PEYMAN PICKS: Gameweek 9

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  • This weekend’s fixtures see us focusing our attention to Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby and Chelsea hosting Manchester City will take center stage, but in terms of real fantasy value and where the potential points lie, Saturday’s fixtures will likely prove the difference. Top of the table meet near bottom as Arsenal look to continue their early season form against lowly Crystal Palace who have accumulated only three points thus far. After conceding two wonder strikes Monday at Craven Cottage Ian Holloway then stepped down as Palace manager claiming he had lost the dressing room. Fantasy managers will undoubtedly look to invest in Arsenal’s attacking trio of Giroud, Ozil and Ramsey, but as is always the case, whoever gets the armband will likely be the difference in this week’s league scoring.


  • In Birmingham it should prove a tough and interesting encounter as Belgian teammates Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke will go head-to-head in what should be a tight affair. Liverpool then host West Brom in Merseyside with the hopes of their young playmaker Coutinho returning from a shoulder injury which has kept him sidelined for over a month. I expect Liverpool to grab all three points with the strong potential of a clean sheet here, so many owners should look to invest in their back line for this one. Up front it seems to be a toss up between Sturridge and Suarez and likely your team’s finances will dictate which striker you’ll opt for.

  • Manchester United will welcome back former club hero and opposing manager Mark Hughes to Old Trafford as his refreshed Stoke side look to test the resolve of the currently fragile champions. After last weekend’s disappointing last minute draw at home and midweek’s narrow win over Real Sociedad, they will look to get back to winning ways before they completely drift out of title contention already eight points behind leaders Arsenal. We shall see if young Januzaj retains his starting role on the left flank or if his manager will shake things up and mix in some experience. Wayne Rooney looks like the only definitive attacking player sure of a starting role for the Red Devils and will likely captain many fantasy teams this weekend.

  • The next three favorable fixtures that managers will look to focus in on are Southampton v. Fulham, Swansea v. West Ham and Tottenham v. Hull City. All home teams have a good chance of a clean sheet, but in terms of attacking potential there are more than several options to explore. Southampton are currently riding high up the table largely in part to the form of midfielder Adam Lallana, which is why he’s deservedly made my team of the week. Some fantasy owners have sold the likes of Michu, who could return to haunt them this weekend as he picked up a goal yesterday during Europa League competition and is at home to a West Ham side that aren’t know for their away efforts, despite their recent surprise victory at White Hart Lane. Lastly, Spurs host a struggling Hull City team and have new youngster already making headlines with his recent performances for both club and country. If the promising England international can cement his place in AVB’s side then we could eventually see a Bale-type replacement for great value, priced at only 5.6M. Paulinho still remains a safe Spurs cover option at 7M and seems firmly in the plans of his manager avoiding rotation risk with the likes of Holtby, Eriksen, Lamela and Sigurdsson.

  • Peyman’s Score Predictions

    26 Oct 12:45 Crystal Palace (1) v Arsenal (3)
    26 Oct 15:00 Aston Villa (1) v Everton (1)
    26 Oct 15:00 Liverpool (2) v West Brom (0)
    26 Oct 15:00 Man Utd (2) v Stoke City (0)
    26 Oct 15:00 Norwich (2) v Cardiff City (1)
    26 Oct 17:30 Southampton (2) v Fulham (1)
    27 Oct 13:30 Sunderland (2) v Newcastle (2)
    27 Oct 16:00 Chelsea (2) v Man City (1)
    27 Oct 16:00 Swansea (2) v West Ham (0)
    27 Oct 16:00 Tottenham (3) v Hull City (1)

  • Peyman’s picks of the week

  • GK: Boruc
    DEF: Vertonghen, Johnson, Evra
    MF: Michu, Lallana, Ozil (C), Townsend
    ST: Rooney, Giroud (VC), Sturridge

    Bench/Alt. options: Mignolet, Lovren, Walker, Snodgrass, Benteke,

  • Other recommended FPL resource sites:

  • www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!

  • www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.

  • Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!

    Follow me on Twitter @RedOranjePey

    MAKING: The Little Victories capsule collection

    With the release of our latest collection only a week away, we give you a glimpse of what goes into making some products in the new range. Enjoy.

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    A special mix is created for the color on our latest hoody.

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    Dom films the embroidery while Bob works on the hoodies in the other room.

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    “The Little Victories” capsule collection launches next week. Stay woke.

    - Ebun.

