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Season Review

Team of the Season – Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Without a goal or assist to his name over 30 appearances in the 2010/11 campaign, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was far from prominent in Fantasy managers’ thinking as last term got underway. Hardly renowned for his attacking endeavours, the Tottenham left-back had mustered just one goal and four assists for the London outfit since joining from French club Lens in the 2006/07 season and resultantly started with a 5.0 price tag, 0.5 less than Spurs right-back Kyle Walker:

The Cameroon international begun every one of his side’s first 34 matches before being ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat at QPR in Gameweek 35. In spite of this, Assou-Ekotto still managed to accrue enough points to finish amongst the top five defenders, just five points behind team mate Walker, with the highlight of his campaign coming in the first double Gameweek of the season. Assou-Ekotto was the stand-out performer of Gameweek 20, with a goal, assist, three bonus points and couple of clean sheets bringing his Fantasy owners a 24 point haul.

The Statistics

The left-back returned a total of 12 clean sheets over his 34 appearances, with seven of those at the Lane and five away from home. Both Assou-Ekotto’s double figure returns came in home matches, however, with an 18 point haul against Everton his highest of the campaign. Finishing on 135 points, he trailed Patrice Evra by 24 points, but proved better overall value, with the United man starting with a 7.0 price tag in comparison.

Working in tandem with Gareth Bale on the Tottenham left flank, Assou-Ekotto had the most eye-catching Fantasy campaign of his career by some distance – he grabbed two goals, five assists and nine bonus points, averaging 4 points per game, slightly better than Walker’s 3.8. A look at the members stats highlights he was more of a threat than the right-back throughout, producing more attempts on goal and creating more goal scoring opportunities than Walker on average.

As the Gameweeks progressed, plenty snapped up his services, with Assou-Ekotto reaching a season-high price of 6.3 before that afore-mentioned shoulder injury saw his price plummet and put paid to what was a highly successful season.

The Prospects

Given his finish amongst the top five defenders and increased attacking threat, it’s fair to say a price hike can be expected. Certainly, a jump of 1.0 to 6.0 looks the most likely, though with his Fantasy appeal at both ends of the pitch, a rise to 6.5 (Bacary Sagna’s starting price last term, for example) may not be beyond the realms of possibility when Fantasy Premier League (FPL) release the player lists in a couple of months’ time.

With Walker surely to be similarly priced, it may well leave Younes Kaboul as the best route into Redknapp’s backline, with Ledley King, Michael Dawson and William Gallas all too often blighted by injury. Fantasy managers could well overlook the Cameroon international, then, and while the likes of Swansea and Newcastle can expect a price increase, it’s likely that defensive options from both clubs will still cost less than Assou-Ekotto – given the pair produced more clean sheets than Tottenham last time out, the left-back looks likely to struggle to garner the same levels of attention.

It remains to be seen whether last term’s returns were a glimpse of what’s to come or just a one-off, though with Harry Redknapp somewhat reluctant to rotate his full-backs, Assou-Ekotto’s security of starts will at least be beneficial. While a mid-price valuation worked in his favour last time out, Fantasy managers willing to pay top dollar for an attacking defensive option next season may well look to more proven performers such as Thomas Vermaelen or Leighton Baines, despite the fact that both will come at a higher cost.

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  1. JT's Dog
    5 years, 5 months ago

    just finished my own jerry maguire mission statement for my work and about to email it around the place, could soon be leaving with the goldfish

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    1. HVT
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

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    2. Ginkapo
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      5 years, 5 months ago

      You gotta do what you gotta do

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  2. HVT
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Worst manager of the year : daglish followed closet by MacLeish.
    Worst chairman of the year : whatshisface for sacking mick McCarthy , it was all downhill for wolves from there.

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    1. Eoin
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      5 years, 5 months ago

      1. Agreed.
      2. Agreed.

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    2. Manani
      5 years, 5 months ago

      how can u sack this guy
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo5qX1Yr-hQ

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  3. Corrigan
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Preliminary defensive pool for next season:

    Kenny Federici
    Kompany, Kaboul, Kelly, Brown, Fonte/Hooiveld, Monk, Wilson, Lichaj

    Maybe the likes of Turner and Vidic can offer value (Davis may be the one in goal), but I think with Evans' emergence, Vidic could be occasionally spared next season. He may still be too expensive anyway.

