As new broke this morning of the sacking of Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo many were shocked by this move by the club and owner Roman Abramovich to sack the manager that only 6 months ago guided the club to the Champions League title, however what is done is done and now our immediate thoughts here in the Managers Office turn to how this departure will effect the Blues as they go into this weekend’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday and in turn how this may effect their fantasy prospects. On thing we do know for sure is that an extensive overhaul is coming at Stamford Bridge, but with the game against City only days away we are unlikely to see many changes before the weekend. Our advice to you is simply this, if you are currently fielding Chelsea players in your fantasy team don’t panic, sit tight for the moment and continue with your plans we will know more over the coming days and we will as always, keep you in the loop, so avoid the knee jerk reaction for the moment.
Elsewhere Marouane Fellaini is suspended for Everton’s game against Norwich after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season last time out against Reading, Theo Walcott is an injury doubt ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa and Alex Kacaniklic has followed Kieran Richardson onto the treatment table after he picked up a hamstring injury after only 26 minutes against Sunderland. Apart from that there are no other major injury concerns as of yet heading into this weekend’s action.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) £4.4 million Fixture: West Brom (Home)
The former City winger finds himself in our thoughts for the first time this season after some impressive performances over the last two weeks, Johnson has notched up a goal and two assists in his last two games and beginning to show signs for form. Sunderland’s victory last time out all be it a distorted one after Fulham were reduced to 10 men was only their second victory of the season but they are showing signs of promise as they welcome high flying West Brom to the Stadium of Light. Johnson clearly offers a differential for fantasy managers looking to gain ground in their fantasy league and at £4.4 million is very reasonably priced. The Baggies have not managed a clean sheet on the road all season and have conceded on average 1.5 goals per game, so there is hope that Sunderland can breach the Baggies defence and with Fletcher back on the score sheet last time out for the Black Cats Johnson will have a better chance of picking up another assist or two with a striker in front of him that is scoring.
David Silva (Man City) £5.7 million Fixture: Chelsea (Away)
City travel to the Bridge this weekend to face a Chelsea side with out a win in their last four league games and now also with out a manager after Roberto di Matteo was sacked on Wednesday morning. City on the other hand finally exploded with a flurry of goals last weekeend against Villa beating them 5-0. Silva was once again in on the act after being heavily tipped last week as he popped up with a goal and 2 assists. This weekend’s fixture will of course be a different proposition for City and Silva but with the Pensioners low on confidence after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus in midweek City will be confident they can get a result on the road. Silva is quickly becoming a must have fantasy proposition for fantasy managers and with his form showing no signs of abating now is the time to bring him in, with Tevez and Aguero both firing in goals at the moment assists will surely be easier to come by for the Spaniard. Chelsea are of course with out Terry and we all know that when he fails to play the Chelsea back four fail to perform.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) £4.4 million. Fixture: Aston Villa (Away)
With Arsenal seemingly getting back on track last weekeend with a 5-2 victory over North London rivals Tottenham last Saturday there is little doubting that the star of the show was the little Spaniard Cazorla. With a goal and assist to add to the 3 goals and 3 assists he had collect already he really is at the heart of everything good that the Gunners do at the moment. Theo Walcott is a doubt heading into this one which will mean that the pressure will be on Santi to perform at Villa Park, but based on his and of course Villa’s last few performances this could be simply a matter of how many the Gunners score rather than if they score. As we siad Villa have been going through a tough run of late with their last two games against both Manchester clubs and this weekend it will not get any easier for the side that have conceded 8 goals in their last 2 games. At £4.4 million Cazorla is playing better than when you consider the price and points returns of some of the other big names in other midfield’s around the league, there is little doubt that when he does the job he is a real bargain and for that reason he is certainly one that demands a lot of consideration over the coming weeks.
Antonio Valencia (Man United) £5.1 million Fixture: QPR (Home)
Oh how the mighty have fallen, United’s defeat last time out at the hands of the Canaries was most certainly a shock to many, but as they say lightening never strikes twice right? Well we will be hoping so as United welcome struggling QPR to Old Trafford this weekend. Valencia has failed to produce anything of attacking value over the last three weeks much to the disappointment of many however with Mark Hughes’s QPR coming to town you would have to fancy United for goals. The R’s have conceded 11 on the road this season and have yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels, in fact they have only managed one clean sheet all season. When we drill down into the R’s defensive stats they have conceded 54 chances down their left flank which is the third worst in the league behind Reading and Swansea so I think it is far to say that Valencia will get plenty of opportunities down that side to get balls into the box for Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to get on the end of, so don’t be surprised to Valencia come to life in this one.
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