    Peyman Picks: Gameweek 8

    Youngsters Paving the Way

    We can’t ignore the fact that last week we were reminded of the young talent that is emerging alongside the marquee internationals that have taken the league by storm. Young Adnan Januzaj of Man Utd is undoubtedly the talk of the week as he repaid the trust of his new manager who started him for the first time in a league match, by notching a game winning brace and ‘Man of the Match’ performance. The Red Devils will be keen to see him sign a new contract before his current one expires next summer with rivals poaching and monitoring his progress ever so closely. Another former Man Utd. product Ravel Morrison, continued his stunning display of skill, balance and creativity as he helped the Hammers to a surprise road victory while scoring a goal worthy of a goal of the season nomination.

  • Then we have the Everton pair, Chelsea loaned Romelu Lukaku and academy product Ross Barkley. Under new manager both have taken their chances by the helm and have flourished, while Chelsea are beginning to question their decision to loan out their most in form striker of the bunch. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey continues to sizzle for Arsenal and is in the goal scoring form of him life while young Robbie Brady of Hull City is proving that he is the catalyst they will look to for Premier League survival. With the World Cup in Brazil just around the corner next summer, these youngsters will be looking to force their way into the thoughts of their national team managers throughout the season, who will no doubt have a headache or two when it comes to their squad selection.

  • International Duty Complete

  • The Premier League featured more international players either scoring or assisting in their respective matches than any other league in the world this past week and by some distance. The better news is that there are no major injury concerns to our fantasy investments, including that of new Arsenal start Mesut Ozil, who has reportedly shaken off a knee knock and will be available to Arsene Wenger when they host Norwich at the weekend. The Gunners also have the luxury of welcoming back Santi Cazorla and Bacary Sagna from injury as the Arsenal boss hinted in his press conference that he will likely begin to rotate the squad. With the international break always feared, yet finally behind us we can look to our form players thus far for some comfort in the coming weeks, while keeping an eye on the fresher players coming back from injury.

  • Peyman’s Score Predictions

    19 Oct 12:45 Newcastle (1) v Liverpool (2)
    19 Oct 15:00 Arsenal (2) v Norwich (0)
    19 Oct 15:00 Chelsea (3) v Cardiff City (0)
    19 Oct 15:00 Everton (2) v Hull City (0)
    19 Oct 15:00 Man Utd (2) v Southampton (1)
    19 Oct 15:00 Stoke City (1) v West Brom (1)
    19 Oct 15:00 Swansea (3) v Sunderland (1)
    19 Oct 17:30 West Ham (1) v Man City (1)
    20 Oct 16:00 Aston Villa (1) v Tottenham (2)
    21 Oct 20:00 Crystal Palace (2) v Fulham (2)

  • Peyman’s picks of the week

    GK: Begovic
    DEF: Rafael, Baines, Ivanovic
    MF: Michu, Barkley, Oscar, Ozil (VC)
    ST: Rooney, Lukaku (C), Sturridge

    Bench/Alt. options: De Gea, Terry, Puncheon, Giroud

  • Other recommended FPL resource sites:

  • www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!

  • www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.

  • Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!

    Follow me on Twitter @RedOranjePey

    LBF on the Philly Soccer Show

    KYW News Radio
    Yesterday, I was interviewed for the Philly Soccer Show by Greg and Eli. They asked me about everything from my upbringing to how I got started with LBF and many more things. Here’s an excerpt of their write-up below:

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –- There is a local company combining fashion with the world of soccer, and on this show we have the man behind it all.

    Ebun Olaloye, a Temple University graduate and founder of Live Breathe Futbol (http://livebreathefutbol.com), is the guest on the KYW Philly Soccer Show. He talks about his early days growing up in Nigeria, where he first became interested in art.

  • While in college he discovered a whole culture of soccer fans who played games during the week and watched matches on the weekends. He took his love of the sport and love of design and Live Breathe Futbol was born.

  • Olaloye talks with KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch about the company’s early beginnings and where he sees his clothing line going in the future.

  • Then, Eli and Greg look at the Philadelphia Union as they head into the final stretch of the season. The team earned a point against last-place DC United at RFK Stadium last weekend, and have a match at the foundering Montreal Impact this Saturday.

  • It’s looking more and more as if the team’s playoff fate will be decided during the last game of the season, at home against Sporting KC on October 26th.

    You can listen to the entire interview here

    Who’s Fresher than Gli Azzurri?

    We love all things style and football here at LBF, so when I saw these photos of Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli in their team-issued overcoats, I had to take a step back and *slow clap*

  • From Gianni Versace to Giorgio Armani, Italians have ruled and dominated the world of fashion for decades. And with four World Cup titles, they aren’t slouches on the football pitch either.

  • Here are some photos of Italian footballers being awesome at fashion.

    Andrea Pirlo the Godfather and Mario Balotelli.

    Andrea Pirlo the Godfather and Mario Balotelli.


    Versace outfits Inter Milan.


    Dolce and Gabbana outfits AC Milan.

    We might have to make the foray into tailored suits, because these looks are killer! What do you think?

    - Ebun.