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Fantasyland: Cottagers have a new Russian hero

Pavel Pogrebnyak scored his fifth goal in three games for Fulham last weekend. And he’s coming back for more…

Pavel Pogrebnyak has found his scoring touch at Fulham.
Pavel Pogrebnyak has found his scoring touch at Fulham.
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THERE’S AN EXTRA Merseyside feel about Gameweek 28 as, on top of the weekend’s fixtures, Liverpool and Everton face off in an eleventh game on Tuesday night.

The Premier League’s top two return from disappointing European results in midweek as Man City travel to Wales to play Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea while United host a resurgent West Brom side.

At the bottom, there are two more massive meetings – Wolves and Blackburn will attempt to get themselves off 22 points while 19th-placed Bolton are at home to QPR, who sit just two places above them.

Two players to pick:

Leighton Baines: The Everton full-back has come up with three goals and two assists and likes his bonus points too. With David Moyes’ men playing Spurs at home on Saturday before the derby later in the week, Baines, who has a total of 101 points and costs 7.8 is sure to see plenty of the action.

Pavel Pogrebnyak: The name know simply as ‘Pav’ by his team-mates topped the charts last week with an impressive hat-trick against Wolves. That made it five goals in three games for the Cottagers and the Russian striker could well add to that against Villa tomorrow. You’ll get him at 6.3.

Two to avoid this week:

Michael Dawson: There was bad news for the Spurs defender this week as he is set to miss the rest of the season with ruptured ankle ligaments. Dawson’s career has been blighted with injuries and it’s a blow for a player who had hoped to force his way into England’s Euro 2012 squad.

Nathan Dyer: The Swans winger is one of their highest scorers this season but isn’t available to take part against City on Sunday due to a three-match suspension. His team-mate Michael Vorm could be in for a busy day between the sticks though.


Bolton 1-1 QPR
Aston Villa 1-2 Fulham
Chelsea 1-1 Stoke
Wolves 0-1 Blackburn
Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool
Everton 1-2 Tottenham
Man United 3-0 West Brom
Swansea 0-2 Man City
Norwich 1-0 Wigan
Arsenal 2-2 Newcastle

How my team got on last week:

A not insurmountable total of 39 points was my well-deserved prize. Wayne Rooney was my top scorer because he (unlike the rest of my lazy good-for-nothings) actually scored a goal.

Who is leading league?

The  gap is closing and by Tuesday night we could have a new leader, Deceptively slow is proving just that and the progress is down to a crawl. Ride Me Sideways is just 12 points behind having amassed 76 points this week.

The week’s top scorer was the unfortunately named Mattchester United who totalled 80 points thanks to a front trio of Van Persie, Rooney and that man Pogrebnyak.

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