There is a limited pool of players available for this gameweek, due to the Carling Cup final.

Manchester United and Aston Villa face each on Sunday at Wembley, so are not involved, while the re-arranging of their fixtures means West Ham United and Hull City are also mothballed for a week.

As such, there are only eight fixtures from which to choose from, meaning any more leftfield choices that pay off could make all the difference.

Choose ‘em: With Petr Cech (14.62) out for a while with a torn calf muscle, it’s time for the much-maligned Hilario (6.17) to step into the breach for Chelsea and remind everyone that he’s not actually that bad.

Plenty of pundits are generously insisting that Portsmouth’s performances will pick up now that administration has secured their immediate future. If, however, you don’t believe that will suddenly cure their woeful form in front of goal at Turf Moor, then Burnley’s Brian Jensen (4.49) may be your man.

Lose ‘em: Blackburn do not travel well at all – they have only picked up six points on the road all season. You can afford to drop Paul Robinson (5.09) for one week.

Chris Kirkland (4.27) presents something of a dilemma – no team has scored fewer goals at home than Birmingham, but then again only Burnley have shipped more on the road than Wigan.

Choose ‘em: Portsmouth’s aforementioned poor aim means the Burnley defence could be quids in. As the Fantasist writes this, Clarke Carlisle (6.20) just got seven points on Countdown for the word ‘libation’. Surely that alone earns him a place in your team?

Lose ‘em:  Elsewhere in Europe, Liverpool romped past Unirea Urziceni, but at a price – defender Martin Skrtel (7.59) has broken a metatarsal and will be out for a while.

Another absentee is Tottenham’s Vedran Corluka (10.36), who came down with the virus that has swept through the Spurs training ground.

Choose ‘em: Mikel Arteta (7.56) has certainly made an impact for Everton since his year out – the Toffees have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in their last two games, and the Spaniard’s craft is sure to ask plenty of questions of Tottenham’s defence.

Bolton host Wolves in a real relegation six-pointer on Saturday – good job young Jack Wilshere (5.17) was rested in midweek as he was cup-tied.

Lose ‘em: Of course, there is every chance that Cesc Fabregas (19.45) will have a storming game at Stoke, but if the Potters can do another number on the Gunners like they did in the FA Cup, then the Spaniard is in for another rough ride.

Tottenham are a far weaker side without the marauding beast that is Wilson Palacios (4.50), who is also likely to miss out with a virus. Without the Honduran doing the dirty work the likes of Luka Modric (8.92) and Tom Huddlestone (8.46) may struggle to make an impact against Everton.

Choose ‘em: Listen carefully and you may just be able to hear the sound of millions of fantasy football players’ hearts break as they take Wayne Rooney (22.59) out of their team. But hark, now come the cries of joy as they can now afford to buy Didier Drogba (24.87) and/or Carlos Tevez (16.50)!

Aside from the screamingly obvious, you could do worse than take a look at Ricardo Fuller (6.2), Kevin Davies (7.04), Darren Bent (12.65), Roman Pavlyuchenko (11.10) or Steven Fletcher (9.04).

Lose ‘em: Amid the whole furore over the meeting of John Terry (11.71) and Wayne Bridge (8.67) when Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday, it may be easy to forget that Emmanuel Adebayor (12.93) begins serving the rather harsh four-match ban imposed upon him for his red card against Stoke in midweek.

Rafa Benitez’s tentative easing of Fernando Torres (15.83) is very frustrating, especially when the striker’s price has dropped so low. He is likely to feature for about the same number of minutes as his price, so only pick if you are dead set on having him for a few weeks at least.

The Fantasist is an expert, no, a guru, in all things Fantasy Football. It will dispense its wisdom throughout the season, unravelling the great mysteries of our time. Conundrums like ‘Aaron Hughes or Stephen Warnock?’ and ‘Where does Matty Taylor get all those points from?’ During the barren summer months, The Fantasist satisfies its gaming needs by losing a small fortune at its local bingo hall. Consequently, it has a lot riding on Eurosport-Yahoo!’s £5 entry, winner-takes-all office league this season.

Put your knowledge of European football to the test with our game.

Put your knowledge of Spanish football to the test with our Fantasy La Liga game.

