March
21

Steve Kean’s Blackburn made it three wins in the last four to haul themselves out of the relegation mire. Once again it was the talents of Junior Hoilett and Yakubu that came good – providing further evidence of Blackburn’s firepower which seems set to preserve their Premier League status. Here’s the notes on last night’s Ewood encounter…

Morten Gamst-Pedersen
Playing alongside Steve N’Zonzi in a central midfield role, the Norwegian was a hugely influential force and produced the assist for Yakubu’s vital second goal. Gamst-Pedersen has now provided two goals and five assists in his last twelve league starts – a burst of form that has helped maintain a supply line to both Yakubu and Junior Hoilett.

Yakubu
Suspended for Gameweeks 22-24, the Nigerian’s returns had slowed of late. Last night’s goal was only his second in five games – a spell which has seen other low-to-mid price assets such as Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak rise in popularity. At 5.9 in the Fantasy Premier League game, Yakubu still offers value and has proven himself fixture proof enough to ensure that he can be considered, even despite Blackburn’s tough short-term schedule (bol MUN wba LIV swa).

Junior Hoilett
With a 5.5 price tag, Hoilett is the alternative to Yakubu as a Rovers attacking option. Whilst he’s spent much of the season in a wide role, a position that has appeared to hamper his Fantasy returns, Kean’s decision to bring Hoilett in-field in a direct support role to Yakubu appears to afforded the Canadian a greater involvement. His smart volley for the Rovers opener was his sixth of the campaign and, significantly, his third goal in two games. While Yakubu has the benefit of spot-kicks in his locker, Hoilett’s influence on Blackburn’s overall play is greater and, if he can maintain his newfound levels of goal threat, he could yet justify a punt as a third striker options.

Sunderland’s slipping form
The honeymoon period appears to be over for Martin O’Neill. While the results were dropping in, statistically the Black Cats were always producing few efforts on goal. That doubt has come to the fore in recent matches, with Stephane Sessegnon’s absence robbing them of a creative spark. Last night, O’Neill’s side mustered just three goal attempts – they have scored just four goals in their last six league games. Sessegnon’s return from suspension can’t come quick enough but there will be concern that, even with his presence, O’Neill’s side are struggling for a cutting edge. Sessegnon will be reinstalled for the visit of QPR at the weekend with O’Neill likely to drop Frazier Campbell back to the bench. Meanwhile, James McClean has now failed to notch a Fantasy return in his last four matches. Although he provided a strong supply of crosses last night, with other budget options flourishing, the left winger’s stock is now in decline. Sunderland badly need to find a higher gear against the R’s.

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  1. 4pt hit to bring in suarez for ba this week? just for this week then im bringing in ade.

    chasing a lead so would love the differential vs wigan. what do you guys think?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. for a hit, no. Ba away at west brom isn't exactly a tough fixture to go into with +4 points.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. i realize thats the safe option, but im chasing a lead and everyone at the top of my league has ba. if suarez scores big then i gain a great deal of points..

        nor at home was also not exactly a tough fixture. maybe the bawagon is over?

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. I'm a Liverpool fan, and at the most I'd say he can get 1 goal, 1 assist and that's with being unbelievably bias toward Liverpool players :L, I'm sticking with Ba this gameweek, I'm probably wrong (because I always am) but Suarez will be a Fantasy Football flop :/

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
        2. im giving Ba one week only then he's out for sure. Suarez is maybe worth a punt if you like but he hasn't scored 2 in a game all season. when you add -4 into the equation from the start it makes it a bigger risk, and if Ba gets any points even more so. Depends how suarez goes tonight..

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. so if suarez scores today @ QPR and since ba didnt score home to NOR. can i take that as a sign to bring in suarez?

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
            1. its still a risk for a hit imo. But if he's on fire tonight you could decide whether its worth a shot. ba is on pens as well, away at west brom isn't the worst fixture. If it was away at city or united maybe, but i could see Ba picking up some points. i'm also not a fan of 1 week punts as next week you might spot a player you want to get in and will need to take another hit to get suarez out for Ade.

              • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. unless you plan on keeping Suarez from here on in I see no point in taking a hit for him, you may as well just hold Ba for 1 more week then draft in Ade.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  2. lets just post irrelevant stuff , need to start the new page

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  3. :D, so, bench from this competitive front 8:

    valencia,siggy,bale,mcclean,silva

    ....rvp,ba,rooney....