    I know people won't like this, but I have to get the defensive balance right as a matter of priority. If it takes me all summer then so be it...

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    1. Carlton Palmer's Eyes
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Id say Harte at reading. Defender on pens. Too good to turn your head at that.

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    2. Scroobius Mac
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Harte?
      I can see Wilson being a must have next season.
      Ridgewell, McCauely, Foster, Warnock, Dunne, Collins, Given may also be decent options.

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      1. Gigging Order
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Danny Wilson on loan to Blackpool? Or someone else?

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    3. pompeyfan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      You're right, it will be all about value as usual. Looking for new players or players who underperformed or didn't play much last season.

      Kompany may be too expensive next season. Baines may be priced a little lower than last season.

      Not sure Ian Harte will be a regular in the premiership now, lost his legs ages ago.

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Kompany is an interesting one. He's reliable in various ways and at some point you have to be disciplined and draw a line in bargain defenders to make way for some caviar ones.

        It's all about price, but Baines will need to be around 6ish for me to buy him. Everton always start poorly and struggle for clean sheets.

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        1. Scroobius Mac
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Baines at 6 would have about 50% ownership.

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          1. pompeyfan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            true. I reckon he will be 7.0, which will be cheap enough for me. If he has alright fixtures he will be going in again

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            1. Corrigan
              5 years, 5 months ago

              Baines is a fascinating one. I agree, I think he'll be 7-7.5 which for me is too expensive, but I shall remain open minded.

              This time last year he was to be the first name on my team sheet, but I now appreciate the value of FPL money!

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            2. Scroobius Mac
              5 years, 5 months ago

              Ditto. I'll only have him when they have a purple patch of fixtures (and the last 10 regardless). It hasn't come to fruition yet but with Pienaar probably back and Jelavic in the box his attacking returns will surely be boosted again next year.

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        2. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Kompany does not have enough goal threat for me.

          I am anticipating City bringing in a new CB for us to swoon over next season.

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        3. sotothemightygreek
          5 years, 5 months ago

          I think I may change tack and go for Hart next season. Nailed on, save points and probably cheaper than Kompany.

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          1. pompeyfan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            not enough save points tho as the weaker teams wont have many shots

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            1. sotothemightygreek
              5 years, 5 months ago

              Lescott could be a decent option at 6.5m if City don't sign anyone. He's just as good an option as long as he's starting.

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              1. pompeyfan
                5 years, 5 months ago

                yep, with a better goal threat

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      2. HVT
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Yea someo e said they saw them on a bus recently but by the time hart got there they were gone.

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    4. Corrigan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Something putting me off Harte but if he's 4m and nailed on then he's going in. If he's priced at 4.5+ he could pose a problem as I like to go areodynamic in defence as much as possible.

      I think Villa could offer a lot of value next season, but unsure about WBA.

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      1. pompeyfan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        agreed on Villa, I will certainly be looking at them next season. Probably Wigan & West Brom too

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        1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Who from Villa? They were all sh!t this season, FPL wise.

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          1. Corrigan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            New season, new manager, new slate, cheaper prices.

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          2. pompeyfan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            whoever is cheapest but likely to start. They underperformed so should be reasonably priced. With a decent manager they are capable of being top half at least

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            1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
              5 years, 5 months ago

              Dunno. Villa seem to be one of those perennial nobodies.

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              1. Scroobius Mac
                5 years, 5 months ago

                The finished 6th 3 times in a row before the last two seasons.
                If they finish anywhere above 12th they should show decent enough returns.

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                1. Eoin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  + a Billion

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                  1. Eoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 years, 5 months ago

                    To Mac that is.

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    5. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Crainey? Fox?

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        If Fox is nailed on and priced well then yes.

        Blackpool defenders may as well not be listed.

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        1. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Yeah Fox should be a worthwhile alternative to Harte.

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    6. sotothemightygreek
      5 years, 5 months ago

      I think Sunderland's defence will be worth a look next year. They tightened up after O'Neill's arrival and now he has a summer to work with them. Definitely on the watch list.

      I won't be going anywhere near Fulham unless Riise drops to around 5. Too frustrating clean sheets wise.

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Turner, Brown definitely on the radar. Will also depend on fixture rotation.

