feelgood fantasy picks: week 7

We visit Stamford Bridge in (Southwest) London for Week 7 with the Villans hoping to end Chelsea’s long home unbeaten record that spans four years. And if there is a team that could beat Chelsea at home, it is the men from Villa Park. Chelsea are missing depth up front, following another injury setback from Didier Drogba during the team’s midweek Champions League draw to CFR Cluj. Meanwhile, both Gabriel Agbonlahor & John Carew have been declared fit to face the Blues.

Edwin van der Sar is our choice as goalkeeper this weekend, as United look to shut down Paul Ince’s Blackburn side & get their second consecutive win this season. His teammate, Nemanja Vidić also makes our list as one of the central defenders.

Samba heads it in against Newcastle for a 2-1 win

Christopher Samba will look to enforce himself against United. The big Congolese defender was impressive against Newcastle last week and is a handful to defend against in set-pieces. Glen Johnson & Gareth Bale complete our back-four for this week. Two fullbacks, who are still looking to ignite for their teams this season.

Gerrard was Mr. 100 vs PSV during midweek

Two Liverpool players lead our midfield this week. Steven Gerrard scored his 100th goal for his club against PSV Eindhoven in midweek and will look to add more against Manchester City. And with the Reds on the edge of hitting their 1000th EPL goal (currently 999 goals), many will look to the Kop skipper to have that honor.

Javier Mascherano was rested this week and should be fit to play against Manchester City after missing the last three games. Geovanni, the former Manchester City man will look to sink an already sinking Tottenham ship after last week’s canonball shot against Arsenal. Antonio Valencia completes our midfield for this week.

Owen will look to put a smile on Toon supporters

If Tottenham are close to being sunk, then Newcastle might just as well be a part of that wreckage. Everton will be desperate to get back in the winning column after their defeat in the Merseyside derby. Michael Owen and his 3 goals this season have all come in vain, but the English marksman will do all he can to be Toon’s saviour & hopefully give his supporters a victory against the Toffees. Jermaine Defoe is having a superb season and should continue his hot streak against Stoke on Sunday.


feelgood Top Five (Week 4)

Week 4 saw victories from both Liverpool & Chelsea to stay at the top of the EPL table. Arsenal continued to pour in the goals and Tim Cahill celebrated his return to action with a winning goal against Stoke City.

#5 – Tim Cahill

Everton supporters were surprised that their club hardly made any moves in the transfer window this Summer – something they came to believe was the reason to their slow start this season. But David Moyes is a lot happier now that Tim Cahill is back in the line-up. The Aussie attacking midfielder struck a header in the 76th minute to give his team the win against Stoke City.

#4 – Ricardo Carvalho

The Chelsea centerhalf has performed the best in his position so far this season. The supporters at the Eastlands were becoming more and more hostile after Robinho’s goal and it could’ve turned ugly for Chelsea. But Carvalho’s goal three minutes later was enough to give the visiting side the confidence to pull it through. There were many key moments where it looked a sure goal for City, but they couldn’t get passed Carvalho & his ability to block the shot in the last second.

#3 – Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard continues to prove week after week why he is Chelsea’s heart in the midfield. The way he handled himself in the pitch, his passion & drive was unequal to any other in his position this weekend. A vital 53rd minute low-angle and accurate strike – flying smoothly passed a diving Joe Hart and into the bottom right-corner of the goal was a key moment in the game. And if he continues to play like this, Fabio Capello will have no reason to exclude him from the England XI.

#2 – Javier Mascherano

The Argentinian menace, also known as “Jefecito” (Little Chief) played a dominant role in the midfield for a Liverpool side that was missing the infulential Steven Gerrard. Mascherano was an annoying little bugger as usual towards the United players, challenging with a strong willingness to chase & win the ball at all costs. His determination paid off, chasing down Ryan Giggs inside the box and flicking the ball to a teammate, which led to Liverpool’s winning goal.

#1 – Emmanuel Adebayor

Arsenal has poured in seven goals in their last two games, winning both matches with ease. Arsenal will hope to keep their scoring streak going against Bolton next weekend. Adebayor hit three for a delightful hat-trick against Paul Ince’s faltering Blackburn side. The Tongo striker has looked strong for the Gunners and should continue to improve, along with his team’s record.

Liverpool stuns United

Manchester United VS Liverpool

Anfield | Final Score: Liverpool 2 – 1 Man. United

Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano

Carlos Tévez gave United an early lead in the first half. Dimitar Berbatov drew in the defense inside the right side of the box and sent a beautiful pass across, which was met by the inside of Tévez right foot & into the top-right corner of the goal.

But it was the fumble by Edwin van der Sar that drew the match level before the end of the first half. An awkward ball came bouncing between van der Sar & Wes Brown. The United keeper tried to punch the awkward ball away, but instead punched it against the legs of an incoming Wes Brown, who was also trying to clear the ball.

Liverpool put the game away in the 77th minute. A goal coming from Ryan Babel after yet another poor decision made by United inside the box. Ryan Giggs attempted to try to clear the ball, rather than letting Liverpool have the corner. Javier Macherano flicked the ball away from a stubborn Ryan Giggs, who could only watch Dirk Kuyt take the ball away and pass it to wide-open Babel. Babel’s one-time shot did not connect perfectly with Kuyt’s bouncing pass, but it was enough to give Liverpool the win.

Nemanja Vidić was taken off the game after receiving his second yellow card and will miss the match against Chelsea next weekend.