Fantasy football is dominated by stats and trends, but nevertheless, there is a piece of information we all seem to ignore. That is Blackpool’s opening day demolition of Wigan at The DW Stadium. Every year in the Premier League, one of the teams everyone expects to get battered has a really good start. Therefore anyone who is brave enough to include some risky players in their Fantasy Football team reaps the reward. Burnley did it last year, scoring goals including a victory of Champions Manchester United at Turf Moor.
Quality players or not?
It has to be said though, as good as Blackpool were on Saturday Wigan were poor and had Chris Kirkland not had an off day the scoreline would have been much more respectable. It’s going to be an interesting month for Blackpool. All their players are cheap so if you’re feeling brave, take a punt on Marlon Harewood at £4.4m as a 3rd striker. What more current trends do we have? If Blackpool can keep their momentum going Harewood will surely be their main threat and could bring in more points the some of the more expensive midfielders.
Elsewhere, the top two from last year both put down markers. Chelsea picked up where they left off last season by destroying West Brom 6-0. They did so while Man Utd’s old boys saw off Newcastle at Old Trafford. The most interesting fixture was the meeting between the four sides likely to finish third to sixth. Spurs and Man City kicked off with everyone keen to see if Harry could repeat the last-seasons achievement. The big question was whether Paulo Mancini had managed to blend Man City’s mercenaries into some kind of team.
It was exciting to see that the Spurs dominated the first half. If it were not for Joe Hart in the City goal they would have started with a victory. Similarly, were it not for the sun in Pepe Reina’s eyes, Liverpool would have secured a priceless win against Arsenal. Joe Cole’s sending off was unlucky but having just watched Liverpool beat Trabzonspor where Cole missed a penalty, he seems like he’s trying too hard. The goals and the performances will come for Cole eventually.