The return of Fernando Torres from injury is a welcome boost to a Ruining Football side that hasn’t been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks.
Liverpool have long been accused of being a two-man team but given recent performances that have included Steven Gerrard, some might say it is in fact a one-man show. The influence Fernando Torres has on that side is massive and his comeback couldn’t come quick enough for Rafa Benitez.
I resisted the temptation to sell the Spaniard when he picked up his injury and, with a busy Christmas period on the horizon, it will hopefully prove to have been a sensible move.
The front three of Torres, Didier Drogba and Darren Bent has goals in it, and Chelsea man Drogba gets the captain’s armband this week as he plays at home to an Everton side low on numbers, especially at the back.
In midfield, Jimmy Bullard’s unfortunate injury against Aston Villa means that he didn’t even play half a game in my team, and he is the one player transferred out today. In his place comes Stoke’s Matthew Etherington who has been quite efficient this year so far and has 61 points to his name already.
Stoke are at home to Wigan so there is a chance for some good points, especially if Ryan Shawcross can return to help with a clean sheet.
Clint Dempsey and Cesc Fabregas are both on the road this week but still have the potential to score well against two dodgy defences in Burnley and Liverpool respectively.
Darren Fletcher looks set to continue as a make shift centre back for Manchester United at home to Aston Villa. I have benched Stephen Warnock as I think a clean sheet is out of the question for Villa.
The same goes for Bolton who take on Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium so both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Gary Cahill drop to the bench alongside Mark Noble.
Joe Hart has made the number one shirt his own in recent weeks and can hopefully pick up another clean sheet at home to West Ham.
There was little to shout about last weekend from an attacking point of view with Fabregas missing a penalty and Drogba and Bent both failing to find the net.
Three defensive clean sheets and the customary bonus points for captain Cesc meant we limped to 48 points overall.
The wildcard is seriously being considered for next weekend.
The team currently sits in 53,819th place out of a total of 2,183,867 teams.
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