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With the Capital One Cup on Sunday and the FA Cup quarter finals next weekend, the Premier League sees its usual programme disrupted and fragmented, which means fantasy managers have to deal with having their squads decimated.
Fear not, however, for there’s plenty of quality in action this weekend to adjust your team and pick up some valuable points thanks to these four absolute bargain signings (well, one of them really isn’t a bargain).
Here’s five things to expect from the weekend…
Having gorged ourselves silly on European football, it’s time to turn our attention back to more traditional bread and butter meal that is the Premier League. Things are hotting up in the race for the title and in the battle to avoid relegation, and with just 12 games left we’re approaching the “do or die” stage in the Fantasy League too.
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Having witnessed the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich beat Manchester City and Arsenal in their own backyards, the attention returns to the Premier League, for what could be an important weekend for many clubs, particularly at the less noble end of the table.
Here’s five things we can expect from the weekend.
The Champions League returns tonight after a 10-week long absence and with Manchester City hosting Barcelona and Arsenal welcoming reigning champions Bayern Munich tomorrow night, the first leg of the round of 16 could be one to remember.
Here’s five things to look out for over the next two nights of Champions League football.
If there’s one thing we can expect from tonight’s first leg of the Champions League round of 16 is that neither Barcelona nor Manchester City are likely to betray their football philosophies in order to secure a result.
The Catalans might have become slightly more pragmatic under Tata Martino than they were during Pep Guardiola’s reign, but the Argentine manager isn’t the sort of man who entertains the idea of building barricades either.
Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, made things abundantly clear in his press conference yesterday.
“We’re not going to think just about defending; what we do with the ball is the most important thing. It’s very important when we get the ball Barcelona chase us. They can get tired chasing us,” said the Manchester City manager.
Pellegrini, like the majority of his colleagues who have come across Barcelona in the last five years, will have to find a way to control Lionel Messi, particularly given that the Barca talisman looks to have rediscover form after a spell on the sideline, but were City to be defensively set up simply to limit the Argentine’s influence, things could get a lot more complicated for them.
Messi must, of course, be kept under control as much as possible – a much harder task than it sounds – but there are three key battles City must win if they’re to travel to Barcelona with a chance to progress.