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Sky Sports Focus

With our Fantasy Premier League contenders brought into focus earlier this week, we switch attention to our other supported Fantasy pursuit this term, with a glance at the current Scout League rankings in the Sky Sports Game and the latest transfer market activity…

The Scout League

The “Vuvuzela Symphony” plays on and enjoyed a boisterous Gameweek as Chris Tuck not only retained top spot in the Scout League, but climbed to second in the overall rankings with a score of 602. He is now just seven points shy of the summit and being name-dropped on the Fantasy Football Club. Tuck’s outstanding showing has left the chasing pack trailing, with Charles Mouzon’s “Geordie Boys” some 22 points behind on 580, while Gary Paterson’s “Pack Leaders” are back on 574 and 28 behind our leader.

Andy remains the top Scout contributor in the game and is now 32nd on 524 points – back in the ascendancy, then, along with my team which jumped up to 1562 in the world, thanks in the main to Robin Van Persie’s Stamford Bridge returns.

A reminder that if you’re playing the Sky Sports game and have yet to join our league, you can sign up to the FFScout League with this Pin: 8004519. We have a home cinema system, worth £600, available to the winner.

Market Forces

There’s been a big surge in activity in the transfer market this week with the weekend’s injuries no doubt providing a catalyst for change. It’s no surprise to see that Robin Van Persie ousts Juan Mata as the most transferred in player following his performance at Chelsea – the Dutchman goes into this Gameweek as the most popular Captain choice in the game and, just as he does in the FPL, looks unshakable as an option up front. Almost 25% of the transfers made this week have seen Van Persie brought in. Mata’s appeal remains strong with 14% of transfers involving the Spaniard, although he is superseded by two goalkeepers, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic both part of over 20% of the transfers in made over the past seven days.

The need for a new stopper has been caused by the injury to Michel Vorm, who has suffered huge sales this week – he’s been involved in 32% of the transfer out deals. There’s been a general exodus of keepers with Pepe Reina suffering big sales after being kept on the bench at Everton, while patience with Joe Hart is wearing thin – he has been subject of 11% of transfers out this week. Elsewhere, Chelsea’ Fernando Torres is mirroring his continued slide in FPL ownership, with a decline in this market. Over 17% of transfers out involved Torres this week with Van Persie and Jermain Defoe seemingly the most popular replacements.

The Fantasy Football Club

It’s Darren Anderton’s turn to make his way into the Fantasy Football Club studio – we’ve heard his fully fit and should make tonight’s episode. Join Fenners and Merse from 10pm later on Sky Sports 1.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. stumanchuu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 10 months ago

    So Demel, Cuellar, Guthrie and BA doubtfull / not playing

    Thinking of doing Rangel to Cameron and then just hoping Cuellar / BA play ( other 2 benched)

    Thoughts welcome thanks

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  2. Golden Oldies
      3 years, 10 months ago

      Thread on the Sunderland Forum SMB saying that Fletcher is a doubt for tomorrow......

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      1. Jonah Takalua
          3 years, 10 months ago

          That match is going to be so grim

          If it's not last or second last (Norwich and Stoke) on MOTD I'll eat my own underpants

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          1. GreenWindmill
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            3 years, 10 months ago

            Buggumarked 😉

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            1. Jonah Takalua
                3 years, 10 months ago

                😀

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              • isacki: full casual
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  Buggumarked

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                  1. GreenWindmill
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    3 years, 10 months ago

                    You buggumarked my buggumarking post? Oh boy, now I'm going to have to buggumark you...

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            2. King Nil Miss ✩
                3 years, 10 months ago

                Why am I not surprised to see this post?

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              • Rodders
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  MO didn't mention it in his press conf...

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              • Granville
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                3 years, 10 months ago

                And understatement of the year goes to Paul Lambert when talking about Benteke

                "He's not the finished article by a long shot"

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                1. heartsattack
                    3 years, 10 months ago

                    Do you (or anyone else) know what is going on with Bent? I find it astonishing that he isn't getting starts.

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                    1. denial
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      By the way Lambert's been going on, it sounds like a case of 'he doth protest too much.' They've clearly fallen out. Imagine if he was somewhere like Pool - serious FPL option then.