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. RVP.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. +lots

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Wow. ehm... Ba

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Narrow it down to Silva & Ba

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Easy McClean

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  4. Please RMT:
    Mignolet
    Evans Enrique Caulker
    Silva Bale Valencia McClean
    Ba RVP Rooney
    Subs: Schwarzer Bardsley Simpson Dempsey

    2 free transfers, and 0.1 M in the bank

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Don't see much wrong there tbh. Although you have 2 FTs I'd think about just losing 1 as you'll want Clint at home to Norwich next week. Maybe lose Silva in order to fund Ba - Ade GW31 or just hold for 1 more week then downgrade Clint to do it.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  5. My very very early scout picks predictions for GW 30:

    Ruddy
    Evans-Skrtel-Caulker
    Walcott-Sigurdsson-Valencia-Surman
    Rooney-RVP-Suarez

    Subs; Sessegnon,Yakubu,Sagna

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Surely Reina would be the pick ahead of Ruddy - Norwich couldn't even stop Wigan scoring!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Scout picks need to be a bit cheap you know ;)

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. So what are Rooney and RVP doing there then?! :wink:

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. Even with them it's hardly a budget breaking team...DDG>Reina next week imo.

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
  6. So I'm thinking Moses -> Valencia this week... anyone gonna stop me? No... I thought not! :D

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Moses parted by the Red V!!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. I won't stop you.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Are we not going to talk about the other transfer involved?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. ahhhh I keep forgetting how cheap Valencia is!! You really want to keep Silva?

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. I'm going to get rid of moses anyway, so I might as well just get Valencia now... can always trade silva later on

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. Don't know why I even said anything:

            Keeping McClean one more game against QPR
            Moses is best away from home, next away fixtures are Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal
            Valencia is a must have and an amazing upgrade for Moses

            Conclusion....DUHHHH!

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
            1. ;) no brainers suite me just perfectly!

              • 2 years, 8 months ago
            2. My only problem will be who to bench from my front 8 this week?! :(

              • 2 years, 8 months ago
  7. Got my ticket for Chelsea-Benfica!!!! London here I come :D

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Take out a bank loan if you're going to buy beer!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. wow, that'll be a good match. Benfica have been superb in the champs league so far.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. lolol I know. London is quite expensive.... The ticket was scandalously more expensive than wath the chelsea fans are paying for the game in lisbon!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Should be a cracker, have fun.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  8. What are the French police doing, just go in and blast that prick and stop wasting time

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. what is happening? I am at work

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  9. Bookmark this:

    Drogba will score a hat-trick tonight if Kompany doesn't play.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Bookmark this: Mancini will beat up a water bottle (Wenger style) if Drogba scores a hat trick! ;)

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Bookmark this NO HE F()CKING WONT

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Torres will score tonight IMO.

      *Note: I accept no responsibility for any bets lost from people backing what is clearly a stupid opinion intended entirely sarcastically, unless of course he actually does score in which case I meant to say it*

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. bookmark this ;)

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. So sad. There was also the 15 year old boy who died playing rugby at school yesterday.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-17455257

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. yeah its crazy all these super fit players going down..no much hope for the rest of us

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. It's a silly point you're trying to make, Brian. We all know that any life lost is a sad thing. There are also people dying in Syria, Iraq and all over the world.

          The point of Optimus's post (I think) was to highlight how strange it is that 3 athletes have collapsed in the same circumstances over a period of a few days. It's normally every few years that we hear about it.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. yep..in ireland there must be about 5 gaelic players itself in last 2 or 3 years that have died as result of "sudden death syndrome"..my point was just how strange these supposed fit athletes

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
            1. There are often deaths in running from people who are fit, but have a cold and run anyway! I think athletes can push their bodies too far...

              • 2 years, 8 months ago
            2. There should be more rigorous screening amongst athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other heart-related defects.

              • 2 years, 8 months ago
        2. One person dying is sad. 1000s of people dying is a statistic. Shouldn't be that way, but sadly it is.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. And unfortunately that was too.

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  10. Hey fellas. Havent posted in a while..

    Vorm.
    Evans. Enrique. Caulker (Shotton. Simpson)
    Mata. Valencia. Bale. Siggurdsson. (Dempsey)
    Rooney. Holt. RVP

    Thats my team for next week. Any comments or thoughts people? thanks in advance :)

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. looks good..id play holt over demps myself like you have it

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. .Thanks

        Chelsea Chelseas gonna be a cracker. Ive got Silva and Mata vying for points. Dunno how well thats gonna work out fo me. ;)

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
      2. Same. Good team!

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  11. Play Demps or McClean next week? Not sure how I feel about Demps @United...

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. McClean for sure

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. +1

        Could have got 2 or 3 assists last night if Sunderland could finish, from all accounts he was far and away their best player, plus Sess is back, which will be a major boost for them.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  12. For talks sake, lets say Chelsea beat Man City 2-0 tonight. They will then be on the same points and same goal difference of +18 as Arsenal.

