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EPL Fantasy League Tips – Gameweek 15

Well this season is just getting harder and harder to predict. Having just absorbed last week’s action Game Week 15 is here and no doubt will throw up plenty more surprises.

The Premier League weekend kicks off Saturday lunchtime at Villa Park. Two wounded team’s line up looking to bounce back from disappointing results. The majority of Villa’s midfield is currently residing in the treatment room. Step forward Barry Bannan and Stephen Ireland, Bannan (4.5) has performed well so far and Ireland (5.9) is eager to get his Aston Villa career up and running. Arsenal are still sitting pretty in third, despite apparently being in crisis, it’s a crisis that 17 other Premier League sides would be delighted to find themselves in. Robin Van Persie (9.5) will be looking to get his season up and running this weekend. Cesc Fabregas will be out for two weeks after picking up a hamstring injury against Braga. But Arsenal still have a wealth of talent to call upon in the absence of their inspirational skipper.

West Ham host Wigan in the basement battle of the weekend. It’s a must win game, both teams will be hoping their match winners will see them through a nervy encounter. Carlton Cole (5.8) has voiced his frustration at the lack of quality balls into the box. Now would be the ideal time to give the Hammers front man the service he craves. Wigan will miss star striker Hugo Rodellega (Suspension) but have the continually impressive Charles N’Zogbia (5.7).

Top of the table Chelsea are struggling too and face a long trip to St James Park this game week. The last time Chelsea lost two league games on the bounce everything was in black and white. They visit a Newcastle side who can’t quite decide whether to score five or concede five every week. My head say’s it all adds up to a dull no score draw But my heart is saying goals so get Andy Carroll (6.1) in your starting XI, John Terry is still absent from the Blues back line and the boy Carroll is guaranteed to give any defence a rough ride.

Sundays late game see’s Tottenham host Liverpool. Spurs cruised past Werder Bremen and into the last 16 of the Champions league Wednesday night. There can be no excuse of tiredness come Sunday, Harry Redknapp’s side had time to stop and feed the ducks on their midweek walk in the park. Jermain Defoe (8.6) is fit again and looks desperate to make up for lost time. If you have the funds available snap him up, he’ll be back in the goals sooner rather than later. Rafael Van Der Vaart (8.5) looks certain to feature after missing out in midweek. Liverpool are starting to turn the corner, but their form on the road is horrendous and they look likely to head home empty handed.

Final mention goes to Johan Elmander (6.3), Kevin Davies (6.5) and Chung-Yong Lee (5.3), I tipped them to be in the points last week and they didn’t disappoint. A home tie against Blackpool this weekend almost guarantees another return from them and hopefully, they will again keep my final shreds of credibility intact for a little while longer.

That’s your lot for this week. If you feel like joining in the fun then join the EPL League by visiting: the code you need to join is 13413-5300

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  1. King Eric

    November 27, 2010 at 12:52 am

    bannon/ireland, you must be joking? they haven’t done crap all season and are up against an arsenal that’s good on the road and coming off a loss. carlton cole will likely be dropped by grant after his comments this past week regarding his manager’s tactics. and 0-0 at st. james park when you have chelsea itching to batter a team w/drogba certainly due a goal and newcastle missing two of their starting back line after leaking in five last weekend at bolton? sure carroll could cause problems and score even if they lose, but no chance this fixture ends scoreless. please tell me you were drunk when making those selections stuart.

    • Stuart Webb

      November 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

      Bannan and Ireland have a chance to stake their claim, they may or may not take it. Playing Arsenal is a game raiser for most, they may shine and kick start their season
      As for Chelsea I never imagined they’d draw a blank against Birmingham, this season is just so hard to judge. The way Newcastle play combined with a wounded Chelsea you’d expect goals, which is why I said nil nil as right now in the EPL the unlikely seems to happen more often than not.
      Some managers would drop Carlton Cole after his comments but I don’t think Grant can afford to.
      I appreciate some of my suggestions may seem odd, but tipping players from Man Utd, Chelses and Arsenal every week would become rather predictable and I quite like popping my head on the block.
      I am more than prepared to be wrong, bu you never know.

  2. Football Souvenirs

    November 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I agree with the selection of Van Persie who must be eagre to get his season started

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