September
11

Swansea sign a new left-back as a replacement for the injured Neil Taylor. Abou Diaby is a worry for Arsenal after sustaining a muscle injury, Seb Larsson is keen to cement a central midfield role for Sunderland, while West Ham admit Andy Carroll is set to be sidelined for Saturday’s trip to Norwich:

Michael Laudrup’s search for a new left-back ended yesterday with the news that Dutch defender Dwight Tiendalli has signed for Swansea until the end of the season. The new boy spoke to the club’s official website upon completion of the move..

“I’m looking forward to working under Michael Laudrup, who is a massive name in football, and showing him what I have to offer. I’m sure I will fit in very well because I share the same philosophy as the club. Having started my career in Ajax’s Youth side, I see the style of play here is one that has a real Dutch and Spanish mix, and that will really suit me. I can’t wait to work hard in training and try to force myself into the starting XI.”

The move now raises real question marks over the acquisition of Ben Davies as a cut-price route into the Welsh club’s defence. With regular left-back Neil Taylor out for the season, Davies was pencilled in as a possible transfer in ahead of (EVE, RDG, WIG) in the next five Gameweeks but with Laudrup bringing in his own man, it’s a case of wait and see with this one. If Tiendalli can nail down a regular role, his price across the Fantasy games will be eagerly anticipated.

Still in the Swans’ camp and Laudrup has again expressed his surprise at the red card dished out to Chico in the 2-2 with Sunderland, admitting that both he and the player will need to adapt to English referees..

“I think if Chico made that challenge ten times, given the place where he was on the pitch, nine times he would get a yellow card with only one red.He knows that he went high with his leg, but I know he did not do it to hurt the opponent…Chico is aggressive, but that is like a lot of the players over here…Chico was shocked that he got sent off and then he was shocked again to get a three-game ban, because that’s different too…We are all learning every day, and that’s a good thing.”

Chico will be missing from Swansea’s next two league matches as he serves out his ban – opening the way for Alan Tate to slot into the defence as his likely replacement. Like Davies, Tate could tempt short-term investment – he is priced at 4.0 in the FPL, with Sky Sports making him available for just 3.6.

Abou Diaby is out of France’s game against Belarus later this evening. The national team coach, Didier Deschamps, admitted:

“Diaby took a bad shot and he has muscular discomfort. He is not free in his movements.”

The news is a real worry for Arsene Wenger, given the midfielder’s recent form. The opening three Gameweeks have quickly shown just what a fully-fit Diaby can bring to the Arsenal first XI, with Alex Song’s departure to Barcelona quickly forgotten. Given Diaby’s injury history, it’s impossible to speculate with any sort of certainty here – any possible absence is likely to benefit Aaron Ramsey or Francis Coquelin in the double-pivot alongside Mikel Arteta.

Wenger received some mixed news concerning his forwards yesterday – Theo Walcott is out of England’s game with Ukraine due to sickness, while Olivier Giroud is fit for France after recovering from a muscle problem. Yet to find the net this season, Giroud has been transferred by just over 1,000 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers ahead of a home game against Southampton, while Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have received a combined 93,000 – highlighting just how little faith we have in Giroud right now. According to the Frenchman, it won’t be long before he’s amongst the goals:

“I’ve been freezing up a little bit just when I’ve been about to pull trigger and that’s exactly what happened in my first few matches for France. I’m not too worried about it, because I’ve been scoring in training and I feel pretty comfortable being a part of this team. I just need to not think about things too much, so that I feel as relaxed as possible when the time comes to stick the ball in the net.”

Paul Lambert has a selection dilemma at left-back on his hands for next Saturday’s home showdown against Swansea after summer signing from Middlesbrough Joe Bennett revealed he has returned to training. The Villa boss handed Eric Lichaj the chance to impress at Newcastle in Gameweek 3 but with Bennett recovering from an ankle knock, he may reassess the situation, with the midlands club still to register a clean sheet this season.

Jonny Evans has allayed any injury fears after earlier reports suggested he was a doubt for Northern Ireland’s match with Luxembourg this evening. The centre-half revealed he has shrugged off the ankle problem picked up early on against Russia on Friday:

“I have only played one reserve game for United this season after having the surgery in the summer so, to be honest, it was just good to get back on the pitch. But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on for the second half. I was disappointed I felt pain so quickly in the game but if I am being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain – just not that early. After a couple of painkillers it did feel a bit better and if anything I felt stronger as the game went on, but like I say, I had a heavier strapping on then.”

