A bit of what’s going on in Butt’s Brain after a weekend of Premier League football:
- Southampton starting left back Luke Shaw – who made his first ever appearance in our FPL Gameweek 22 Best XI – may miss out on the second match in his double gameweek after suffering a badly gashed right knee at Villa Park. Shaw was the standout performer at Villa Park: “Shaw was undoubtedly one of the best players on the pitch, defending excellently and providing a constant outlet down the left. The promising left-back’s afternoon was brought to an end when he was stretchered off in the second half.” That said, he looks set to miss out on a dream appearance at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. If Southampton keep another clean sheet – that’s 6 points lost for fantasy managers who own the young star LB, though it will most probably be just 2 points lost.
- And while Shaw is a double gameweek player who will miss out due to injury, it looks like Gary Cahil may return despite missing out in the clean sheet and win at Stoke. His fantasy managers (7% owned) were handed an extremely cruel blow as Cahill’s girlfriend Gemma went into labour on Saturday. We hope the baby is healthy and that the parents are happy, though we do wonder how Chelsea journalists, message board administrators, Twitter addicts, and other bloggers completely missed out on the possibility of Cahill missing the match. I guess in a world with no privacy for footballers, there are still certain things that go unnoticed or are hidden to the press. That one cost fantasy managers 6 points but Cahill owners will hope he can at least salvage a clean sheet on Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. For those owners who own both Cahill and Shaw – that’s 8 bona fide points lost, and we feel for you, but keep your heads up, as both players presented extremely good value for the cost entering the double gameweek, and the decision was a good one to acquire them despite the obvious freak incidents and unforeseen absences.
- Manchester City have appealed Vincent Kompany’s sending off against Arsenal yesterday. The defender received a straight red for what looked like a two-footed tackle in real time, though replays showed there was certainly an element of recklessness to Wilshere’s tackle and Kompany actually won the ball and didn’t take out the player. It will be interesting to see if this appeal is won. If it is not won, then of course Matija Nastasic – who we first scouted for you back in early October – looks an even more nailed on prospect. At 5.6m the young Serb has done well this season and while he faced a bit of wintry rotation with Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott, Toure is in Africa now and Micah Richards is still injured, so his position looks safe.
- Ashley Young left yesterday’s match against Liverpool on crutches and Sir Alex Ferguson is also sweating on Nemanja Vidic’s fitness ahead of the team’s FA Cup replay with West Ham on Wednesday and trip to Tottenham this coming weekend.