        Good point about Fulham and predictability in general. However, if Kelly is 4.5 and nailed on, I may not be able to resist.

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    7. 1966 was a great year for E…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      All depends on prices.

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Ultimately. I'm just craving next season's price list already. It's like Christmas Day!

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        1. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          How long is your watch list at the moment Corrigan?

          I have about 30 on mine currently.

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          1. Corrigan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            That's the bulk of them which I've listed. My priority is to get the right defensive strategy and balance straightaway so I need to unearth some golden nuggets.

            May be someone like Savic can be the next Djourou/Evans...

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    8. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Stokes defence minus this seasons European commitments should also see an increase in returns.

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Marc Wilson will be this season's Kompany!

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        1. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          +1 🙂

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        2. pompeyfan
          5 years, 5 months ago

          will he finally be classified as a midfielder tho? He will probably he 5.0 , i would rather pay 5.5 for the better goal threat of Shawcross or 5.5(?) for Huth

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          1. Corrigan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            Paying extra for goal threat is a trap I've fallen into on many occasions. Just get the cheapest link of the defensive chain who is most nailed on.

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            1. Corrigan
              5 years, 5 months ago

              *of those who are most nailed on

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            2. Gigging Order
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              I agree with this, I went for Rangel over Caulker last season and it really wasn't worth it.

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              1. Corrigan
                5 years, 5 months ago

                It of course depends on circumstances, such as penalties, but Hibbert got more assists than Baines last season and started 3.5 cheaper!

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                1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  Hibbert will likely be cheaper than Baines again next season, but will surely be closer to the 5.5 mark given his increased production and ownership at the end of the season.

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          2. sotothemightygreek
            5 years, 5 months ago

            Agreed. The extra attacking threat would definitely be worth the extra cash.

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    9. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      It's a interesting call Corrigan

      Hooiveld is definitely on my watchlist for next season, but I think only buying cheap options in defence poses a risk in itself. Paying a bit extra to won someone like Hart in net, or a defender like Ivanovic who should see more regular cs combined with a decent attacking threat may be worthwhile. Not sure we will be treated to so many cheap CS next season like we were with Newcastle, Swans and Evans this year. Also disagree on Vidic. He is the key component of United's defence. Defensive capitulations like the one we saw v Everton would not happen if Vidic was playing. He's like Kompany and Terry, if he's fit, he plays.

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      1. Corrigan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        All about value and balance. Personally, I'm certainly going down the cheap GKs route. Even Hennessey proved to be a decent acquisition last season.

        With regards to defenders, I'm looking at 3 rotating cheapies with 1 or 2 heavyweights of Kompany and Vidic capacity. Arsenal and Everton will need to become super tight if Baines and Vermaelen are to be worthwhile.

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        1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          well Baines from about February time might be worth owning. But yeah, your point on keepers is a good one. If WHU come up, Green may be worth a look, Foster if it Brum or if he stays at Albion and they get a decent manager.

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          1. Corrigan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            I think Green and Foster will be 5+ so too expensive.

            If Green comes in at 4.5 then he's worth considering.

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  4. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Two questionas I have, it's so quiet on here...

    1) Who'll win the Euwos?
    2)Who'll lose the final?

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    1. Marknlard
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Again! Again! Post it again, this is fun!

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      1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
        5 years, 5 months ago

        huh?

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      2. Conrad.
        5 years, 5 months ago

        yup.

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    2. 1966 was a great year for E…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      1) Belgium
      2) Switzerland

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      1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
        5 years, 5 months ago

        I'm thinking San Marino and Luxembourg

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        1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Leichtenstein and the Faroe Islands

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      2. pompeyfan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Belgium should be there. They have easily one of the best squads in Europe

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        1. cheeky_ash
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Belgium are potential future winners - they have some great talent emerging...Maybe a cheeky put for Euro 2016 or WC 2018.

          Though I think could be too early right now.

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        2. 1966 was a great year for E…
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Maybe they will be - I'm sure I saw something on the news about Greece being kicked out of the Euros 😉

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    3. Dan - We want our Trophy ba…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      1) Germany
      2) Spain

      Hope im wrong.

