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…

    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:

    http://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

    Juan Mata Steps His Game Up

    José Mourinho’s second stint at Chelsea has been all but rosy so far. Lackluster performances combined with losses to Everton in the EPL and FC Basel in Champions League have seen critics question many of his personnel decisions, tactics and overall philosophy. Chief amongst those queries is his marginalization of Spaniard Juan Mata. By far Chelsea’s best player last season, the wispy creator has seen his place under threat due to Mourinho’s preference for the more mobile and dynamic Oscar, amongst others. An outrageously talented playmaker, Chelsea fans have been tearing their hair out to watch the former Valencia attacker waste away on the bench. With such skills like in the video below, many outsiders have been asking the same question.

    Mourinho has been staunch in his criticism of Mata, stating that the Spaniard must improve his defensive contribution in order to secure a spot in Chelsea’s lineup. However, after giving him a shot at halftime of their crucial matchup against Tottenham, the little man stepped his efforts up with an inspired performance to help his side to a 1-1 draw. Rewarding Mata with a start against Steaua Bucharest, he repaid Mourinho’s faith with a sparkling performance, helping them to a brilliant 4-0 Champions League victory.

    With Mourinho’s challenge laid down, Juan Mata has stepped up in the best way possible. by working his socks off, being a creative force, and showing the talent that made him Chelsea’s best last season. With such absurd talent at his disposal, Chelsea fans will be happy that arguably their best player is back in the lineup.

    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