Evans’ return is likely to hand Sir Alex Ferguson a defensive quandary for the visit of Wigan next weekend. With Rio Ferdinand fit to start alongside Nemanja Vidic for the previous match at Southampton, United had a natural pair of centre-halves for the first time this term, having previously relied on Michael Carrick to drop back from midfield. Vidic, certainly, looks nailed-on as a first-choice option but Evans and Ferdinand could well cancel each other’s potential as Fantasy prospects if Ferguson decides to rotate them. Ferguson did, however, indicate that he was looking to establish stability in the centre of his defence, suggesting that Vidic and Ferdinand will be given the opportunity of sustained starts, injury permitting. The right-back position could still be profitable for Fantasy managers: Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both still sidelined, Rafael’s potential as a cheap route looks appealing, though it’s still unclear how much his manager rates his defensive qualities ahead of trips to (liv, new, che) in the next six.

Seb Larsson has admitted he is keen to establish himself in the heart of Sunderland’s midfield. The Swede has switched to a central position due to the arrival of Adam Johnson and is more than happy to continue there:

“I’ve really enjoyed it there. All three games so far I’ve featured there, the two Premier League games and in the cup. It just takes a bit of getting used to. I played there a lot when I was younger. But it’s a position that I will hopefully play a lot more. I think it can be fun. There’s a bit to learn about positioning and when to hold it a bit more rather than going forward. I’d like to see myself as being able to dictate the play rather than bombing on all the time.”

Larsson’s delivery from the flank was a real selling point from a Fantasy perspective and while a move away from a wide position should limit his potential for crosses, his set-piece duties came to the fore against Swansea last time round. With the predatory Steven Fletcher installed up front, Larsson still provided an assist for his 7% FPL owners, drawing him level with James McClean on eight points.

An article on West Ham’s official website indicates that Andy Carroll is unavailable for selection ahead of the club’s Gameweek 4 trip to Norwich. The club gave a couple of hints on the player’s problem with the following two comments..

“While the manager will have to make at least one change in the striking department…While Andy Carroll continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury….”

Both statements certainly indicate Carroll is out of the Canaries match – a real blow for Sam Allardyce, with Carlton Cole looking likely to be installed as the focal point in the Hammers’ 4-3-3. With nothing definitive on the length of injury, Allardyce will be desperate for a quick return for Carroll – the next six Gameweeks affords his side home games against Sunderland and Southampton and trips to Wigan and QPR. The Hammers could well be in a position to prosper, though whether Cole’s presence will have quite the same effect as Carroll’s is perhaps debatable.

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  1. Is there any Ade love round here? I could do with a Ade drinking buddy.

    Sat on the Ade train, lots of people have gotten off, but I brought a ticket for the whole journey... Still at least there is more leg room.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Im still sitting on it too, not very happy though :D

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I think there are signalling problems

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Sorry... Bought*

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. I would if I didn't feel like I was sacrificing too much on the rest of my team to have him with Tevez and RVP. I think he will be killer this year with Dempsey/Bale/Siggy/Lennon/Dembele supporting him.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. I am considering dropping RVP for him if he performs next week. If I use WC will do it.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Big call. Getting off the packed RVP Express to come onto the Ade Milk Train. Yes, we have lots of seats and could do with some company to engage in some small talk. If you come, bring food and water please!!!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. I thought you were too good for the advice of "sheep"

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Now now, don't be such a meanie!

        I was not asking for advice per se. I have been sat on the front of the Ade Milk since gw 2. Just wanted to know if there were any passengers left in any of the other carriages. It's cold and wet here, I need some food and drink.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. I wanted him, but I don't trust Andre. If he starts to perform, I will bring him in for sure.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Well in that case, I'll rub the dust off the seat next to me :-D

            We will have our very own carriage! Bring Ade posters and Ade mugs and a Ade kettle.

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. Whoa now, this is is depending on Spurs (and in particular Ade) starting to score goals, which I see no evidence of yet....

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
              1. Sorry, it has been a while since I spoke to anyone. Sometimes the doors open but no one gets on.

                • 1 year, 10 months ago
    7. train is delayed

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I AM SAT HERE WAITING.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    8. Ade or Dempsey? I've got Ade but am worried Dempsey could have an epic season so I miss out on the chance of having a great mid AND a decent striker instead of Ade and McClean/Pienaar in my team. So something like Dempsey + Lambert

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. is a cole a doubt to start in EPL?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. well it looks like. too bad :( (Cashley owner here)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. would you do A.cole to baines for a hit?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Definitely.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. Whats going on with Chelsea and Southampton GW17? They appear to have a blank.

    Another Chelsea double on the cards?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Yes - Club World Champioship.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. 5 best defences (clubs) in the world???

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. barca bayern real juve benfica

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. benfica really?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. The Law Society? :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. The Diogenies Club? ;)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. *Diogenes

          The founder of Cynicism.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Ta for the spelling!

