Scout Notes- Gameweek Twenty Six- Sunday

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Theo Walcott is at the double at Arsenal come back to hammer Spurs. Emmanuel Adebayor gets amongst the Fantasy points again. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs roll back the years as United steal a late win at Norwich, Grant Holt grabs another goal for the Canaries, while Tony Pulis installs Asmir Begovic back in goal as Stoke see off Swansea at the Britannia:

Emmanuel Adebayor
Spurs’ on loan forward maintained his recent run of form in yesterday’s blistering north London derby. Adebayor was once again partnered by Louis Saha and provided an assist for the Frenchman to open the scoring at the Emirates, before netting Spurs’ second from the spot in the 5-2 defeat. He has now picked up 12 assists this term, second only to David Silva, and a nine point return took Adebayor to 142 points, just a couple behind Wayne Rooney. With Spurs hosting United before facing tricky trip to Everton and Chelsea, immediate investment may not be huge, though with a turn in fixtures from Gameweek 31 onwards, Adebayor has the potential to rack up the points in the final quarter of the season.

Bacary Sagna
Having sustained a broken ankle in the first north London derby back in Gameweek 7, the Arsenal right-back exacted revenge as he helped spark a remarkable comeback. Sagna –who had been out for 15 gameweeks with the injury before returning earlier this month- grabbed the home side’s first and also provided an assist as Arsenal turned over their rivals in emphatic fashion. Perhaps surprisingly, this was the first time this term Sagna has produced attacking returns but, with the Gunners chalking up just two clean sheets in their last ten, investment in their back line continues to look a risk.

Theo Walcott
Despite plenty calls for his exclusion, Walcott maintained his place in the starting XI, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropped from the previous league game at Sunderland. The winger answered his critics in style, grabbing a brace and returning double figures for the second home match in succession. Walcott is now on 117 points, three more than Juan Mata and only nine less than the likes of Nani; priced at 8.8, he’s proving to be better value than perhaps anticipated and, with less than 4% ownership, is clearly an over-looked differential.

Robin Van Persie
The Gunners skipper was only fourth in this week’s Captain Poll, with a mere 5% of the votes ahead of the visit of Spurs. Arsenal’s defeats away to Sunderland and Milan clearly had an effect, with nearly 33,000 Fantasy managers transferring Van Persie out in Gameweek 26, but he demonstrated once again just why it’s folly to write him off, with a goal and assist in the 5-2 triumph. He now sits on 193 points, nearly 40 ahead of nearest rival Gareth Bale, and is well on course to hammering last season’s top score of 198 by Nani.

Ryan Giggs
A last-minute winner at Norwich provided the fairy-tale ending for the Welshman’s 900th appearance for United. Afforded another role on the left, with Ashley Young benched, Giggs continued a strong run of consistency which has now seen him produce attacking returns in each of his last five appearances for the champions. With Paul Scholes vindicating his return from retirement with his second goal in six matches, it’s clear the experienced hands are stepping up in performance for Sir Alex Ferguson in the crucial final third of the season. Giggs has now played 90 minutes in four of United’s last five, though with Antonio Valencia expected back next week, there’s enough of a question mark against his game time to make Fantasy managers think twice about his acquisition.

Back in domestic action after a three-gameweek absence due to a foot injury, the Portuguese star grabbed an assist for Scholes’ opener- this was his first attacking return since Gameweek 17. Nani’s lack of form, combined with Antonio Valencia’s strong consistency, has seen the former’s price drop from 10.5 to 9.9 in recent weeks but with the champions’ schedule looking outstanding from Gameweek 28 onwards, he has the platform and potential to deliver.

Grant Holt
A goal against United took the Norwich skipper to 98 points, the top-scoring Fantasy player for Paul Lambert’s side. Holt seems to have ousted Steve Morison as the Canaries number-one forward- he’s started the last five, while the Welshman has managed 25 minutes in the last three gameweeks. Holt has also scored against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle and, with (stk, WIG, WOL, ful) amongst his next five, he looks a decent cut-price (5.0) option over the next month or so.

Asmir Begovic
Having started the Potters’ last fourteen league games, Thomas Sorensen had certainly looked the nailed-on number-one for Tony Pulis’ side. Confident of a home clean sheet, we’d even drafted him into this week’s Scout Picks ahead of the game against Swansea- Stoke duly obliged with a 2-0 win but it was Asmir Begovic who got the nod. Stoke’s Thursday lineup in Valencia was, in retrospect, a sign of a shift in Pulis’ thinking- Sorensen had started in Spain; a clear surprise, given that Begovic tended to be fielded for cup games. The only matter that Pulis’ team sheet clarified yesterday was that, as far as Stoke goalkeepers are concerned, there’s no such thing as a certainty.

Ryan Shotton
Having flickered briefly on Fantasy radars with a run of six starts in seven from Gameweek 14-20, Shotton’s stock had taken a dive after just a single first XI appearance in the subsequent five fixtures. Lining up on the right side of midfield, the 4.0 defender returned to the Stoke starting lineup yesterday and reminded us of his out-of-position potential with an assist for Peter Crouch as Stoke avenged their defeat at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season. Similar to the likes of Sorensen, though, his lack of assured game time will continue to deter most Fantasy suitors, despite his cut-price potential.