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      1. cheeky_ash
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Have to look at the draw before making that call - but can only see the usual suspects winning:-

        1: Holland
        2: Spain
        3: Italy
        4: France

        Dark Horses - Russia, England could actually surprise but I doubt it with Woys Squad!

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        1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
          5 years, 5 months ago

          There are two settings: Let's say that Spain win their group as they will.

          1: Germany wins their group, then they will not face Spain in the semis. Meaning Netherlands will most likely.

          2: The other way around, with Germany being runner-up in their group.

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    4. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      1)France
      2)Germany

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    5. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Spain
      Germany

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    6. shegull
      5 years, 5 months ago

      1)Germany
      2)Russia

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    7. Eoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      1. Germany
      2. Spain

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  5. Carl@streetkids.com.au
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Will Bolton, Blackburn or Wolves be straight back up?

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    1. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Bolton only imo, and even that is not that likely.

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    2. Corrigan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Don't think any TBH. The 3 from last season finishing in the top 6 was more of a one off.

      The Championship is very underrated.

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    3. Hay Number 2
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Bolton for me!

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  6. Hay Number 2
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Ok regarding the Euro's.....who does everyone actually want to win?

    Germany for me!

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    1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Spain

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      1. Conrad.
        5 years, 5 months ago

        This.

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    2. JT's Dog
      5 years, 5 months ago

      more important question is how long will you keep the formerly bit in your name, and what inspired you to change both name and grav?

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    3. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      I would want Sweden to win, but I believe Spain will win again.

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    4. sotothemightygreek
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Ireland of course! Outside of that Germany. They play the most entertaining stuff.

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      1. Eoin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        nah we don't want the Germans to be too confident before our World cup qualifiers do we? 😉

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    5. Sporting ABG
      5 years, 5 months ago

      has to be The Netherlands

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      1. pompeyfan
        5 years, 5 months ago

        +1

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    6. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      5 years, 5 months ago

      Italy. Germany. Denmark. Greece ...

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  7. Carl@streetkids.com.au
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Ok, I'm a bit of an anorak.

    Where did the money go?

    http://fettesmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/where-the-money-went-20112012/

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    1. pompeyfan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      god I hope the Portsmouth landlady court case brings down these figures.

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      1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Yeah, why the cash for Middlesborough?

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  8. Corrigan
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Could Clint Hill be a bargain next season?

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    1. Eoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Could be off to Leeds! If not, he'll certainly be cheap but QPR are likely to strengthen over the summer and probably sign a replacement or 2 at the back

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      1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        yeah especially as the likes of Traore, Taiwo and Onuoha were only on loan.

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        1. Eoin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          classic JK correcting only my lack of knowledge in a patronising way.

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          1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 5 months ago

            wasn't meant to be patronising. Was meant to be in agreement of you in terms of QPR strengthening at the back. I added the bit about the loans in to emphasise the point. Sorry dude.

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            1. Eoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              yeah man, wish there was a delete button. I regret saying that now. If I'd the same level of knowledge, I'd certainly be showing it off so no worries 🙂

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        2. Scroobius Mac
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Taiwo was a loan. Traore and Onuoha were permanent.

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      2. Gigging Order
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        By the way Eoin, fantastic articles on the Euro teams, planning on more?

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        1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          5 years, 5 months ago

          +1

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        2. Eoin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Probably won't bother doing one on Greece, considering most shrugged off what I did on the Czech due to FFS already getting there before me. Thanks for the kind words though, nice to see someone who actually gives a compliment or 2 round here insteaad of big headed guys (cough cough JK)

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          1. Ginkapo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 5 months ago

            We shrugged off what you did, cause you invited us too, not because it was bad. I found it useful actually

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            1. Eoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              that's nice to hear. Might put something together on the Greeks so, mainly because the research is helping me just a much as anyone else. I daresay that if Sir P might have left anything out, ill cover it.

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          2. Conrad.
            5 years, 5 months ago

            MOAR articles! This 1-a-day from FFS is too slow for impatient me...

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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              5 years, 5 months ago

              *MORE

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              1. Conrad.
                5 years, 5 months ago

                nope.

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                1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  Nope? 🙂

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                  1. Conrad.
                    5 years, 5 months ago

                    nope, indeed.