            Would fit in pretty well witrh my favourite... Momus!

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. begovic demel or jussi wilkinson?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. B and D

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Begovic Demel

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. i have bego demel and jussi
      but bego's coming fixtures means that he is not to be considered for the near future

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  6. A. Morrison + Ba

    Or

    B. Ben arfa + Long

    For gw 5-7

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. @ The Beard

    Shalkes regular keeper is injured and Unnerstal has started all games for them so far and shalke are 4th in the league so they are doing well with him. Hildebrand is likely back at some point, but I see Him getting at least 2-3 games in the UCL as the knee injury is pretty serious.
    http://blogs.bettor.com/Lars-Unnerstall-willing-to-prove-himself-a186682

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. 3.0m is the main point mate ;) Thanks as always keep up with the good work

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. BTW if you seen my link it is now updated with defenders. Many good options arose.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Ah thanks Kostja, I was just tinkering with it some more,

      I'm currently on:

      Sirigu/Malafeev
      Alba/Vidal/Evra/Boateng(B'Mnch)/Arbeloa
      Valencia/Cazorla/Boateng(AC)/Sammir/Robben
      Messi/Pazzani/Rodrigo

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. Off topic but why would Rory who if from NI be representing anyone bar TeamGB at Rio 2016?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Do they have Golf in the Olympics?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. in 2016 they will. Just read up that Rory is eligible for both Ireland and Britain. However he stated that he sees himself more British than Irish, and the popular opinion is that he will opt for TeamGB.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. I heard it was getting introduced, not sure when though...

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. good start to the season!

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. 2 Reasons.

      1:He's entitled to dual nationality
      2: He has been registered with the Irish Golfing Association (or whatever it's called) his entire career.

      But I agree. I don't see why there should be any uproar from either side. It's entirely his decision.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I just read up about that. I agree it is his decision at the end of the day. I was just surprised when he had to release a statement about it.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  9. All over twitter. Someone got Andres notes. This looks like is gonna be the first 11 ;) Good news are that Ade starts :lol:

    Ljoris
    Dempsey Gallas Dembele Bale
    -----------Friedel, Ade -------------
    BAE-------------------------Walker
    ---------------Dawson--------------
    -----------Vertonghen-----------------------

    Reasons: Dempsey has been given no 2 shirt. Bale is clearly better at left back :P Friedel can't be dropped due to good performances later. Ade needs to learn playing high defensive line and BAE and Walker will cut inside ala Swans wingers. Dawson has surprised start due to his goal threat from set pieces and his loyalty and of course the one who scored 10 goals last year in the very very tough and defensive league, Dutch Eredivise :D :P :lol:

    Anyone could any better? I mean he is the genius. The cream of the cake is Dembele connecting the back with midfield and attack that is why he is brought in there. To play the role like in the Porto days when they played against Beira Mar, Gil Vicente... etc

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Ok :roll:

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. They could go and win the league ;) your preferred first 11?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Lloris
          Walker, Vertonghen, Caulker, BAE
          Dembele, Sigurdsson
          Lennon, Dempsey, Bale
          Ade

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. i wonder who's gonna defend in this team

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
          2. Well Nitin that is nice differential team :D :lol:

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Right then

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. See, he could have been a big hit at The Bridge if only he managed to get JT up front. :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. JT was always upfront with .... hahaha u know who

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. I'm glad I'm on a wildcard so I can take advantage of this inside information ;)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Ros your timing is excellent ;) Go with Vert :P Ultimate OOP ;)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. He scored not 3 days ago - how can it fail? :D

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Easy money and on the plus side you r gonna brake the "template team" too :P

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. Youre still on about the no 2 joke.

      Damn son, stale already.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Well I am jealous with Spurs fans. They will have new coach after Christmas and will win the Europa League and the FA Cup :P hahaha :lol:

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Moving to London in 2 days and haven't packed anything yet.

    I hate packing and I can't be arsed.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Hate packing too. Always there is a risk of forgetting something and at the end you always do. Also the travel with all those bags is so annoying. I feel u mate

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Yep. I know I will lose loads of stuff. Screw it, I'm a hoarder and have waaay too much shit anyway.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. from where?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Birmingham

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. lol oh that isn't as exciting as I thought! I was expecting 'Japan' or 'Canada' :(

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. It's porb more exciting if you are from Japan or Canada?

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
          2. At least I'm upgrading ;)

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Nice song! i think he's talking about Birmingham Alabama though...

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. I like to think he means Brum.

