The SportsNewsIreland fantasy football league review in association with Celtic Horizon tours.
What a weekend of sport! First Ireland beat the almighty Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup, then the Dubs win their first All-Ireland since 1995, then Man Utd beat Chelsea 3-1 not to mention Spurs 4-0 drubbing of Liverpool, I thought they were meant to be back? Arsenal’s woes continued with a 4-3 defeat to Blackburn, they now find themselves just one place above the relegation zone.
Man City dropped their first points of the season after Fulham came from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw. That boy Aguero did score another brace and it’s almost impossible to ignore him from a fantasy perspective. He’s already gone up by 0.2m this week. Fernando Torres’ dreadful miss was the talking point at Old Trafford, shame as his overall play was quite good. His confidence will be shot but he does have a home match with Swansea to put that miss behind him.
An unlikely name had the highest score of the round for a player: Titus Bramble with 14 pts! Not only did he score & pick up a clean sheet in Sunderland’s 4-0 hammering of Stoke, he picked up 2 bonus pts too. His team Seb Larsson also scored 14 pts with 2 assists, a goal & a bonus pt. I’d be amazed if anybody in the league has Bramble, he’s only in 0.7% of teams. Larsson is a more popular pick; he’s in 10.8% of teams. Luis Nani reminded us all of his talents with a sparkling display against Chelsea picking up a goal, assist & 3 bonus pts. It’s difficult to choose between himself and Ashley Young but at 9.9m and 0.4m cheaper, maybe Nani is the better option. Joey Barton has had a good start to his QPR career picking up 18 pts from 2 matches where QPR have drawn one & won another. Up front, as well as Sergio Aguero, Ayegbeni Yakubu was welcomed back into fantasy circles with 2 goals on his Blackburn debut and 3 bonus pts for 13 pts. At just 5.5m he could be a worthwhile consideration.
Over in the SNI league, Keith Wallace remains in 1st on 372 pts, 16 pts ahead of 2nd placed Darren Brennan who switched places with Alan Massey in 3rd. It was a fairly low-scoring week with Wallace scoring just 48 pts. He captained Edin Dzeko who just picked up an assist. Brennan in 2nd captained Rooney who cost him 4 pts by missing a penalty (2 pts x 2). Similar team for Massey who also captained Rooney but had Nani in midfield. Top-scoring team of the week was Colm Dowling’s team United19Goin20 with 78 pts that saw him move up to 48th place. Dowling had Phil Jagielka in defense who scored for Everton, he also had Nathan who scored in Swansea’s win over WBA and to top it off he captained Aguero.
Looking back at last week’s scout picks, I seem to be doing better. OK Leighton Baines didn’t pick up any pts of note but Martin Petrov both scored for their clubs so you can have a bit more confidence in my selections this week.
In defense I’m opting for Jose Enrique of Liverpool. The Reds have had a couple poor defeats and after a promising start to the season you would now consider it a poor start to the season for them with 2 defeats in 4. A home match against Wolves who have conceded 5 in 2 should see the Pool back to winning ways and Enrique always getting forward an assist and possible clean sheet could be a possibility for the Spaniard. Martin Kelly on the right side should be back in the side after Martin Skrtel’s horror show against Spurs.
In midfield, Danny Murphy has slowly gone about himself to be the 7th highest scoring midfielder in the game. With an away match against his former manager Roy Hodgson’s WBA on the weekend and a reasonable run of games; look for Murphy to continue picking up the points.
Up front I will probably regret saying this but I’m gambling a bit on Newcastle’s Leon Best. Although he has scored 3 times in as many matches and with a home match to come against Blackburn who wouldn’t bet on him adding to his tally? With Newcastle strikers thin on the ground, Best’s place looks to be fairly secure for now.
Best of luck y’all.