As stated in the first part of our managers notes with so much much happening in round 12 we decided to break this week’s Monday’s managers notes into two parts. After having a look at City, Arsenal and Liverpool in part 1, we turn our attention to the remainder of the weekend’s action to see where the big movers and shakers were.
Morrison Strikes Again
After being tipped in this week’s midfielder tips Morrison didn’t disappoint. After picking up a goal last time out, Morrison turned provider as he put the ball on a plate at the back post for Shane Long to convert with a diving header. With 3 goals and 4 assists to his name this season and with the Baggies playing so well there is certainly huge potential in the Scottish international over the coming weeks and after beating Chelsea this time round the next few fixtures are certainly a lot easier which could see more goals and assists for Morrison. Shane Long was another who was on the ball against Chelsea as he notched up a goal and an assist against Roberto di Matteo’s men. With 3 goals and 4 assits in his last 8 games Long is in good form under Steve Clarke and with both Lukaku and Odemwingie showing form West Brom have a lot going for them as they sit in fourth in the table.
Mata Misses Out
Much to the annoyance to fantasy managers Juan Mata was dropped to the bench over the weekend as Di Matteo opted to go with Mikel,Romeu, Hazard, Mosses and Sturridge in the midfield, there was a little good news however for 21% of fantasy manager who have Eden Hazard as he got his first goal in 5 weeks. There is cause for concern at the Bridge as Chelsea have now only managed one goal in each of their last three, which on paper is not that bad but when you look at their previous returns it would seem that the goals are drying up.
After a poor Everton performance that saw then go down 2-0 to Reading over the weekend the misery was heaped on even more for those fantasy managers who put their faith in the big Belgian. Despite popping up with a sloppy assist for Naismith’s goal Fellaini did little else to get the Toffee’s up and running and in the end Fellaini ended up picking up his fifth yellow card of the season which means he is now automatically suspended for next weekends clash against Norwich.
Going into this one Fulham were bookies favourite and based on recent results it was easy to see why, but when things don’ go your way they really don’t go your way, an injury to kacaniklic on 26 minutes set the tone as many fantasy managers grumbled after bringing him in for this weekend’s game and minutes later it went from bad to worse as Brede Hangeland was shown a straight red for a two footed tackle on Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and from there on out you knew it wasn’t going to be Fulham’s day, with heavily backed captain shout Dimitar Berbatov getting very few sights on goal.
Canaries Rock Solid
A 1-0 win over United continued Norwich’s remarkable defensive turnaround under Chris Hughton. Unbeaten in five, they have produced four clean sheets in the last five fixtures, with a total of five to their name already – having kept out the likes of Arsenal and United over that run, Norwich’s cut-price assets look a real option, with so few of the heavy-hitters managing to replicate their returns at the back.
Michu Pushed Back
After being pushed forward as a lone striker over the last few weeks Michael Laudrup was forced to push Michu back into that role just behind the striker due to a hamstring injury to Ki Sung-Yeung. The change made all the difference as we saw the Spaniard get on the scoresheet for the first time in three weeks. It will be interesting to see whether or not the manager will sit up and take note of how the enforced changes brought the best out of Michu and de Guzman who also got on the scoresheet. Swansea now go into a run of three gome games in the next four and if Michu continues “in the hole” as it were then we can expect more from him.
In a game that was already being touted as a relegation 6 pointer Southampton came out on top as they beat QPR 3-1 at Loftus Road to give them their first away win of the season. Rickie Lambert was amongst the goals for the first time since round 5. While Lambert is likely to be the focus of Fantasy attention, Jason Puncheon is an intriguing proposition, he has now started the last two and grabbed a goal and assist yesterday and could be one for fantasy managers looking for a cheap priced differential over the coming weeks.