This week’s update, sees Dimitar Berbatov fall languidly, once again, firmly on the Scout’s physio plinth, landing a further body-blow to Fantasy Managers, this time squarely in the ribs.

Commenting after the Reading match Martin Jol confessed that Dimitar Berbatov received a pain-killing injection at half-time to facilitate his second half appearance:

“He needed an injection to play in the second half, and showed a lot of character. We need to have a look at it because maybe it’s broken, but it was very painful”

Fuelled with adrenaline from an enthralling encounter and with the character of his team in mind, this is perhaps a slight over-reaction from Jol, as it would be very unlikely, even reckless, for a medic to allow a player to carry on with a suspected, even moderately, fractured rib. To do so, risks further complications, indeed, a punctured lung form an awkward fall or a mis-placed elbow or knee would not be unusual during a football match of the intensity of the Premier League. Of course some football clubs are more ruthless than others, but, even so, a fractured rib would usually exhibit pain and swelling to such an extent that would render them unable to continue regardless of any interventions.

Additionally, it must also be noted that segments of the Thoracic Spine and the surrounding nerve and soft-tissue can often refer pain to present classic symptoms of a cracked rib, so too can a pneumothorax or respiratory muscle damage. These points cast further doubt on such a swift diagnosis before an x-ray could be administered.

On a final note, reports today suggest that Berbatov has the desire and appetite to continue playing until he is 40. The timing of this statement is interesting. Berbatov comes across as an introverted, sensitive soul and such sunny optimism is not usually the mind-set of a player in the middle of an injury. Anyway, if it were fractured and treated Berbatov would be sporting a fetching, compressive corset type garment to facilitate healing and, on recent form, surely this photograph would have found its way onto his Facebook page by now.

Personally, I feel Berbatov suffered a minor soft-tissue injury, which, in all likelihood, will be resolved by the weekend, which should see him grace the pitch at Craven Cottage, as Everton roll up, with the insouciant grace and style to which we have become accustomed.

  1. I think I'm good to go

    I did ba > defo just for this week

    Baines rafael Ivan
    Mata cazorla bale sterling
    Defoe RVP berbs

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Yip, very nice indeed, let it roll. Your only decision is rvp or bale for the armband then

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Awesome team. Who are your subs?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Subs are rud . Demel . Clyne . Kaca
          So they do need some work next

          Captain without a doubt for me is rvp

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. Hi guys, wildcard week for me. Have revised my choices and come up with the below. Please offer any advice or criticism. I'm willing to listen:

    Begovic (McCarthy)

    J.Evans Baines Cuellar (Nelsen, Davies)

    Bale Mata Fellaini Sterling (Lallana)

    RVP Tevez Berbatov

    My tough calls are Fellaini or Pienaar and its also tempting to downgrade Baines to get a better midfielder than Lallana. 0 in bank by the way.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. looks pretty decent to me, nice spread and nice coverage of fixtures

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks pal. Second thoughts Davies out for Clyne. Favourable fixtures for S'hampton even if they are terrible at back. Has to improve a little. Newcastle are my uncovered area,

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. and arsenal

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Wildcard Week for me too.
      Looks almost same as mine.





      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Looks good. Very similar to mine. What do you think is better Crouch & Michu or Ba & Tarrabt?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Go for Pienaar. Felliani nearing suspension.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Looks good. Not convinced by Lallana but probably a safer move than my Taarabt punt!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. is this worth a 4 point hit for GW 11 onwards





    cheers lads

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Nolan>Lallana first. Cameron can wait.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Manchester united - Arsenal will be 0:1 or 1:2. You heared it here first ;)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I heared nothing ;)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Why is ur name United Force then???

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Because that is the name of supporters of my favourite club in Belgrade ;)

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
          • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Zep
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Which of those pixelated faces are you?

          You big hooligan, you... ;)

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Hehe, im just supporing them form '87, im little bit old to make shi*s with htem :)

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
        2. Nazi salutes. Classy.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. Zep
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Yes, there are no other teams in the world who bear the name United...

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. BAM right in the kisser!

    Nelson . Baird . Cuellar
    Mata . Bale (c) . Pienaar . Cazorla
    Defoe . RVP (vc) . Tevez

    Sub: Sterling . Saylor . Demel

    Anything wrong with this lineup?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Demels injured...
      But looks good :D

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. what do you say to that...

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Yeah I think im shipping him out for Cameron next week unless Saylor and Defoe doesnt get much gametime

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. Tevez, RVP and Defoe for long term...?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Ba instead of Defoe

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Defoe out by gw 11.

      Better strikers with better fixtures.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. This GW make them pay Santi !

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Yeah, you give 'em another 2 pointer Santi!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I have strange feeling that he will be best player on that match.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Zep
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          That may be, but the 2pts will still stand...

