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:

  • – 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!

  • – 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 (, 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.

    PEYMAN PICKS: Gameweek 7

    Reviewing the fixtures for this week leaves us managers with little hesitation to invest in Liverpool and Spurs players as both clubs host teams struggling to find the back of the net away from home. With Luis Suarez now available and already on the scoring table after bagging a brace last weekend, it leaves us with a striking dilemma as his in form counterpart has proven point returns in this newly formidable partnership. I suppose it all depends on your budget and what you’re willing to invest up front based upon the balance of the rest of your squad. Sturridge is the cheaper option saving you 1.4, but Suarez is fresh having served his ban for the start of the season and is known for scoring in bursts.

  • In North London we look to our strong midfield options in Ozil and Ramsey for Arsenal and Sigurdsson and Eriksen for Spurs. Timing is everything and either pair can boast points, so for this week I’ve chosen a balanced option based on form and their various attacking roles.

  • Away form:

  • Will Everton remain the league’s only undefeated side as they travel to Manchester for a tough test at the Etihad? After an embarrassing defeat midweek at home to defending European champions Bayern Munich, Manchester City have a tough test on their hands as they try to avoid back-to-back league defeats when they host a confident and undefeated Everton side. It should prove to be an entertaining match that could be full of goals with both managers opting for an attacking and a free flowing style. Fantasy managers should not expect a clean sheet from their defenders here, but may look to invest in attacking options with the likes of in form players Yaya Toure, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, while City’s David Silva looks set to mark his return to action after a brief injury spell.

  • New and already under pressure, Manchester United boss David Moyes will look to bounce back from last week’s tough home defeat when the defending champions travel to the Stadium of Light and face a manager-less Sunderland lingering at the bottom of the table. RVP looks set to return from a groin strain that kept him out recently, while Wayne Rooney should shake off a shin knock in time that kept him of their mid-week Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. The pair will look to find that much needed attacking spark that looked so formidable in flashes last season. It will be interesting to see how Moyes lines his side up as the manager is still experimenting to find a set system and his preferred starting eleven. Will we see the emergence of young Adnan Januzaj or Shinji Kagawa as cheap/mid-priced fantasy options for the Red Devils? Time will certainly tell.

  • Finally we look at Arsenal’s trip to the Hawthorns and a tough West Brom side. This will prove to be a good test of the Gunners early season form when they will face a resilient side with a noticeable home form. New signing Mesut Ozil has notched four assists in his first three league appearances for his new club, while no other Fantasy player is more in form than Arsenal’s young Welshman, Aaron Ramsey who leads the game in total scoring and is still a solid cheap option valued at 6.5 M. Stephane Sessegnon will continue to try and provide that attacking spark for West Brom as they look to cool down the fiery Gunners who are currently sitting top of the league.

  • Peyman’s Score Predictions

  • Man City v. Everton: 2-2
    Cardiff City v. Newcastle: 1-1
    Fulham v. Stoke City: 2-0
    Hull City v. Aston Villa: 1-1
    Liverpool v. Crystal Palace: 3-0
    Sunderland v. Man Utd: 1-3
    Norwich v. Chelsea: 1-2
    Southampton v. Swansea: 2-2
    Tottenham v. West Ham: 2-0
    West Brom v. Arsenal: 1-1

  • Peyman’s picks of the week

  • GK: Boruc
    DEF: Vertonghen, Toure, Riether
    MF: Sigurdsson (VC), Whittingham, Ozil, Sessegnon
    ST: Suarez (C), RVP, Berbatov

  • Bench/Alt. options: Mignolet, Ramsey, Ivanovic, Lambert, Mata

  • Other recommended FPL resource sites: – 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! – 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

    JOGABO is poised to change the game

    I’d heard about Jogabo about a year or so ago. Then in its infancy, I thought it was a cool idea, but now? Jogabo is poised to absolutely change the game. I was lucky enough to meet Jeremy when he came to Philly a few weeks ago to learn more about Jogabo and the team behind it. Yesterday, they launched an Indigogo campaign to fund the development of native apps for Android and iOS. In the past 24 hours they’ve raised $10,000 of their $50,000 goal. Check out the video of my good man Jeremy giving you the lowdown on Jogabo.

    Help fund Jogabo on Indigogo. Click here