Read the article on Yahoo! Eurosport

Fantasy Premier League

There is a limited pool of players available for this gameweek, due to the Carling Cup final.

Manchester United and Aston Villa face each on Sunday at Wembley, so are not involved, while the re-arranging of their fixtures means West Ham United and Hull City are also mothballed for a week.

As such, there are only eight fixtures from which to choose from, meaning any more leftfield choices that pay off could make all the difference.

Choose ‘em: With Petr Cech (14.62) out for a while with a torn calf muscle, it’s time for the much-maligned Hilario (6.17) to step into the breach for Chelsea and remind everyone that he’s not actually that bad.

Plenty of pundits are generously insisting that Portsmouth’s performances will pick up now that administration has secured their immediate future. If, however, you don’t believe that will suddenly cure their woeful form in front of goal at Turf Moor, then Burnley’s Brian Jensen (4.49) may be your man.

Lose ‘em: Blackburn do not travel well at all – they have only picked up six points on the road all season. You can afford to drop Paul Robinson (5.09) for one week.

Chris Kirkland (4.27) presents something of a dilemma – no team has scored fewer goals at home than Birmingham, but then again only Burnley have shipped more on the road than Wigan.

Choose ‘em: Portsmouth’s aforementioned poor aim means the Burnley defence could be quids in. As the Fantasist writes this, Clarke Carlisle (6.20) just got seven points on Countdown for the word ‘libation’. Surely that alone earns him a place in your team?

Lose ‘em:  Elsewhere in Europe, Liverpool romped past Unirea Urziceni, but at a price – defender Martin Skrtel (7.59) has broken a metatarsal and will be out for a while.

Another absentee is Tottenham’s Vedran Corluka (10.36), who came down with the virus that has swept through the Spurs training ground.

Choose ‘em: Mikel Arteta (7.56) has certainly made an impact for Everton since his year out – the Toffees have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in their last two games, and the Spaniard’s craft is sure to ask plenty of questions of Tottenham’s defence.

Bolton host Wolves in a real relegation six-pointer on Saturday – good job young Jack Wilshere (5.17) was rested in midweek as he was cup-tied.

Lose ‘em: Of course, there is every chance that Cesc Fabregas (19.45) will have a storming game at Stoke, but if the Potters can do another number on the Gunners like they did in the FA Cup, then the Spaniard is in for another rough ride.

Tottenham are a far weaker side without the marauding beast that is Wilson Palacios (4.50), who is also likely to miss out with a virus. Without the Honduran doing the dirty work the likes of Luka Modric (8.92) and Tom Huddlestone (8.46) may struggle to make an impact against Everton.

Choose ‘em: Listen carefully and you may just be able to hear the sound of millions of fantasy football players’ hearts break as they take Wayne Rooney (22.59) out of their team. But hark, now come the cries of joy as they can now afford to buy Didier Drogba (24.87) and/or Carlos Tevez (16.50)!

Aside from the screamingly obvious, you could do worse than take a look at Ricardo Fuller (6.2), Kevin Davies (7.04), Darren Bent (12.65), Roman Pavlyuchenko (11.10) or Steven Fletcher (9.04).

Lose ‘em: Amid the whole furore over the meeting of John Terry (11.71) and Wayne Bridge (8.67) when Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday, it may be easy to forget that Emmanuel Adebayor (12.93) begins serving the rather harsh four-match ban imposed upon him for his red card against Stoke in midweek.

Rafa Benitez’s tentative easing of Fernando Torres (15.83) is very frustrating, especially when the striker’s price has dropped so low. He is likely to feature for about the same number of minutes as his price, so only pick if you are dead set on having him for a few weeks at least.

The Fantasist is an expert, no, a guru, in all things Fantasy Football. It will dispense its wisdom throughout the season, unravelling the great mysteries of our time. Conundrums like ‘Aaron Hughes or Stephen Warnock?’ and ‘Where does Matty Taylor get all those points from?’ During the barren summer months, The Fantasist satisfies its gaming needs by losing a small fortune at its local bingo hall. Consequently, it has a lot riding on Eurosport-Yahoo!’s £5 entry, winner-takes-all office league this season.

Put your knowledge of European football to the test with our game.

Put your knowledge of Spanish football to the test with our Fantasy La Liga game.

Read the article on Yahoo! Eurosport

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