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Did my rambling on the last page mean nothing? He's gonna get 8pts ;)

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
        2. ... who will still get 2 points :)

          • 2 years, 1 month ago

    Play TWO of:

    A) Cameron v nor
    B) Pienaar v ful
    C) Lambert v wba

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. B and C

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. A and B

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Pienaar and Lambert

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. thoughts on this team

    hangeland clyne rafael
    michu pienaar hazard bale C
    rvp aguero berbs

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. who are your subs?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. Aguero to Tevez for a free, so i can free up some cash??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Even though I did the swap the other way round a few weeks back, I think tevez is the best option so looks good. Not sure whether this week is the time to do it though.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Go for It Mate!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Morning folks! need some help as per usual :)
    Bego (Foster)
    Baines, Rafa, Mcauley (demel, gorkss)
    Bale (c), mata, pienaar, Santi, (puncheon)
    Crouch, Ba, Suarez
    2+ mill in the bank

    option 1: Ba + santi out RVP and Mcanuff in for -4
    option 2: Suarez and santi out RVP and 7.9 mid in -4
    option 3: do nothing and next week do Suarez, santi puncheon out for RVP mcanuff and sterling?
    Any ideas guys?

    Cheers for the help

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. Insouciant. Good word and an even better article. Berbonics!

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Zep
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      I like to see you use that in a sentence...

      I would like to buy RVP and Rooney, but I have insouciant funds... :D


      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. :)

        I shall be purchasing RVP and Rooney. Oh no wait, my funds are insouciant. Berbonics!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. in·sou·ci·ant (n-ss-nt, s-syä)
          Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
          [French : in-, not (from Old French; see in-1) + souciant, present participle of soucier, to trouble (from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sollictre, alteration of Latin sollicitre, to vex; see solicit).]
          in·souci·ant·ly adv.


          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. Shall I play Ben Arfa (a - Liverpool) or take a punt on Pog (a- QPR). Ben Arfa has been useless away from home whereas Reading seem capable of scoring.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Don't waste a striker spot on Pog, he's useless.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I think hes a good bench warmer at 4.7. Which probably answers my own question. But I really don't fancy Ben Arfa at Anfield.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. That doesn't really help, does it?

        Difficult one. I'd play HBA.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. hi need some help

    need 2 mids for total value of 12,6 mil
    aleady have bale , hazard , mata , rvp , teves

    thoguhts ??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Sterling + ????

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. thinking about him ... and maybe routeldge

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I wouldnt get Routledge, Michu before him. Maybe Lallana or Peinar/Fellani or go McAnuff and use the money elsewhere. Sterling and McAnuff rotate quiet well

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. Pienaar!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. Any1 here who doesn't have any strikers above 9.0?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Zep
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Mark & Granville's team don't...


      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Yep! Ba, Jelavic & Fletcher. Gonna change next weel tho!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. Very tempted for Ba-Defoe for 1 gameweek then swap back nxt week or be waste of a swap?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Have heard of others doing this.
      Personally I would just stick with Ba (he may well play still!), but depends on how much work rest of your team needs - 2 transfers to end up back with same team is definitely a luxury I couldn't afford right now.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  17. Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Great article Facer - Hope youre right about all this!

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. A quick poll: which pairs is better ?
    A) Bale + Wilshere
    B) Cazorla + Fellaini

    How strong Wilshere deliver FPL points ? please advise, masters......

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  19. Getting close to a finished WC lineup...

    Currently have...


    think my defence is too light - if i swap out Michu > Routledge i can replace Nelson > Rafael - also still pondering swapping McCartney > Gorkss cause of West Hams upcoming fixtures...

    opinions please gents?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I wouldn't lose Michu - esp. if you've had him from the beginning. Swansea looked very good at the Etihad and Anfield. I think they'll tick all season and with Michu upfront and near the top of the scorers charts I think he's a keeper.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. You could do
      Sterling > someone like Puncheon,
      Caulker > someone like Gorkks,
      Cuellar/Nelson > Zabaleta/Huth/Rafael


      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  20. Thoughts on sterling or hba to start fellas?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  21. Team is
    rafa, ivanovic, clyne

    tempted to swap aguero for tevez,thoughts?
    wud also free up mre cash to invest

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  22. If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
    Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
    I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  23. Howard,
    rangel, rafael, baines (demel, harte)
    santi, noble, HBA, Morrison, (sterling)
    RVP, Ba, Tevez
    Not a fan of Cazorla and thinking sterling > kebe & santi for bale (because of poor capital need 2 changes). thoughts?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  24. Advice please?!!!!!! I have already made 1 transfer which is Cameron for Wilson. Is it worth taking Lambert out for Long or Lukaku who is a doubt. WBA are playing SOT and wig, is it worth the 4 point hit?

    Howard (Jaask)
    A Cole, Zabaleta, Hughes, Cameron,( Mertesacker)
    Bale (c), mata, Fellaini, Sterling, (Michu)
    Tevez, Ba, Lambert

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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For Gameweek 16

  • Foster
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  • Baines
  • Kolarov
  • Hazard
  • Sigurdsson
  • Nasri
  • Bolasie
  • Lukaku
  • Diego Costa
  • Dzeko
  • Evans
  • Downing
  • Bony

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Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:32pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B, Sus
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 7:05pm
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, Inj, £
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Down Baines EVE C
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


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Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


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No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B, Vs
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

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Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
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Chester HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
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Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
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Clyne SOT 4
Fonte SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
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Ki SWA 4
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