Double Deutch

The midweek action centred around damage limitation for Ruining Football with only eight players involved, while Chelsea’s double gameweek means Michael Ballack is an important figure this weekend.

The signing of Michael Ballack paid off almost immediately as the German performed well in Chelsea’s comfortable 3-0 win over Birmingham, claiming an assist and a clean sheet.

His side play twice in Gameweek 24, and though both fixtures are away from Stamford Bridge, they will be confident of claiming six points from Burnley and Hull.

Ballack’s team mate Branislav Ivanovic comes into the squad at the expense of Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, while strikers Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez return to the starting lineup after being involved in cup action during the week.

Tevez takes on the captaincy with a home game against bottom side Portsmouth as City will be looking to get a result to make up for the heartache of Wednesday’s League Cup semi final defeat to neighbours United.

Armand Traore and Abou Diaby drop to the bench with doubts over the former’s place in the Arsenal team and question marks over the latter’s fitness.

Hopefully Darren Bent can re-discover his goalscoring touch at home to Stoke, while James Milner hasn’t had the best few weeks.

The Gameweek 23 total of 35 points wasn’t bad all things considered, with solid performances from Ballack, Gary Cahill and Jody Craddock, but skipper Cesc Fabregas only managed a disappointing eight points.

The team currently sits in 11,193rd place out of a total of 2,247,936 teams.

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