    Will they overtake Arsenal or will they still be behind? Why? Goals scored? Alphabetical order? Anyone know?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Citys goal diff is 49 at the mo

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Oh Chelsea sorry, Arsenal on goals scored

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. See Fulham West Brom at the mo, Fulham have scored more but points and GD is same

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. THIS.

            Can't believe there's a perfect example lying there right now in the PL table :)

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
      2. he means GD compared to Arsenal's

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. If points and GD are equal it goes to Goals Scored, if that is equal it goes by H2H result (unless it is the end of the season, not sure what they do then)

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Is that true?

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. No that's just what I thought, you may be right.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
      2. I think it goes to teams points hits and then number of players out on loan.

        I kid.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. It goes to number of wins in which case Arsenal would keep their spot. I think...

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. No Fulham have won less than West Brom but are ahead on goals scored

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. apologies.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
          1. None needed, were only trying to help

            • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. arsenal scored more goals

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    5. I can't believe that you don't know that IT :)

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    6. Goals scored.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  13. 1. Kaboul & Adebayor
    OR
    2. BAE & Balotelli

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. not sure I like either but if I had to 2.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Wait for Ade news. He is injured atm

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  14. Quick RMT please.

    Schwarzer - Lindegaard

    Verm - Senderos - Bardsley - Evans - Santon

    Bale - Demps - McClean - Walcott - Nani

    RVP - Aguero - Yak

    I know, no Rooney, though Nani would be a nice diff, in times when everyone is bringing in Rooney. But he's freaking injured, so what to do with him now ? Any chance of him starting this w/e ? Also I'm hoping Aguero can rip chelsea apart, but after tonight he's gone anyway. So question is which of these trades seem best to you.

    2FT, 0.7m, I can do :

    A) Aguero -> Rooney, Yak -> Suarez, Nani -> Siggy (-4)
    B) Aguero -> Rooney, Nani -> Valencia, Lindy -> Foster/Vorm (-4)
    C) Aguero -> Suarez (short term), Lindy -> Foster/Vorm
    D) Other Ideas

    Thanks for replies!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Kun > Rooney,
      Nani > Siggy

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. B with Vorm seems like a must to me!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  15. Ok the game is WBA vs NEW.
    The players are: Morrison and Ba.

    Recent quote on Morrison "James Morrison is a little fatigued - he's been playing a lot of games recently - so he didn't train yesterday. That means he is rested in order to have strength to start or rested means he won't start the next game?

    I have tough decision to play, who to play: Ba or Morrison? Ba is penalty taker but haven't scored for a while, also they are away.

    Opinions are more than welcomed.
    Thanks,

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. It's a tough one, Hodgson has also stated recently that he will be rotating his players a lot (annoying for me as I will be getting Andrews in for Bale :shock:) The fact that Newcastle are away is certainly a big one to factor in, and isn't Olsson back for Albion?

      In short if you think Ba will score, play him, if you don't then play Morrisson. I am playing Ba but only as my alternatives are Santon (wba), Taiwo (SUN) and Dempsey (mnu)

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  16. I have 10.7 m to replace Ba. I already have RVP and Rooney. Who should I go for?
    A. Odemwingie
    B. Adebayor
    C. Drogba
    D Demba Cisse
    E. Progrebnyak

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. I asked a similar qustion on the other page

      Ade is my top choice, but I think Odem will do well.

      Balotelli is your flair pick. Not keen on Drogba's rotation with Torres and Cisse and Pog are lesser mortals compared to the above.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Thnx dude! I am also thinking about the same.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Ade looks ok but I have another idea to consider,Weimann for 5 mill bench fodder and spend the excess elsewhere

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Maybe McClean to Gerrard for a very impressive midfield

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  17. I’ve already made 1 transfer this week and now looking to shift Ba next week. The only way I can do that for a decent replacement is to take a 4 point hit either this week or next to free up funds. What do people think to these moves :

    This week (4 point hit) Dempsey – Valencia
    Next week (free) Ba - Adebayor

    This would leave me 0.1 in the bank. I hate taking hits and I think I've only done 2 this season but this seems the only way.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. I'd do Dempsey to Valencia tonight as Friday and Saturday transfer rush might well see him rise again

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. Yeah I was thinking the same, cheers mate.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  18. Folks,

    play Ba or Dempsey next week?

    Ba, correct?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  19. Sorry Loooser

    NEW POST

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  20. All Bonus Points coming out tomorrow then, unless Yakubu hasn't got any :?:

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. looks like tomorrow.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago

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