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Diary of a Fantasy Gaffer: Pick your players wisely for Super Sunday

The United-Liverpool and Tottenham-Arsenal games have left Godfrey with some selection dilemmas.

Phil Jones and the United defence face a big challenge in attempting to combat Sturridge and Suarez this Sunday.
Phil Jones and the United defence face a big challenge in attempting to combat Sturridge and Suarez this Sunday.
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IT’S A RARE genuine Super Sunday this weekend, and so I’m more torn than usual over which players to pick.

Should I put faith in freescoring Liverpool ahead of an improving Manchester United side?

Will there be a ‘reaction’ from Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham as they host Arsenal?

These are invariably the most difficult fantasy weeks, with good players far more likely to underperform against top-quality opposition.

So what should I, a humble fantasy-football-playing canine, elect to do? In the end, I’ll do what I always do — make minimal substitutions and hope everything works out okay.

And that policy has gone pretty well so far — we’re above 1,738 teams in TheScore.ie‘s fantasy league (let’s just casually brush aside the 604 who are above us, shall we?).

United’s less-than-reliable defence is likely to find life difficult against the in-form Sturridge and Suarez, so I’m making the latter captain this week.

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Adebayor is still in the team despite not having done much lately because, well, I’ve used my wildcard and I’m too scabby to throw away any more points on transfers.

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Koscielny and Sagna are still at the back for TheScore Machine though, so if the Togo-born player and his Spurs teammates flop, it’s not a complete disaster from the team’s point of view.

In addition, Man City are playing Hull and don’t need to worry about the Champions League anymore, so here’s hoping Jesús Navas and Yaya Toure can run riot against Steve Bruce’s side.

Given that I’m now a full 243 points behind the leaders — Brendan Hayes’ Bookie Busters AFC — like United, the team’s title hopes are over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for top-100 respectability as the season approaches its climax.

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