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                    2. COMH
                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        It's obviously got personal between Lambert and Bent. And when that happens the manager always has the power and will happily be stubborn to make a point.

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                        1. heartsattack
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Cheers for replies. Beggars can't be choosers is a phrase Lambert should maybe take on board. I quite like Paul Lambert and loved him as a player but I hope his stubborn attitude with Bent doesn't indirectly get him the sack.

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                      • Kostja
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          and what does that say about Bent 🙂

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                          1. GreenWindmill
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            That I made a mistake having him in my team at the start of the season? 😉

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                      • gers23
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Anything worth a hit in this team?

                          Begovic

                          Ivanovic/Ridgewell/Cuellar

                          Mata/Yaya/Bale/Mcclean

                          Rvp/Ba/Berbatov

                          Mccarthy Dyer Demel Wilson

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                          1. reply fail
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Nothing is really worth a hit but you have to get rid of Wilson & Demel some time. Might as well do it this week to field 11 (if you are lucky).

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                            1. simsey
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 years, 10 months ago

                              I agree
                              Ba, Berbatov, Cuellar, Mata all have doubt over them as does Demel.

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                        • floydy_floyd
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Ba and valencia in for aguero and Nolan?

                            I'm set on bringing in Valencia and losing aguero.

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                            1. Jonah Takalua
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                Aguero should be a fairly big differential I should think and West Ham are not at full strength at the back

                                Is that for free?

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                                1. floydy_floyd
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    I think ba probs has more chance of starting than aguero plus I want Valencia v arsenal!

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                                2. सनकी
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    do both transfers next week is better then surely? better fixtures, plus Ba wont rise this week anyway.

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                                  • blooggg
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      i'd wait for another with ba and keep nolan for this week.

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                                  • China Mag
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      Mason, you asked about potential rotation risk for Simpson. Its possible that for our easy little run after liverpool, that pardiola will try ferguson at left back and santon at right back, as very attacking full backs with a 4-4-2 diamond. This would be the best way to to utilize the players we have (if pardiola insists on sticking with two up front).

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                                      1. isacki: full casual
                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                          4-4-2 diamond!! That would be a shock! Is Pardew that tactically adventurous?

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                                          1. China Mag
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              Its the only way that i can see us fitting both dembas in. I'm convinced that we would have played that from the start if we had got debuchy. But simpson is just not good enough attacking. Defenitely worth trying ferguson there I reckon.

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                                              1. heco87
                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                  Seems a bit far fetched to me, personally .. can't see it happening in the PL unless we're hit by injuries. Simpson not great going forward but he plays on the same side as Ben Arfa so it doesn't usually matter so much.

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                                                  1. China Mag
                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                      But normal 4-4-2 isn't working. And pardiola seems determined to play with two centre forwards.

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                                                      1. heco87
                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                          More likely to go back to how we were playing last season I'd say.

                                                          It's not perfect at the moment, but I don't think the system we play is a huge problem at the moment ... it's nice to have options anyway.

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                                                        • isacki: full casual
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            The 4-4-2 most definitely isn't working IMO. Outnumbered and outtriangled with only two men in midfield. I think when Anita's played he's just been confused TBH, he comes from this amazingly tactical club like Ajax and ends up basically playing for England. The passing in midfield looks so inferior to last season's that I think you're trying to bypass midfield completely now, just hoof it to Ba and see what happens.

                                                            I think the best thing is to return to 4-3-3, play Ba CF, Cisse as a second striker off him to the left, Barfa right forward. I can understand why Pardew has found it so hard to do that because the pecking order of the strikers seems a very sore point.

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                                                  2. China Mag
                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                      But i think that santon is worth the little bit extra over simpson anyway. Saylor too when he gets back

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                                                    • Mason
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Thank you for the post.

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                                                      1. denial
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Yep. Would like Evans in now.

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                                                    • isacki: full casual
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Sometimes when I spend all week agonizing over transfers, benching and captaincy I start to wonder why I bother.
                                                        What's the point of putting so many hours into trying to gain a theoretical point here and a theoretical point there?

                                                        That's when I read this:
                                                        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/10/27/the-pre-match-preamble-gameweek-9/comment-page-9/#comment-4182513

                                                        This:
                                                        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/10/27/saturday-dugout-discussion-gameweek-9/comment-page-20/#comment-4184813

                                                        And this:
                                                        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/10/28/sunday-dugout-discussion-gameweek-9/comment-page-7/#comment-4192150

                                                        And suddenly I have all the motivation I need.

