That Telegraph Fantasy Football column

By on February 4, 2011 - 64 views

At Clean Sheets HQ, when we’re not sat in a dark room, rocking back and forth, chanting jibberish and wondering when Arsenal or Liverpool will next win the Premier League title, we bloody well can’t get enough of Telegraph Fantasy Football. In fact, we’re not the only ones – over a million you football fans across Britain are taking part.

Every Friday, with our expert knowledge to guide even the biggest novice, we’re going to teach you how to maximise your points and make the right transfer at the right time.


(1) Wayne Rooney: With a brace against Aston Villa in midweek, their is no denying United’s No.10 is back on form. With Wolves away this weekend, don’t get left behind!

(2) Edin Dzeko: Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz’s departure in January has left new signing Dzeko as the focal point of City’s attack. At £5.9m, the Bosnian is a cheap alternative to the more expensive stars and with West Brom at home, expect him to start picking up the points.

(3) Andrey Arshavin: The Russian is the fourth highest scorer for midfielders this season with 100 points to his name. His much talked about ‘slump’ looks over with an impact goal against Everton in midweek, the winger may just fill the void left behind by Samir Nasri. Arshavin faces Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.


(1) Dimitar Berbatov: A controversial shout, admittedly. However, the Premier League’s top scorer has followed two hat-tricks with a barren spell already this season. The striker will no doubt be rested before long, having carried United’s title run for much of the season. Now would be the best time to jump ship.

(2) Samir Nasri: The Frenchman’s hamstring lay-off could last up to a month until he’s back to his best, so if you’re thinking of carrying him, don’t.

(3) Gareth Bale: A reported 52% of people still have Bale in their side, and with the Welshman allergic to ‘cleanies’ it’s about you pulled the plug. Harry Redknapp will wrap his star in cotton wool for the Champo’s League, so your £4.4m is better used elsewhere.

The weekend’s fixtures:

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Stoke v Sunderland, 12:45

Aston Villa v Fulham, 15:00

Everton v Blackpool, 15:00

Man City v West Brom, 15:00

Newcastle v Arsenal, 15:00

Tottenham v Bolton, 15:00

Wigan v Blackburn, 15:00

Wolverhampton v Man Utd, 17:30

Sunday, 6 February 2011

West Ham v Birmingham, 13:30

Chelsea v Liverpool, 16:00

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