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Fantasy Preview: Make a move for Mata ahead of mid-week madness

Juan Mata of Manchester United

The excitement of the weekend's FA Cup matches - and particularly the stupendous fifth round draw - might have made you take your eye off the ball as regards the only competition that really matters in English football: Yahoo!'s Fantasy Premier League game!

With all the top flight teams playing either on Tuesday or Wednesday, you'll need to update your team on Tuesday to keep your own personal Premier League side firing on all cylinders.

And the transfer window means there are all sorts of new players in the game who could give your team a timely boost.

Those who have disregarded Juan Mata this season as he's been left on the bench at Chelsea should probably think about getting him back in to contention, as David Moyes confirmed almost as soon as the transfer went through that the Spaniard will play a part. And what better opposition than last-placed Cardiff could you wish for to open your account?

[LINK - PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER TABLE]

Then again, Cardiff have just brought in a trio of players from outside the Premier League, Jo Inge Berget, Mats Moller Daheli and Magnus Wolff Eikrem, who'll all cost relative peanuts in Fantasy League terms (as all league newcomers do) and might have a big impact - particularly as Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably have some inspirational words for his men at his former club.

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is another player from outside the top flight worth taking a look at, while West Ham's new Italian duo Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello could transform the Hammers fortunes.

On the other side, forget Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye: the Frenchman is in the form of his life, and despite Alan Pardew's protestations to the contrary there is every chance that a hefty new offer will arrive from Paris St Germain on Tuesday, almost certainly ruling Cabaye out for Tuesday's clash with Norwich - and he may disappear from the game for good.

Plenty to think about then - check out our Premier League Transfer Table for all the latest moves, and remember to get your changes done in plenty of time before Tuesday's matches kick off at 19:45 - and you can follow them all live right here at Eurosport-Yahoo!