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Season Previews 2010/11 – Birmingham



Last Season: 9th

New Signings: Foster, Zigic, Valles

Key Player: Roger Johnson

One To Watch: Eric Valles

Needs A Big Year: Ben Foster

Would Quite Like: Avoiding second season syndrome and a victory over the Villa.

More money please.

Prediction: 12th

Thoughts: If Ben Foster can adequately replace the departing Joe Hart in goal then Birmingham will go a long way to having another successful season. One of the surprise packages last year (I had them down for relegation!), Alex McLeish will be looking to consolidate and make sure his team remain as tough to beat as they were last season.

A lot of their players probably over-performed and bearing in mind there is quite a reliance on people as old as Steve Carr and Kevin Phillips, there is a valid concern that this year won’t quite be as good. A proper left back is needed so Ridgewell no longer has to play there while Zigic will hopefully provide consistency up front or a big target to aim at if nothing else.

Carson Yeung’s promised riches haven’t quite materialised but continued defensive solidity will ensure mid-table will be perfectly acceptable and attainable again this season.


Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 17 Preview


A very quick one this week as the deadline is all of about four hours away. I had a decent points tally at the weekend as Drogba as captain and clean sheets from Birmingham based teams (i.e. them and Villa) led me to a nice score of 70 points. It’s all very tight at the top of our league and it’s now led by Sportboy P on 901 closely followed by yours truly on 895.

Three other players are within 16 points of the leader. One of them is not previous fantasy football king the Football Guy. He’s sixth at the mo, 100 points behind,  but much like Liverpool in real life I’m sure he’ll be in the top four at the end of it all. I’m quite glad I went with Drogba as captain and hope you ignored my advice to go for Lennon, Defoe or Giggs. The less said about that the better!


Gameweek 16 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves):

Annoyingly for someone trying to do a quick post, there were joint high scorers at the weekend. This means our old friend Goose makes a reappearance.

Didier Drogba Top Gun Chelsea Maverick

Maverick approves of this week's and this season's Top Gun.

Carlos Tevez Top Gun Goose Man City

Goose didn't think he'd get another shot. Thanks Carlos.

Yep, Didier Drogba  and Carlitos Tevez both scored twice and got three bonus points for a total of 13 points. I’m giving the Maverick picture to Drogba, just for his super consistency this season. It’s his first one this season yet he’s top points scorer which shows you just how steady he’s been. He has double figures in six games this season and only two matches where he hasn’t contributed a goal, assist or bonus. Awesome. Elsewhere Paul Robinson and Ivan Klasnic both got 11 points and Ryan Shawcross ten.


Three Captain Choices:

1. Drogba/Chelsea – It’s no time for captain gambles with the gameweeks coming thick and fast. Top points scorer at home to Portsmouth? Yep, I’ll be having some of that. Chelsea need a win having gone two league games (and four in all) without one so I expect  a backlash, not least because Kaboul has got himself banned for Pompey.

2. Rooney/Man Utd – After a somewhat shock defeat against Aston Villa, Man Utd have a chance to put things right against Wolves. I don’t think they’ll do a Spurs so thus I’m backing Rooney to come with the goods.

3. Arshavin/Arsenal – Two goals in two games up front for Arsenal. Burnley is an interesting challenge – no longer in the form of the autumn but still tough to beat at Turf Moor. Arshavin is a slight doubt with a foot injury but has said he wants to play. At the moment he is the biggest difference maker at Arsenal.

Didier Drogba Chelsea

Gets a Captain's tick.


Three Suggested Transfers In:

1. Bowyer/Birmingham – I never thought I’d be suggesting him here but he has been excellent in the past few weeks as Birmingham have gone on a seven game unbeaten run. The matchwinner in three of their last four games, with 34 points in that span. He’s cheap too at £5.1m and likely to get clean sheet points even if the goals stop.

2. Tevez/Man City – Becoming more and more of a factor at Eastlands and with his 13 point haul at the weekend is now the top performing Man City player this season. Three goals and eight bonus points in his last three matches and still has a nice price of just £8.3m.

3. Klasnic/Bolton – Has only played 90 minutes once so far but scored twice for Bolton at the weekend and looks to be an interesting option for a third striker given he has 29 points from just 423 minutes.

Lee Bowyer

Might be worth a pick.


Three To Avoid:

1. Defoe/Spurs – Scores lots of goals in few games (Hull, Wigan) if you see what I mean. You just don’t know which games it will be. I prefer players who score less goals in more games. More reliable you see. Just ask all those who picked him as captain for the Wolves game. Happy with your 4 points? Nope, thought not.

2. Faye/Stoke – Doesn’t get as many goals or bonus as Shawcross but costs more than other defenders with similar scores. I’ll be cashing in for someone a little cheaper like Wilkinson (£3.9m) for Stoke’s upcoming double gameweek before bringing in another Birmingham defender. He’ll likely get the same number of points.

3. Adebayor/Man City – No longer Man City’s top points scorer and the fact he didn’t celebrate when Tevez scored suggests his diva ways may be resurfacing. There’s better value elsewhere.


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