Peter Crouch
Partnered once again by Jon Walters up front, Crouch grabbed a rare home goal as the Potters ended a run of four straight losses. The former Spurs man netted at the Britannia for the first time since Gameweek 13 and, pre-bonus, has now averaged 4.1 points per game, taking him ahead of Walters’ 4.0 in the Stoke rankings. A game against Norwich next weekend looks enticing for Crouch but with Chelsea and City to follow, Stoke’s Fantasy assets don’t look likely to see much immediate investment.

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  1. ENR 7pts Udit 1pt on Fifa h2h.

    And have I scared you outta here already Udit? 😉

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  2. thinking of doing sess-pilkington, leaves me with cash to do aguero-rooney after this week and another available player for gw29? good transfer or a bit backwards?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. Nope, i'm also doing sess to pilkington to raise funds for Rooney. Looks like the best option.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  3. Early GW27 captain shouts? I am thinking Aguero or Dempsey

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. With Pog playing upfront, Dempsey may not be a good choice. And I may eat these words, come next week!

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  4. Suggestions for replacing Robbie Keane (with 1.7 cash in hand)?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. For this week Graham, long term The Yak

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. Holt

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  5. BATE signs Denis Polyakov for a RECORD TRANSFER FEE of 600 000 dollars

    20-year old defender Denis Polyakov has become the FIRST PRESEASON SIGNING of FC BATE Borisov. Last four seasons (2007-2011) Polyakov played for FC Shakhter Soligorsk. First three years he was a reserve team member.

    — I am happy to become a part of Viktor Gancharenko AND COLEHOLE'S team. I DID NOT THINK A LOT when I got an offer from Borisov. It is a good team, fantastic coaching staff, STRONG MANAGERS.I will do my best to help BATE in all competitions next season. I ASSUME THAT PLAYING FOR THE YELLOW BLUES IS A MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE as well as a good chance to get spotted by foreign clubs from strong leagues...

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. I've not changed the text apart from my name btw. just highlighted the important bits.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. 0.6 mil? Ha. That is what my worst player earns over less a fortnight. 😉

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. we're a small club, but with big, big ambitions!

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
    3. dollars? thought the local currency was iPhones?

      (8 match ban?)

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Come to BATE. Free eyepeeadz and eyepyodz and brand neewe stadium.

        Don't ask where money come from.....

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
  6. whats everyone think of fulham home defense next week?

    i played shwarzer/kelly gw25 and they conceded against stoke at home, gw26 i play krul/raylor who then go and concede against wolves, meanwhile shwarzer/kelly score 14 v qpr!! so i cant win can i.

    i dont want to get burned again doubling up on a good logical assessment which turns out to be bollox. fulham v wolves looks like a good chance of a cs, but then newcastle couldnt keep em out so.....

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. Those stats ring a bell here too

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. i may have to spread the risk and play shwarzer/raylor, its just annoying when well thought thro choices dont work out, like captaining ba this week

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. Spooky!!!....... .Me too

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. I'm avoiding FUL def if I want CS's. Most on here will have 1 or 2 defs that are not expected to score eg: caulkner. So if you need a player for a certain price, and only then, would i advise seeking Fulham.

      Surprise CS's are exactly that. May as well go for flair and get a NOR one.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Don't quite agree with that but we will see !!

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. Don't blame me, blame senderos and his horrible run of points!

          I'd love the FUL defense to work out. Fixtures wise, it would be great for FPL players.

          Sad truth is that they are no better or particularly worse than most of their similarly priced colleagues, but we will see indeed. As long as Dempsey scores, I'm happy enough to root for them!

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
  7. Congrats Mull on the Win! :)

    Rooney failed me :(

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. You had me worried with Rooney, now do me a favour and beat JK.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Will do, will do 😉

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
  8. WC GW 28 assuming GW29 has all ten fixtures.

    Friedel Bogdan

    evans simpson kompany enrique kelly

    yaya dyer mclean walcott/bale or mata dempsey

    ade rooney RVP

    0.5mil in bank

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. I cant see GW29 being complete. Got to be prepared for limited fixtures

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  9. Over the next few weeks i plan to carry out a few upgrades like getting in Rooney for Aguero and Krul for Sorensen and a few others, but to do this i need to free up some money.
    My midfield is quite strong and i want to keep Bale and Silva, but which of these transfers would you do to free up some money?

    A) Valencia -> McLean
    B) Valencia -> Sigurdsson
    C) Sessegnon -> McLean
    D) Dempsey -> McLean
    E) Dempsey -> Sigurdsson
    F) Another one you can make up

    Thanks for the help.

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    1. I am doing Valencia to Morrison in 2 weeks, I don't like any of those moves

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  10. C You will need Valencia and Dempsey for GW29

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  11. Surprisingly interesting MOTD3 chat with Alan "Will you start Raylor?" Pardew, Paul "Thank you for saving my GW" Robinson and Lee "Please rejoin our defence" Dixon


    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. after the agonizing tourism commercial, and then watching that murray's... whatsit, humor? .... i just couldnt go on any longer. ill just take their word for it. giggs is doing well still. sorry

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Tolerated the MotD pain mainly for Pardew, it's not often they actually have an active manager on the show, and he's managing a team very much of interest...

