As the Premier League is entering its final phase, so is the Guts Fantasy League. It’s gut-check time for our managers, but there’s still two more months of action left. Remember, you only need 1 good month to be a winner in our Fantasy League! Speaking of which, here’s a couple of lads that did really well in March:
1 Multiple Scorgasms - Paul Scotland 238 - £80
1 biz utd - Jagdeep Birring 238 - £80
3 Chorlton Athletic - Daniel Morehead 229 - £40
Cheeky chop for 1st this month! Congrats to our winners in March! They must email email@example.com, subject line “Fantasy” and include team name and user name at Guts within 14 days to claim their prizes. Only a few more game weeks to go now! Get in!
Yesterday’s big game at Anfield was a cracker. Liverpool snubbed City’s title ambitions with two amazing goals. Speaking of titles, Chelsea got their first of the season beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley. That game made it difficult for a lot of you Fantasy Managers out there, but at least we can look forward to double points for Spurs and QPR this next round. Hurry up though, we have mid-week action in the Premier League ahead!
Up top in our Guts Gaming Fantasy League, it’s getting ever tighter. Tiago Neto with his Control Alt Da Laet still holds the pole position, disregarding the Scandic in 1st.. Kamil and James Currie currently trails only a few points behind with 11 game weeks to go.
February’s Managers of the Month:
1 Golden Furryballs Dan Furneaux 246p £100
2 Tout est Pardew Gary Kerr 245p £60
3 Nice to Michu Gillian Rae 231p £40
As always, our monthly winners must contact firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days to redeem their prizes. Well played to all our Fantasy Managers and again, remember to set up your team before Tuesday!
Atop the Premier League the gap is still there, don’t get me wrong, but as Chelsea fumbled at home against Burnley, Manchester City grabbed the opportunity to narrow the gap to 5 points. That is still a lot, especially when you’re playing catch up with Mourinho and his star-studded cast. However, City’s 5-0 dismantling of Newcastle was convincing, and even Edin Dzeko scored a fantastic goal.
The Special One was a Grumpy One after Chelsea dropped 2 points, not arguing with Matic’s sending off, but citing 4 situations where he felt Chelsea lost the game due to poor refereeing, though that last part was discretely veiled. More like hidden in plain sight, but that’s Mourinho’s game these days.
Next up for Chelsea is the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham. Back on New Year’s Day, Spurs and their HurriKane blew Chelsea away with a 5-3 win at White Hart Lane, but Spurs looked shady this weekend against London-rivals West Ham. Eventually they escaped with a lucky point after said Kane was given a soft penalty deep into stoppage time. A final at Wembley is always something special though, but Spurs are big underdogs. Can they provide the 15/4 upset?
Speaking of next Sunday, Liverpool will face Manchester City in their ever-promising quest for a Champions League spot. Yesterday they closed the gap with their away-win against Southampton, sitting just 3 points behind Arsenal in third. Coutinho’s early screamer set up a hard fought victory, although Saints had a few valid penalty appeals throughout the match.
As it stands now, we have a 5 team race on our hands for 2 Champions League spots. Of those 5, the Gunners are the only ones left in this year’s campaign. We have to say Arsenal was a bit lucky to escape with all 3 points on Saturday, as Crystal Palace made a proper late run for it. However, Glenn Murray could only hit the post off Bolasie’s astonishing cross 5 minutes into stoppage time.
Rest today, and enjoy the Champions League matches in mid week. Next weekend will be awesome. Sunday Funday!
It was written in the stars. It was bound to happen. It was him. It was always going to be him.
Mario Balotelli, with his first Premier League goal for Liverpool, capped off a true spectacle at Anfield last night. After 82 minutes he showed up in the box and slotted home Lallana’s perfect low cross to break the deadlock. A fairytale ending to a magnificent night of football. Make your betting week a fairytale by grabbing the next Guts sports promotion right now!
Last night’s game was a huge one for Liverpool. They basically had to win to stay in the top four flight and the reds came out attacking. Daniel Sturridge had several good opportunities, but looked rusty in his finishing. However, he was a constant threat and after 15 minutes he laid off a long clearance to Lazar Markovic who in turn strolled through the Tottenham defense and scored a low shot across Hugo Lloris. On a better day, Lloris would’ve pushed that shot aside, but the goal stood.
Tottenham on their hand definitely came to play with a Hurri-Kane on fire. Spurs utilized Liverpool’s high pressure and embroidered themselves through after 26 minutes. And who else but ‘Arry finished off that class attack. 1-1 at Anfield. Sturridge’s cheeky back heel hit the post just before half time, but after the intermission, Liverpool were at it again. Flair youngster Jordan Ibe found Sturridge in the box and Ryan Mason fouled him. Penalty. Gerrard. 2-1 Liverpool.
