Your ultimate Telegraph Fantasy Football aid

If we’re being honest, we all think we know better than even the Premier League’s finest managers.

And now you’ve now got the chance to prove you can mix it with the best, thanks to the FourFourTwo Fantasy Football League.

Simply put together your very own fantasy Premier League XI (although Mark Hughes may be concerned to learn you’ll only get £50 million to do it) and compete against your friends, the Great British public and even the despicable miscreants the lurk around FourFourTwo Towers in a battle for Fantasy Football glory.

Oh, and a trip to Barcelona or Madrid to see a top La Liga match next season.

It costs just £6 to enter a team or £10 to enter two. You will also automatically be entered into the main Telegraph Fantasy Football game, where there’s £150,000 to be won – including a £50,000 first prize.

And, as if things couldn’t be easier – we’re about to give you a hand in selecting your side…

Formation: 3-5-2

Switching to three at the back reduces the risk of lost points through goals conceded, and also gives you room for another goal and assist grabbing midfield player.


Ben Foster
Manchester United

This may raise a quizzical murmur at first, but think about it like this – Edwin van der Saar is likely to be out injured for at least two months, during which time Foster will take his place between the sticks for the champions.

Even without Van der Saar, United are unlikely to ship many goals. This could finally be Foster’s chance to prove his worth, and we’re not willing to bet against him dislodging the big Dutchman on a permanent basis, should he be able to show steady form over the coming weeks.

If not, you can always bring in somebody else – the beauty of this transfer window-less fantasy world we’ve created!

Glen Johnson

Sure, so the defensive side of his game may sometimes leave a lot to be desired, but in Liverpool’s impermeable back-line, it’s still unlikely he’d wind up losing you too many points because of it.

Add his probable high number of assists into the mix and Johnson could become one of the highest FF point scoring defenders over the course of the season.

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United

There probably isn’t too much explanation required here. Ferdinand will be a consistent starter in United’s back four this season, and as we’ve already established, this should mean a decent tally of points from clean sheets alone.

He may not have picked up as many FF points as defensive partner Nemanja Vidic last year, but that was largely down to the England man’s injury struggles – and the Serb never looks far away from another booking.

Kieren Gibbs

Because you don’t have an Arabic oligarch to back your summer spending, you’re going to have to look for at least one bargain – and we think we’ve found just the man.

Gibbs slotted effortlessly into Arsenal’s back four last season in the absence of Gael Clichy. The Frenchman’s return to fitness looks like putting his regular place under major threat.

However his versatility means he’s also likely to fill in on the left side of midfield, or even in the centre – meaning he’ll play regularly enough to earn you valuable FF points, but in a side that won’t concede enough goals to cause you too much concern.


Ashley Young

Aston Villa


The England winger will be looking to have a big season in order to cement his place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, and with seven goals and seven assists last season making him one of the highest point scorers last season – he’s likely to be right up among the top dogs again this season.

Stephen Ireland

Manchester City


The charismatic Irishman was the surprise hit of 2008/09 – scoring nine goals and laying on nine assists as City ambled along in mid table.
Expectations at Eastlands will be even higher this term – so it may well be there’s scope for him to get even more points, if he can keep his head down and keep his place in the team - you’ll just have to hope that’s not too big an ‘if’.

Tim Cahill

Much like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, Cahill is a consistent goal threat from midfield. Unlike Lampard and Gerrard, he’s not at such a ‘fashionable’ club, and is a little bit cheaper at £4.2 million. 

Luka Modric
Tottenham Hotspur

Modric took his time to stamp his authority on the Premier League last season, which explains his fairly meagre 109 points.

But he showed signs towards the end of the campaign that he could well be one of the most productive and creative players of the coming season, and given Spurs' ever improving array of strikers, expect his assists stats to soar.

Andriy Arshavin

Six goals and seven assists in 12 Premier League games last season should be enough to convince you that this chirpy little scamp will be a decent addition to your fantasy side.

If he can stay fit, continue that kind of form, and not be inexplicably dropped by Prof. Wenger as he was in the FA Cup semi final defeat to Chelsea – he could well be looking at around 20 goals and 20 assists in the coming campaign.

Those kind of figures could make him the new Cristiano Ronaldo, and a substantially less detestable one at that.

Fernando Torres

The joint highest priced player in our game, Torres’ 2008/09 was hampered by a series of hamstring injuries – but even that couldn’t stop him scoring 15 goals and finishing in the top 10 point scoring strikers.

As guaranteed a goalscorer as you’re likely to find in the Premier League this season – the Spaniard is nailed on to net your team at least 150 points, if he can put those injury worries behind him.

Nicolas Anelka

Last season’s Golden Boot winner and the highest FF point scoring striker of last season – Nicolas Anelka will surely trouble the top goalscorers charts again, should he continue to lead the line for Chelsea.

The only problem he may face is the possibility that new boss Carlo Ancelotti relegates him to the bench in favour of Didier Drogba – although with speculation circulating that he’s about to sign a new deal at the Bridge, it appears likely he’ll be in favour.

Pick your own Fantasy Football XI here