likely start up front alone or possibly alongside Cahill who looks attractive at the moment. The Everton defense is largely intact though isn't a great play this week against and improving Spurs side.

Fulham
No concerns for Hodgson in terms of injuries though a tricky visit to Villa Park will limit the effectiveness of his players' fantasy status. Feel free to keep budget options like Paintsil, Schwarzer and Zamora in the team but look to use your bench if you can.

Hull
Dawson looks set to miss out again though he can be replaced by McShane if you have a free transfer left. Hull are playing Stoke which is a great opportunity for a clean sheet and the defenders should garner strong consideration for a start this week for all those owners with them stashed on the bench.

Liverpool
Torres and Aurelio join Degen and Skrtel on the sidelines which should mean a start for the bargain Dossena (5.6), if only for a game or two. West Ham have only 6 on their travels this season and so Liverpool's defense looks like the play of the week once more. Torres owners should look to offload the Spaniard with possibly candidates including Adebayour, Anelka, Berbatov and Defoe.

Man City
No fresh concerns and Robinho looks set to take his place in his first Manchester derby. Not great plays this week, but City have done against their cross town rivals in recent years and I wouldn't be selling at this point, though perhaps not worth buying either.

Man Utd
Berbatov still a doubt and would a risk at this point though if he likely won't come on a sub so you could start him on the assumption of him being auto subbed if not fit.

Middlesborough
Riggott and Huth are still out whilst Mido is a doubt. Boro have a good fixture at home to Newcastle though the defese looks weakened by injury though still might be worth a punt. Attacking wise, Downing and Tuncay are our men this week.

Newcastle
Duff and Ameobi are the newest long term casualties and should be divested if held. No Newcastle player is worth holding right now due to injuries, inconsistency and squad rotation.

Portsmouth
Diarra and Campbell are out, though Kranjcar and Utaka may return. Defoe also looks set to retake his place in the side to face Blackburn and is a good buy this week. Traore owners are still left in the dark for even though he starred in the draw with Milan, he may still miss out due to Adams' inexplicable misstrust of the Frenchman - proceed with caution.

Stoke
Nothing new here. Don't hold any Stoke players except Delap unless you're desperate!

Sunderland
Gordon is still a doubt though the rest of the team is largely fir to play Bolton. Could be a good week for your Sunderland players with the likes of Richardson, Malbranque, Cisse and Jones all looking tempting. The defense is also a decent play as Bolton might come looking for a 0-0.

Tottenham
Jenas and King look set to return and Corluka and Pavlyuchenko are both back after being cup tied in midweek. Could be a decent game with a few goals against Everton and Paylyuchenko could add to his tally and looks like a decent buy. Lennon has also been in top form and might be worth a look at.

West Brom
No fresh injuries here and WBA might actually be worth looking at as they travel to Zaki-less Wigan. Anyone with Baggies defenders on the bench might consider taking a punt on them if feeling adventurous.

West Ham
No new concerns and it'll probably be as you were from last week. The Hammers travel to Anfield so don't be looking to bring these guys in this week, and with a tricky run of fixtures to come you might want to move on if other options are available.

Wigan
Zaki is out again and Melchiot is 50-50. This makes the decision to start him or Ryan Taylor a tough one. Melchiot owners with a free transfer left might consider swapping out for Figueroa who will definately take the field against a very poor West Brom side.

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