However, Tottenham was not about to go down easy. First Lamela fired a cracker towards goal, forcing Mignolet to make a stunning save. The Belgian made another decent save from Christian Eriksen’s free kick minutes later, but could do nothing as Kane picked up the rebound and played in Dembele who scored. The appeals for offside was not to be heard and Spurs were level once again.
Sturridge was then brought off, Balotelli came on and the rest is, as they say, history. What a goal. What a game.
Elsewhere Arsenal barely held on against Leicester, QPR grabbed their first away points of the season and even Hull claimed a win. Tonight part 2 of the 25th episode of the Greatest Show on Earth will air with Stoke to beat Manchester City at a cool 5.00 at Guts. Tune in!
We thought we were in for a couple of epic derby encounters this weekend and we got value for our money in the North London derby at least. Spurs’ starlet and one of the hottest players in the Premier League at the moment, Harry Kane scored two poacher’s goals to upset Arsenal at White Hart Lane. Can Liverpool stop the Hurri-Kane tomorrow night?
The Merseyside derby wasn’t really all that. Quite disappointing to the crackers we’ve seen between the reds and blues the last couple of seasons, actually. Everton did not look a threat until Ross Barkley came on and Liverpool, well, they struggle with the finishing skills of Sterling. One positive Liverpool has to take from the goalless draw was the performance by 19-year old Jordan Ibe at right wing. Don’t be surprised to see Ibe frequent that position in the games to come.
Elsewhere in the premiership, bottom-placed Leicester could not find the net at home against Crystal Palace. Ledley secured the winner for Palace on a rare opportunity after a corner, but the big talking point after the match was Leicester manager Nigel Pearson and his scrap with James McArthur. Pearson was tripped on the sideline and appeared to almost put a chokehold on McArthur afterwards. This might have been the last we get to see by Pearson in the Premier league. At least for now.
Affordable yes, but Nugent missed a couple of sitters this weekend
This round also saw the return of Fergie-time goals as both Manchester United, Manchester City and Southapton grabbed overtime goals. Saints win away at QPR was a massive one, although perhaps not deserved. Still in third place, Southampton, and we’re still looking for them to fall from grace. It might not happen as they bounced straight back from their defeat against Swansea. They face West Ham at home on Wednesday night as big favourites.
Make sure you’ve set up your Fantasy team in time and enjoy the next episode of The Greatest Show on Earth! Tune in tomorrow night at 20.45 CET.
January is done and dusted and in our Guts Gaming Fantasy League things are really picking up. Some strange events this first month of 2015, most notably we have a new overall leader. Sholashow? manager Sindre Askeland, who might need to review the terms and conditions, has dethroned Tiago Neto with Kamil Rukiewicz sitting in third.
As for the Managers of the Month in January, said mr. Rukiewicz had an astonishing month, racking up 305 points and our top prize of a free bet worth £100.
1. AR - Kamil Rukiewicz 305 -£100
2. TheOxGooner - Andy Sides 303 - £60
3. GUTS.com Sport - Guts Sports 280
4. Borussia Jutland - Joel Stein 280 - £40
You will notice that our Sports department had a sensationally lucky month scooping third place in January. However, the honor of making the podium is reward enough for our secret manager, so Joel Stein will receive the entire third place prize. Winners must email email@example.com with their team name and username to receive their prizes.
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Make sure you have you come prepared for the upcoming Gameweek! With numerous suspensions and injuries, this might be a good time to use your wildcard, if you haven’t already!
The transfer window closes at midnight and although speculations have been wild as usual in the press, it seems midnight will come and pass without the biggest surprises. However, Andre Schürrle from Chelsea to Wolfsburg and Juan Cuadrado coming in as replacement looks to go through in time.
Speaking of Chelsea, on Saturday the Blues faced Manchester City in an early season finale in the Premier League. Despite a fierce start to the game and both teams scoring in the first half, it eventually became abundantly clear that Mourinho would settle for a point. And he got it of course. The gap still remains at 5 points.
In the battle for the Champions League spots, Southampton disappointed and lost 1-0 to Swansea on Sunday. Gary Monk’s game plan worked to perfection and was crowned by a screamer of a winner from Jonjo Shelvey. Manchester United and Arsenal both won as expected, as did Spurs. West Bromwich was very unlucky not to score in that game, much thanks to Hugo Lloris’ magnificent performance.
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On Anfield, a much-expected return was sweetened by a clinical signature finish and a 2-0 win. Liverpool has missed Daniel Sturridge in the first half of the season, but he’s back to make an ever stronger looking Liverpool contenders for the vital 4th place.
No Monday Night Football tonight, but I guess the excitement that is Deadline Day will be enough. There are some FA Cup replays to look forward to though, and next weekend is Derby Weekend! Stay tuned.
The 4th round of the FA-cup was played this weekend and usually we would not pay much attention to it. Usually the big teams slaughter the smaller teams and usually there’s not much excitement. Well, there was nothing usual about this weekend’s round of FA cup matches, let me tell you that.