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              2. Ginkapo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 years, 5 months ago

                *MOAR (its how the kids speak Doosra)

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                1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  Ahhh. That explains it. 😉

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                2. Conrad.
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  yup. different way of showing inflection in place of oblique or bolding text. 🙂

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            2. Eoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              I wish I could do more than 1 a day but probably won't happen unfortunately. We'll see though

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              1. Eoin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 years, 5 months ago

                I'm off to throw something together, see you guys in a while

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                1. Conrad.
                  5 years, 5 months ago

                  super-cool, mate...lookin forward to it.

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                  1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 years, 5 months ago

                    PS I loved your "Recovered Balls." Putting it on a spreadsheet ... 🙂

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                  2. Conrad.
                    5 years, 5 months ago

                    cheers. thats the tip of the iceberg for my spreadsheet for E12 prospects.

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          3. Gigging Order
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 5 months ago

            I definitely found it of value, really appreciated it, well written too.

            I would be interested in seeing more.

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    2. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      I would imagine that new signings will see him moved on/benched.

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    3. JT's Dog
      5 years, 5 months ago

      better picking benny

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    4. Tuchap - Lurker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Hasnt he been linked with a move to leeds?

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  9. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Total FPL have put up some good articles regarding EURO.

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    1. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Thanks for the heads up!

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    2. Eoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Yeah, the community article feature is getting some good use over there. Think they might be introducing something like that on here soon

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    3. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Shall I copy & paste it here for everyone to read? 😉

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      1. 1966 was a great year for E…
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Abishek?!

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        1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          5 years, 5 months ago

          You are again thinking me as someone else? 😕

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  10. Gigging Order
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    All this bargain defensive talk has got me genuinely excited about HooiVeld, he is like a budget Verm!!

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    1. pompeyfan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      if he goes to Tottenham I will be picking up Vertongen. 8 goals in 31 league games this season. A better version of Verm

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      1. Scroobius Mac
        5 years, 5 months ago

        How much you reckon he will be? I still think I'll end up with Kaboul.

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        1. pompeyfan
          5 years, 5 months ago

          depends if the FPL people have watched him before, if they have at least 6.5, if not maybe 6

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      2. Gigging Order
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Very true, I am hoping he might come to us (extremely unlikely I know)

        But on that note, Pardews priority for the summer is a goal scoring CB, so keep an eye out for that one

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        1. pompeyfan
          5 years, 5 months ago

          I was already surprised that he was speaking to Tottenham, he is supposed to be leaving for a big club. I don't see why Barca & Real aren't all over him

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  11. COMH
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Anyone know why the Community Shield will be a Villa Park and not Wembley this time around?

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    1. pompeyfan
      5 years, 5 months ago

      it is the day after the Olympic final

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      1. Ginkapo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Yeah but Villa park? Are all the better stadiums being used by the Olympics

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        1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          well OT I suppose would be 2nd choice and that is in use, as is Hillsborough. I believe Villas Part is the biggest stadium not in use for the Olympics beyond the groups.

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        2. pompeyfan
          5 years, 5 months ago

          well it can't be at Old Trafford or the Etihad. I guess they wanted somewhere nearer Manchester rather than London, although that probably doesn't suit the utd fans 😉

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          1. pompeyfan
            5 years, 5 months ago

            ignore, for some reason I thought Man Utd would be playing in it. Carry on.

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              They usually are ... 😉

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      2. COMH
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Cheers

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    2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      no idea, first I've heard of it. Could it be to do with the Olympics?

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      5 years, 5 months ago

      Olympic football final?

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  12. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    England 118 for 1. Strauss 56 n.o.

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    1. COMH
      5 years, 5 months ago

      I never even knew what a Doosra was until recently. That's how much I know about Cricket 🙂

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        BLIMEY. And now you know, are you enlightened? 😀

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        1. COMH
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Yeah i'm all the better for knowing now 🙂

          What about the Teesra. Is that not better?

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          1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 5 months ago

            Well ... it is not actually clear that anybody has actually bowled one. Fine in theory, but ...