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Going to uni? I'm the same, I'll leave it it and hope it packs itself

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I am, although I'm 25 and moving from my own house rather than my parents. So I have loads and loads of stuff. Most of which I'll be throwing away.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Keys phone wallet - everything else is optional.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. + Laptop - if you're (like me) still rocking a black and white phone.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. Beric, just buy what you need when you're here. Good going cheap at Burberry, JJB right now. :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I have no money man! Like none at all. I might have to walk there at this rate.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. You and your betting! :lol:

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Just one big win Nitin and the whole move will be paid for..... ;)

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Get mam to do it

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Those days are sadly long gone :(

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. That sounds like my Moms dead, she's not, she just won't help :)

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. HVT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            Phew was worried about that after i posted , I lost mine long ago.

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. Sorry to hear that, we all will one day mate

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
    7. Was in London last year, not a massive fan, maybe because there was so much to do and I had sfa money lol

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I may be facing similar issues I fear!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  11. I would feel wrong telling you lot tomorrow (I probably will anyway) but wish me tomorrow. I turn 24.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. You'll probably sleep through it, Laters. :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I wish you a very happy tomorrow.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. Hi there, my original WC team became pretty standard :/
    Anyway, still can't decide who to put in to partner Baines in defence. Was thinking of Vermealen and two more 4.0m defenders to have another heavy hitter or Koscielny, Saylor/McAuley and Cuellar for better chance of cleenies. Anyone of you can help me to decide?
    Rest of team is:
    Begovic, Jussi
    Baines, Demel _____, _____, _____
    Hazard, Cazorla, Ben Arfa, Michu, Guthrie
    RVP, Tevez, Lambert

    Thx

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Check out the adivce of FFTD - http://wp.me/p2IZXm-fu

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  13. Has this international break at long last dispelled the myth that it is best to play your wildcard during international breaks due to price changes? As always the majority of transfers happen just after one gameweek ends and just before the other one begins meaning that it makes very little difference if there is one week or two weeks between gameweeks.

    This has always been the case and yet people always advise to wildcard during these breaks. The only real advantage is to have the wildcard for injuries whilst players are playing for their countries.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. well said

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  14. A.) Boateng (Bayern) and Vidal
    or
    B.) Alba and Lichstenier

    thanks people

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  15. Golf Majors: Last 5 years Winners

    Ireland 7 England 0 (Faldo 1996) Scotland 0 (Lawrie 1999)

    Interesting numbers!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. You do realise NI and ROI ae different countries right! ;-)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. One island called Ireland! ;)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. dont think Rory sees it like that!

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. I think he does. Prob wishes it was in Golf too, wud make it all far easier for him! Plus he has only ever represented Ireland in golf

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. Yet sees himself more British than Irish?

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
  16. Please RMWCT.

    Foster, Begovic.
    Baines, Cuellar, Hughes, Clark, Demel.
    Hazard, Michu, Cazorla, Pienaar, Maloney.
    Van Persie, Tevez, Berbatov.

    Any advice, criticisms appreciated thanks.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  17. Would you rather:

    Ben Arfa, Jenkinson, Rafael, McAuley

    or

    Nolan, Baines, Gibbs, Clark/Reid/Hughes

    ?

    First to 5 wins :D

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  18. Krul, Jaaskelainnen
    Clyne,McCartney, Baines,McAuley, shawcross
    Michu, Fellani, dyer, hazard, toure,
    Tevez, torres, Ba

    how can i make this team better and how would do people rate this team all reply are really helpful

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Fellani to pinarse defo, ba to fletcher or berbatov maybe

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  19. How about a bit of a RMT for a first time FPL convict?

    Ruddy (Cech)
    Hangeland Clark Cuellar (Saylor Demel)
    Hazard Michu Kagawa Pienaar Snodgrass
    Tevez RVP (Graham)

    No WC yet but have taken two hits the past two weeks. Currently on 206pts and looking at downgrading Cech to Al-Habsi for rotation to fund Baines/Verm in GW7 and Santi in GW8 by downgrading a non performing MID with enough left to upgrade Graham. All turns to shite I can WC in the GW7 break.

    Great site and great banter guys!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Sounds like a plan, would foster not be better tho?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  20. hi guys, i'm new here
    can you tell me your thoughts on my new WC team:

    Jaaskelainen/Begovic
    Ivanovic - Rafael - McAuley - Baines - (Demel)
    Michu - Hazard - Cazorla - Nolan - (Guthrie)
    (Pogrebnyak) - RVP - Tevez

    or is it worth keeping Dyer + Yaya instead of Guthrie and Cazorla?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  21. Foster (Begovic)

    Ridgewell Baines Cuellar (Demel Clyne)

    Hazard Michu Cazorla Yaya Toure (Guthrie)

    RVP Tevez Lambert

    thoughts?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Doubling up any team's defense is dangerous, including WBA :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  22. Why are people calling them "The Ukraine" and not "Ukraine"? What am I missing?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago

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