It started off on Friday, when the mighty Manchester United only managed to draw 0-0 against League 2 side Cambridge United. A huge achievement for the underdogs, who were facing extinction a few years ago. Now, the club’s economy is virtually saved, as Cambridge will receive their share of the ticket sales of the replay at Old Trafford. A million quid is a lot for a League 2 side, mind you.
Saturday was even stranger. First off, 10-men Swansea was knocked out by Blackburn. But that upset wasn’t really that huge. Championship sides pack a decent punch. Just ask Manchester City who shockingly lost 2-0 at home to Middleborough.
But the huge upset came at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea seemingly held a comfortable 2-0 lead against League One side Bradford. But the Bantams had no intentions of going down easy and shocked the football world by scoring 4 goals and in one of the biggest upsets in FA cup history knocked out Chelsea. Mourinho was fuming after the game, but found it in him to be happy for AFC Bradford. Pure class.
OK, the big sides uses these games to slightly rotate in their squad players, but still. Liverpool should be able to beat Bolton at Anfield. Wanderers’ goalkeeper Adam Bogdan would not have it and secured a 0-0 draw and a replay for Bolton. He is now linked to Liverpool…
Speaking of which, tomorrow there’s another cup-drama to look forward to as Chelsea hosts Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semifinal second leg. The game at Anfield was a cracker, but although Liverpool created the chances, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Advantage Chelsea, to say the least.
Liverpool to qualify currently stands at 3,43 @ Guts.com. Can they too manage an upset or will Chelsea bounce back?
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Kevin Mirallas steal the penalty yesterday. And from my fantasy captain, none the less?! He had to miss, it was written in the stars. The experts lashed out at him as everyone wished they could’ve heard the half time team-talk in the Everton dressing room. After the game though, which was one of the most boring experiences of my life, manager Martinez said that there was no drama involved as Mirallas was taken off at half time. I guess we have to believe him.
Let’s just forget this week’s edition of Monday Night Football, shall we? Arsenal beat City on Sunday! Who would’ve thought…Well, I have to say that the crucial penalty given at the Etihad was SOFT at best. Monreal went down rather theatrically. Anyways, City did not deserve to win, and that means Chelsea have a 3 point cushion atop the Premier League. They DID deserve to win their game against Swansea. Such quality, such beautiful football.
Southampton still looks strong as Ronald Koeman brought in fellow Dutchman Eljero Elia who in turn secured a victory at Newcastle. And what about Crystal Palace’s epic turn around at Turf Moor? Alan Pardew-effect, much?
Tonight, Liverpool take on Chelsea in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. Can Liverpool provide an upset or will Chelsea continue their steamrollin’ season?
The NFL is down to its final four teams. The Indianapolis Colts win at Denver Sunday night set the conference championship games. The New England Patriots, in the AFC Championship for the fourth straight year, will play host to the Indianapolis Colts. In the NFC matchup, the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to play the defending Super Bowl champions at the loudest sports venue in the USA.
With the Colts having defeated the Broncos, the advantage in the AFC game goes to #1 seed New England Patriots. The Patriots had a bye during the Wild Card week while the Colts had to play, New England is playing this game at their home field, and the Patriots bring much more playoff experience. With that said, the Colts went into Denver this past weekend and beat them convincingly so Indianapolis certainly has momentum and confidence going into this game.
As far as the NFC matchup, Seattle features the league’s best defense squaring off against the Packers and the NFL’s best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been hampered by a calf injury that has limited his mobility, yet he can make up for his inability to scramble with his arm strength and accuracy. Despite being hobbled last weekend, Rodgers the Packers back from a halftime deficit to advance to the NFC Championship game. Can Rodgers deliver for a second straight week against a more dangerous defense or will the Seahawks show why they, and not the Packers, are the defending champions?
The NBA’s landscape is changing
Every year, there are basketball teams that improve while other fall short of expectations. This isn’t exclusive to the NBA, but the shift this year has been remarkable. Nearly every division has seen significant differences in the standings over years past. Golden State, while a good team last year, is dominating everyone right now. An improvement was expected but, at 29-5, this pace is reminiscent of historic Bulls and Spurs teams. Atlanta (28-9) is another team that was expected to improve but they now hold the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Part of the shift is teams not playing up to expectations. The Thunder, despite some injuries, is a disappointing 18-19 in a division where that record is good for 2nd place. Cleveland is 19-19 at the moment. When LeBron James returned, he said it might take some time to build a winner in Cleveland. However, that was before the Cavs signed Kevin Love and expectations most certainly changed at that point.
Perhaps it’s too early to make any solid judgments. We’ve seen teams have greatly improved regular seasons only to fall to the usual suspects like San Antonio come playoff time. Teams like Cleveland may get their act together and start playing quality ball. Regardless, it’s an exciting time for a handful clubs that had been consistent losers for many years. They’ll get their chance to prove if they are contenders in just a few short months.