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                                                        1. heco87
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            Haha love it.

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                                                          • .Nick
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            Haha brilliant 🙂

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                                                        2. hales
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            Here's my team
                                                            Foster (Federici)
                                                            Baines, McAuley, Cuellar, Ivanovic, Gorks
                                                            Michu, Bale, Pienaar, Nolan, Santi,
                                                            Ba, Berb, Jelavic

                                                            Was going to trade--
                                                            Jelly>Suarez
                                                            McAuley>Nelson or Fonte

                                                            Limited by price, of course. Otherwise I might drop others.
                                                            Good idea? Bad idea?
                                                            Any advice much appreciated 🙂

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                                                          • Federico
                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                              Do you think Mata destined to fall if he doesn't feature today?

                                                              Considering Mata -> Valencia with selling price of 9.2, and Cazorla -> Mata when he's fit.

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                                                              1. सनकी
                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                  not rising, and not falling imo. he'll keep his price.

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                                                                  1. Federico
                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Sounds good!

                                                                      Looks like a better move to do Caz -> Valencia straight, as planned.

                                                                      Cazorla is -88 at fiso right now. Hoping he can hang on to his price tag till i am ready to sell.

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                                                                • Nitin
                                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                    Who would you bench from this front 8?

                                                                    Hazard - Cazorla - Pienaar - Nolan - Sterling
                                                                    RVP(c) - Defoe(vc) - Giroud

                                                                    Ta. 🙂

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                                                                    1. .Nick
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Nolan.

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                                                                    2. Confucius
                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        sterling

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                                                                      • Chris_White
                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          Sterling

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                                                                        • reply fail
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          Sterling

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                                                                        • Kostja
                                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            I know its hard to do, but Giroud

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                                                                            1. heartsattack
                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                Not so sure. I don't think it will be quite as easy a match as people expect for man u tomorrow.

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                                                                            2. Nitin
                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                Hmm, cheers guys! 🙂

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                                                                            3. Zep
                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                For Simsey...

                                                                                On the understanding that it was indeed Rory Gallagher on his grav...

                                                                                Love this song...

                                                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxiEMpcI83E

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                                                                                1. Le Limpar
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                  Love Rory Gallagher!

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                                                                              • Captain Shirokov
                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                  On the subject of Mata, even if he was fit for this weekend, I'd doubt he'd start seeing as he's played in the two games against United and Chelsea have a tough game midweek against Shakhtar in the CL.

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                                                                                • Obi Wan Elokobi
                                                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                    Good afternoon guys, was just wondering who I should bench out of this lot?

                                                                                    Begovic/Jaas

                                                                                    Baines/Ridgewell/Nelsen/Hangeland/Wilkinson

                                                                                    Hazard/Michu/Sterling/Bale/Nolan

                                                                                    Tevez/Berba/RVP

                                                                                    Currently have Sterling, Hangeland and Nelsen on the bench

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                                                                                    1. reply fail
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      O, look at me, I have 11 fit players...;-) Would keep your bench like that.

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                                                                                      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
                                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                          Lol privileges of being top 5k in the world 🙂

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                                                                                    2. China Mag
                                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                        For all of yous worried that you are spending too much time on this game, thinking that you would be able to do just as well if you didn't spend hour planning out transfers, etc, since I started my new job at the start of October, where I actually have to work, and can't spend hours on my team planning spreadsheets, I have dropped from close to 50,000, to closer to 250,000!!

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                                                                                      • penguinsofdeath
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                        Help me!

                                                                                        Team is:

                                                                                        Jussi / Federici

                                                                                        Baines / Gibbs / Rafael / Huth / Clyne

                                                                                        Michu / Pienaar / Cazorla / Ben Arfa / Nolan

                                                                                        Rooney / Ba / Lambert

                                                                                        Any advice on a change for this week? One free transfer, 1mil in the bank!

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                                                                                      • slicks1980
                                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                          need some help ...

