November
02

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

    Bego
    Baines rafael Ivan
    Mata cazorla bale sterling
    Defoe RVP berbs

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Yip, very nice indeed, let it roll. Your only decision is rvp or bale for the armband then

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Awesome team. Who are your subs?

        • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
    1. looks pretty decent to me, nice spread and nice coverage of fixtures

      • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
        1. and arsenal

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Wildcard Week for me too.
      Looks almost same as mine.

      Begovic/Tremmel

      Baines/Rafael/Cuellar/Nelsen/Gorrks

      Mata/Bale/Pienaar/Walters/Leighterwood

      Ba/RVP/Tevez

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Looks good. Very similar to mine. What do you think is better Crouch & Michu or Ba & Tarrabt?

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. Go for Pienaar. Felliani nearing suspension.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    4. Looks good. Not convinced by Lallana but probably a safer move than my Taarabt punt!

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  3. is this worth a 4 point hit for GW 11 onwards

    IN

    Lallana
    Cameron

    OUT

    Nolan
    Davies

    cheers lads

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Nolan>Lallana first. Cameron can wait.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  4. Manchester united - Arsenal will be 0:1 or 1:2. You heared it here first ;)

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Why is ur name United Force then???

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Because that is the name of supporters of my favourite club in Belgrade ;)

        http://www.united-force.org/

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
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        1. Zep
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Which of those pixelated faces are you?

          You big hooligan, you... ;)

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. Hehe, im just supporing them form '87, im little bit old to make shi*s with htem :)

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
        2. Nazi salutes. Classy.

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
      2. Zep
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
          • 2 years, 25 days ago
  5. BAM right in the kisser!

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

    Sub: Sterling . Saylor . Demel

    Anything wrong with this lineup?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Demels injured...
      But looks good :D

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. what do you say to that...

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Yeah I think im shipping him out for Cameron next week unless Saylor and Defoe doesnt get much gametime

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
  6. Tevez, RVP and Defoe for long term...?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Ba instead of Defoe

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Defoe out by gw 11.

      Better strikers with better fixtures.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  7. This GW make them pay Santi !

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Yeah, you give 'em another 2 pointer Santi!

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. I have strange feeling that he will be best player on that match.

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. Zep
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. Did my rambling on the last page mean nothing? He's gonna get 8pts ;)

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
        2. ... who will still get 2 points :)

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
  8. SNAP POLL:

    Play TWO of:

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

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. B and C

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. A and B

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. Pienaar and Lambert

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  9. thoughts on this team

    begovic
    hangeland clyne rafael
    michu pienaar hazard bale C
    rvp aguero berbs

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. who are your subs?

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  10. Aguero to Tevez for a free, so i can free up some cash??

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
      • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
    2. Go for It Mate!

      • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
  12. Insouciant. Good word and an even better article. Berbonics!

    • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
      1. :)

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

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. in·sou·ci·ant (n-ss-nt, s-syä)
          adj.
          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, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
    1. Don't waste a striker spot on Pog, he's useless.

      • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
      2. That doesn't really help, does it?

        Difficult one. I'd play HBA.

        • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
    1. Sterling + ????

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. thinking about him ... and maybe routeldge

        • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
      2. Pienaar!

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
  15. Any1 here who doesn't have any strikers above 9.0?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Zep
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

      Yet.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Yep! Ba, Jelavic & Fletcher. Gonna change next weel tho!

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  16. Very tempted for Ba-Defoe for 1 gameweek then swap back nxt week or be waste of a swap?

    • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
  17. Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Great article Facer - Hope youre right about all this!

    • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
  19. Getting close to a finished WC lineup...

    Currently have...

    Bego/Tremmel
    McCartney/Caulker/Cuellar/Sagna/Nelson
    Cazorla/Mata/Bale/Michu/Sterling
    RVP/Tevez/Berba

    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, 25 days 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, 25 days ago
    2. You could do
      Sterling > someone like Puncheon,
      Caulker > someone like Gorkks,
      Cuellar/Nelson > Zabaleta/Huth/Rafael

      ?

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  20. Thoughts on sterling or hba to start fellas?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  21. Team is
    Foster
    rafa, ivanovic, clyne
    sterling,HBA,bale,yaya,mata
    RVP,Aguero

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

    • 2 years, 25 days 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, 25 days 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, 25 days 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, 25 days ago

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  • Clyne
  • Zaha
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