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  13. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    JK's watchlist for FLP 2012-13

    Keepers

    Green (if he stays and WHU come up)
    Foster
    Davis
    Ruddy
    Courtois (if he goes on loan to a PL club)
    Al-Habsi

    Defenders

    Harte
    Hooveld
    Vertonghen
    Vidic
    Lichaj
    Ridgewell
    Caulker

    Mids

    McClean
    Yaya
    Nolan
    Llalana
    Howson
    Hoolahan
    Cabaye
    Hazard
    Kagawa

    Forwards

    Aguero
    RvP
    Rooney
    Cisse
    Jelly
    Lambert
    Podolski
    Bent

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    1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      You are missing Silva.

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      1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        he will be too expensive IMO

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Very good. 🙂

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    3. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Santon, Ben Arfa, VDV, Sigurdsson (esp if he joins a bigger club), Morrison, Pienaar, Mata, Suarez, Walcott, Boyce...

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  14. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    ESPN about to show four premier classics in a row 🙂

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  15. Bubbles oOoO
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Afternoon all!

    Not been around these parts for a couple of weeks but hope you all had a good end to the FPL season. See most are looking to get their summer fantasy fix from the upcoming Euro's, never played an international/UCL type fantasy game before but reckon I will give it a go this time.

    I don’t know about you folks but I have to admit early attempts at constructing a team highlight how little I feel I actually know about european/international footballers, outside of the big names. It's kind of strange, I feel like an FPL novice all over again which is both excitingly different and somewhat disconcerting at the same time!

    Guess the pre-tournament friendlies should give us some indication of possible starting line-ups, along with whatever statistical research I can absorb and potential pearls of wisdom from the good old FFScouters. Never ever posted a RMT before but might actually have to at some point in the next couple of weeks.

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      1. Bubbles oOoO
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Hey Doosra, thanks for the link. Had spotted the team/stats section from the game site and have been swotting up a bit this afternoon. Has proved pretty useful thus far I think.

        Am I right in thinking you're a hammer too? COYI for tomorrow if so!

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Indeed!!! Will I see you there? 🙂

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          1. Bubbles oOoO
            5 years, 5 months ago

            I will indeed be there! Mate & I managed to get tickets but have quite a few friends that didn't which is a real shame, especially considering I heard Blackpool have got a lot of tickets they didn't sell. Just hope the boys don't let us down.....

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            1. Ginkapo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 5 months ago

              Are you on the south side or the north? Cause the south side is freezing whatever the weather.

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  16. Gigging Order
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    How many Messi's do Greece have?!

    TotalFPL say Giannis Fetfatzidis is the "Greek Messi" and FFS says Ninis!

    Which is it?

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Fetfatzidis. 😉

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      1. Chris_White
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        ^ 🙂

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    2. Conrad.
      5 years, 5 months ago

      i'd say Fetfat is the more immediate "Messi"...Ninis is still a year or two away, imo.

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    3. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Giannis

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    4. Smarty Pants
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Do they have any Greek Ronaldos?

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      1. Ginkapo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Thats their weakness, all Messi and no Ronaldo.

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    5. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Ah ok, thanks everyone, this did confuse me somewhat, thought they might be a team of world beaters! 😉

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  17. COMH
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Are you guys loading up on Bayern players 2moro with a few Chelsea? Was thinking Cahill, Mata, Drogba and the rest Bayern.

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    1. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Mata, Lamps, Bosingwa & Drogba

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      1. Chris_White
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Neuer, Boateng, Contento, Ribery, Robben, Kroos, Muller & gomez

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    2. Ginkapo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Neuer
      Lahm, Boateng, Cantana
      Schweinsteiger, Tymoshuck, Kroos, Ribbery, Robben
      Muller Gomez

      Is the Bayern 11. (names abused)

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      1. COMH
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Will Can be playing?

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        1. Ginkapo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Yep LB for suspended Alaba. Tymo is gonna have to play CB

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    3. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      neuer
      boatang cahill
      ribery robben kroos mata lamps
      gomez muller drogba

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    4. COMH
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Cheers lads

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    5. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Neuer

      Lahm
      Boateng

      Ribéry
      Schweinsteiger
      Robben
      Kroos
      Lampard

      Gomez
      Drogba
      Kalou

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  18. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Kevin Davies and Sam Ricketts commit to Bolton - while several players are leaving the Reebok Stadium

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  19. udit
    5 years, 5 months ago

    RMUCLFFT Please -
    Cech
    Lahm Bosingwa Boateng
    Robben (C) Ribery Kroos Mata
    Gomez Drogba Muller
    Subs - Cahill
    On WC so can change anything.

