- Liverpool Looking Up? - Vidic's red card makes the ManYoo match this coming Sunday much more interesting. The heart of United's push to first place has been rock solid defending from Rio and Vidic. With Vidic definitely out and Rio and Evans also likely out how solid will that defense be? Smalling and what partner in the middle? O'Shea? Brown? Could be ugly, especially given how strong Suarez looked even in a losing cause against West Ham over the weekend.
- Equal Treatment? - The next question will be whether Luiz faces a different fate than Rooney did in the wake of his clearly intentional foul. I'm not sure if it was sufficient to be reviewed but if I were king of the world, it certainly would be.
- Wide Open Again? - In other circumstances, you'd think that Arsenal would be the only team really helped by this outcome but with Arsenal finally experiencing their yearly catastrophic collapse due to a tragic mistake followed by a lot of injuries to key players. It will be interesting to see if anyone else - Chelsea, Citeh, or Spurs - can climb back in on the heels of ManYoo and Arsenal potentially scuffling.
- Transfer Madness? - So here's the current standings in the "high profile players who changed teams in January" table. Sturridge - 4; Luiz - 1; Suarez - 1; Carroll - 0; and Torres - 0. The question now is whether Torres is being respectful to his old Liverpool employers and is waiting until Carroll returns to the line-up to start scoring goals so the two of them can be compared apples-to-apples when we in the media start reviewing the over-priced January acquisitions. Too bad for Bolton that they didn't agree on a price for a permanent deal before the loan started.
- Vindication? - For those who questioned my analysis of Scholes and Giggs and their (lack of) viability as fantasy options I give you the results - Scholes = 4.00 and Giggs = 2.5. I suppose those of you who chose Scholes can argue that he outperformed his price (barely) and I'll give you that. That said, and with apologies to Dennis Green, they were what their performances this season said they were. Even those of us who aren't United supporters should do our best to remember two things - first, that they were amazing players in their day and second, that those days are behind them.
- Reserves? - Was anyone else struck by the fact that in one of the biggest games of the season both this season's leading scorer in the league (Berbs) and last season's leading scorer in the league (Drogs) were both reserves? With Chicharito starting two in a row with no injury announced, you have to think that Berbs has been relegated to being a reserve despite his gaudy goal total. At Chelsea, Drogba seems to have been dropped to second choice behind new acquisition Torres in matches that really matter. I can't say I disagree with either choice, especially the Chicharito over Berbs decision but it is still amazing how many goals (and how much salary) were sitting on the bench today.
- Confirmed Two-Gamers? - With Everton losing to Reading in the FA Cup, Birmingham and Everton are confirmed as two-gamers in the upcoming matchweek for both Yahoo! and the official Premier League fantasy game. Let the buying begin.
Cheers - Neal