Analysis

FLIP’s Picks In-PLay: Everton vs Chelsea

Written by Sam Hopkinson

Well, we hope you enjoyed the highs and lows of the international break—but if you’re anything like us at FLIP headquarters, you’re counting the seconds until the league gets back into action. FLIP Sports takes a look at the players you should keep in mind for your in-play fantasy games this weekend, starting with Everton vs. Chelsea at Goodison Park. Last season this game ended 3-6, so let’s hope for another humdinger!

DEFENDER

Seamus Coleman

In case you’ve never read the football pages of any newspaper, here’s a reminder—Coleman cost Everton just £60,000. The right-back is comfortably one of the best in the league, and usually linked with several clubs every window. The young Irishman is a stalwart for Roberto Martinez’s team, having played every minute of the season so far. He managed just two assists in the league last season, something he will be keen to rectify—and he has one notched up already. Up against Eden Hazard he will be expected to defend at the very top of his game, and will certainly be in for a stern test.

MIDFIELDER

Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish midfielder finds himself under some pressure going into this game, after mediocre performances so far this season. There is little doubt he is one of the best creative midfielders in the game, but under Mourinho he has to be a committed defender too—something he is clearly uncomfortable with. Fabregas clocked a whopping 18 assists last season, but has yet to bag even one in the last four games. The ex-Barcelona man has something of a reputation for playing well in the first half of a season before petering out after January—so to have a poor start like this will be worrying fans. Mourinho is not exactly known for being patient, either.

STRIKER

Radamel Falcao

The Colombian whose face didn’t fit at Manchester United has broken his duck early on, with this goal against Crystal Palace before the break. Although Chelsea suffered a shock defeat in that game, Falcao regaining his confidence could be ominous for the rest of the league. He may never quite regain all of his acceleration and pace after the ACL injury he suffered, but his movement off the ball is still top class. This could be a season of welcome renaissance for El Tigre, an exciting prospect for Chelsea fans and neutrals everywhere. With question marks over Diego Costa’s fitness, Mourinho will be hoping that his first goal for the club isn’t just a flash in the pan.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Aaron Lennon

This week, Lennon gets FLIP Sport’s nod for honourable mention. A new signing at Goodison, he made the move on deadline day for £4.5 million—a bargain for such a veteran player. He looked revitalised during his loan spell last season, and Martinez seems to trust the 28 year old to come good when it counts.

About the author

Sam Hopkinson

Sam has attended matches everywhere from Cambodia to Canada, and is a persistent Spurs fan. If he didn’t have football, he’d probably turn to a life of crime just to get that exhilarating fix. Superstitious enough to believe that picking a player for his fantasy team spells doom for the poor sod.