feelgood Top Five (Week 6)

Week 6 saw Chelsea & Liverpool take back the top of standings. Liverpool beat out Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby. United took advantage of some poor decisions to get themselves back on track against Bolton. And Hull City look like the new Wigan, as they upset the Gunners to take 6th place in the Premiership.

#5 – Jermaine Defoe

Jermaine Defoe, the ex-Tottenham man, sunk his former team with a 33rd minute penalty. Jermaine Jenas was unlucky to concede the penalty as the ball accidentally hit his arm in the box. Defoe beat Heurelho Gomes with a bottom-left-corner strike to put his team up 1-0.

#4 – José Bosingwa

It was Avram Grant’s last signing, José Bosingwa, that became the difference-maker in Chelsea’s victory over Stoke City. The right-fullback, who had began the attack primarily, made great use of a chip pass by Lampard into the box. Bosingwa struck the ball with his right foot, beating both Thomas Sørensen and defender, Andy Griffin for his first goal as a Blue. It was also Bosingwa, who set-up Anelka in the end to make it 2-0.

#3 – Scott Carson

Scott Carson was the man of the match for West Brom on Saturday after a fantastic display to earn his team a 1-0 victory & a full three points. And with David James letting in ten goals in his last 3 games for Portsmouth, Carson’s eye-catching display on Saturday could earn him a starting spot for Fabio Capello’s England squad.

#2 – Fernando Torres

El Niño scored twice at Goodison Park to win the Merseyside Derby. Two unbeatable strikes in the in the 58th & 62nd minute was enough to put his team through and back at the top of the table.

#1 – Geovanni

The former Manchester City player hit a lightning strike from thirty yards out to tie the game up 1-1. But it would be his goal that turned the game around for the Tigers, as five minutes later Daniel Cousin scored the match-winner to upset the Gunners.


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September 27, 2008, 2:40 pm
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feelgood headlines: “Help The Aged Gunners” (UK Sun)

It is always entertaining to check up on the UK Sun for their absurd headlines. The article captioned Arsenal’s poor performance against Hull this afternoon within the first sentence: “Arsenal’s OAPs will be resting on their Zimmer frames after being given the runaround by Hull.

More snippets from the article:

Hull boss Phil Brown said: “It’s one of my greatest results.”

Brown joked it was a day to celebrate as Hull reached 11 points.

He added: “We’ve got the same number of points as Derby (achieved in all of last season) with 32 games left, so it’s a fantastic day.”

Read the article here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1742445.ece

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September 27, 2008, 12:41 pm
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feelgood fantasy picks: week 6

This week we visit Goodison Park for the Merseyside Derby, where two Liverpool players have made it into our list for Week 6. Both Everton & Liverpool drew last weekend against their newly-promoted counterparts. Chelsea and Manchester United should cruise against Stoke City & Bolton respectively, while Arsenal are set to take on overachievers, Hull City.

We begin with Robert Green as our goalkeeper for this week, as West Ham United takes on Fulham. Fulham were goalless against Blackburn last weekend, as Paul Ince’s Rovers went on to record only their second victory of the season. The underrated, Green should come out as the winning keeper in the clash between the two London sides.

Richard Dunne & Kolo Touré lead the defense as the two centerhalfs. Both defenders are good choices and should come as a bargain. José Bosingwa & Patrice Evra complete are back-four.

Manchester United will face Bolton and this should be a good time to save a little money in order to afford Cristiano Ronaldo on your team. Tim Cahill is another great choice in the middle – a good player that scores under pressure. The Australian attacking midfielder has scored twice in the two games he’s played since his return from injury. Florent Malouda & Shaun Wright-Phillips complete are midfield, as both players are enjoying their rejuvenated starting roles.

As promised, two Liverpool players have been chosen for this week. Dirk Kuyt & Robbie Keane make up our strike force as they take on their old rivals. Keane is highly anticipating his first Merseyside Derby, while Kuyt looks to repeat his team’s first Merseyside encounter from last season with another goal.

Not the same SPL

Scottish football fans are in for a solid weekend of action as 3 key matches are expected to unfold.

Celtic v. Aberdeen

The first match-up pits 2nd place Celtic against recent underachievers, Aberdeen. Although Aberdeen are currently 6 points behind Celtic, they are notorious for upsetting the Old Firm on a consistent basis. After last year’s positive UEFA Cup run, they’ve formed a tight stubborn bunch under the leadership of prolific Scottish scorer, Lee Miller. But Celtic are fresh from a destructive performance against Kilmarnock and are looking to establish hard ground for the first time after recent reshuffling this season.

Dundee United v. Heart of Midlothian

Hearts have been the surprise team this season under electric manager, Csaba László. While momentum may be high, Hearts have notable history of dropping points against struggling opponents. Former Hearts manager, Craig Levein has a tendency of producing defensive powerhouses. His recent record against Hearts could mean the toughest test for the upstart Jambos this season. Hearts are currently 4 points behind League leaders, Rangers.

Hibernian v. Rangers

Rangers visit Easter Road, leading the League – 3 points ahead of 2nd-place, Celtic. Hibs have been Scotland’s most successful youth producers in the last decade & they should make life impossible for a Rangers squad that’s desperate to find its form. This is expected to be a classic battle of skill vs. muscle with Easter Road promising to be as intimidating as ever. Rangers and Scotland skipper, Barry Fergusson is still out with an injury, a possible reason for the team’s recent lackluster form.

United ready to roll

Manchester United are set to turn it up after only accumulating 5 points in their first 4 matches of the season. They currently sit in the bottom half of the EPL table behind Wigan, but expect a climb with the champions set to face struggling teams within the next month. And the only “semi-tougher” competition that awaits them come near the end of October when United face both Everton on the 25th, then West Ham just four days later.

The only difference last season was as United struggled, so did their title rivals, Chelsea. Chelsea have done a great job by giving themselves a good lead early on and are currently 6 points ahead on United. Whether United does decide to change gears from now until at least January, the same thing could be said about Chelsea, who are becoming more and more consistent as the year goes on.

Manchester United should get their stride back this weekend as they host Bolton. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo should provide some renewed energy & strength to an ailing Red Devils side. Ryan Giggs told the UK Sun, “This team is capable of going on a run and winning 10 games on the trot. Hopefully that run has started now and we can carry it on against Bolton on Saturday.”