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    1. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      id get lamps

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      1. udit
        5 years, 5 months ago

        instead of?

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        1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Mata

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        2. Optimus.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          a defender imo can see both conceding

          my team is above that not saying its right but that what im going for..also cant believe you have w/c

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          1. udit
            5 years, 5 months ago

            your team is good as well, yeah can't believe I had it my self! 🙂

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  20. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 5 months ago

    S.Taylor should get back to fitness and be a bargain price next season..

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    1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Yep

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  21. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Moneybags Mancini hijacks Van Persie contract talks
    http://u.goal.com/186400/186495hp2.jpg

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    1. ★FC Borecelona★
      5 years, 5 months ago

      😀

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  22. Just_Ty
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Anyone thinking of going 5 defenders for tomorrow's final?
    Valid strategy or do you see several goals?

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    1. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 5 months ago

      im going 2 5 3

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      1. Just_Ty
        5 years, 5 months ago

        Probably common, hence my question... I also favour attack (usually) as I rather gain points during the game than lose them but just thinking of smth different, not many will score 6 pts (+ recovered balls)

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    2. Kostja
      5 years, 5 months ago

      not likely, probably 3-4-3 or 2-5-3, im seeing goals here with both having problems at the back.

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      1. Just_Ty
        5 years, 5 months ago

        I know what u're saying, I am probably playing 3-4-3 too

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  23. applebonkers
    • Has Moderation Rights
    5 years, 5 months ago

    EA sports PPi team of the year:
    hart
    simpson, kompany, lescott, evra
    silva, song, arteta, bale
    van persie, rooney

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  24. Conrad.
    5 years, 5 months ago

    "French media feel Tottenham are closing in on signature of Loic Remy for around £14m. Would be very good signing IMO." - Graeme Balley via SKY

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    1. Scroobius Mac
      5 years, 5 months ago

      I haven't seen anything of Remy - what's he like? Who would you compare him to?

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      1. Conrad.
        5 years, 5 months ago

        kinda of a smallish, creative type with a good shot. maybe Carlito-light?

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        1. Chris_White
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 5 months ago

          much more pacey than carlito

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          1. Chris_White
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 5 months ago

            therefore the light aye... 🙂

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            1. Conrad.
              5 years, 5 months ago

              😉

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          2. Just_Ty
            5 years, 5 months ago

            Yeah probably, Remy is fast! Wonder how he's rated in Fifa...

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        2. Conrad.
          5 years, 5 months ago

          yea tru. maybe Aguero-speed? anywho, he got 15g 6a in 39 starts last season. maybe he can be a younger, better Defoe for Spurs?

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          1. Scroobius Mac
            5 years, 5 months ago

            On youtube highlight viewing (always a terrible way to judge a player but it will have to do) he reminds me of Suarez a bit, pacey, tricksy and can head also.

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  25. HelloSidney
    5 years, 5 months ago

    Let me get this right with the McDs game:

    You're best having someone from the first 4 games as captain, yes? If that person doesn't do well, you just change the captinacy to someone else in your starting XI for the next day's games and the original captain goes back to normal points? You then repeat this again in day 3 and 4 if you want?

    Hence, it's best to have players on all 4 days?

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    1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Yes

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      1. HelloSidney
        5 years, 5 months ago

        And with the bench, you should play, for exmaple, a greek defender on the starting XI ahead of say, Jelavic or whoever and then if the Greeks don't do owt, you put Jealvic in, and if the Greek gets a sheet and a goal, you leave him in? Can you captain someone who is originally set up on your bench. Yes, presumably?

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        1. ★FC Borecelona★
          5 years, 5 months ago

          You are correct,Sir

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    2. Just_Ty
      5 years, 5 months ago

      Indeed, it's a MUST

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      1. Ron Burgundy
        5 years, 5 months ago

        From the Rules section on Subs "Players who are substituted out will score 0 points, the captain bonus will be lost from your original captain if a new captain is selected."

        Sorry for any strawberry pissing.

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        1. Infinite Sheldon
          5 years, 5 months ago

          Kadlec or popadopoulos for captain?

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  26. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
    5 years, 5 months ago

    New Post.

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    1. Infinite Sheldon
      5 years, 5 months ago

      No

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