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!

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    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

    Raul Jimenez Makes Mexican Magic

    Mexico is in the midst of one of their darker periods footy-wise. Facing the prospect of missing out on World Cup qualification, they took on Panama over the weekend needing a win to keep their hopes alive. After seeing star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez miss from the spot, and then conceding a late equalizer after Oribe Peralta’s 40th minute goal, it looked as if Mexico’s woes were getting even woe-ier.

    Enter Raul Jimenez. Four minutes after Panama’s devastating equalizer, Jimenez received a pass from Fernando Arce with a fairly poor touch just inside the area, popping it straight into the air. What followed next was a piece of pure brilliance to rescue his floundering side and keep Mexican World Cup dreams within reach.

    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.

    Philippe Mexés: WTH Bro?

    Mexes Pink ShirtIn searching for hateful material to say about Philippe Mexés after his shameful performance in the Milan-Juve match this weekend, I came across this travesty of a photo. Let’s take a journey and breakdown what’s going on.

    1. Oversized (women’s????) frames.

    2. Large brown murse to complement the sunglasses ever so stylishly.

    3. Baggy jeans with the clever flap, just in case three drops of water decide to make their way into his pockets.

    4. The piéce de résistance: the deepest possible deep V one can buy without wearing a vest. In pastel pink. This thing looks like it was lifted straight from Liza Minelli’s casualwear closet.

    LBF nation what do you think? Would you rock Philippe’s outfit? Methinks our tees might be a better fit for your lifestyle…