                                                                                          rmt

                                                                                          berg , cerny
                                                                                          nelson , cuellar , shawx , simpson , mcaurtney
                                                                                          mata , bale , hazard , michu , sterlin
                                                                                          rvp . teves , pog

                                                                                          should i sell mata or keep him ?
                                                                                          if i sell i would upgrade defense or striker .. ba ?

                                                                                          on wc

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                                                                                        • blooggg
                                                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                            Goalkeeping dilemma: foster or ruddy?

                                                                                            SOT always manage to sneak one in and norwich always manage to concede :angry:

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                                                                                            1. CarelessGenius©
                                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                Definitely foster. Have u watched Norwich this season?

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                                                                                            2. ASAP Rocky
                                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                Should I stick or transfer? Any transfers would be hits. 2.1 in bank.

                                                                                                1) Mata > Bale
                                                                                                2) Keep Mata and play Pienaar or Nelsen this GW.
                                                                                                3) Mata > ?? (Someone else)

                                                                                                Foster (Bego)

                                                                                                Caulker – Cameron – McAuley – (Nelsen) – (Demel)

                                                                                                Dempsey – Michu – Sterling – Mata – (Pienaar)

                                                                                                RVP – Tevez – Jelavic

                                                                                                Thanks

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                                                                                              • CarelessGenius©
                                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                  Nelson or Gorkss?
                                                                                                  Or both?

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                                                                                                  1. ASAP Rocky
                                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                      Nelsen. I like Cameron as well.

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                                                                                                  2. Phaze 1
                                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                      This is the first week where I'm not sure of which moves to make. My current FL is Tevez, Berba and Ba. I'd like some input on these options Please. I have 2FTs.

                                                                                                      1) Ba and Ivanovic --> Rooney and Rafael/Clichy

                                                                                                      2) Ba, Ivanovic and Ridgewell --> RVP, Gorkss and Simpson -4

                                                                                                      3)Tevez and Ivanovic -- > Rooney and 6.5 mil defender

                                                                                                      4) Tevez and Ivanovic --> RVP and Simpson

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                                                                                                      1. CarelessGenius©
                                                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                          Why take Ivan out?
                                                                                                          Chelski's fixtures aren't terrible.

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                                                                                                        • ASAP Rocky
                                                                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                            You plan on keeping Mata I take it. Think he'll play do you?

                                                                                                            Out of these options, i would go with 2. Except someone other than Gorkss. Like Cameron or Caulker.

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                                                                                                            1. ASAP Rocky
                                                                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                Or even Nelsen.

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                                                                                                                1. Phaze 1
                                                                                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                    Gorkss is all I can afford if I follow plan 2. I'm keeping mata as he's prob only gonna miss 1 week.

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                                                                                                              • bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                  i also have the same FL with tevez ba berba
                                                                                                                  i am may be just inclined to keep it this way only
                                                                                                                  wat say ?

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                                                                                                              • ASAP Rocky
                                                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                  How long will Demel be out?

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                                                                                                                  1. CarelessGenius©
                                                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                      Two weeks ish, says Alladyce.
                                                                                                                      Two weeks + I reckon.

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                                                                                                                  2. CarelessGenius©
                                                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                      If Mata plays, he might have a cameo like Fabregas a couple a seasons ago, against Villa was it? Injured but still came on and ran the game.....

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                                                                                                                    • The Team Principal
                                                                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                      • Alice in Hangeland
                                                                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                          I dont know if anyone has noticed but Fulham have only conceded 2 goals at home so far this season and those were to City.

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                                                                                                                        • Live4pool
                                                                                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                            anyone knows a good site where you can see player/team statistics?

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                                                                                                                            1. get_in
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                              squawka.com is pretty good

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                                                                                                                          • danmac10
                                                                                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                              Big dilemma this week!
                                                                                                                              Howard,
                                                                                                                              rangel, rafael, baines (demel, harte)
                                                                                                                              santi, noble, HBA, Morrison, (sterling)
                                                                                                                              RVP, Ba, Tevez
                                                                                                                              Not a fan of Cazorla and thinking sterling > kebe & santi > bale (because of poor capital need the 2 changes to get bale). thoughts?

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                                                                                                                            • get_in
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                              Pick two: Nelsen (RDG), Riise (EVE), Shawcross (nor)

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                                                                                                                              1. Bluemoon
                                                                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                  Nelson and shawcross

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