Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fantasy Review: Chelsea v Aston Villa

Fantasy Review: Chelsea make it two on the trot!

Final Result: Chelsea 2-Aston Villa 1

This match was a fierce contest throughout the 90 minutes. Chelsea started the brighter and found the back of the net through a Luna own goal after Hazard had a shot on goal saved by the keeper but straight into Luna's path. Aston Villa never swayed in their pressurising tactics, which were making it difficult for the Blues to create clear cut opportunities. Agbonlahor found Benteke who finished a difficult opportunity on the stroke of half time, just reward for the effort the Villa side put in. With less than 15 minutes to play, Lampard found Ivanovic's head from a corner and we had the third of the match. Aston Villa had a late penalty shout go unheeded, but they deserved a point in what has been a glorious start to the season from the youthful side.


Oscar- Played a really positive game and had the chances to score at least one during his 81 minutes on the park. Shooting was poor throughout the contest but I think we can call it as just one of those days, as generally he has a reasonable shot. Given the spaces he was getting into, at his price, investment looks like a reasonable idea.

Mata- From what I saw tonight, avoid for at least the next few weeks till he finds his feet. Mourinho isn't his biggest fan and was very disappointed with his performance, with Jose showing his annoyance at his running patterns at various times on the touchline. Didn't produce much from an attacking sense anyway, but at his price, avoid for the foreseeable future. 

Hazard- Looked very promising indeed, getting into positions to score and nearly did against Guzan early in the piece. Enjoy the points he'll bring throughout this campaign. 

Lukaku- Romelu will be heavily traded out this week, and with good reason. He hasn't been given the minutes all fantasy Lukaku owners were hoping for. Nonetheless, I still believe there is reason for optimism, after watching both of Chelsea's matches thus far. If he can start in the match at Old Trafford, expect goals. He has been the best performed striker out of the 3 to have played thus far, bringing real life and genuine speed that neither Torres nor Ba managed to do. I see him going on a hot streak at some stage of the season, he just needs the minutes...

Aston Villa

Benteke- Another domineering performance by Benteke. Looks like he can provide a 20+ goal season and bringing him in after GW3 looks like a no-brainer type decision at this stage. Given Villa look far more promising this season than last, expect more opportunities and thus more points!

Agbonlahor- Gabby provided the assist for Benteke tonight. He is in extreme form, and if Benteke wasn't at the club, he'd be leading the line and he'd be much more fantasy relevant. Given his devestatingly low price of 7.0, as soon as Villa have a strong run of fixtures, he'll certainly be worth investment. 

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