The Telegraph Fantasy Football (TFF) season is getting closer to its climax. The current leader has an enviable record in TFF having won the 2010/11 season (and helped his father, Roy, win TFF in 2015/16). The current top 5 overall season leaderboard looks like this:
|1||Adrian Frost||Live mix||1910|
|3||Mark Lemmer||Lem’s 1||1889|
|4||Bryan O’Rourke||Willie Pettigrew||1877|
A round-up of the weekend TFF action:
SATURDAY 16TH MARCH
Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1 – FA CUP
The first match of the weekend was an FA Cup clash between two Premier League sides. Watford were the home team and sit in upper mid EPL table safety so are wise to give the Cup a good go this season although Manager Javi Gracia made eight changes to the side which were beaten at the Etihad last weekend with Kiko Femenia, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue the only players to retain their starting berths. Attacking quartet Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu, Will Hughes and skipper Troy Deeney all returned. Talking of returns, whilst TFF has a break due to the International matches, the online casinos such as https://www.bestusaonlinecasinos.com/ will be open for play and may provide alternative entertainment.
Palace are only 5 points clear of the relegation zone were less likely to be focussed on the FA Cup and Manager Roy Hodgson made three changes to the side which lost to Brighton last Saturday, as Martin Kelly, Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer all come into the starting XI. Scott Dann, Patrick van Aanholt and Wilfried Zaha (injury) missed out completely. Fit again Hennessey only on bench as substitute goalkeeper.
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – PREM
The first of the 3pm EPL matches featured the Cherries versus the Magpies. The two teams are separated by just 3 points so a late equaliser for Newcastle still kept them neck-and-neck with Bournemouth. Josh King scored twice for the home side (including a penalty) whilst another goal from Rondon and a screamer from Ritchie rescued a point for the visitors. If that wasn’t exciting enough for the fans then check out the best online pokies during the International break.
Burnley 1 Leicester 2 – PREM
Burnley are on a poor run of results and Leicester took full advantage as they are still seeing the positive effects of a new manager bounce despite a red card for Maguire. A return to the free-kick goal scoring charts for Maddison combined with a header from Maguire’s replacement Wes Morgan meant Leicester took the 3 points.
West Ham 4 Huddersfield 3 – PREM
The Ammers v Uddersfield was a thriller. West Ham lost away to Cardiff last weekend but bounced back with a come-from-behind win thanks to two late goals from sub Hernandez. Uddersfield were as good as down already but the players like Grant and Bacuna did enough to impress the new manager as he plans for life in the Championship.
Swansea 2 Man City 3 – FA CUP
The last two Saturday games were both Cup ties. First up were the original Welsh Wizards from Wales up against a Manchester City side who scored 7 in the Champion’s League in midweek. Will Pep rested Sterling and Aguero but paid for that by falling 2 – 0 down which was still the position with just over 20 minutes left. His big guns came off the bench and a goal for Aguero plus one in off the goalkeeper after his penalty and 1 for Bernando Silva were enough to put them into the semi-finals where they remain the hot favourites.
Wolves 2 Man Utd 1 – FA CUP
The late, late match saw two Premier League teams in action. Wolves have been a revelation this season and treated the FA Cup with the respect it deserves. Jimenez has been in and around the goals and got the first for Wolves with his attacking support Jota getting the 2nd. OGS fielded a strong side but only had a very late Rashford goal to show.
SUNDAY 17TH MARCH
Millwall 2 Brighton 2 – FA CUP
The first of the three Sunday games was a Cup match between Millwall of the Championship and the Prem’s Brighton. Millwall have slipped into relegation trouble since the turn of the year but should have beaten Brighton and only two late goals by substitutes Locadia and a lucky one from March took the game to penalties which Brighton scraped through 5-4.
Fulham 1 Liverpool 2 – PREM
Fifteen minutes later saw the first of Sunday’s two Prem fixtures kick off. Fulham were at home and are being cut adrift at the foot of the table but somehow found an equaliser to on-form Mane’s opener via ex-Liverpool player Babel. A late penalty by Milner making up for his earlier error for Babel’s goal, took the 3 points for Liverpool advancing their title charge..
Everton 2 Chelsea 0 – PREM
And finally, Everton against Chelsea. Everton have little to play for this season but bested Chelsea who were looking for a chance to climb the table. Richarlison was a threat throughout getting on the scoresheet and Everton’s defenders thwarted all that Chelsea through at them.
The FA Cup semi-final draw was subsequently made and the matches on 6 and 7 April are:
Watford v Wolves
Man City v Brighton
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