Injuries and Suspensions (the BPL v. MAN is officiall CANCELLED edition)

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ARS v. FUL - Cesc is out meaning Nasri (who is fit) will be even more central and that Wilshere and possibly Rosicky increase in value.  Squillaci is also back which provides another moderately priced defender as an option although Koscielny is a better bet.  For FUL, AJ is back while Salcido joins Dembele and Zamora as key missing men.  Looks like an ARS win, I'd guess 3-1.

BRM v. TOT - Hleb is out (what a nothing acquisition he's been) and there's some question about which of Gardner or Bowyer will start.  For Spurs, Dawson returns to the squad and 'arry will presumably need as much as he can get from the defender as Kaboul, VDV, Jenas, King, Woody, O'Hara, etc. are all out.  If I had to guess, I'd say 1-1 draw with Foster saving the point for the Blues at home.

BLA v. WOL - MGP is back and Mame Diouf is eligible again meaning that there are no real injuries that should impact fantasy choices.  I'd guess a hard-fought 2-1 win for Rovers.

CHE v. EVE - I've seen/heard a lot of varying opinions on Zhirkov this week but SoccerNet at least says that he will miss out along with Alex and Lamps.  The good news for CHE is that JT and Essien are back.  For slumping EVE, Jags is a doubt, Hibbert is definitely out and the club switches suspended midfielders (Fellaini back and Arteta suspended).  Sounds like a 2-1 Chelsea win to me.

MAC v. BOL - The only significant injury question for this match is Stuart Holden who seems more than 50% likely to be out for a second week.  As always, the big question is rotation at Citeh with the value of players like Silva, Balotelli, and JBoat hanging in the balance. I'm guessing 1-0 win for Citeh as Bolton hit a rough patch.

WIG v. STO - Wigan's attack is a bit of a shambles with Yayga suspended, Moses is out, and Boselli and di Santo are in some question.  The only important question mark for Stoke is Pennant who faces the dreaded late fitness test. Hard to see where a Wigan goal would come from so I'm going with a 2-0 Stoke win in this one.

BPL v. MAN - Rio Ferdinand has apparently tweeted that the match is definitely off.  I don't know if his Twitter account is gospel but that seems like a strong enough reason to stay away from this one. (hat tip FFScout again - he's good at the Twitter thing).

WBA v. NUFC - Frustration for fantasy managers abounds as nearly all of WBA's worthwhile fantasy players - Brunt, Odem, Morrison, and Scharner will face late fitness tests (oh yeah, Shorey too but who really cares?).  For NUFC, Barton is back but Nolan is still out while Taylor and Sol continue on for the suspended duo of Coloccini & Williamson (worst personal injury law firm ever).  Your guess is as good as mine on the outcome of this one with so many key WBA players in question.  I'd say a 2-2 draw if everyone is healthy for WBA but who knows if that will be the case.

SUN v. WHU - No new injuries means that the only injury factor here is really Sunderland's missing CB pairing of Bramble and Turner.  Feels like a high-scoring match to me with one team or the other winning 3-2 and I'd guess Sunderland if forced to make a choice (I'm a sucker for the home team).

LIV v. AST - This will be an interesting one with Gerrard and Carra out for Liverpool and AY (suspended for accumulation) out and Bannan a doubt after a mid-week Carling Cup injury.  I'll guess a 2-1 win for the home side against a depleted Villa squad.

Good luck with your final picks and hopefully we'll see you for the Live Chat tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Ummm I'm going to go with Sunderland for the clean sheet. BTW was it you that said sell Nasri?