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Fantasy: Team of the Season so far

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We’ve hit the midpoint of the Premier League season, and now everyone has played everyone at least once. Liverpool have obviously been the big winners thus far having made it through half of the season unbeaten, and that kind of dominance has bled into the Fantasy world as well.

In fact, four of the 11 best players at this stage come from Jurgen Klopp’s side, who boast the points leaders at three different positions in our game. You can find those three individuals and the rest of our Goal Team of the (Half) Season below.

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GK: Alisson – Liverpool – 19 Games, 45 Saves, 7 Goals Conceded, 12 Clean Sheets = 109 Points

DEF: Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – 19 Games, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 7 Goals Conceded, 12 Clean Sheets = 104 Points

The Liverpool defender may well be the best defender in the league and his Fantasy performances are continuing to reflect that. Since the Dutchman joined the club, Liverpool’s defence has improved drastically having kept more clean sheets than any other club (21) over that period.

Now, in 2018/19, van Dijk has already been involved in as many goals (three) as he ever has in a full Premier League season, propelling him to the top of the heap among defenders in the Goal game.

DEF: Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 17 Games, 4 Assists, 5 Goals Conceded, 12 Clean Sheets = 101 Points

DEF: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 19 Games, 1 Goal, 7 Assists, 16 Goals Conceded, 8 Clean Sheets = 90 Points

MID: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 18 Games, 12 Goals, 7 Assists = 130 Points

At the mid-point of the season, Mohamed Salah leads all players in points in our game. This has largely come off the back of his 12 goals which are the second-most in the league and, as a midfielder, the Egyptian gets an extra point for every one of them compared to forwards.

While it’s unlikely the Liverpool talisman will score 20 more times to meet last season’s total, he has already recorded more chances created (41) and assists (3) than he did at this stage in 2017/18. This versatility should ensure that Salah will remain an elite Fantasy option, even when the goals aren’t going in.

MID: Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 15 Games, 10 Goals, 9 Assists = 120 Points

MID: Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 15 Games, 9 Goals, 7 Assists = 106 Points

Sterling’s form has dipped significantly of late, but he still makes this list easily as a top-three Fantasy midfielder. Owning the English international is not always a joyous experience though as he’s blanked in nearly as many weeks (9) as not (10).

Fortunately, in the Goal game, when Sterling does put up those poor performances you can always replace him with another player that is yet to play that week, so you can gamble on the upside of Sterling while providing yourself with an out if he disappoints. Or, for those of you that prefer to use him as a set-and-forget option, you can rest assured that, come the end of the season Sterling will likely be in our Team of the Year – again.

MID: Felipe Anderson – West Ham – 19 Games, 8 Goals, 3 Assists = 95 Points

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 17 Games, 13 Goals, 4 Assists = 113 Points

Aubameyang only scored one goal in the first five matches of this season, yet here he sits with more goals (13) than any other Premier League player at the midway point. He heads the Arsenal attack which has created more assists than any club save for Manchester City, which should provide him with plenty more opportunities to score in the second half of the season.

Whether he will continue to finish those chances at the same rate remains to be seen as he’s currently significantly outperforming his expected goals, but that doesn’t make his accomplishments thus far any less significant.

FOR: Harry Kane – Tottenham – 18 Games, 12 Goals, 5 Assists = 112 Points

FOR: Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 17 Games, 8 Goals, 8 Assists = 96 Points

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“Jose Mourinho Ruined My Real Madrid Career” – Kaka

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The Brazilian failed to hold down a regular spot in the Blancos starting XI, with the Portuguese preferring Mesut Ozil to him in the lineup.

Former Brazil star Kaka claims that Jose Mourinho is partly responsible for his disappointing spell at Real Madrid.

The Ballon d’Or winner joined Madrid from AC Milan in 2009, becoming the second most expensive player ever, but saw injury problems blight his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

When he regained fitness, Mourinho had taken over as head coach and often left Kaka out of the starting XI.

Kaka believes a combination of the two factors ruined his chance of becoming a star for Real, with Mourinho preferring Mesut Ozil to him in attacking midfield.

“The problem in Madrid was continuity,” Kaka told SporTV. “First, it was because of the injuries. The first year I had a hip problem. I pushed to reach the World Cup and then I had an adductor injury.

“After the Cup I have a knee operation and I’m out for six months. And when I return I have Mourinho. My problem in Madrid was continuity.

“First for the physical issue and then for the choice of the coach. I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that he could give me opportunities. But it was his choice, it was beyond my reach.”

Despite the disagreements between the two during their time in Madrid, Kaka says that he has forgiven Mourinho and understands why he left him out of the lineup.

“There is no problem between us.

“I was in Manchester for a sponsorship gig and I stayed at the hotel where Mourinho lived and we talked for two hours.

“At some point we had a misunderstanding because I believed that I had to play and he believed that I did not. But they were respectful disagreements.

“I never rebelled and told him ‘I’m leaving here’, nor did I go before the press to complain. I told him: ‘It’s your choice, but I think you could have other options because I think I should have a chance to play. Now, you must choose.’

“He had no arguments. He told me he was not going to play because the position was for Ozil. I thought I could contribute.

“Mourinho is really what you see in the cameras. He has his explosive moments, but he’s a very smart guy. What people see at press conferences is all prepared and planned and knows exactly what they are going to say. The problem I had with him was because of his choices. I thought he was wrong. But the team worked. We won a ;eague and we reached the Champions League semi-finals.”

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BREAKING! Flying Eagles Coach, Paul Aigbogun, Arrested In London

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Flying Eagles coach, Paul Aigbogun, could be in hot water with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following his arrest by the London Police for public disturbance.

Aigbogun, who lives in North West London, was arrested by the London Police outside a woman’s house at 6am on Friday, December 28 on charges of domestic violence and being five times over the legal alcohol limit.

Report has it that the former Warri Wolves manager has family in North West London and lives there usually when he’s not on national assignment.

It is understood that Aigbogun went around the woman’s house uninvited very late at night, drunk, and bangs in the door screaming her name for hours until she is forced to open up.

Prior to his arrest, the neighborhood Watch were aware of the situation and they were concerned about hearing the woman scream so often.

The Flying Eagles coach has been labelled an alcoholic and abusive man who is not fit to be a role model and shouldn’t be around young players.

Aigbogun previously worked for Enyimba.

 

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EPL: What Pogba said after Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has spoken on his side’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday in the Premier League fixture.

Goals from Paul Pogba (2), Marcus Rashford (1) and Romelu Lukaku (1) gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men all three points against Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

However, Nathan Ake did score for the visitors.

 

 

Pogba, in an interview with Sky Sports after the game, said the Red Devils needed the win against Bournemouth.

The France international, however, admitted that United still have a long way to go in the Premier League this term.

“We needed the win and we had a great performance as well,” Pogba said.

“We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful.”

Man United will now tackle Newcastle on Wednesday in their next Premier League fixture.

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