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. ok. u have a point. im impressed by pardew as well. going to check it out

          the bloody commercial just finished for the second time... ow

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
          1. Are you watching from overseas? Now it's clicking into place, I was like wtf is this tourism commercial? BBC is non-commercial! I'm not going to pretend Pardew tells us the starting lineup or anything, but just interesting to hear from him. Also, he seems like quite a cool guy.

            • 3 years, 11 months ago
            1. japan... which might explain the "malaysia truly bloody asia" commercial

              • 3 years, 11 months ago
              1. Yeah it's probably targeted to the target market 😉
                Always throws me a bit when I see the BBC site from overseas...

                • 3 years, 11 months ago
  12. GW 29 news ANYONE!?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. yes please

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        1. its not really the post... but what cums after that is the fun bit

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
            It’s a blue-veined custard-chucker

            GOOSE SAYS:
            A purple headed yoghurt slinger.

            NOW BACK TO ME SAYS:
            A penis.

            • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. How does that help its got nothing to do wiith fixtures.

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. ............?

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
          1. just hang up

            • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. No one's playing, it's all off

      Joking, basically City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Stoke, Arsenal and QPR might have no game. The first four have a better chance of one though.

      See link

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  13. Hello everyone. Best replacement for S.Fletcher? Considering Holt or the Yak. What do you think?
    And what happens with Yak's gw29? Will he get a double gw later, or will the match be played midweek same round?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. Both are reasonable substitutes for Fletcher but no one knows GW29's final fixtures yet

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  14. Monday at work is much more pleasant with the thought of a "Salma Hayek Overnight" to look forward to.

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. I see you're sharing her with TorresMagic 😡

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  15. This week would you rather have playing;

    A) Krul and Caulker
    B) Mignolet and Kelly

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  16. BATE loans Maicon Kalijuri from Polish Jagiellonia

    Maycon Rogerio Silva Calijuri, or just Maicon Kalijuri...Maycon started his career in Brazilian U.R.T Uniao Recreativa. Next step was to Extrema FC...In Jagiellonia hot-shot forward spent half of 2010/11 season and then was loaned to Piast Gliwice from Polish second division.

    Maycon will definitely stay with BATE for the half of the next season. At the end of this period BATE will have the right to buy forward.

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  17. Been out of the game for a few weeks, just about to press the button and bring in Shwarzer as my no 1 keeper, any reason not to get him in (he's the Fulham first choice now yes)?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. Good choice He's cheap and a definite starter GW29 (subject to injuries of course)

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. Yep, good choice imo.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
    3. It's sensible. Like ever, if it doesn't make a difference to your price, I would wait until the last day - it seems like everyone is disappearing right now!

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Thanks all (he doesn't look near a rise for a while).

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
  18. Really need the Chelsea City game to be on for GW 29 since I'm going over with my brother and dad to see it. It should be okay right?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. Although the person I was talking to on the phone said it was confirmed.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. Don't see how it could be, with FA cup to come :(

        Would it really put you out if they rescheduled?

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. Massively since they already rescheduled it a month or so ago....

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
          1. I did not know that. They may take that into account, or at least try to.

            • 3 years, 11 months ago
    2. Isn't a doubt if they progress in the Cup?

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
    3. All depends if they can move it to midweek. Tosey (link) said that it might be cancelled because if Chelsea win there'll be less than 2 week's notice to play it midweek, but on the other hand more recently he noticed that some matches have been rearranged with less than a week's notice. So it might be on.

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
      1. I certainly hope so! Cheers Isacki!

        • 3 years, 11 months ago
        1. Why are you not studying? 😡

          • 3 years, 11 months ago
  19. What goalkeeper rotates well with Mignolet for less than about 5.5?

    The rest of my defence is; Kompany - Evans - Simpson - Senderos - Caulker

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  20. Other than Cole which Chelsea defender is a certain starter [including FA cup games] over the next month?

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  22. Who do you think the better player to have in your team is, McLean or Sigurdsson?


    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  23. keeper troubles.. I have Vorm and Lindy what are the chances of one of them playing at the weekend, dont really want to use a transfer on them. If I have to who would you recommend for around the 4.5 mark?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
    1. I've got similar issues and have been thiking about bringing in Al Habsi for Lindy... Alternatively, a worse combo of Mignolet may also be a possibility...

      Have a funny feeling about bringing in a Wigan GK tho....

      • 3 years, 11 months ago
  24. Which 2 for GW 27?
    A) sid and sess
    B) sid and pogrebnyak
    c) sess and pogrebnyak

    • 3 years, 11 months ago
  25. What do people think about a Ruddy and Al Habsi goalkeeper combo?

    Seems to rotate well, cheap and cheerful, but still brings in half decent points?

    Worth a gamble?

    • 3 years, 11 months ago

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