To help follow the football fantasy form of the top FPL teams, here is the first article in our new feature which will focus on European exploits. The Champions League is an incredible tournament which continuously serves up crackers and Round 2 didn’t disappoint. Celtic picked up their first ever away win in the tournament with a 3-2 win against 10-man Spartak Moscow to give them a great boost. Bate Borisov gave their home fans something to cheer about as they secured a 3-1 victory over German giants Bayern Munich and However, that’s enough talk about the foreign teams, here is our analysis of the Premier League sides…
Cluj 1 – 2 Man United
Travelling away in Europe is always tricky and United’s evening got off to a terrible start when they went behind to a rather simple goal scored by Kapetanos. However, with the help of Rooney’s (11.7m) delivery and Van Persie’s (13.5m) shoulder, United levelled before half time. The same deadly duo combined in the second half to give United the lead and they held on for the victory. RVP said after the game that he wants to get more assists this season and this could lead to him drifting wider and deeper to benefit his team mates.
Nordsjaelland 0 – 4 Chelsea
The scoreline was emphatic but the match was far from a beating with Nordsjaelland putting up a valiant battle for most of the match. Juan Mata (8.8m) continued his great form from the weekend with a brace in Tuesday’s match and will be a possible captain choice against Norwich this weekend. With 4 goals on the board, here are the players who set up and scored them:
Mata – 2 goals (10 points)
David Luiz – 1 goal and clean sheet (10 points)
Ramires – 1 goal (5 points)
Torres – 1 assist (3 points)
Oscar – 1 assist (3 points)
Lampard – 1 assist (3 points)
Man City 1 – 1 Dortmund
Man City had a very difficult evening against Dortmund who repeatedly tested Joe Hart. The City goalkeeper made a number of excellent saves to keep them in the game and through a questionable handball call, substitute Balotelli (8.8m) equalised from the spot to secure a draw. Silva (9.6m) continued to show his return to form with some great passes and Aguero (11.0m) forced the penalty decision which would’ve yielded him an assist in the FPL game.
Arsenal 3 – 1 Olympiakos
Arsenal were evenly matched by Olympiakos in the first half but came out in the second period with more gusto to collect 3 important points as they bounced back from their defeat to Chelsea. Gervinho (7.4m) broke the deadlock just before half time with the assist going to Arteta (7.8m) but Olympiakos hit back 3 minutes later to draw level going into the half time interval. Podolski (8.6m) gave Arsenal the lead once again on the 55th minute thanks to a Gervinho pass and Ramsey (5.7m) sealed things late on with the assist going to substitute Olivier Giroud (8.4m). Arsenal conceded from yet another aerial ball and West Ham will look to capitalise on this in Gameweek 7.
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